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

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
Emilia LanierEmilia Lanier
31 December 1569, British
Poet

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

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546, Italian
Courtesan, Poetess

Mira BaiMira Bai
1502 AD, Indian
Hindu mystic

Anne AskewAnne Askew
1521 AD, British
poet
Henry Howard, Earl of SurreyHenry Howard, Earl of Surrey
1517 AD, British
Politician

Ismāʿīl IIsmāʿīl I
17 July 1487, Iranian
Shah of Iran

Philip SidneyPhilip Sidney
30 November 1554, British
Poet

RavidasRavidas
1377 AD, Indian
Poet
Mary SidneyMary Sidney
27 October 1561, British
Countess

Lope de VegaLope de Vega
25 November 1562, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer
VidyapatiVidyapati
1352 AD, Indian
Poet

EknathEknath
1533 AD, Indian
Saint

Wu Cheng'enWu Cheng'en
1500 AD, Chinese
Novelist
John LylyJohn Lyly
1553 AD, British
Writer

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

Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski
1530 AD, Polish
poet
Pierre de RonsardPierre de Ronsard
11 September 1524, French
Poet, Writer

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Gurdās, BhāīGurdās, Bhāī
1551 AD, Indian
Sikh writer
Thomas MiddletonThomas Middleton
18 April 1580, British
Playwright, Poet, Writer

Bihari LalBihari Lal
1595 AD, Indian
Poet

Michael DraytonMichael Drayton
1563 AD, British
Poet, Writer

John SkeltonJohn Skelton
1463 AD, British
Poet
George PeeleGeorge Peele
25 July 1556, British
Translator
Rupa GoswamiRupa Goswami
1493 AD, Bangladeshi
Scholar and author

Dadu DayalDadu Dayal
1544 AD, Indian
Hindu saint

Tang YinTang Yin
06 March 1470, Chinese
Painter

William DunbarWilliam Dunbar
1459 AD, Scottish
Poet
John HeywoodJohn Heywood
1497 AD, British
Writer

Thomas OverburyThomas Overbury
18 June 1581, British
Poet

Tirso de MolinaTirso de Molina
24 March 1579, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer

FuzûlîFuzûlî
1494 AD, Iraqi
Poet

Robert SouthwellRobert Southwell
1561 AD, British
Poet
Fulke Greville, 1st Baron BrookeFulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke
03 October 1554, British
Writer

Ivan GundulićIvan Gundulić
08 January 1589, Croatian
Poet
Thomas LodgeThomas Lodge
1558 AD, British
Writer

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

John LelandJohn Leland
13 September 1503, British
Poet
Joost van den VondelJoost van den Vondel
17 November 1587, Dutch
Poet, Playwright, Writer

Samuel DanielSamuel Daniel
1562 AD, British
Poet
Pierre GringorePierre Gringore
1475 AD, French
Poet

Henry WottonHenry Wotton
30 March 1568, British
Author

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

Baha' al-din al-'AmiliBaha' al-din al-'Amili
18 February 1547, Iranian, Lebanese
islamic Scholar

Marko MarulicMarko Marulic
18 August 1450, Croatian
Poet
Ulrich von HuttenUlrich von Hutten
21 April 1488, German
Scholar

Louise LabéLouise Labé
1522 AD, French
Poet

John MarstonJohn Marston
07 October 1576, British
Poet

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

Giambattista GiraldiGiambattista Giraldi
31 October 1504, Italian
Novelist
Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of LeicesterRobert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester
19 November 1563, British
Statesman

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron HerbertEdward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert
03 March 1582, British
Soldier

François de MalherbeFrançois de Malherbe
1555 AD, French
Poet
Wen ZhengmingWen Zhengming
28 November 1470, Chinese
Painter

Karel van ManderKarel van Mander
30 April 1548, Belgian, Dutch
Painter
George GascoigneGeorge Gascoigne
1535 AD, British
English poet

Duarte Pacheco PereiraDuarte Pacheco Pereira
1460 AD, Portuguese
Poet

Gül BabaGül Baba
Turkish
Turkish dervish
Giambattista MarinoGiambattista Marino
14 October 1569, Italian
Poet

Agrippa d'AubignéAgrippa d'Aubigné
08 February 1552, French
Poet
Thomas TusserThomas Tusser
1524 AD, British
Author, Writer

Saib TabriziSaib Tabrizi
1592 AD, Iranian
Poet

Juan del EncinaJuan del Encina
12 July 1468, Spanish
Composer

William DrummondWilliam Drummond
13 December 1585, Scottish
Poet, Writer
Gervase MarkhamGervase Markham
1568 AD, British
Poet
David LyndsayDavid Lyndsay
1490 AD, Scottish
Poet

Théophile de ViauThéophile de Viau
1590 AD, French
Poet

Xu WeiXu Wei
1521 AD, Chinese
Chinese painter

Elia LevitaElia Levita
13 February 1469, German
Poet
Jacopo SannazzaroJacopo Sannazzaro
28 July 1456, Italian
Poet

Arthur BrookeArthur Brooke
British
Poet

Ibn KemalIbn Kemal
1468 AD, Turkish
Historian

John DaviesJohn Davies
16 April 1569, British
English poet and writing master

Gian Giorgio TrissinoGian Giorgio Trissino
08 July 1478, Italian
Poet
Martin OpitzMartin Opitz
23 December 1597, German, Polish
Poet

NefʾiNefʾi
1572 AD, Turkish
Poet
Bálint BalassiBálint Balassi
20 October 1554, Hungarian
Poet

George SandysGeorge Sandys
02 March 1578, British
Traveler
Francis QuarlesFrancis Quarles
08 May 1592, British
Poet
Robert AytounRobert Aytoun
1570 AD, Scottish
Poet