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Presenting biographies of some famous poets and writers of all ages. The biographies highlight childhood, works and achievements and later life of these great poets.

What do William Wordsworth, Charles Wright and W. B. Yeats have in common? The answer is that they were all world famous poets whose poems are still studied as a part of literature. Poets have often been described as people who step outside the bounds of the obvious and produce aesthetic and, in some cases, even rhythmic works that are meant to take the reader on a fanciful journey through the poet’s words. Poems have been a part of literature forever and it is believed that the earliest poems evolved from folk songs. A poem usually has certain characters that define it, some of which are things like the rhyme scheme, symbolism, rhetoric, rhythm and even irony. This form of literature has also been used to tell stories, the best example of which the two poems Iliad and The Odyssey, written by Homer, are the best examples. Having familiarized ourselves with poems, it’s only natural that we move onto better acquainting ourselves with the people who wrote them. To that end, what follows now is a collection of the biographies of some of the most famous poets. They include their timelines, information about their professional and personal lives along with interesting facts and trivia about them.
A. A. Milne A. A. Milne
(British)

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a ...

A. C. Benson A. C. Benson
(British)

Arthur Christopher Benson was an accomplished ...

A. E. Housman A. E. Housman
(British)

Alfred Edward Housman, better known as A. E. ...

A. R. Ammons A. R. Ammons
(American)

Multiple award winning American poet Archie ...

Abraham Valdelomar Abraham Valdelomar
(Peruvian)

Abraham Valdelomar was a notable Peruvian writer, ...

Ada Cambridge Ada Cambridge
(Australian)

Ada Cambridge was a prolific and gifted author. ...

Adrian Mitchell Adrian Mitchell
(British)

Adrian Mitchell is one of the finest poets and ...

Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich
(American)

Adrienne Rich was an American poet, essayist and ...

Aeschylus Aeschylus
(Greek)

Aeschylus was a Greek tragedian who gave his life ...

Aharon Appelfeld Aharon Appelfeld
(Israeli)

Aharon Appelfeld is a celebrated Israeli author ...

Ahlam Mosteghanemi Ahlam Mosteghanemi
(Algerian)

Ahlam Mosteghanemi is a contemporary Algerian ...

Ahmad Javad Ahmad Javad
(Azerbaijani)

Ahmad Javad was an Azerbaijani poet in the early ...

Alan Jay Lerner Alan Jay Lerner
(American)

Alan Jay Lerner was an American librettist and ...

Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley
(British,American)

Aldous Leonard Huxley was a well-known writer, ...

Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley
(British)

Once notorious as “the wickedest man in the ...

Aleksa Å antiÄ Aleksa Šantić...
(Bosniak)

Aleksa Šantić was a Bosnian Serb poet whose ...

Alexander Pope Alexander Pope
(British)

An 18th-century English poet, Alexander Pope was ...

Alfred de Musset Alfred de Musset
(French)

Alfred de Musset was a French dramatist and poet, ...

Alfred de Vigny Alfred de Vigny
(French)

One of the major writers in the era of French ...

Alfred Lord Tennyson Alfred Lord Tennyson
(British)

Alfred Lord Tennyson was a poet laureate of the ...

Alfred Noyes Alfred Noyes
(British)

Alfred Noyes was an English author, one of the ...

Allan Cunningham Allan Cunningham
(Scottish)

Allan Cunningham didn’t have access to great ...

Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg
(American)

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was a famous American poet ...

Allen Tate Allen Tate
(American)

Allen Tate was a famous American poet laureate ...

Alphonse Daudet Alphonse Daudet
(French)

Alphonse Daudet is considered to be one of the ...

Alphonse de Lamartine Alphonse de Lamartine
(French)

Born into an affluent family, Lamartine had a ...

Amir Khusrow Amir Khusrow
(Indian)

Amir Khusro was a Sufi musician, poet and scholar ...

Amrita Pritam Amrita Pritam
(Indian)

Amrita Pritam, the young poet who emotively ...

Amy Clampitt Amy Clampitt
(American)

Amy Clampitt was an American poet and author ...

Amy Levy Amy Levy
(British)

Amy Levy was a British poetess and novelist, one ...

Andre Breton Andre Breton
(French)

Andre Breton was a distinguished writer and poet ...

Andrew Lang Andrew Lang
(Scottish)

Andrew Lang was a Scottish writer and literary ...

Andrew Marvell Andrew Marvell
(British)

One of the major English poets of the 17th ...

Angelus Silesius Angelus Silesius
(German)

Angelus Silesius, who later got converted to a ...

Anne Bradstreet Anne Bradstreet
(British)

With the publication of her first work “The ...

Anne Sexton Anne Sexton
(American)

Anne Sexton was an influential American poet ...

Aphra Behn Aphra Behn
(British)

Aphra Behn was a British author, poet and ...

Aristophanes Aristophanes
(Greek)

Aristophanes was an acclaimed Greek comic ...

Arthur Rimbaud Arthur Rimbaud
(French)

Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a famous French ...

Assi Rahbani Assi Rahbani
(Lebanese)

Assi Rahbani was a Lebanese composer, musician, ...

August Strindberg August Strindberg
(Swedish)

Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusto_Roa_Bastos Augusto Roa Bastos
(Paraguayan)

Augusto Roa Bastos enjoyed a reputable career as ...

Banjo Paterson Banjo Paterson
(Australian)

Banjo Paterson’s was a native Australian whose ...

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhya Bankim Chandra Chattopadh...
(Indian)

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was a famous Bengali ...

Barbara Kingsolver Barbara Kingsolver
(American)

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, poet, ...

Basho Basho
(Japanese)

Matsuo Basho was a 17th century Japanese poet, ...

Ben Jonson Ben Jonson
(British)

A highly acclaimed, literary figure from the ...

Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht
(German)

Bertolt Brecht, born as Eugen Berthold Friedrich ...

Blaže Koneski Blaže Koneski...
(Macedonian)

Blaze Koneski was a famous Macedonian poet, ...

Boris Pasternak Boris Pasternak
(Soviet Russian)

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian ...

Bret Harte Bret Harte
(American)

Bret Harte was an American writer; poet and ...

C. Day Lewis C. Day Lewis
(Irish,British)

Cecil Day-Lewis, commonly known as C. Day Lewis ...

Carol Ann Duffy Carol Ann Duffy
(British)

The first woman Poet Laureate of the United ...

Caroline Norton Caroline Norton
(British)

Caroline Norton is till date best remembered as ...

Carson McCullers Carson McCullers
(American)

Carson McCullers, the author of the celebrated ...

Cesare Pavese Cesare Pavese
(Italian)

Cesare Pavese was one of the most creatively ...

Chairil Anwar Chairil Anwar
(Indonesian)

Chairil Anwar was a very talented Indonesian ...

Charles Baudelaire Charles Baudelaire
(French)

Charles Baudelaire was a notable French poet, ...

Charles Bukowski Charles Bukowski
(German,American)

Charles Bukowski was a prolific novelist, short ...

Charles Simic Charles Simic
(American)

Charles Simic aka Dušan Simić is a living Poet ...

Charlotte Bronte Charlotte Bronte
(British)

Charlotte Bronte was a famous English novelist ...

Chinua Achebe Chinua Achebe
(Nigerian)

Called "the father of modern African writing", ...

Christine de Pizan Christine de Pizan
(French)

Christine de Pizan was a French writer of ...

Claude McKay Claude McKay
(Jamaican,American)

One of the most influential figures in the Harlem ...

Claudia Lars Claudia Lars
(Salvadoran)

Claudia Lars was a Salvadoran poet and was one of ...

CzesÅaw MiÅosz Czesław Miłosz...
(Polish)

Czeslaw Milosz was a renowned poet, novelist, ...

D. H. Lawrence D. H. Lawrence
(British)

D. H. Lawrence was an early 20th century writer ...

Dante Alighieri Dante Alighieri
(Italian)

Durante degli Alighieri, popularly known as ...

David Wagoner David Wagoner
(American)

David Wagoner is one of the prolific writers ...

Derek Walcott Derek Walcott
(Saint Lucian)

A Nobel laureate and an honorary member of the ...

Dora Gabe Dora Gabe
(Bulgarian)

Dora Gabe was a renowned poetess from Bulgaria ...

Dylan Thomas Dylan Thomas
(British,Welsh)

Dylan Thomas, also known as Dylan Marlais Thomas, ...

E. E. Cummings E. E. Cummings
(American)

Edward Estlin Cummings, popularly known as E. E. ...

Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe
(American)

Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, ...

Edna St. Vincent Millay Edna St. Vincent Millay
(American)

Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American poetess ...

Edward Gorey Edward Gorey
(American)

Edward St. John Gorey was a famous American ...

Edward Young Edward Young
(British)

Edward Young was one of the most prominent ...

Elin Pelin Elin Pelin
(Bulgarian)

Elin Pelin was a Bulgarian novelist whose work ...

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Elizabeth Barrett Brownin...
(British)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was among the most ...

Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop
(American)

Elizabeth Bishop was an extremely admired ...

Ella Wheeler Wilcox Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(American)

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's prolific excellence lay in ...

Emily Brontë Emily Brontë...
(British)

Emily Bronte is an exponent of English literature ...

Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson
(American)

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet ...

Endre Ady Endre Ady
(Hungarian)

Endre Ady was a Hungarian poet and journalist ...

Ernesto Cardenal Ernesto Cardenal
(Nicaraguan)

Ernesto Cardenal is a Roman Catholic priest who ...

Ezra Pound Ezra Pound
(American)

An expatriate American poet and critic, Ezra ...

Federico García Lorca Federico García Lorca...
(Spanish)

Federico García Lorca was a celebrated Spanish ...

Fernando Pessoa Fernando Pessoa
(Portuguese)

Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa was a noted ...

Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock
(New Zealander)

Fleur Adcock is a New Zealand writer who has been ...

Fran Levstik Fran Levstik
(Slovenian)

Fran Levstik was a Slovenian poet, playwright, ...

Francesco Petrarch Francesco Petrarch
(Italian)

The illustrious Italian poet, scholar and ...

Friedrich Schiller Friedrich Schiller
(German)

Voted by a Franco-German TV network as ‘the ...

Gabriela Mistral Gabriela Mistral
(Chilean)

Gabriela Mistral was a woman with a multi-faceted ...

Gary Snyder Gary Snyder
(American)

Gary Sherman Snyder is a famous American poet, ...

Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer
(British)

Also known as the Father of English literature, ...

George Elliot George Elliot
(British)

Mary Ann (Marian) Evans, more popular by her pen ...

George Herbert George Herbert
(British)

George Herbert was an English poet, orator and ...

George Santayana George Santayana
(Spanish,American)

George Santayana was a Spanish American ...

Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein
(American)

Gertrude Stein was a writer, poet and an ardent ...

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