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
Christopher MarloweChristopher Marlowe
26 February 1564, British
Playwright, Poet

KabirKabir
1440 AD, Indian
Saint and Mystic Poet

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
30 November 1667, Irish
Author and Satirist

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

François RabelaisFrançois Rabelais
04 February 1494, French
Writer

Götz von BerlichingenGötz von Berlichingen
1480 AD, German
Imperial Knight, Mercenary, Poet
Abdul Rahim Khan-I-KhanaAbdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana
17 December 1556, Indian
Poet

George HerbertGeorge Herbert
03 April 1593, British, Welsh
Poet
Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546, Italian
Courtesan, Poetess

Emilia LanierEmilia Lanier
31 December 1569, British
Poet

MirabaiMirabai
1498 AD, Indian
Bhakti Saint

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

Anne AskewAnne Askew
1521 AD, British
poet
Philip SidneyPhilip Sidney
30 November 1554, British
Poet

Lope de VegaLope de Vega
25 November 1562, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer

EknathEknath
1533 AD, Indian
Saint

Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino
19 April 1492, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist
Torquato TassoTorquato Tasso
11 March 1544, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Poet lawyer

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

John LylyJohn Lyly
1553 AD, British
Writer

Pierre de RonsardPierre de Ronsard
11 September 1524, French
Poet, Writer
Michael DraytonMichael Drayton
1563 AD, British
Poet, Writer

Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski
1530 AD, Polish
poet
Tirso de MolinaTirso de Molina
24 March 1579, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer

Ivan GundulićIvan Gundulić
08 January 1589, Croatian
Poet

Bihari LalBihari Lal
1595 AD, Indian
Poet
Joost van den VondelJoost van den Vondel
17 November 1587, Dutch
Poet, Playwright, Writer

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Mikołaj RejMikołaj Rej
04 February 1505, Polish
poet, writer
Constantijn HuygensConstantijn Huygens
04 September 1596, Netherlands Antilles
Poet

William Alexander, 1st Earl of StirlingWilliam Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling
1567 AD, Scottish
Courtier

Thomas LodgeThomas Lodge
1558 AD, British
Writer

Thomas OverburyThomas Overbury
18 June 1581, British
Poet
Ulrich von HuttenUlrich von Hutten
21 April 1488, German
Scholar
Fulke Greville, 1st Baron BrookeFulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke
03 October 1554, British
Writer

Samuel DanielSamuel Daniel
1562 AD, British
Poet

Louise LabéLouise Labé
1522 AD, French
Poet

Juan del EncinaJuan del Encina
12 July 1468, Spanish
Composer
Henry WottonHenry Wotton
30 March 1568, British
Author

Gian Giorgio TrissinoGian Giorgio Trissino
08 July 1478, Italian
Poet

Karel van ManderKarel van Mander
30 April 1548, Belgian, Dutch
Painter

Gervase MarkhamGervase Markham
1568 AD, British
Poet

Giambattista MarinoGiambattista Marino
14 October 1569, Italian
Poet
Xu WeiXu Wei
1521 AD, Chinese
Chinese painter

Alonso de ErcillaAlonso de Ercilla
07 August 1533, Spanish
Poet
François de MalherbeFrançois de Malherbe
1555 AD, French
Poet

Elia LevitaElia Levita
13 February 1469, German
Poet

Thomas TusserThomas Tusser
1524 AD, British
Author, Writer
John Davies (poet)John Davies (poet)
16 April 1569, British
Poet

John MarstonJohn Marston
07 October 1576, British
Poet
George WitherGeorge Wither
11 June 1588, British
Poet

Théophile de ViauThéophile de Viau
1590 AD, French
Poet

Adriano BanchieriAdriano Banchieri
03 September 1568, Italian
Composer

Francis QuarlesFrancis Quarles
08 May 1592, British
Poet

Martin OpitzMartin Opitz
23 December 1597, German, Polish
Poet
Conrad CeltesConrad Celtes
01 February 1459, German
Poet

George SandysGeorge Sandys
02 March 1578, British
Traveler

Bálint BalassiBálint Balassi
20 October 1554, Hungarian
Poet

Alexander BarclayAlexander Barclay
1476 AD, Scottish
Poet
Anthony MundayAnthony Munday
1560 AD, British
Playwright

Francis MeresFrancis Meres
30 November 1565, British
Author
João de CastroJoão de Castro
27 February 1500, Portuguese
Poet

Phineas FletcherPhineas Fletcher
08 April 1582, British
Poet

Giovanni PontanoGiovanni Pontano
07 May 1426, Italian
Writer
Heinrich GlareanHeinrich Glarean
03 June 1488, Swiss
Poet

Giovanni Battista GuariniGiovanni Battista Guarini
10 December 1538, Italian
Poet
Edward DyerEdward Dyer
30 September 1543, British
Courtier

Georg StiernhielmGeorg Stiernhielm
07 August 1598, Swedish
Civil servant

Alexander HumeAlexander Hume
1560 AD, Scottish
Poet
Alessandro TassoniAlessandro Tassoni
28 September 1565, Italian
Author

Daniel HeinsiusDaniel Heinsius
09 June 1580, Belgian
Scholar
BâkîBâkî
1526 AD, Turkish
Poet

George BannatyneGeorge Bannatyne
1545 AD, Scottish
Merchant

Jean-Antoine de BaïfJean-Antoine de Baïf
19 February 1532, French, Italian
Poet

Gerbrand BrederoGerbrand Bredero
16 March 1585, Dutch
Poet
Thomas DeloneyThomas Deloney
1543 AD, British
Novelist
Jean ChapelainJean Chapelain
04 December 1595, French
Poet

Vicente EspinelVicente Espinel
28 December 1550, Spanish
Writer

Antonio Francesco GrazziniAntonio Francesco Grazzini
22 March 1503, Italian
Author

Jean MolinetJean Molinet
1435 AD, French
Poet
Thomas Vaux, 2nd Baron Vaux of HarrowdenThomas Vaux, 2nd Baron Vaux of Harrowden
25 April 1509, British
Poet

Giles Fletcher, the ElderGiles Fletcher, the Elder
1548 AD, British
Poet

Petar HektorovićPetar Hektorović
1487 AD, Croatian
Poet

Luisa Carvajal y MendozaLuisa Carvajal y Mendoza
02 January 1566, Spanish
Missionary

James SempillJames Sempill
1566 AD, Scottish
Poet
Thomas ChurchyardThomas Churchyard
1520 AD, British
Author

Jorge de MontemorJorge de Montemor
1520 AD, Portuguese
Novelist
Richard BrathwaitRichard Brathwait
1588 AD, British
Poet

William AlabasterWilliam Alabaster
27 February 1567, British
Poet
Gabriello ChiabreraGabriello Chiabrera
18 June 1552, Italian
Poet
Robert GarnierRobert Garnier
1545 AD, French
Poet