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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. C. Benson A. C. Benson

Arthur Christopher Benson was an accomplished English author, poet and essayist. A number of his ghost stories have also been published along ...

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 ...

Abraham Valdelomar Abraham Valdelomar

Abraham Valdelomar was a notable Peruvian writer, poet and art illustrator. His childhood in Lima influenced many of his journals, essays, ...

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 ...

Adrian Mitchell Adrian Mitchell

Adrian Mitchell is one of the finest poets and playwrights that the world of English literature has ever seen. His poetry dominated the English ...

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 ...

Aharon Appelfeld Aharon Appelfeld

Aharon Appelfeld is a celebrated Israeli author who has written over two dozen novels as well as collections of poetry, essays and short ...

Ahlam Mosteghanemi Ahlam Mosteghanemi

Ahlam Mosteghanemi is a contemporary Algerian poet and novelist. She is also arguably the most successful Arabic writer of her time. She was ...

Ahmad Javad Ahmad Javad

Ahmad Javad was an Azerbaijani poet in the early twentieth century. Javad grew up under the watchful eyes of his parents, learning three ...

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 ...

Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley was a well-known writer, essayist and screenwriter. He wrote his fist novel at the age of 17, the novel was never ...

Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley

Once notorious as “the wickedest man in the world”, Aleister Crowley was an occultist and ceremonial magician. He is still regarded as the ...

Aleksa Å antiÄ Aleksa Šantić...

Aleksa Šantić was a Bosnian Serb poet whose most famous works spanned the ending of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth. He ...

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 ...

Alfred Noyes Alfred Noyes

Alfred Noyes was an English author, one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century, notably known for his ballads ‘The Highwayman’ and ...

Allan Cunningham Allan Cunningham

Allan Cunningham didn’t have access to great education unlike many of his other contemporaries yet he authored some of the finest works of ...

Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg

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

Allen Tate Allen Tate

Allen Tate was a famous American poet laureate from Winchester, who initially pursued music and later turned his interests towards literature. ...

Alphonse Daudet Alphonse Daudet

Alphonse Daudet is considered to be one of the most iconic names of French literature. Unlike many famous writers in world history, Alphonse ...

Alphonse de Lamartine Alphonse de Lamartin...

Born into an affluent family, Lamartine had a Catholic upbringing. Even though his parents were loyal supporters of Napoleon, he despised his ...

Amrita Pritam Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam, the young poet who emotively invoked Waris Shah in what would become her best known poem, ‘Ajj aakhaan Waris Shah nu’, was ...

Amy Clampitt Amy Clampitt

Amy Clampitt was an American poet and author known for works marked by dense language and complex allusions. She published her first book of ...

Amy Levy Amy Levy

Amy Levy was a British poetess and novelist, one of the most remembered authors of the Victorian era. She came from an Anglo-Jewish family and ...

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 ...

Andrew Lang Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang was a Scottish writer and literary critic best known for collecting folk and fairy tales and publishing them in a series. He also ...

Andrew Marvell Andrew Marvell

One of the major English poets of the 17th century, Andrew Marvell was a metaphysical poet known for his passionate, sensuous and elegant ...

Angelus Silesius Angelus Silesius

Angelus Silesius, who later got converted to a poet, was best known for his religious tracts. Though he was born in a Lutheran family, Silesius ...

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 ...

Assi Rahbani Assi Rahbani

Assi Rahbani was a Lebanese composer, musician, lyricist, playwright and poet whose many musical and theatrical works helped to bring the work ...

Augusto Roa Bastos Augusto Roa Bastos

Augusto Roa Bastos enjoyed a reputable career as a journalist, screenwriter, and professor. In his youth, both his mother and uncle exposed him ...

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 ...

Barbara Kingsolver Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, poet, social activist and author of the best-selling novel ‘The Poisonwood Bible’. A prolific ...

Basho Basho

Matsuo Basho was a 17th century Japanese poet, considered to be the greatest master of the haiku—a very short form of poetry. The most famous ...

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 ...

Blaže Koneski Blaže Koneski...

Blaze Koneski was a famous Macedonian poet, writer, literary translator, and linguistic scholar. He was the author of the fundamental works of ...

 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 ...

Caroline Norton Caroline Norton

Caroline Norton is till date best remembered as the lady who challenged the patriarchal society of Victorian era and campaigned for giving ...

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 ...

Chairil Anwar Chairil Anwar

Chairil Anwar was a very talented Indonesian poet. He was among those youngsters who pioneered in changing the traditional Indonesian literature ...

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 ...

Charles Simic Charles Simic

Charles Simic aka Dušan Simić is a living Poet Laureate of the Library of Congress. Born Dusan to a family of ethnic Serbs inside a fading ...

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 ...

Claudia Lars Claudia Lars

Claudia Lars was a Salvadoran poet and was one of the most outstanding female voices of Latin American poetry in the 20th century. She was ...

CzesÅaw MiÅosz Czesław Miłosz...

Czeslaw Milosz was a renowned poet, novelist, essayist and translator, who influenced the young generation towards the turn of the 20th century ...

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 ...

Dora Gabe Dora Gabe

Dora Gabe was a renowned poetess from Bulgaria who wrote and translated for most of the 20th century. She was born to a journalist father and ...

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 ...

Edward Young Edward Young

Edward Young was one of the most prominent English poets of 18th century. He attended Winchester College and earned his degree from New College, ...

Elin Pelin Elin Pelin

Elin Pelin was a Bulgarian novelist whose work helped bring his country's literary tradition to the world. He was born to a large family in a ...

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 Brontë Emily Brontë...

Emily Bronte is an exponent of English literature and her only novel has been regarded as a masterpiece. This author was a person who preferred ...

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 ...

Endre Ady Endre Ady

Endre Ady was a Hungarian poet and journalist famous for his revolutionary pieces of writing in the fields of eroticism, politics, and religion. ...

Ernesto Cardenal Ernesto Cardenal

Ernesto Cardenal is a Roman Catholic priest who is also a poet, politician, and revolutionary. Considered by many to be Nicaragua’s second ...

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 ...

Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock is a New Zealand writer who has been one of the most influential poets in Britain for the past 30 years. Born in New Zealand, she ...

Fran Levstik Fran Levstik

Fran Levstik was a Slovenian poet, playwright, novelist, political activist and a critic. He was one of the most acclaimed writers of the 19th ...

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 ...

Gustav Suits Gustav Suits

Gustav Suits was an Estonian poet and one of the greatest writers of his times. He was also an early leader of the literary movement group ...

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 ...

Hélène Cixous Hélène Cixous...

Hélène Cixous is a Jewish-French author from Algeria, who is known for her participation in the feminist movement of France. Having lost her ...

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 Lawson Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson was a famous Australian writer who is known for his short story, 'The Drover's Wife', and the poem, 'Past Carin'. His sketch story, ...

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 ...