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This is a list of notable poets.

Alphabetical list[edit]

A[edit]

Ab–Ak[edit]

  • Aarudhra (born Bhagavatula Sadasiva Shankara Sastry, 1925–1998), Indian Telugu poet, writer and dramatist
  • Jonathan Aaron (born 1941), American poet
  • Chris Abani (born 1966), Nigerian poet
  • Henry Abbey (1842–1911), American poet
  • Eleanor Hallowell Abbott (1872–1958), American poet, novelist and short story writer
  • Siôn Abel (fl. 18th c.), Welsh balladeer
  • Lascelles Abercrombie (1881–1938), English poet and literary critic
  • Arthur Talmage Abernethy (1872–1956), journalist, minister, scholar; first North Carolina Poet Laureate
  • Sam Abrams (born 1935), American poet
  • Seth Abramson (born 1976), American poet, editor and critic
  • Kosta Abrašević (1879–1898), Serbian poet
  • Dannie Abse (born 1923), Welsh poet in English
  • Kathy Acker (1947–1997), American experimental novelist, punk poet and playwright
  • Diane Ackerman (born 1948), American author, poet, and naturalist
  • Duane Ackerson (born 1942), American writer of speculative poetry and fiction
  • Milton Acorn (1923–1986), Canadian poet, writer, and playwright
  • Harold Acton (1904–1994), English writer, scholar and dilettante
  • Gilbert Adair (1944–2011), Scottish novelist, poet and critic
  • Virginia Hamilton Adair (1919–2004), American poet
  • Helen Adam (1909–1993), Scottish-American poet, collagist and photographer
  • Draginja Adamović (1925–2000), Serbian poet
  • John Adams (1704–1740), American poet
  • Léonie Adams (1899–1988), American poet
  • Ryan Adams (born 1974), singer-songwriter and writer
  • Hendrik Adamson (1891–1946), Estonian poet
  • Fleur Adcock (born 1934), poet and New Zealand native who has spent most of life in England
  • Joseph Addison (1672–1719), English essayist, poet, writer and politician
  • Kim Addonizio (born 1954) American poet, novelist
  • Artur Adson (1889–1977), Estonian poet
  • Endre Ady (1877–1919), Hungarian poet
  • Aeschylus (525–456 BC), Athenian tragedian
  • Lucius Afranius (fl. c. 94 BC), Roman comic poet
  • John Agard (born 1949), Afro-Guyanese poet and children's writer
  • James Agee (1909–1955), American novelist, screenwriter and poet
  • Deborah Ager (born 1977), American poet, editor
  • Kelli Russell Agodon (born 1969), American poet
  • Dritëro Agolli (born 1931), Albanian poet
  • Delmira Agustini (1886–1914), Uruguayan poet
  • Ai (Florence Anthony, 1947–2010), American poet
  • Ama Ata Aidoo (born 1940), Ghanaian novelist, poet, playwright and academic
  • Conrad Aiken (1889–1973), American poet and author
  • Aganice Ainianos (1838–1892), Greek poet
  • Akazome Emon (956–1041), Japanese poet and historian
  • Mark Akenside (1721–1770), English poet and physician
  • Rachel Akerman (1522–1544), Austrian Jewish poet writing in German
  • Bella Akhmadulina (1937–2010), Russian poet
  • Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966), Russian poet
  • Jan Nisar Akhtar (1914–1976), Indian Urdu poet
  • Javed Akhtar (born 1945), Indian poet, lyricist and scriptwriter
  • Salman Akhtar (born 1946), Indian American professor and poet writing in English and Urdu
  • Maryam Jafari Azarmani (born 1977), Iranian poet, essayist, critic, translator

Al–Am[edit]

  • Luigi Alamanni (1495–1556), Italian poet and statesman
  • Alasdair mac Mhaighstir Alasdair (c. 1698–1770), Scottish poet in Gaelic
  • Ave Alavainu (born 1942), Estonian poet
  • Gillebríghde Albanach (fl. 1200–1230), Scottish Gaelic poet and crusader
  • Alcaeus (4th c. BC), Athenian comic poet in Greek
  • Alcaeus of Messene (fl. late 3rd/early 2nd c. BC), Greek writer of verse epigrams
  • Alcaeus of Mytilene (7th – 6th c. BC), Greek lyric poet from Lesbos
  • Guru Amar Das (1479–1574), Punjabi poet and Sikh guru
  • Ammiel Alcalay (born 1956), American poet, scholar and critic
  • Alcman (fl. 7th c. BC), Ancient Greek lyric poet
  • Amos Bronson Alcott (1799–1888), American poet and teacher
  • Richard Aldington (1892–1962), English poet and writer
  • Vasile Alecsandri (1821–1890), Romanian poet
  • Tudur Aled (c. 1465–1525), Welsh poet writing in Welsh
  • Claribel Alegría (1924–2018), Central American poet writing in Spanish
  • Vicente Aleixandre (1898–1984), Spanish poet, Nobel Laureate1977
  • Josip Murn Aleksandrov (1879–1901), Slovenesymbolistpoet
  • Sherman Alexie (born 1966), American poet and writer
  • Felipe Alfau (1902–1999), Catalan American novelist and poet
  • Agha Shahid Ali (1949–2001) Indian, Kashmiri and American poet
  • Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), Italian poet
  • James Alexander Allan (1889–1956), Australian poet
  • August Alle (1899–1952), Estonian poet
  • William Allegrezza (born 1974), American poet, professor and editor
  • Dick Allen (born 1939), American poet, critic and academic
  • Donald Allen (1912–2004), American poet, editor and translator
  • Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832–1911), American author and poet
  • Ron Allen (1947–2010), American poet and playwright
  • Artur Alliksaar (1923–1966), Estonian poet
  • William Allingham (1824 or 1828 – 1889), Irish poet and man of letters
  • Washington Allston (1779–1843), American painter and poet
  • Damaso Alonso (1898–1990), Spanish poet, philologist and critic
  • Alta (Alta Gerrey; born 1942), American poet and writer
  • Natan Alterman (1910–1970), Israeli poet, journalist and translator
  • Alurista (born 1947), Chicano poet and activist
  • Al Alvarez (born 1929), English poet
  • Julia Alvarez (born 1950), Dominican-American poet, novelist and essayist
  • Betti Alver (1906–1989), Estonian poet
  • Moniza Alvi (born 1954), Pakistani-British poet and writer
  • Amara Sinha (fl. c. AD 375), Sanskrit grammarian and poet
  • Ambroise (fl. c. 1190), Norman-French poet of Third Crusade
  • Yehuda Amichai (1924–2000), Israeli poet
  • Indran Amirthanayagam (born 1960), Sri Lankan American poet, essayist and translator
  • Kingsley Amis (1922–1995), English author and poet
  • A. R. Ammons (1926–2001), American author and poet

An–Aq[edit]

  • Anacreon (570 BC–488 BC), Greek lyric poet
  • Alfred Andersch (1914–1980), German writer and publisher
  • Ana Paula Arendt (born 1980), Brazilian classical poet
  • Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875), Danish poet and children's writer
  • Victor Henry Anderson (1917–2001), American poet, kahuna, and teacher of the Feri Tradition
  • Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902–1987), Brazilian poet
  • Mário de Andrade (1893–1945), Brazilian poet, novelist and critic
  • Bernard André (1450–1522), French Augustinian poet, poet laureate to Henry VII of England
  • Peter Andrej (born 1959), Slovenian poet and musician
  • Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1919–2004), Portuguese poet and writer
  • Bruce Andrews (born 1948), American Language poet
  • Kevin Andrews (1924–1989), Anglo-Greek philhellene writer and archeologist
  • Ron Androla (born 1954), American poet
  • Guru Angad (1504–1552), SikhGuru and Punjabi poet
  • Aneirin (6th c.), Brythonic epic poet
  • Ralph Angel (born 1951), American poet and translator
  • Maya Angelou (1928–2014), American poet
  • James Stout Angus (1830–1923), Shetland poet writing mainly in Shetland Scots
  • Marion Angus (1865–1946), Scottish poet writing in Scots
  • J. K. Annand (1908–1993), Scots poet best known for children's poems
  • Mika Antić (1932–1986), Serbian poet
  • David Antin (born 1932), American poet and critic
  • Antler (born 1946), American poet
  • Susanne Antonetta (born 1956), American poet and author
  • Brother Antoninus (1912–1994), American poet
  • Chairil Anwar (1922–1949), Indonesian poet
  • Johannes Anyuru (born 1979), Swedish poet
  • Guillaume Apollinaire (1880–1918), French poet
  • Apollonius of Rhodes (270 – post–245 BC), poet and librarian at Library of Alexandria
  • Maja Apostoloska (born 1976), Macedonian poet
  • Philip Appleman (born 1926), American poet and professor
  • Pawlu Aquilina (1929–2009), Maltese poet

Ar[edit]

  • Louis Aragon (1897–1982), French poet, novelist and editor
  • Archilochus (c. 680 – c. 645 BC), ancient Greek lyric poet
  • Walter Conrad Arensberg (1878–1954), American Dadaist, critic and poet
  • Tudor Arghezi (1880–1967), Romanian poet
  • Ludovico Ariosto (1474–1533), Italian poet
  • Aristophanes (c. 446 – c. 386 BC), Greek dramatic poet
  • Guru Arjan (1563–1606), SikhGuru and Punjabi poet
  • Rae Armantrout (born 1947), American Language poet
  • Simon Armitage (born 1963), English poet, playwright, and novelist
  • Richard Armour (1906–1989), American poet and author
  • Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769–1860), German author and poet
  • Bettina von Arnim (1785–1859), German writer, composer and visual artist
  • Ludwig Achim von Arnim (1781–1831), German poet and novelist
  • Craig Arnold (1967–2009), American poet and professor
  • Matthew Arnold (1822–1888), English poet and cultural critic
  • Arnórr Þórðarson jarlaskáld (Poet of Earls, c. 1012 – 1070s), Icelandic skald
  • Jean Arp (1886–1966), German-French sculptor, painter, and poet
  • Antonin Artaud (1896–1948), French playwright, poet and essayist
  • Robert P. Arthur (born 1943), American poet, novelist and playwright

As–Ay[edit]

  • M. K. Asante (born 1982), American author, poet and professor
  • John Ashbery (born 1927), American poet, 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Cliff Ashby (1919–2012), English poet and novelist
  • Renée Ashley, American poet and novelist.
  • Anton Aškerc (1856–1912), Slovenian poet and Roman Catholic priest
  • Herbert Asquith (1881–1947), English poet
  • Mina Assadi (born 1942), Iranian poet, author and songwriter
  • Margaret Atwood (born 1939), English poet, novelist and essayist
  • W. H. Auden (1907–1973), Anglo-American poet, essayist
  • Joseph Auslander (1897–1965), American poet, anthologist and novelist; US Poet Laureate, 1937–1941
  • Ausonius (c. 310 – 395), Latin poet and rhetorician at Burdigala (Bordeaux)
  • Paul Auster (born 1947), American poet, playwright, and essayist
  • James Avery (born 1948), American actor, poet, and screenwriter
  • Margaret Avison (1918–2007), Canadian poet
  • Krayem Awad (born 1948), Vienna painter, sculptor and poet of Syrian origin
  • Gennady Aygi (1934–2006), Russian poet
  • Ayo Ayoola-Amale (born 1970), Nigerian poet
  • Pam Ayres (born 1947), English humorous poet
  • Robert Aytoun (1570–1638), Scottish poet
  • Jody Azzouni (born 1954), American philosopher and poet

B[edit]

Bab–Ban[edit]

  • Ken Babstock (born 1970), Canadian poet
  • Jimmy Santiago Baca (born 1952), American poet and writer of Apache/Chicano descent
  • Bacchylides (fl. 5th c. BC), Ancient Greek lyric poet
  • Bellamy Bach (fl. 1980s), pseudonym of group of fiction and poetry writers
  • Joseph M. Bachelor (aka Joseph Morris, 1889–1947), American author, poet and educator
  • Harivansh Rai Bachchan (20th c.), Hindi poet
  • Ingeborg Bachmann (1926–1973), Austrian poet and author
  • Sutardji Calzoum Bachri (born 1941), Indonesian Poet
  • George Bacovia (1881–1957), Romanian poet
  • Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński (1921–1944), Polish poet and soldier
  • Julio Baghy (1891–1967), Hungarian actor and Esperanto author and poet
  • Bai Juyi (772–846), Chinese poet of Tang dynasty
  • Joanna Baillie (1762–1851), Scottish poet and dramatist
  • Vyt Bakaitis (born 1940), Lithuanian-American translator, editor and poet
  • David Baker (born 1954), American poet
  • Bâkî (1526–1600), Ottoman poet (pseudonym of Mahmud Abdülbâkî)
  • John Balaban (born 1943), American poet and translator
  • Jesse Ball (born 1978), American poet and novelist
  • Addie L. Ballou (1837–1916), American poet and suffragist
  • Konstantin Balmont (1867–1942), Russian symbolist poet and translator
  • Russell Banks (born 1940), American fiction writer and poet

Bar–Bax[edit]

  • Amiri Baraka (aka Leroi Jones) (1934–2014), American writer, poet and dramatist
  • Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743–1825), English poet, essayist and children's author
  • Porfirio Barba-Jacob (1883–1942), Colombian poet and writer
  • John Barbour (c. 1320–1395), Scottish poet, the first major named literary figure to write in Scots
  • Alexander Barclay (c. 1476–1552), English/Scottish poet
  • George Barker (1913–1991), English poet and author
  • Les Barker (born 1947), English poet
  • Coleman Barks (born 1937), American poet
  • Mary Barnard (1909–2001), American poet, biographer and translator
  • Djuna Barnes (1892–1982), American writer
  • William Barnes (1801–1886), English writer, poet and philologist
  • Catherine Barnett (born 1960), American poet and educator
  • Richard Barnfield (1574–1620), English poet
  • Willis Barnstone (born 1927), American poet and literary translator
  • Laird Barron (born 1970), American poet, author
  • Bernard Barton (1784–1849), English poet and Quaker
  • Bertha Hirsch Baruch (late 18th to early 19th c.), American writer, poet and suffragist
  • Todd Bash (born 1965), American avant-gardeplaywright, poet and writer
  • Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694), Japanese renku and haiku poet
  • Michael Basinski (born 1950), American text, visual and sound poet
  • Ellen Bass (born 1947), American poet
  • Arlo Bates (1850–1918), American author, poet and educator
  • David Bates (1809–1870), American poet
  • Joseph Bathanti (born 1953), American poet, writer and professor; North Carolina Poet Laureate
  • János Batsányi (1763–1845), Hungarian poet
  • Dawn-Michelle Baude (born 1959), American poet, journalist and educator
  • Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867), French poet, essayist and translator
  • Eric Baus (born 1975), American poet
  • Cirilo Bautista (born 1941), Filipino poet, writer and critic
  • Charles Baxter (born 1947), American writer and poet
  • James K. Baxter (1926–1972), New Zealand poet

Be[edit]

  • Jan Beatty (born 1952), American poet
  • Francis Beaumont (1584–1616), English poet and dramatist
  • Samuel Beckett (1906–1989), Irish avant-garde playwright, novelist and poet
  • Joshua Beckman (living), American poet
  • Matija Bećković (born 1939), Serbian writer and poet
  • Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836–1870), Spanish poet and short-story writer
  • Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–1849), English poet, dramatist and physician
  • Patricia Beer (1919–1999), English poet and critic
  • Aphra Behn (1640–1689), English Restoration dramatist, among the first professional female writers
  • Erin Belieu (born 1967), American poet
  • Marvin Bell (born 1937), American poet and teacher, first Poet Laureate of State of Iowa
  • Gioconda Belli (born 1948), Nicaraguan poet and novelist
  • Giuseppe Gioachino Belli (1791–1863), Italian poet known for sonnets in Romanesco
  • Xuan Bello (born 1965), Asturian language poet
  • Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953), Anglo-French writer and historian
  • Andrei Bely (1880–1934), Russian novelist, poet and critic
  • Stephen Vincent Benét (1898–1943), American author, poet and fiction writer
  • William Rose Benét (1886–1950), American poet, writer and editor
  • Gottfried Benn (1886–1956), German essayist, novelist and expressionist poet
  • Gwendolyn B. Bennett (1902–1981), African-American writer and poet
  • Jim Bennett (born 1951), English poet known for work in Liverpool punk era
  • Richard Berengarten (born 1943) English poet, writer and translator
  • Bo Bergman (1869–1967), Swedish writer, critic and Swedish Academy member
  • İlhan Berk (1918–2008), Turkish poet
  • Charles Bernstein, (born 1950), American poet and scholar
  • Béroul (12th c.), Norman poet of the episodic Tristan
  • Daniel Berrigan (born 1921), American poet, priest and peace activist
  • Ted Berrigan (1934–1983), American poet
  • James Berry (born 1924), Jamaican poet based in England
  • Wendell Berry (born 1934), American man of letters, critic and farmer
  • John Berryman (1914–1972), American poet and scholar
  • Mary Ursula Bethell (1874–1945), New Zealand poet and social worker
  • John Betjeman (1906–1984), English poet, writer and broadcaster
  • Elizabeth Beverley (fl. 1815–30), English poet, writer and entertainer
  • Helen Bevington (1906–2001), American poet, prose writer and educator
  • L. S. Bevington (1845–1895), English anarchist poet and essayist

Bh–Bl[edit]

  • Subramanya Bharathi (1882–1921), Tamil writer, poet and Indian independence activist
  • Sujata Bhatt (born 1956), Indian poet in Gujarati
  • Źmitrok Biadula (1886–1941), JewishBelarusian poet, prose writer and independence activist
  • Laurence Binyon (1879–1943), English poet, dramatist and art scholar
  • Earle Birney (1904–1995), Canadian poet, fiction writer and dramatist
  • Nevin Birsa (1947–2003), Slovene poet
  • Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979), American poet and short-story writer; US Poet Laureate
  • Ram Prasad Bismil (1897–1927), poet and revolutionary writing in Urdu and Hindi
  • bill bissett (born 1939), Canadian anti-conventional poet
  • Sherwin Bitsui (born 1975), American Navajo poet
  • Paul Blackburn (1926–1971) American poet
  • Richard Palmer Blackmur (1904–1965), American literary critic and poet
  • Lucian Blaga (1895–1961), Romanian philosopher, poet and playwright
  • William Blake (1757–1827), English painter, poet and printmaker
  • Don Blanding (1894–1957), American poet, journalist, writer and speaker
  • Adrian Blevins (born 1964), American poet
  • Mathilde Blind (1841–1896), German-born English poet and writer
  • Alexander Blok (1880–1921), Russian lyrical poet
  • Benjamin Paul Blood (1832–1919), American philosopher and poet
  • Robert Bloomfield (1766–1823), English laboring-class poet
  • Roy Blumenthal (born 1968), South African poet
  • Edmund Blunden (1896–1974), English poet, author and literary critic
  • Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840–1922), English poet and writer
  • Robert Bly (born 1926), American poet, author and leader of mythopoetic men's movement

Bo[edit]

  • Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375), Italian author and poet
  • Jean Bodel (1165–1210), Old French poet
  • Louise Bogan (1897–1970), American poet; fourth US Poet Laureate
  • Matteo Maria Boiardo (1440 or 1441–1494), Italian Renaissance poet
  • Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636–1711), French poet and critic
  • Eavan Boland (born 1944), Irish poet
  • Alan Bold (1943–1998), Scots poet, biographer, and journalist
  • Christian Bök (born 1966), experimental Canadian poet
  • Heinrich Böll (1917–1985), German novelist
  • Edmund Bolton (c. 1575 – c. 1633), English historian and poet
  • Nozawa Bonchō (c. 1640–1714), Japanese haikai poet
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945), German poet and Lutheran theologian
  • Arna Wendell Bontemps (1902–1973), American poet and member of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Kurt Boone, American poet
  • Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986), Argentine short-story writer, essayist and poet
  • Tadeusz Borowski (1922–1951), Polish writer and journalist
  • Hristo Botev (1848–1876), Bulgarian poet and revolutionary
  • Gordon Bottomley (1874–1948), English poet and verse dramatist
  • David Bottoms (born 1949), American poet; Georgia Poet Laureate
  • Cathy Smith Bowers (born 1949), American poet; North Carolina Poet Laureate 2010–2012
  • Edgar Bowers (1924–2000), American poet and Bollingen Prize in Poetry winner
  • Mark Alexander Boyd (1562–1601), Scottish poet and mercenary
  • Kay Boyle (1902–1992), American writer, educator and political activist

Bra–Bri[edit]

  • Alison Brackenbury (born 1953), English poet from Lincolnshire
  • Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet (c. 1612–1672) America's first published poet
  • Di Brandt (born 1952), Canadian poet and literary critic
  • Giannina Braschi (born 1953), American poet born in Puerto Rico
  • Kamau Brathwaite (born 1930), Barbadian writer
  • Richard Brautigan (1935–1984), American novelist, poet and short story writer
  • Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956), German playwright, poet and lyricist
  • Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero (1585–1618), Dutch poet and playwright
  • Radovan Brenkus (born 1974), Slovak writer and poet
  • Christopher Brennan (1870–1932), Australian poet and scholar
  • Joseph Payne Brennan (1918–1990), American poet and writer of fantasy and horror fiction
  • Clemens Brentano (1778–1842), German poet and novelist
  • André Breton (1896–1966), French writer, poet and founder of Surrealism
  • Nicholas Breton (1545–1626), English poet and novelist
  • Ken Brewer (1941–2006), American poet and scholar; Utah Poet Laureate
  • Robert Bridges (1844–1930), English poet; Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom
  • Robert Bringhurst (born 1946), Canadian poet, typographer and author

Bro–Bry[edit]

  • Geoffrey Brock (born 1964), American poet and translator
  • Joseph Brodsky (1940–1996), Russian poet and essayist
  • Wladyslaw Broniewski (1897–1962), Polish poet and soldier
  • William Bronk (1918–1999), American poet
  • Anne Brontë (1820–1849), British novelist, poet and youngest of three Brontë sisters
  • Charlotte Brontë (1816–1855), English novelist and poet, eldest of three Brontë sisters
  • Emily Brontë (1818–1848), English novelist and poet
  • Rupert Brooke (1887–1915), English poet
  • Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000), African-American poet; 30th US Poet Laureate
  • Hans Adolph Brorson (1694–1764), Danish poet and Pietist bishop
  • Joan Brossa (1919–1998), Catalan poet, playwright and artist
  • Nicole Brossard (born 1943), French Canadianformalist poet and novelist
  • Olga Broumas (born 1949), Greek poet living in United States
  • Flora Brovina (born 1949), Kosovar Albanian poet, pediatrician and women's rights activist
  • Petrus Brovka (aka Pyotr Ustinovich Brovka) (1905–1980), SovietBelarusian poet
  • George Mackay Brown (1921–1996), Scottish poet, author and dramatist
  • James Brown known as J. B. Selkirk (1832–1904), Scottish poet and essayist
  • Sterling Brown (1901–1989), African-American academic writer and poet
  • Thomas Edward Brown (1830–1897), Manx poet, scholar and theologian
  • Frances Browne (1816–1887), Irish poet and novelist
  • William Browne (1590–1643), English poet
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861), English poet
  • Robert Browning (1812–1889), English poet and playwright
  • William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878), American romantic poet and journalist
  • Colette Bryce (born 1970), Northern Irish poet
  • Bryher (aka Annie Winifred Ellerman) (1894–1983), English novelist, poet and memoirist
  • Valeri Bryusov (1873–1924), Russian poet, novelist and critic

Bu–By[edit]

  • Dugald Buchanan (Dùghall Bochanan) (1716–1768), Scottish poet writing in Scots and Scottish Gaelic
  • Robert Williams Buchanan (1841–1901), Scottish poet, novelist and dramatist
  • Georg Büchner (1813–1837), German writer, poet and dramatist
  • August Buchner (1591–1661), German Baroque poet and professor
  • Vincent Buckley (1927–1988), Australian poet, essayist and critic
  • David Budbill (born 1940), American poet, and playwright
  • Arun Budhathoki (aka Daniel Song, born 1986), Nepalese poet
  • Andrea Hollander Budy (born 1947), American poet
  • Charles Bukowski (1920–1994), American poet, novelist and short story writer
  • Ivan Bunin (1870–1953) Russian poet and novelist
  • Basil Bunting (1900–1985), English modernist poet
  • Anthony Burgess (1917–1993), English writer, poet and playwright
  • Robert Burns (1759–1796), Scottish poet and a lyricist
  • Stanley Burnshaw (1906–2005), American poet
  • John Burnside (born 1955), Scottish poet and writer, winner of T. S. Eliot and Forward Poetry prizes
  • William S. Burroughs (1914–1997), American novelist, poet and essayist
  • Andrzej Bursa (1932–1957), Polish poet and writer
  • Yosa Buson (1716–1783), Japanese haikai poet and painter
  • Raegan Butcher (born 1969), American poet and singer
  • Ray Buttigieg (born 1955), poet, composer and musician
  • Ignazio Buttitta (1899–1997), Sicilian language poet
  • Anthony Butts, (born 1969), American poet
  • Kathryn Stripling Byer (born 1944), American poet and teacher; North Carolina Poet Laureate 2005–09
  • Witter Bynner (also Emanuel Morgan, 1881–1968), American poet, writer and scholar
  • George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron (1788–1824), English poet and literary figure

C[edit]

Cab–Cap[edit]

  • Lydia Cabrera (1899–1991), Cuban anthropologist and poet
  • Dilys Cadwaladr (1902–1979), Welsh poet and fiction writer writing in Welsh
  • Cædmon (fl. 7th c.), earliest Northumbrian poet known by name
  • Maoilios Caimbeul (born 1944), Scots poet and children's writer (in Gaelic)
  • Scott Cairns (born 1954), American poet, memoirist and essayist
  • Alison Calder, Canadian poet and educator
  • Angus Calder (1942–2008), Scots poet, academic and educator
  • Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño (1600–1681), dramatist, poet and writer of Spanish Golden Age
  • Musa Cälil (1906–1944), Soviet Tatar poet and resistance fighter
  • Barry Callaghan (born 1937), Canadian author, poet and anthologist
  • Michael Feeney Callan (born 1955), Irish poet, novelist and biographer
  • Callimachus (c. 305 – c. 240 BC), Hellenistic poet, critic and scholar at Library of Alexandria
  • Robert Calvert (1944–1988), South African writer, poet and musician
  • Norman Cameron (1905–1953), Scottish poet
  • Luís de Camões (c. 1524 – 1580), early Portuguese poet
  • Angus Peter Campbell (aka Aonghas P(h)àdraig Caimbeul, living), Scottish poet, novelist, broadcaster and actor
  • David Campbell (1915–1979), Australian poet and wartime pilot, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for service in New Guinea
  • Roy Campbell (1901–1957), South African poet and satirist
  • Thomas Campbell (1777–1844), Scottish poet
  • Jan Campert (1902–1943), Dutch poet and journalist
  • Remco Campert (born 1929), son of Jan; Dutch poet and novelist
  • Thomas Campion (1567–1619), English composer, poet and physician
  • Matilde Camus (born 1919), Spanish poet and researcher
  • Melville Henry Cane (1879–1980), American poet and lawyer
  • Ivan Cankar (1876–1918), Slovene playwright, essayist and poet
  • May Wedderburn Cannan (1893–1973), British poet
  • Edip Cansever (1928–1986) Turkish poet
  • Cao Cao (AD 155–220), poet and warlord
  • Cao Pi (formally Emperor Wen of Wei) (AD 187–226), Chinese poet and first emperor of state of Cao Wei; second son of Cao Cao
  • Cao Zhi (AD 192–232), Chinese poet; third son of Cao Cao
  • Vahni Capildeo (born 1973), Trinidadian poet

Car–Cav[edit]

  • Ernesto Cardenal (born 1925), Nicaraguan Roman Catholic poet and priest
  • Giosuè Carducci (1835–1907), Italian poet and teacher
  • Thomas Carew (1595–1639), English Cavalier poet
  • Henry Carey (1687–1743), English poet, dramatist and songwriter
  • Robert Carliell (died c. 1622), English didactic poet
  • Bliss Carman (1861–1929), Canadian-American poet associated with Confederation Poets
  • Jim Carroll (1949–2009), American author, poet and punk musician
  • Lewis Carroll (born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832–1898), English writer, mathematician and photographer
  • Hayden Carruth (1921–2008), American poet and literary critic
  • Ann Elizabeth Carson (born 1929), Canadian poet, artist and feminist
  • Anne Carson (born 1950), Canadian poet, essayist and translator
  • Elizabeth Carter (1717–1806), English poet and Bluestocking
  • Jared Carter (born 1939), American poet and editor
  • William Cartwright (1611–1643), English dramatist and churchman
  • Neal Cassady (1926–1968), figure in 1950s Beat Generation and 1960s psychedelic movement
  • Cyrus Cassells (born 1957), American poet and professor
  • Catullus (c. 84 – 54 BC), Latin poet of Roman Republic
  • Charles Causley (1917–2003), Cornish poet, schoolmaster and writer
  • C. P. Cavafy (1863–1933), Greek poet, journalist and civil servant
  • Guido Cavalcanti (1250s – 1300), Florentine poet and friend of Dante Alighieri
  • Nick Cave (born 1957), Australian writer, musician and actor
  • Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623–1673), English writer, aristocrat and scientist

Ce–Ci[edit]

  • Paul Celan (1920–1970), Romanian-born Jewish poet and translator
  • Thomas Centolella (living), American poet
  • Blaise Cendrars (1887–1961), French poet and author
  • Anica Černej (1900–1944), Slovene author and poet
  • Luis Cernuda (1903–1963), Spanish poet and literary critic
  • Aimé Césaire (1913–2008), French poet, author and politician from Martinique
  • Mário Cesariny de Vasconcelos (1923–2006), Portuguese surrealist poet
  • Ashok Chakradhar (born 1951), Hindi author and poet
  • John Chalkhill (fl. 1600), English poet
  • Jean Chapelain (1595–1674), French poet and critic in Grand Siècle
  • Arthur Chapman (1873–1935), American cowboy poet and columnist
  • George Chapman (1559–1634), English dramatist, translator and poet
  • Fred Chappell (born 1936), American author and poet; North Carolina Poet Laureate 1997–2002
  • René Char (1907–1998), French poet
  • Charles, Duke of Orléans (1394–1465), poet
  • Craig Charles (born 1964), English writer, poet and comedian
  • Thomas Chatterton (1752–1770), English poet and forger of medieval poetry
  • Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – 1400), poet, philosopher and alchemist
  • Reverend Fr. Fray Angelico Chavez (1910–1996), America writer, poet and Franciscan priest
  • Susana Chávez (1974–2011), Mexican poet and human rights activist
  • Syl Cheney-Coker (born 1945), Sierra Leonean poet and novelist
  • Kelly Cherry (born 1940), American author and poet; Poet Laureate of Virginia 2010–2012
  • G. K. Chesterton, (1874–1936) was an English writer and poet
  • Choe Chiwon (born 857), Korean (Silla) poet
  • Fukuda Chiyo-ni (1703–1775), female Japanese haiku poet of Edo period
  • Henri Chopin (1922–2008), avant-garde poet and musician
  • Jean Chopinel (or Jean de Meun) (c. 1240 – c. 1305), French writer
  • Chrétien de Troyes (fl. 12th c.), French poet and trouvère
  • Ralph Chubb (1892–1960), poet, painter and printer
  • Charles Churchill (1732–1764), English poet and satirist
  • John Ciardi, (1916–1986) Italian-American poet, translator and etymologist
  • Colley Cibber (1671–1757), English playwright and Poet Laureate
  • Jovan Ćirilov (born 1931), Serbian drama expert, writer and poet
  • Carson Cistulli (born 1979), American poet, essayist and English professor
  • Hélène Cixous (born 1937), French feminist writer, poet and playwright

Cl[edit]

  • Amy Clampitt (1920–1994), American poet and author
  • Kate Clanchy (born 1965), Scottish poet and writer
  • John Clare (1793–1864), English poet
  • Elizabeth Clark (1918–1978), Scottish poet and playwright
  • Austin Clarke (1896–1974), Irish poet
  • George Elliott Clarke (born 1960), Canadian poet and university professor
  • Gillian Clarke (born 1937), (born 1937), Welsh poet and playwright writing in English
  • Paul Claudel (1868–1955), French poet, dramatist and diplomat
  • Claudian (c. 370–404), Latin poet at court of Emperor Honorius
  • Matthias Claudius (Asmus, 1740–1815), German poet
  • Brian P. Cleary (born 1959), American humorist, poet, and author
  • Jack Clemo (1916–1994), English Christian poet
  • Michelle Cliff (born 1946), Jamaican-American author of short stories, prose poems and literary criticism
  • Lucille Clifton (1936–2010), educator and Poet Laureate of Maryland
  • Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–1861), English poet, educationalist and assistant to Florence Nightingale

Coa–Con[edit]

  • Grace Stone Coates (1881–1976), Montana writer
  • Robbie Coburn (born 1994), Australian poet
  • Alison Cockburn(1712–1794), Scottish poet, wit and socialite
  • Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), French writer
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer, (born 1952), Puerto Rican poet and author
  • Leonard Cohen, (born 1934), Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist
  • Wanda Coleman (born 1946), African-American poet
  • Hartley Coleridge (1796–1849), English poet, biographer and essayist
  • Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861–1907), English novelist, essayist and poet
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), English poet
  • Edward Coletti, (born 1944), Italian-American poet
  • Billy Collins (born 1941), American poet; United States Poet Laureate 2001–03
  • William Collins (1721–1759), English poet
  • William Congreve (1670–1729), English playwright and poet
  • Stewart Conn (born 1936), Scottish poet and playwright
  • Paul Conneally, (born 1959), English poet, artist and musician
  • Robert Conquest (born 1917), Anglo-American historian and poet
  • Henry Constable (1562–1613), English poet
  • David Constantine (born 1944), English poet and translator.

Coo–Cow[edit]

  • Clark Coolidge (born 1939, American poet
  • Wendy Cope (born 1945), English poet
  • Robert Copland (fl. 1515), English printer, author and translator
  • Denys Corbet (1826–1909), Guernsey poet writing in Guernésiais
  • Tristan Corbière (1845–1875), French poet
  • Cid Corman (1924–2004), American poet, translator and editor
  • Alfred Corn (born 1943), American poet and essayist
  • Frances Cornford (1886–1960), English poet; wife of F. M. Cornford
  • F. M. Cornford (1874–1943), English classical scholar and poet; husband of Frances Cornford
  • Joe Corrie (1894–1968), Scottish miner, poet and playwright
  • Gregory Corso (1930–2001), American Beat poet
  • Jayne Cortez (born 1936), American poet and performance artist
  • George Coșbuc (1866–1918), Romanian poet, translator and teacher
  • Charles Cotton (1630–1687), English poet, author and translator
  • Abraham Cowley (1618–1667), English poet
  • Malcolm Cowley (1898–1989), American novelist, poet and critic
  • William Cowper (1731–1800), English poet and hymnist

Cr–Cz[edit]

  • George Crabbe (1754–1832), English poet, naturalist and clergyman
  • Hart Crane (1899–1932), American modernist poet
  • Stephen Crane (1871–1900), American novelist, short story writer and poet
  • Richard Crashaw (1613–1649), English Metaphysical poet
  • Robert Creeley (born 1926), American poet
  • Octave Crémazie (1827–1879), French Canadian poet
  • Ann Batten Cristall (1769–1848), English poet
  • Charles Cros (1842–1888), French poet and inventor
  • Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), English occultist and poet
  • Andrew Crozier (1943–2008), English poet
  • Cui Hao (c. 704–754), Tang Dynasty Chinese poet
  • Countee Cullen (1903–1946), American poet
  • Necati Cumalı (1921–2001), Turkish writer of fiction, essays and poetry
  • E. E. Cummings (1894–1962), American poet, essayist and playwright
  • Allan Cunningham (1784–1842), Scottish poet and author
  • James Vincent Cunningham (1911–1985), American poet, literary critic and teacher
  • Allen Curnow (1911–2001), New Zealand poet and journalist
  • Ivor Cutler (1923–2006), Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist

D[edit]

Da[edit]

  • Dalpatram (Dalpatram Dahyabhai Travadi), (1820–1898), Indian Gujarati-language poet
  • Roque Dalton (1935–1975), Salvadoran poet
  • Sapardi Djoko Damono (born 1940), Indonesian poet
  • Samuel Daniel (1562–1619), English poet and historian
  • David Daniels (1933–2008), American visual poet
  • Jeffrey Daniels, African-American poet
  • Thomas d'Angleterre, 12th-century poet writing in Old French
  • Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863–1938), Italian poet, journalist, novelist, and dramatist
  • Hugh Antoine d'Arcy (1843–1925), French-born poet, writer and film executive
  • Rubén Darío (1867–1916), Nicaraguan poet who initiated modernismo
  • Keki Daruwalla (born 1937), Indian poet and short story writer in English
  • Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802), English poet and herbalist
  • Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008), Palestinian poet and author
  • Elizabeth Daryush (1887–1977), English poet; daughter of Robert Bridges
  • Jibanananda Das (1899–1954), Bengali poet and author
  • René Daumal (1908–1944), French para-surrealist writer and poet
  • Jean Daurat (1508–1588), French poet, scholar and 'La Pléiademember
  • William Davenant (1606–1668), English poet and playwright
  • Guy Davenport (1927–2005), American writer, translator and illustrator
  • Donald Davidson (1893–1968) American poet, essayist and critic
  • John Davidson (1857–1909), Scottish balladeer, playwright and novelist
  • Lucretia Maria Davidson (1808–1825), American poet
  • Donald Davie (1922–1995), English poet and critic
  • Alan Davies (born 1951), American poet, critic and editor
  • Hugh Sykes Davies (1909–1984), English poet, novelist and communist
  • Sir John Davies (1569–1626), English poet, lawyer and politician
  • W. H. Davies (1871–1940), Welsh poet and writer
  • Jon Davis, American poet
  • Edward Davison (1898–1970), Scottish-American poet and critic; father of poet Peter Davison
  • Peter Davison, (1928–2004), American poet, essayist and editor; son of poet Edward Davison
  • Denis Davydov (1784–1839), Russian soldier-poet of Napoleonic Wars
  • Dayaram (1777–1853), Gujarati poet
  • Cecil Day-Lewis (1904–1972), Anglo-Irish poet; UK Poet Laureate 1968–72

De–Dh[edit]

  • James Deahl (born 1945), Canadian poet and publisher
  • Aurora de Albornoz (1926–1990), Spanish poet
  • Dulcie Deamer (1890–1972), Australian poet and novelist
  • John F. Deane (born 1943), Irish poet and novelist
  • Aleš Debeljak (1961–2016), Slovenian critic, poet and essayist
  • Jean Louis De Esque (1879–1956), American poet and author
  • Madeline DeFrees (born 1919), American poet
  • Thomas Dekker (1572–1641), English Elizabethan dramatist and pamphleteer
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651–1695), Mexican poet
  • Baltasar del Alcázar (1530–1606), Spanish poet
  • Walter de la Mare (1873–1956), English poet, short story writer and novelist
  • Leconte de Lisle (1818–1894), French poet of Parnassian movement
  • Christine De Luca (born 1947), Scottish poet, writing in English and Shetland dialect
  • François de Malherbe (1555–1628), French poet, critic, and translator
  • Alfred de Musset (1810–1857), French poet
  • Gérard de Nerval (1808–1855), French poet, essayist and translator
  • Sir John Denham (c. 1614–1669), English poet and courtier
  • Tory Dent (1958–2005), American poet, critic and commentator
  • Évariste de Parny (1753–1814), French poet
  • Regina Derieva (born 1949), Russian poet and writer
  • Johan Andreas Dèr Mouw (1863–1919), Dutch poet and philosopher
  • Toi Derricotte (born 1941), African-American poet
  • Eustache Deschamps (1346–1406), medieval French poet
  • Lord de Tabley (1835–1895), poet and botanist
  • Babette Deutsch (1895–1982), American poet, critic and novelist
  • Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio (1562–1635), Spanish playwright and poet
  • Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, courtier poet praised also for lost plays
  • Alfred de Vigny (1797–1863), French poet, playwright and novelist
  • Lakshmi Prasad Devkota (1909–1959), Nepali poet and essayist
  • Phillippa Yaa de Villiers (born 1966), South African poet and performance artist
  • Imtiaz Dharker (born 1954), Pakistan-born British poet, artist and filmmaker
  • Dhurjati (c. 15th and 16th cc.), Telugu poet

Di–Do[edit]

  • Souéloum Diagho (living), Tuareg poet
  • Pier Giorgio Di Cicco (born 1949), Italian-Canadian poet; second Poet Laureate of Toronto
  • Jennifer K Dick, (born 1970), American poet
  • James Dickey (1923–1997), American poet and novelist, 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress
  • Emily Dickinson (1830–1886), American poet
  • Matthew Dickman (born 1975), American poet, twin of Michael Dickman
  • Michael Dickman (born 1975), American poet, twin of Matthew Dickman

Donald Hall, in full Donald Andrew Hall, Jr., (born Sept. 20, 1928, New Haven, Conn., U.S.), American poet, essayist, and critic, whose poetic style moved from studied formalism to greater emphasis on personal expression.

Hall received bachelor’s degrees in literature from both Harvard (1951) and Oxford (1953) universities and at the latter received the Newdigate Prize in 1952 for his poem Exile. He was a junior fellow at Harvard from 1954 to 1957 and then taught at the University of Michigan until 1975, when he moved to a farm in New Hampshire once owned by his grandparents. There he devoted himself to writing. Hall was poet laureate consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress from 2006 to 2007.

The poems collected in Exiles and Marriages (1955) exhibit the influence of Hall’s academic training: their style and structure are rigorously formal. In The Dark Houses (1958) he shows a richer emotional range, presaging the intuitive, anecdotal works for which he has become best known—e.g., A Roof of Tiger Lilies (1964) and The Alligator Bride (1968). The book-length The One Day: A Poem in Three Parts (1988), considered his masterpiece, is an intricate meditation on middle age. White Apples and the Taste of Stone (2006) is a collection of poetry from across his career.

Hall’s numerous prose works ranged widely, from Marianne Moore: The Cage and the Animal (1970) to a biography of the American sculptor Henry Moore. He edited anthologies of verse and of prose and wrote books for children. He also wrote works on baseball, including Fathers Playing Catch with Sons (1985).

The death in 1995 of his wife, the poet Jane Kenyon, powerfully influenced his later work: the poetry collections Without (1998) and The Painted Bed (2002) explore loss and grieving, and The Best Day the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon (2005) is a memoir.

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