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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

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” Does this quote remind you of someone? Of course, of the ...

A. E. Housman A. E. Housman

Alfred Edward Housman, better known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet regarded as one of the greatest scholars of all ...

A. R. Ammons A. R. Ammons

Multiple award winning American poet Archie Randolph Ammons, better known as A. R. Ammons, was famous for his works describing the wonders of ...

Ada Cambridge Ada Cambridge

Ada Cambridge was a prolific and gifted author. Reading her works, one can get terrific insights into the sensibilities and styles of the then ...

Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist. She was born to Jewish-Protestant parents. Her father encouraged her to read and ...

Aeschylus Aeschylus

Aeschylus was a Greek tragedian who gave his life to dramatic arts. He laid the foundation and groundwork that was required for the art to ...

Alan Jay Lerner Alan Jay Lerner

Alan Jay Lerner was an American librettist and lyricist who along with Frederick Loewe created some of the most renowned and enduring works of ...

Alexander Pope Alexander Pope

An 18th-century English poet, Alexander Pope was best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of the works of Homer. Born in ...

Alfred de Musset Alfred de Musset

Alfred de Musset was a French dramatist and poet, regarded as one of the first Romantic writers. He was also a prolific novelist of the romantic ...

Alfred de Vigny Alfred de Vigny

One of the major writers in the era of French Romanticism, Alfred de Vigny was a poet, playwright and novelist who began his career as a ...

Alfred Tennyson Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson was a poet laureate of the United Kingdom during the reign of Queen Victoria and also one of the most known poets in ...

Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was a famous American poet who passionately battled against militarism, materialism and sexual repression. A prominent ...

Andre Breton Andre Breton

Andre Breton was a distinguished writer and poet from France. He was one of the few personalities who reinforced and led the Surrealist movement ...

Anne Bradstreet Anne Bradstreet

With the publication of her first work “The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, by a Gentlewoman of those Parts” in London in 1650, Anne ...

Anne Sexton Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton was an influential American poet famous for her highly personal and confessional poetry. She had extensively used her knowledge of ...

Aristophanes Aristophanes

Aristophanes was an acclaimed Greek comic playwright and poet. Among his originally written forty plays, only eleven are still extant. These, ...

 Arthur Rimbaud Arthur Rimbaud

Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a famous French poet and adventurer. He came out with some of his finest poems while he was still in his late ...

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhya Bankim Chandra Chatt...

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was a famous Bengali poet, writer and journalist. He was the author of Anandamath containing the National Song of ...

Ben Jonson Ben Jonson

A highly acclaimed, literary figure from the 17trh century, Ben Jonson is widely hailed as ‘one of the most vigorous minds that ever added to ...

Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht, born as Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht, was a German poet, playwright and theatre practitioner. He was a visionary who departed ...

 C. Day Lewis C. Day Lewis

Cecil Day-Lewis, commonly known as C. Day Lewis CBE, was an Irish-born poet and novelist. He was also a British poet Laureate from 1968, until ...

Carol Ann Duffy Carol Ann Duffy

The first woman Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, Carol Ann Duff is a much-admired, award-winning female poet. Many of her poems are part of ...

Carson McCullers Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers, the author of the celebrated piece of fiction ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ was born as Lula Carson Smith. The author is ...

Cesare Pavese Cesare Pavese

Cesare Pavese was one of the most creatively proficient novelist and translator who introduced modern US and English writers to Italy. His works ...

Charles Baudelaire Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire was a notable French poet, also known as an essayist, art critic and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. Being a critic ...

Charlotte Bronte Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte was a famous English novelist and poet who left behind a rich legacy of written work which includes classical novels like ...

Chinua Achebe Chinua Achebe

Called "the father of modern African writing", Chinua Achebe was one of the most widely read novelists from Nigeria who played a pivotal role in ...

Claude McKay Claude McKay

One of the most influential figures in the Harlem Renaissance, Festus Claudius McKay was a Jamaican-American novelist and poet. Better known as ...

Dante Alighieri Dante Alighieri

Durante degli Alighieri, popularly known as Dante, was a chief Italian poet during the middle ages. Born in Florence, he spent a large portion ...

David Wagoner David Wagoner

David Wagoner is one of the prolific writers amongst the list of modern American literary scholars. Though media glare and attention has always ...

Derek Walcott Derek Walcott

A Nobel laureate and an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Derek Walcott is one of the creative geniuses ...

Dylan Thomas Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas, also known as Dylan Marlais Thomas, was a Welsh-born poet and writer who wrote exclusively in English. Apart from poetry, he also ...

EE Cummings E. E. Cummings

Edward Estlin Cummings, popularly known as E. E. Cummings, was an impressive American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He is ...

Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, who was also associated with the American Romantic Movement. He was ...

Edna St. Vincent Millay Edna St. Vincent Mil...

Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American poetess and playwright who was known for her feminist activism and her several love affairs. Some of her ...

Edward Gorey Edward Gorey

Edward St. John Gorey was a famous American writer and illustrator. He was famous, particularly in the gothic subculture, for his unconventional ...

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Elizabeth Barrett Br...

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was among the most eminent English poets of the Victorian era. Her works were immensely famous in England as well as ...

Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop was an extremely admired American poet, quite popular for her striking sense of witty and descriptive poems. Bishop was the ...

Ella Wheeler Wilcox Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's prolific excellence lay in her positive approach and optimistic nature. She had started penning down poetry from an early ...

Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet much acclaimed worldwide for her unique poems. Known for her seclusion from outer world and ...

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound Ezra Pound

An expatriate American poet and critic, Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was a chief personality in the initial modernist movement in poetry. He gained ...

Fernando Pessoa Fernando Pessoa

Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa was a noted literary figure of the 20th century Portugal and is known to be the greatest poet of the ...

Francesco Petrarch Francesco Petrarch

The illustrious Italian poet, scholar and humanist, Francesco Petrarca or Petrarch is inarguably one of the most influential poets in the world ...

Friedrich Schiller Friedrich Schiller

Voted by a Franco-German TV network as ‘the second most important playwright in Europe after William Shakespeare’, Friedrich Schiller is ...

Gabriela Mistral Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral was a woman with a multi-faceted personality—she was a poet, an educator, a diplomat and a feminist all rolled into one. She ...

Gary Snyder Gary Snyder

Gary Sherman Snyder is a famous American poet, writer, educator, travel writer, translator and environmental activist. He was born and brought ...

Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer

Also known as the Father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer was the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. He was also the first poet to ...

George Elliot George Elliot

Mary Ann (Marian) Evans, more popular by her pen name George Eliot, was one of the most acclaimed English novelists of the Victorian era. Her ...

George Herbert George Herbert

George Herbert was an English poet, orator and Anglican priest with a Welsh origin. He had descended from a wealthy family and thus, was ...

George Santayana George Santayana

George Santayana was a Spanish American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. He never gave up his Spanish citizenship, despite being ...

Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein was a writer, poet and an ardent collector of Modernist art. She rejected the conventional style of early nineteenth-century ...

Girolamo Fracastoro Girolamo Fracastoro

Girolamo Fracastoro was a prominent Italian physician, poet and scholar in astronomy, mathematics and geography. He propagated the philosophy of ...

Guy de Maupassant Guy de Maupassant

Widely regarded as the ‘Father of Modern Short Story’ writing, Guy de Maupassant was one of the greatest French writers in the 19th century. ...

Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks, the Pulitzer-prize winning poet from the Midwest, is one name that needs no introduction. Revered as the ‘patron ...

Henrik Ibsen Henrik Ibsen

A famous Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet, Henrik Ibsen is often considered as “the father” of modern theater and one of the ...

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Long...

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator. He was famous for writing lyric poems, which were popular for their musicality and ...

Homer Homer

Homer was a legendary ancient Greek poet who wrote the epics, the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey”. These epics were a part of Western canon of ...

Horace Horace

Horace, whose real name was Quintus Horatius Flaccus, was the leading Roman poet of the Augustan Age. He was a member of literary circle that ...

Horatio Alger Horatio Alger

Horatio Alger, Jr. was a well-known 19th century American author known for his novels portraying young boys’ struggles and challenges. Most of ...

Jack Kerouac Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was a novelist who had broken all literary conventions and traditions. He was popularly known literary iconoclast and is placed ...

James Joyce James Joyce

James Joyce was one of the most influential writers in the early part of the 20th century. This Irish poet, short story writer, novelist and ...

James Weldon Johnson James Weldon Johnson

A multi-faceted personality, James Weldon Johnson grew up to be America's top author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, ...

James Wright James Wright

James Arlington Wright, one of the most prolific American poets of the 20th century, was the proud recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Wright made ...

Jean Cocteau Jean Cocteau

Jean Maurice Eugene Clement Cocteau was a Parisian writer, artist, poet, playwright and film maker belonging to a wealthy and prominent family ...

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang von ...

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a key personality in the list of German writers and polymaths. He is regarded as the supreme Genius of modern ...

John Berger John Berger

John Peter Berger is an English painter, art critic, essayist, prose writer and a fiction writer. His fictional work on the alienation of the ...

John Clare John Clare

John Clare was an English poet, belonging to the Romantic school, known for his vivid and lyrical descriptions of the rural English countryside. ...

John Donne John Donne

John Donne was a famous English poet, satirist, lawyer and priest of his time. Known for his realistic and sensual style, his writings include ...

John Dryden John Dryden

A great playwright, exceptional poet, fine translator, solid critic, and an excellent satirist, John Dryden wore many hats during his living. He ...

John Gay John Gay

John Gay, the English poet best remembered as the creator of the immortal fictional characters Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, was a highly ...

John Keats John Keats

‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know’ is one of the famous lines of the sonnet, ‘Ode to ...

John M. Ford John M. Ford

John M. Ford is remembered as the drollest and the most scholarly author in America. He was a regular contributor to several online discussions ...

John Milton John Milton

John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England. He was an influential man of letters and served ...

John Updike John Updike

Considered one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century, John Updike was a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner author and was also ...

Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish poet, writer and cleric who gained reputation as a great political writer and an essayist. Jonathan, who ...

Jorge Luis Borges Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, popularly known as Jorge Luis Borges, was a renowned writer, essayist, and poet from Argentina. He ...

Joseph Addison Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison was a distinguished 18th century English poet, author, playwright, politician and classical scholar. He is recognised as one of ...

Joyce Carol Oates Joyce Carol Oates

The New York Times bestselling author, Joyce Carol Oates is an acclaimed author of several literary genres. She is widely regarded as a ...

Judith Wright Judith Wright

Judith Wright, born in the early 20th century, was a well-known Australian poet, short-story writer and conversationalist. She was also a highly ...

Juvenal Juvenal

Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis, popularly known as Juvenal, was a Roman poet active in the period between late 1st and early 2nd century AD. He was ...

Karel Appel Karel Appel

Karel Appel was an expressionist Dutch painter. He was a member of the famous COBRA, the European group of the late 1940s to early 1950s, which ...

Khalil Gibran Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese American artist, writer, philosopher and the third most popular poet in history after Shakespeare and Laozi. Born ...

Kingsley Amis Kingsley Amis

Sir Kingsley Williams Amis was an English novelist, poet and teacher and his literary work is includes short stories, poetry, books of ...

Langston Hughes Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was better known as the earliest innovators of new literary art ...

Lord Byron Lord Byron

Lord Byron was a famous British poet better known as the leading figure of Romanticism. His best known poems include, “She Walks in Beauty”, ...

Lucille Clifton Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton, born as Thelma Lucille Sayles, was a prolific poet and author best known for writing on themes related to African-American ...

Malcolm Cowley Malcolm Cowley

Malcolm Cowley was an American literary critic, poet, editor and a social historian who went on to become a representative of the America’s ...

Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer, best known for her novels, short stories and poems. She decided to pursue writing as a career in the early ...

Mark Twain Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author, essayist, lecturer and humorist who wrote a series of ...

Matthew Arnold Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold is a distinguished twentieth century English poet and critic who brought about a revolution in the world of English literature ...

Muhammad Iqbal Muhammad Iqbal

Sir Muhammad Iqbal, also famously known as Allama Iqbal, was a famous poet, philosopher, lawyer and politician from British India. He is ...

Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg/Novalis Novalis

Novalis was amongst the most renowned poet, author and philosophers of the early German romanticism era. Mostly known to the world by his ...

Octavio Paz Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat. A Nobel Prize laureate, his works were translated into English by many writers which ...

Ogden Nash Ogden Nash

A master of light verse, Frederic Ogden Nash was born in America. Not only did the elements of humor and wit in his poetry make him popular, ...

Oliver Goldsmith Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith was undoubtedly one of the greatest poets, dramatists, playwrights and novelist of his time. Even his contemporaries abided by ...

Omar Khayyam Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyám was an extremely talented and famous Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and poet. It is believed that Omar adopted the ...

Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, better known as Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet, author and one of the most successful playwrights of the ...

Ovid Ovid

Ovid, also known as Publius Ovidius Naso, was a Roman poet. He was best known for his erotic poems such as Heroides, Amores, and Ars Amatoria. ...

P B Shelley P B Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the greatest contributors to the romantic poetry in the English language and author of the Prometheus Unbound ...

Pablo Neruda Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda may have evoked a number of controversies throughout his lifetime, but he still remains one of the most influential literati of the ...