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Goethe Report Abuse
German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath. He is considered the supreme genius of modern German literature. His works span the fields of poetry, drama, prose, philosophy, and science. His Faust has been called the greatest long poem of modern European literature
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Why is Tagore not in the top ten?
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hum I'm not sure english being the (second) most spoken language in the world is a good argument here. Most people did some effort to learn english as a secundary language to read your poems, native anglo-saxon should maybe do the same, especially if they appreciate poetry. Learning german, spanish, french, arabic, chinese, u will maybe discover an equally rich (or more) litterature than the english one.. So sad that the exchange between cultures should be only one way. And, appart from this, I'm not sure english litterature and poetry is more prestigious than the french or german one. Open ur mind please
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It is more an English list than a German list. There are more English poets in this list than German poets although the German contribution to poetry was not less. You must consider that English is read all over the world inthe original - even in Germany. But not vice versa. It is therefore difficult for Emglish speaking people to appreciate poetry in other language. Translations should be as engenious as the original and still then they are different. It is no question that the German literature is and was very rich. Between 1770 and 1830 especially there was a high time which was unique and uncomparable.
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It is not the mistake of Goethe, if you do not have good english translations of his works or if you are not able to read them in the original language. Or if you did not read them at all. Just as an English professor of literature about German and Muslim poetry. I would personally vote Shakespeare on two behind David, but behind Shakespeare there is in English poetry a large gap. And it is not sure if Shakespeare is the original author of the works under his name.
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To escape this nonsensical list of Germans and Muslims, go to the 'top tens' website and look for 'greatest english language poets' and vote there :)
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number one? no way
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King David Report Abuse
The great Psalmist of the Bible
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Methinks some religious people have taken hold of the polls...
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If King David is poetically incomparable then surely he belongs in a list of his own.
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he is the number 1, because his poetry is the highest wisdom at all. His poetry is perfect. You cannot compare it with anybody else`s works.
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King Solomon Report Abuse
Writing most of the Proverbs in the Old Testament of the Bible
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solomon behind dante, shakespeare, pushkin and homer? it's weird
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Friedrich Schiller Report Abuse
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His works are among the most engenious of all poets. Alas! He died too young! What a loss!
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Shakespeare Report Abuse
One of the best known poets of all times. He has created some of the best poetry, although some of them are hard to interpret for the lay person.
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through his great works and creating the greatest works ever and being inspiration for billions and myself being one among the inspired.
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We all know he produced some of the most influential work in literary history, but I reserve judgement on the brilliance, for me Ted Hughes gives him a run for his money, before the true greats such as Dante.
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Definately not the greatest English poet!!! Completely Over Rated! 37 Plays 150 Sonnets, tiny compared to other writers that have little to no attention anymore.
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Shakespeare is my vote for top poet. He is difficult to comprehend, so it is tempting to resist how good he actually is. His influence is enormous.
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how can u evem think of putting shakespeare in 7 ?
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Shakespeare is good but no one can beat Eminescu’s astonishing love poems.
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I apologise to say this but I think that, though William Shakespeare would very easily make his way into the top ten, he can not possibly be ranked the first.
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Ruben Dario the best to the best. He knew about the rest, but no body knew about Him.
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Shakespeare, if u were a real person id spit on u for ruining my life. u deserve to die because i have to read ur crappy ass stupid playwrights in school. I hope in hell you enjoy burning endlessly,
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Shakespeare stands alone at the top as the greatest poet of all time.
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In fact, Shakespeare is under-rated, despite being considered the very greatest, this does not do justice to his brilliance.
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The 10 "Greatest" are: Homer, "the Psalmist" of the Bible, Euripides, Lucretius, Dante, Shakespeare, Keats, Shelly, and Whitman. I know it is a crime to leave out Tasso, Petrarch, Sophocles, Virgil, Horace, Omar-Fitzgeraled, Chaucer, Villon, Blake, Burns, Byron, Tennyson, Hugo, Verlaine, Heine, Poe, Milton, and Goethe.... not to mention the endless poets from the Orient.... but there is only room for 10 in the top ten.
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Best known does not means the greatest. Probably is not even the best known if you start to consider some chinese or indian poet that you dont know but one or two tird of the whole population knows. Shakespeare is great but is absolutely overranked, sorry.
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The greatest writer of prose and/or poetry of all time. He outranks all!
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Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers of the English language. Although I enjoy his poetry, he is far from the greatest poet in the English language
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shakespeareans!! proud to be!! hehe
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I'm sorry but I had to vote him down one, he is way too over-rated
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Rainer Maria Rilke Report Abuse
German language poet, probably the greatest of the 20th century.
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So much better than Rumi.
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Firdawsi Report Abuse
Firdawsi is best known through his great work, Shah Nameh. Shah Nameh contains 60,000 rhyming couplets, making it more than seven times the length of Homer's Iliad. The work deals with Persian legends, heroic stories and parts of history. Effective use of imagery, attractive suspense and a touch of romance in most stories are remarkable features of Shah Nameh. Matthew Arnold used a famous episode from the epic as the basis of his poem Sohrab and Rustum. A portion of Mercury's surface is named Firdousi in honor of this great poet.
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he is the poet of humanity. Firdawsi is realy a superman.
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He is Persian poet , maybe the greatest
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I know Shakespeare and Goethe, but who is Firdawsi?
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well I think it would be Iqbal the one who brought a big revolution
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shahnameh is the best, if it was originally in english everybody chose it as greatest
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he's great, but not greatest
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The Shah Nameh is the greatest mystic book.
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The Shah Nameh is the greatest mystic book I ever read. thanks
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The Shah Nameh is the greatest mystic book I ever read. thanks
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every one love Firdawsi !! he was legends !
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Hafiz Report Abuse
Hafiz (1325? – 1389) wrote poetry in the form of ghazal, a short traditional Persian form that he perfected. The lines of a ghazal are written in rhyme in such order: 1 – 2 – 4 – 6 – 8 - … Hafiz is greatly admired both in Iran and, in translation, in the West. Especially appealing are his love for the common person and his relation of daily life to the search of humanity for the eternal. In many of his poems, Hafiz implicitly criticizes the way clergies preach people on their relations with God. Hafiz believed in God's love and mercy, and from this point of view he literally satirized those who promoted a tough vengeful image of God. One example: Disheveled hair, sweaty, smiling, drunken, and With a torn shirt, singing, the jug in hand Narcissus loudly laments, on his lips, alas, alas! Last night at midnight, came and sat right by my bed-stand Brought his head next to my ears, with a sad song Said, O my old lover, you are still in dreamland The lover who drinks this nocturnal brew Infidel, if not worships the wine's command Go away O hermit, fault not the drunk Our Divine gift from the day that God made sea and land Whatever He poured for us in our cup, we just drank If it was a cheap wine or heavenly brand The smile on the cup's face and Beloved's hair strand Break many who may repent, just as Hafiz falsely planned. Narcissus in Persian literature is often used metaphorically instead of the love's Eyes. Here, God is described as man's love who created man to love, and Hafiz does what the love requests (pours in his cup), whatever the clergies might say. Hafiz's poetry is gathered in a book called Divan. In his West-Eastern Divan," Goethe", great German poet, says: Hafis, with thee, alone with thee Will I contend! joy, misery, The portion of us twain shall be; Like thee to love, like thee to drink,-- This be my pride,--this, life to me!
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Hafiz is so great that Goethe who is first in this ranking, always wished to produce poem like Hafiz, and I'm surprised why Goethe is first?! Hafiz is the best poet of all times.
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when you read Hafis , you are just shaken ... shaken of great feelings, shaken of his ability to describe love with such nice way .. the way how this wonderful feeling goes on in our hearts .. God had given to him the grand to see human's inside beauty .. a great and outstanding poet ..
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hafez is best Poets for love and live .... we love read ...
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The best Poets of All Time
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Molavi(Rumi) Report Abuse
A great Persian poet from Iran
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ı think you talk about Mevlânâ Celâleddîn Muhammed Belhî (Rûmî) who was lived in Anatolia. his lineage doesn't matter
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He was a Persian Iranian.At that time there was no such thing as Afghanistan and Iranians used to live there.
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Rumi was not from Iran. He was born in present-day Afghanistan, and lived most of his life in present-day Turkey. Persian, yes. Iranian, no.
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Molavi is the greatest poet in human history.
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who is it?
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He really is the best poet to be known. His Poets are very inspiring. It's a pitty that Hafez, Sady, Ferdowsi and Nezami Ganjavi are not on the list.
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Omar Khayyam Report Abuse
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I wish I could get words to describe Khayyam to the extent that he deserves but I couldn't. I just say a couple of words: what a mind!
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really Omar Khayam is a poet of all time .... reading his poetry you just open yourself ... and his thoughts go deep into your soul, your existence and you understand , that human feelings are the highest level of our being .. i wish new generation to read Khayam's works
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His poets are the closest ones to the human nature. I recommend all poetry lovers to read his coplets at least once. Then you will find him a poet of all the time.
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Alexander Pushkin Report Abuse
was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin pioneered the use of vernacular speech in his poems and plays, creating a style of storytelling—mixing drama, romance, and satire—associated with Russian literature ever since and greatly influencing later Russian writers.
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definitely best
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he's amazing
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Pushkin is not only a great poet. He is the perfect man combining brilliant talent with civil courage and moral integrity.
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Dante Report Abuse
Ever heard of him?
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Dante so low??? Lmao... Someone has to study a little bit more here...
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One of my favorites of all time. His Divine Comedy is so good that it makes it tempting to learn to read italian just for the full experience.
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Dante is the one who is responsible for the hell idea of the Roman Catholic church. He did a very bad service to mankind. I find his work abhorrible.
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i know of only one dante, and he is the protagonist of 'Devil May Cry' For that, i give this a vote up
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best of the best
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Who made this ranking?Dante is absolutely the number one,in his masterpieces (Divina Commedia over all) you can feel all the medieval culture and philosophe and much more. You just know anglosaxon poets, that's the reason this ranking is not worthy. Sorry.
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Dante should be recognized as one of the greatest poets, considering his influential power and is considered "the father of the Italian language."
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Probably the widespread unawareness of the Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature explains why Dante is not in the "top 3". To say that Dante is the greatest poet ever lived can be considered true with a relatively small approximation.
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Homer Report Abuse
Epics like the Illiad and The Oddysey.
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Eminsecu is beyond belief. Should be top of the list.
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dante is great. homer is greatest.
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If he did write both works, then obviously one of the greatest poets ever, if not THE greatest. Stories, characters and phrases that will be told forever.
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Achim von Arnim Report Abuse
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who is it?
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Lord Byron Report Abuse
"Ah! Sure some stronger impulse vibrates here, Which whispers friendship will be doubly dear To one, who thus for kindred hearts must roam, And seek abroad, the love denied at home."
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Like Shakespeare, I find him over-and-underrated simultaneously. However, I think he is great, though, not as good as many others on this list, or of those who should be on this list. I don't see e e cummings on this list, a master of any poetical style and language altogether.
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Chronically underrated. Byron had a very wide range, and a gift for both lyrical and epic forms.
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Edgar Allan Poe Report Abuse
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he needs to be number 1
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His poems "Annabel Lee" and "The Raven" alone should have been enough to put him in the top 20 AT LEAST.
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he is tha greatest he should have placed at least in the top 5
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I only respect him for creating a movement, but I hate how everyone seems to love him, when half the people who claim such haven't read a single line of "The Raven". Try Charles Baudelaire, coming as poetry, I prefer him over EAP.
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the reason that he is not in the "top 10" as we would have it, is because, his imagination needed help, he blundered his natural skill away at times to succumb himself under the influences of a third person party (i.e. alcohol and opiates)
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The pure fear that sends chills down my spine is what makes him one of the greatest if not the greatest of all time
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Poe is the greatest if by greatest you include originality. He is unique and brilliant. I would put himin a class by himself, where he belongs, there is no other to compare
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I agree. Poe is great and should definately rank top five.
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Nobody's better than Poe. Despite his incredibly imaginative, poes he had a few funny ones too. Everyone thinks he's crazy, but he was actually a really normal guy. Rumor is he was funny as hell too.
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Poe was known for creating frightening atmospheres and elegant verses, but it was the bleakness of his poems that truly made him a great poet.
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Alan Demeule Report Abuse
This night I write of love not love torn from passing strangers souls nor love lovers staring into each others eyes But of love born cruel deceptive not caring how often we hurt thee *** This night no love sounds out deaf ears tune in breaking barriers Hand to hand creatures touch lips to lips hissing Words lowly held below passion ******* feeling Their evening ends with no hello neither goodbye Static heat greets morning sunrise *** This night I crave love no more games for serpent play nor dismal morals in the drama But a touch etched in compassion A mead to fly me away keep me awake kiss dreams into... This night
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I Love It ! :)) -Madeline
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Gertrude Stein Report Abuse
I'm not really a Stein fan, but it is impossible to deny her contribution to poetry. Stein's idea of trying to literally paint a picture with words and the way she linked together things that were completely different but could somehow find similarities was very unique. I don't like her poetry very much, but I definitely would have like to have coffee with her one day and talk about her poetry.
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Keats Report Abuse
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His works.. speaks for himself... ateast in top 3.. I'd say.. he deserves..
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John Keats is an immortal entity, he graced us all with his romance, sensitivity and wordplay.
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I expected to find him sitting high at the fourth place as he was undoubtedy awesome.
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John Keats is the best poet of all time. His works are still some of the greatest, and he produced them at ab age where Shakespeare hadn't even thought of writing.
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Robert Frost Report Abuse
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Nothing beats Frost's 'After Apple Picking'.. Masterpiece! :)
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Robert Frost is not only an amazing poet, but an amazing man. His poems speak to people. It's almost like he is speaking to us through his poems. It's amazing!
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I do believe that FROST! is one of the GREATEST POEM WRITER OF HIS TIME! therefore I believe that his next to shakespeare
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"Some say the world will end in fire Some say in Ice. From what I've tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire." I looooove Robert Frost. He should be higher on the list.. My favorite of his is 'The Road not Taken'
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He should be a little higher, like 11. But not in the top 10
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Try 'The Road not Taken' - timeless poem . One of my personal favourites.
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i dont know who he is
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Fernando Pessoa Report Abuse
Portugal's greatest poet, mind-blowing for everyone.
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One the most brilliant poets i´ve ever read. His poems speak for themselves
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I must say the best one of all times...
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Should easily be widely considered one of the greatest poets of all time, if not at least the most interesting.
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Not just one great poet, dozens of great poets.
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Pablo Neruda Report Abuse
he is absolutely riveting
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The Great One!
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Neruda only 49. And Yeats only 51! That says it all for this list!
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you put the top 50 on this list together and you dont get neruda´s foot. this list is ridiculous.
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Great poet of all times
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He is ranked so low. People need to start learning spanish.
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stunning...great
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William Blake Report Abuse
Every line and poem is a surprise and inspiring.
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"when the doors of perception are cleansed, every thing appears to man as it is: infinite". he is understood by few of those who have experienced the tragedy of a senseless life and then leap of faith. he should be the greatest of all.Underrated.
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Highly overrated poet, sorry.
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Vladimir Mayakovsky Report Abuse
Russian avant-garde poet, playwright and designer.
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best poet of XX century!
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T.S. Eliot Report Abuse
Perhaps the defining Modernist English-language Modernist.
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eliot is number 7 not one because his poems are so incredibly complicated. but after looking at them closely you realize theyre the best ever
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Overrated. Although Prufrock is a great poem.
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Sappho Report Abuse
She was the "tenth muse" for crying out loud
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Emily Dickinson Report Abuse
Although she wrote almost 1800 poems during her lifetime, fewer than a dozen were published. Many of her poems dealt with darkness and death, and I assume that is why only less than a dozen made it through the publisher.
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Highly overrated.
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Emily Dickinson in my opinion should have been at number 6 in my opinion.
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Friedrich Dürrematt Report Abuse
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Anna Akhmatova Report Abuse
Russian modernist poet.
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Walt Whitman Report Abuse
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The world would be a better place if everyone was learned in Walt Whitman poetry...breathtaking.
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Father of American Free Verse. Excellent writer, and wonderfully controversial in his time.
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LEAVES OF GRASS MADE HIM THE WORLD FAMOUS...THOUGH,HIS LIFE WAS A LOT OF STRUGGLE & PAIN..I RESPECT HIM SO MUCH... @TANVIR AHMED TOPU,DHAKA,BANGLADESH
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No question. This isn't even close.
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Best Poet of all time hands down
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This guy is amazing!!! Def top 10
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Alfred Tennyson Report Abuse
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Tennyson spoke so clearly through his poems that I would have placed him second on my list of poets.
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JAMES DOUGLAS MORRISON Report Abuse
Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors and poet should rank up there with some of the greatest poets of alltime or atleast one of the greatest American poets. Morrison and his words sold more than 80 million records in 54 months and almost 40 years after his death The Doors still sell over 1 million albums ayear. What other poet living or dead can do that?
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"What other poet living or dead can do that?" Katy Perry can lol
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Gregory Corso, told it the way it was. He stated Jim Morrison had POET listed on his tombstone. But, he was never a poet. He was minstrel. Yet, in death the minstrels want to be called "poet". But, in life they want the "bread" of the Minstrel. Jim Morrison ahead of Shelly, is an insult.
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this man is the best and deserves to be at the top nimber 1
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GREATEST MAN ALIVE
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His "Horse Latitudes" is good. But he is ranked much too high.
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JDM, the baddest man of all time!!
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Mihai Eminescu Report Abuse
Mihai Eminescu, along Goethe and Rimbaud should be around top 5 of all times. Few peoples on this list seems to know some more about the big culture most of the peoples only know about english poetry ..so sad. Who don't know about Eminescu or Eminesco as the english transform his name ..Google is music.
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amazing poetry
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Incredible man
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Eminescu is the most profound poet of all times. I have learned Romanian language just to be able to enjoy his great poems. Eminescu’s love poems are of an extraordinary power leaving one breathless.
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his poetry is music to the ear..if all poetry was written in an universal language so everybody could enjoy it,he would definitely be in the top5
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Pindar Report Abuse
one of the greatest ancient greek poets
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Alexander Blok Report Abuse
Russian lyrical poet
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John Donne Report Abuse
The central metaphysical poet
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oh no not John Donne!!!
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I completely agree.
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John Milton Report Abuse
He had a huge impact on the romantic movement in England, and many of the other poets on this list admire him greatly. I was stunned not to see him.
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i think you have down graded him a little bit. if we only consider his paradise lost as a great epic we can see that this is not his place. i think he most be regarded as one of the top 20 in the list.
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True genius, but no room on the list for Charles Baudelaire. His poetry is groundbreaking and full of beauty yet squalor and misery. P.S Don't let Ennui come and take a hold of your mind and soul in the night or even the day. the sun won't stop this parasitic creature.
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william wordsworth Report Abuse
simply because he is exceptional in his writings.for example he has written poems like daffodils,the solitary reaper.lucy gray etc.............................
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he deserves to be in top 20 or something.......
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poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings and the feel,the essence of romance he brings into his poems is exceptional.surely one of the best romantic poet ever.
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Yawn
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He really deserves to be in top 5
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William Wordsworth' s are always related with nature and poetic feelings over flow from his heart when he sees something touching in nature.
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An exceptional writer, I would like to see William Wordsworth higher up the order, probably at a number 5.
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W.B. Yeats. Report Abuse
The great Irish poet.
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There is no question in my mind that Yeats is the greatest poet of the 20th century, and one of the greatest of all time (top 5).
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Awesome. Top 5, no hesitation.
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One of the best poets ever... he should move up the line to the very top!!!
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ah has any1 ever read "September 1913" where yeats declares that "Romantic Ireland's dead and gone, It's with O'Leary in the grave" or "Sailing to Byzantium" where he declares "An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick." undoubtedly the greatest poet ever
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Arthur Rimbaud Report Abuse
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Brilliant poet! Deserves to be much higher!.. Speaking of which, where is Verlaine?!?!?!
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One of my all time favourite poets...yet he is at 59? How?!? Such a brilliant man at only 16! But its true, he really wouldnt give a damn!
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Hahahha this is a joke right? Rimbaud at 59? Well luckily he wouldn't give a damn himself :)
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Possibly the most gifted of all French Poets at 48...ok lol
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The original "Enfant Terrible". Blaspheming, vicious, drug riddled. A rock star before electric guitars.
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Bob Dylan Report Abuse
Greatest and most influencial songwriter/poet of the 20th century, Dylan single handidly reinvented folk music and brought it to the masses before transforming himself into a Rock and roll icon in the mid sixties. His contributions to 20th century pop culture and musical genius will never be forgotten.
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You should listen to Gates of Eden or it's alright ma by Dylan there is some outstanding poetry that is absolutely unique
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Bob Dylan is one of the most articulate and beautiful poets, in my top 5. His protest lyrics and songwriting is unparalleled. May his genius live on like Homer's and Shakespeare's.
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love him........
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Oscar Wilde Report Abuse
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Only two ways to treat a woman........... make love to her if she is pretty... or make love to someone else if she is plain.
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Marina Tsvetaeva Report Abuse
Russian symbolist poet. Her work is considered among some of the greatest in twentieth century Russian literature. Without means of support and in deep isolation, Tsvetaeva committed suicide in 1941
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If only world knew what Tsevtaeva wrote !
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A major musical and metaphysical poet of 20 century
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge Report Abuse
British Romantic Poet
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Sparked the romanticism movement. I remember once being sick and bedridden for 2 weeks. I read his poetry and forgot I was sick. Also, very accessible and easy to understand.
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Sylvia Plath. Report Abuse
greatest of poets.
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man what's happening? why she all the way down here? wheres victor hugo as well?
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Langston Hughes Report Abuse
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Amazing writer! Definately deserves a top ten spot.
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William Blake. Report Abuse
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So great they listed him twice!
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Ezra Pound. Report Abuse
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Alexander Pope Report Abuse
One of the most influential poets - "Essay on Man" one of the best poems of all time
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No doubt.his 'rape of the lock' jst had me smilin all thru
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Chaucer Report Abuse
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way to low...in 500 yrs most of these poets will be gone, however, Chaucer will still be around
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Chaucer is a superb poet!
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Emily Dickinson. Report Abuse
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Emily saw the world as we all should. Should be up in the top 20. Her works in their original form are pure and perfect.
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Iagree withthe person who made the previous comment and wishto add that if it was upto me, I would have ranked her at number 3.
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Emily Dickinson was one of the greatest poets of all time who, unlike many others, was able to express her deepest feelings on a particular topic on paper. Dickinson should be placed at 20.
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Highly underrated poet.
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Federico Garcia Lorca Report Abuse
Greatest Spanish poet of the 20th century. Loved worldwide, inspired thousands.
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Rudyard Kipling Report Abuse
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"A woman is just a woman; a cigar is a good smoke."
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RUBEN DARIO NICARAGUAN POET. Report Abuse
SIMPLY THE BEST.
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No other poet before in any other language had such an absolute command and perfection of his/her native language than the Nicaraguan "Ruben Dario". He was and will be a figure totally out of this world!...
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Simply the best, he should be number 1
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Considered by many intelectuals and scholar all over the world; as the best poet in the Spanish language. His Lyrics and Rymes travel throu times Born in Nicaragua, He wrote for the world"
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Hesiod Report Abuse
Greek oral poet generally thought by scholars to have been active between 750 and 650 BC
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Sergei Yesenin Report Abuse
Russian lyrical poet
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BEST POET EVER!!!
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Daniil Kharms Report Abuse
Russian surrealist and absurdist poet, writer and dramatist.
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he's so funny
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Charles Bukowski Report Abuse
The guy is completely underrated by most major poetry critics but in spite of this he continues to be a vastly influential poet. He told it like it was. He went where not many others wanted to go, made bed on the floor and invited some hookers to join him there. Bukowski lived his poetry. Beyond this he was a great novelist as well. He is, if not the greatest poet ever, one of the all time best.
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Bukowski achieved a level of honesty that is truly disarming. His writing cuts into some ancient human gentleness.
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Allen Ginsberg Report Abuse
Howl alone should be considered as one of the best poems of all time...
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Ranked much too low; should be in the top ten, and so should Gregory Corso for that matter
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Robert Burns Report Abuse
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This man would have been killed had he not been so clever in his writings. Had "Twa Dugs" been written as people, the aristocracy would have ad him in chains. "Ode to Lord Nelson" had to be written under a pseudonym for fear of insulting the wrong people. A true humanitarian and revolutionary in his writings.
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A big-bellied bottle's the whole of my care.
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Christina Rossetti. Report Abuse
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underrated as so many female poets of the era where and are
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Percy Bysshe Shelley Report Abuse
Great second-generation Romantic poet
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Bob Dylan and Ginsberg ahead of Shelley. Enough said for this list.
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I'm proud to be a descendant of this great poet and man. His poems never cease to amaze me and I would definitely say he is #1 at least on my list.
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He's ranked .. way too low...
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Ranked way too low!
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Sylvia Plath Report Abuse
Influenced all modern poetry, a master of words and language, lived a depressing life and expressed it beautifully with words.
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Excellent precision with words, She was brilliant at creating mood with words. A brillaint flame that died too soon...
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Boris Pasternak Report Abuse
Russian poet and writer
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Mikhail Lermontov Report Abuse
Russian writer, poet and painter, has become the most important Russian poet after Alexander Pushkin's death. Lermontov is considered the supreme poet of Russian literature side by side with Pushkin and the greatest figure of Russian Romanticism.
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This is extremely low. But whatever, at least he is here....
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Christopher Marlowe Report Abuse
Known for his blank verse, his overreaching protagonists, he fits the ranks with Shakespeare in his poetic ability.
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it is said that the title "Romeo and Juliet" was referred to Will by him. awe-struck
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Hart Crane Report Abuse
Another one of the great American poets of the 19th century. Crane's imagery is pure brilliance.
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Andrew Marvell Report Abuse
A major metaphysical poet
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Edmund Spenser Report Abuse
Spenser isn't recognized enough. His writings showed the best of what the heart has to offer.
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Ezra Pound Report Abuse
Alba
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Dylan Thomas Report Abuse
Welsh poet and writer. Author of such acclaimed writings as "Under Milk Wood" and "Do not go gentle into that good night".
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Dylan Thomas all the way down here??? Don't people read anymore...
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Swinburne Report Abuse
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Robert Browning Report Abuse
Robert Browning's mastery of dramatic verse made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.
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absolutely among the best poets of his or any time. How dare he be rated so low. Then again, as I have seen others who have been ranked above him, I can tell who does the voting-- losers!
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Vyasan Report Abuse
Greatest poet who wrote Mahabharatha. His profound verses are timeless.
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Fyodor Tyutchev Report Abuse
the last of three great Romantic poets of Russia, following Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov
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Kazi Nazrul Islam Report Abuse
most underrated poet.
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Wole Soyinka Report Abuse
He writes with profound depth to address the realities of existence.
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Philip Larkin Report Abuse
Aubade
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Wallace Stevens Report Abuse
How Stevens isn't on this list is completely beyond me. He is definitely one of the greatest American poets of the 19th century and one of my favorite poets.
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He was a well known buisnessman but a very sophisticated poet...who loved poetry with a passion. He is highly underated and she be atleast in the top ten and why he isn't is a wonder to me as well.
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Wilfred Owen and Crew Report Abuse
Wilfred Owen as well as Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon etc. really captured the true horror of WW1, and there work reminds us of the world wars, and that we should never forget those who were lost in them.
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Enheduanna Report Abuse
Regarded by literary and historical scholars as possibly the earliest known author and poet of either gender, Enheduanna served as the High Priestess during the third millennium BCE
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Czeslaw Milosz Report Abuse
Polish nobel prize awarded poet and essayist. He is considered to be the most influencial writers in 20th century.
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Joseph Brodsky Report Abuse
Russian-American poet and essayist. He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972 for alleged "social parasitism" and settled in America with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters. He taught thereafter at universities including those at Yale, Cambridge and Michigan. Brodsky was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature "for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity"
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Eavan Boland Report Abuse
An Irish poet of great insight
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