16th Century Poets
Find out more about the greatest 16th Century Poets, including William Shakespeare, James VI and I, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne and George Herbert.
William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
26 April 1564, British
Writer
KabirKabir
1440 AD, Indian
Saint and Mystic Poet

Christopher MarloweChristopher Marlowe
26 February 1564, British
Playwright, Poet

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
30 November 1667, Irish
Novelist & Satirist

Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
29 September 1547, Spanish
Novelist

MirabaiMirabai
1498 AD, Indian
Bhakti Saint
John DonneJohn Donne
22 January 1572, British
Poet, lawyer, satirist

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572, British
Dramatist, Poet & Actor

Edmund SpenserEdmund Spenser
1552 AD, British
Poet
Götz von BerlichingenGötz von Berlichingen
1480 AD, German
Imperial Knight, Mercenary, Poet

François RabelaisFrançois Rabelais
04 February 1494, French
Writer
George HerbertGeorge Herbert
03 April 1593, British, Welsh
Poet

Abdul Rahim Khan-I-KhanaAbdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana
17 December 1556, Indian
Poet

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546, Italian
Courtesan, Poetess

Emilia LanierEmilia Lanier
31 December 1569, British
Poet

Anne AskewAnne Askew
1521 AD, British
poet
RavidasRavidas
1377 AD, Indian
Poet

Henry Howard, Earl of SurreyHenry Howard, Earl of Surrey
1517 AD, British
Politician

Philip SidneyPhilip Sidney
30 November 1554, British
Poet

Thomas WyattThomas Wyatt
1503 AD, British
Poet & Politician
Lope de VegaLope de Vega
25 November 1562, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer

EknathEknath
1533 AD, Indian
Saint
John LylyJohn Lyly
1553 AD, British
Writer

Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino
19 April 1492, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist

Mary SidneyMary Sidney
27 October 1561, British
Countess
Wu Cheng'enWu Cheng'en
1500 AD, Chinese
Novelist

Torquato TassoTorquato Tasso
11 March 1544, Italian
Poet
VidyapatiVidyapati
1352 AD, Indian
Poet

Baldassare CastiglioneBaldassare Castiglione
06 December 1478, Italian
Diplomat

Francisco de QuevedoFrancisco de Quevedo
14 September 1580, Spanish
Politician
Étienne de La BoétieÉtienne de La Boétie
01 November 1530, French
Magistrate

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Thomas MiddletonThomas Middleton
18 April 1580, British
Playwright, Poet, Writer
Thomas NasheThomas Nashe
31 October 1567, British
Playwright

Giambattista BasileGiambattista Basile
31 January 1566, Italian
Poet

George PeeleGeorge Peele
25 July 1556, British
Translator

Margaret of Valois-AngoulemeMargaret of Valois-Angouleme
11 April 1492, French
Author
Vittoria ColonnaVittoria Colonna
31 March 1492, Italian
Poet
Tommaso CampanellaTommaso Campanella
05 September 1568, Italian
Philosopher

Dadu DayalDadu Dayal
1544 AD, Indian
Hindu saint

Pierre de RonsardPierre de Ronsard
11 September 1524, French
Poet

Gurdās, BhāīGurdās, Bhāī
1551 AD, Indian
Sikh writer
Rupa GoswamiRupa Goswami
1493 AD, Bangladeshi
Scholar and author

Samuel DanielSamuel Daniel
1562 AD, British
Poet

Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski
1530 AD, Polish
poet

John SkeltonJohn Skelton
1463 AD, British
Poet

Michael DraytonMichael Drayton
1563 AD, British
Poet, Writer
John HeywoodJohn Heywood
1497 AD, British
Writer

FuzûlîFuzûlî
1494 AD, Iraqi
Poet
Tang YinTang Yin
06 March 1470, Chinese
Painter

Thomas OverburyThomas Overbury
18 June 1581, British
Poet

Marko MarulicMarko Marulic
18 August 1450, Croatian
Poet
William Alexander, 1st Earl of StirlingWilliam Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling
1567 AD, Scottish
Courtier

Tirso de MolinaTirso de Molina
24 March 1579, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer
Bihari LalBihari Lal
1595 AD, Indian
Poet

Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of DorsetThomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset
1536 AD, British
Poet

William DunbarWilliam Dunbar
1459 AD, Scottish
Poet

Joachim du BellayJoachim du Bellay
01 May 1522, French
Poet

Fulke Greville, 1st Baron BrookeFulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke
03 October 1554, British
Writer
Thomas LodgeThomas Lodge
1558 AD, British
Writer

John LelandJohn Leland
13 September 1503, British
Poet

John MarstonJohn Marston
07 October 1576, British
Poet

Ivan GundulićIvan Gundulić
08 January 1589, Croatian
Poet
Ulrich von HuttenUlrich von Hutten
21 April 1488, German
Scholar

Robert SouthwellRobert Southwell
1561 AD, British
Poet
Baha' al-din al-'AmiliBaha' al-din al-'Amili
18 February 1547, Iranian, Lebanese
islamic Scholar

Louise LabéLouise Labé
1522 AD, French
Poet

Henry WottonHenry Wotton
30 March 1568, British
Author
Constantijn HuygensConstantijn Huygens
04 September 1596, Netherlands Antilles
Poet

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron HerbertEdward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert
03 March 1582, British
Soldier
Pierre GringorePierre Gringore
1475 AD, French
Poet

Saib TabriziSaib Tabrizi
1592 AD, Iranian
Poet

Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of LeicesterRobert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester
19 November 1563, British
Statesman
Duarte Pacheco PereiraDuarte Pacheco Pereira
1460 AD, Portuguese
Poet

Gül BabaGül Baba
Turkish
Turkish dervish
Karel van ManderKarel van Mander
30 April 1548, Belgian, Dutch
Painter

Giambattista MarinoGiambattista Marino
14 October 1569, Italian
Poet

Agrippa d'AubignéAgrippa d'Aubigné
08 February 1552, French
Poet

François de MalherbeFrançois de Malherbe
1555 AD, French
Poet
Juan del EncinaJuan del Encina
12 July 1468, Spanish
Composer
Wen ZhengmingWen Zhengming
28 November 1470, Chinese
Painter

Xu WeiXu Wei
1521 AD, Chinese
Chinese painter

Elia LevitaElia Levita
13 February 1469, German
Poet

George GascoigneGeorge Gascoigne
1535 AD, British
English poet
Giovanni BoteroGiovanni Botero
1544 AD, Italian
Poet

Jacopo SannazzaroJacopo Sannazzaro
28 July 1456, Italian
Poet

Arthur BrookeArthur Brooke
British
Poet

Théophile de ViauThéophile de Viau
1590 AD, French
Poet

Thomas TusserThomas Tusser
1524 AD, British
Author, Writer
David LyndsayDavid Lyndsay
1490 AD, Scottish
Poet

Teimuraz I of KakhetiTeimuraz I of Kakheti
1589 AD, Georgian
Monarch
John DaviesJohn Davies
16 April 1569, British
English poet and writing master

Giambattista GiraldiGiambattista Giraldi
31 October 1504, Italian
Novelist
Gervase MarkhamGervase Markham
1568 AD, British
Poet
Ibn KemalIbn Kemal
1468 AD, Turkish
Historian