Greatest Poets of All Time

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1 William Shakespeare William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

I love how he,ade so many inspiring poems and how it was a calming to think thing for him to do. I made a probe about him and it was fun to research all about the famous poet William Shakespheere

He is the most successful poet I have ever loved and read about. He is of course the best.

Definitely number 1

Obvious

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2 Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American ...read more.

Poe just obliterates Shakespeare in terms of word play, syntax, and readability - VeritusEro

Very sadly underrated. An outstanding poet of great fascination and great poetry.

I literally laugh out loud'd when I saw Tupac on this list - let alone being at number 1! Edgar Allan Poe's style may be too much for some people to comprehend but if you can understand it, the reward is amazing. He must have put a ton of effort into getting you to sympathize with his characters. He never asked you to feel any sympathy. You just did.

He is so underrated. His poems are dark and mysterious and so interesting - Randomator

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3 Saadi Saadi

Saadi is the Great Iranian Poet. His lyrics are the best.

The greatest of all time!

Saadi is one of the greatest poets of all time.
But he ain't the greatest and the best.because,Mawlana Jalaluddin mohammad(BALKHI)known by the name of RUMI is the biggest poet.

All of persian grammer is made but his hands.

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4 Langston Hughes Langston Hughes James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. ...read more.
5 Maya Angelou Maya Angelou
6 Dante Dante Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante (c. 1265 – 1321), was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

To suggest that dante singularly stands over and above every other poet in history would be an understatement.
Read Dante,he is the master of us all.

He had the ambition to show humanity how to obtain salvation. And he fulfilled it greatly.

The greatest

Greatest poet of all times.

7 William Wordsworth William Wordsworth William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798).

He should be number 1. His poems are natural and real

Arguably the best poet that came out of the Romantic Era. Tintern Abbey is fantastic. If you haven't read it, please stop what you're doing and enjoy a masterpiece.

8 Ferdowsi Ferdowsi

Ferdowsi is a poet with an epic story called Shahnama which is superior to Homer's Illiad and Odyssey. It's such a pity that such great poets are unknown just because they are not European.

What a poet for ever

He saved the Persian language. Otherwise, the Iranians would speak Arabic like Egyptians who became Arabic.

9 Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet . Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts . ...read more.

Emily Dickinson's is AMAZING. Not only was she completely unknown during her time and was published posthumously, but her poetry resonates deeper than anything I've ever read. While some poems (these are in Life) talk about the angels and heaven, others are emotional insecurity and fear of society and the outside world. READ EMILY DICKINSON!

She is without a doubt, the most insightful poet Ever!

Perhaps the single greatest. only Shakespeare is a near contender.

10 Rumi Rumi

He is the best guy

He is the greatest of all the time

Rumi is undoubtly the greatest and universal poet of world!

He is best

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The Contenders

11 Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore FRAS, also written Ravīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Poet, Lyricist, Music Composer, Novelist, Dramatist, Painter et all.

Is there anyone else who has straddled the art world so completely?

The best inspiration for modern poetry

Superb poet. Being a Bengali I'm proud of myself that I read those stuffs he wrote in Bengali and English also

His spiritual poems are out of the world...

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12 John Milton John Milton John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in ...read more.

Men that see are blind. Blind men do see.

13 Robert Frost Robert Frost Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was one of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the 20th century, he was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

€�A poetry is not measure with fine figment of fantasy or cognitive creativity in form of phrases, though a poetry is purely measured with true stature of sympathy and simplicity and this man is the greatest example of it"

14 John Keats John Keats John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in publication for only four years before his death.

The best!

For me he is number1

15 E. E. Cummings E. E. Cummings

Greatest of all time

16 Homer Homer The Greek poet Homer was born sometime between the 12th and 8th centuries BC, possibly somewhere on the coast of Asia Minor. He is famous for the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, which have had an enormous effect on Western culture, but very little is known about their alleged author.

This list is unbelievable... Not a single French Poet... And Virgile, Byron and Dickinson behind Tupac... COME ON!

17 Charles Baudelaire Charles Baudelaire Charles Pierre Baudelaire (April 9, 1821 – August 31, 1867) was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. ...read more.

Les Fleurs du Mal

And Rimbaud?

18 William Blake William Blake William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

He was a great man.
he was a reference to satan in john milton's paradise lost

19 Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

What a hopeless list - Ananya

This list is totally ruined, nothing makes sense - Ananya

Ya sure the others on this list may be good, but Tupac did twice the work they did. He wrote eloquent poems, that rhymed better than any actual poets poems, and he made it sound good. He also talked about stuff that reflected on world issues

A VERY GREAT POET AND RAPPER HE WAS

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20 Pablo Neruda Pablo Neruda Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973), he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.
21 Alexander Pushkin Alexander Pushkin Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June [O.S. 26 May] 1799 – 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

How is 2Pac surpassed Pushkin? Pushkin should be top 5. Shows that some teenager, who doesn't know anything about literature and poetry, made this list

Best poet of all time. He should be in top 1 - pruvet

22 Arthur Rimbaud Arthur Rimbaud Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud (20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891) was a French poet who is known for his influence on modern literature and arts, which prefigured surrealism.

At young age opened the world's flowers and scnatched the un-snatched. Mix of words and limitless imagination/fantasy are just speechless.

I will always choose Rimbaud when asked to name the greatest poet of all time.

23 Anatole France Anatole France Anatole France, born François-Anatole Thibault (16 April 1844 – 12 October 1924), was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. ...read more.
24 Hafez

One of the Greatest Minds of it's time, way ahead of his Era, his beautiful work has been translated in almost ll languages. HAFEZ, the famous lyric poet of Persia in the fourteenth century, is sometimes called the Persian Anacreon.

The poet speaks to you

Hafez is eternal but only if you know Persian

25 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and ...read more.

Very underrated!

26 Lord Byron Lord Byron George Gordon Byron (later Noel), 6th Baron Byron, FRS, (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an Anglo-Scottish poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement.
27 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist and bassist of Pink Floyd.

Best lyricist ever. And music is poetry. Waters needs to be up there - ryanrimmel

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29 Victor Hugo Victor Hugo Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. ...read more.
30 Till Lindemann Till Lindemann Till Lindemann is a German singer, songwriter, musician, actor, poet, and pyrotechnician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.
31 Jean de La Fontaine Jean de La Fontaine Jean de La Fontaine (8 July 1621 – 13 April 1695) was a famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French ...read more.
32 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

Greatest of the 20th

33 T.S. Eliot T.S. Eliot Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM, (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was an American-born British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and one of the 20th century's major poets.

Difficult to get into, but amazingly beautiful verse that cuts the heart once understood.

Heavyweight lines.

34 Giacomo Leopardi Giacomo Leopardi Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi (29 June 1798 – 14 June 1837) was an Italian poet, philosopher, essayist and philologist. He is widely acknowledged to have been one of the most radical and challenging thinkers of the 19th century.

Amazing! The greatest poet from the greatest country.

My love. Giacomo è il migliore.

35 Percy Bysshe Shelley Percy Bysshe Shelley Percy Bysshe Shelley (4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric, as well as epic, poets in the English language.
36 Francesco Petrarca Francesco Petrarca Francesco Petrarca, commonly anglicized as Petrarch (July 20, 1304 – July 20, 1374) was an Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy, and one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited with initiating the 14th-century Renaissance.
37 Horace Horace Quintus Horatius Flaccus, usually called Horace (December 8, 65 BC – November 27, 8 BC), was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus (also known as Octavian).
38 Mark Twain Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.
39 Sergei Yesenin Sergei Yesenin Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin, sometimes spelled as Esenin (3 October [O.S. 21 September] 1895 – 28 December 1925), was a Russian lyric poet. He is one of the most popular and well-known Russian poets of the 20th century.

Best poet ever!

40 W. B. Yeats W. B. Yeats William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.
41 Alexander Pope Alexander Pope Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) was an 18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, his translation of Homer and for his use of the heroic couplet. He is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after Shakespeare. ...read more.
42 Alfred de Musset Alfred de Musset Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay (11 December 1810 – 2 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing the autobiographical novel La Confession d'un enfant du siècle (The Confession of a Child of the Century).
43 Stéphane Mallarmé Stéphane Mallarmé Stéphane Mallarmé, whose real name was Étienne Mallarmé (18 March 1842 – 9 September 1898), was a French poet and critic. He was a major French symbolist poet, and his work anticipated and inspired several revolutionary artistic schools of the early 20th century, such as Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, ...read more.
44 Tuomas Holopainen Tuomas Holopainen Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen (born 25 December 1976) is a Finnish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist musician (but mainly keyboardist) and record producer, best known as the founder, leader, keyboardist and songwriter of symphonic metal band Nightwish. He also studied jazz and classical styles.
45 Virgil Virgil Publius Vergilius Maro, usually called Virgil or Vergil (October 15, 70 BC – September 21, 19 BC), was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period.
46 Paul Verlaine Paul Verlaine Paul-Marie Verlaine (30 March 1844 – 8 January 1896) was a French poet associated with the Symbolist movement. He is considered one of the greatest representatives of the fin de siècle (turn of the century) in international and French poetry.
47 Catullus Catullus Gaius Valerius Catullus (c. 84 – 54 BC) was a Latin poet of the late Roman Republic who wrote in the neoteric style of poetry, which is about personal life rather than classical heroes. His surviving works are still read widely, and continue to influence poetry and other forms of art.
48 Lucretius Lucretius Titus Lucretius Carus was a Roman poet and philosopher. His only known work is the epic philosophical poem De rerum natura about the tenets and philosophy of Epicureanism, and which is usually translated into English as On the Nature of Things.
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50 Friedrich Schiller Friedrich Schiller Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright.
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