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
Author and Satirist

John DonneJohn Donne
22 January 1572, British
Poet, lawyer, satirist

Emilia LanierEmilia Lanier
31 December 1569, British
Poet
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
Abdul Rahim Khan-I-KhanaAbdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana
17 December 1556, Indian
Poet

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

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546, Italian
Courtesan, Poetess

MirabaiMirabai
1498 AD, Indian
Bhakti Saint

Anne AskewAnne Askew
1521 AD, British
poet

Henry Howard, Earl of SurreyHenry Howard, Earl of Surrey
1517 AD, British
Politician
RavidasRavidas
1377 AD, Indian
Poet

Philip SidneyPhilip Sidney
30 November 1554, British
Poet

EknathEknath
1533 AD, Indian
Saint

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

VidyapatiVidyapati
1352 AD, Indian
Poet
Dadu DayalDadu Dayal
1544 AD, Indian
Hindu saint

Thomas MiddletonThomas Middleton
18 April 1580, British
Playwright, Poet, Writer
Pierre de RonsardPierre de Ronsard
11 September 1524, French
Poet, Writer

Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski
1530 AD, Polish
poet

Mary SidneyMary Sidney
27 October 1561, British
Countess
George PeeleGeorge Peele
25 July 1556, British
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Michael DraytonMichael Drayton
1563 AD, British
Poet, Writer
John HeywoodJohn Heywood
1497 AD, British
Writer

Rupa GoswamiRupa Goswami
1493 AD, Bangladeshi
Scholar and author

John SkeltonJohn Skelton
1463 AD, British
Poet

William DunbarWilliam Dunbar
1459 AD, Scottish
Poet
Louise LabéLouise Labé
1522 AD, French
Poet
Tang YinTang Yin
06 March 1470, Chinese
Painter

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

Fulke Greville, 1st Baron BrookeFulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke
03 October 1554, British
Writer

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

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

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
Henry WottonHenry Wotton
30 March 1568, British
Author

Constantijn HuygensConstantijn Huygens
04 September 1596, Netherlands Antilles
Poet
Ivan GundulićIvan Gundulić
08 January 1589, Croatian
Poet

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

Samuel DanielSamuel Daniel
1562 AD, British
Poet
Xu WeiXu Wei
1521 AD, Chinese
Chinese painter

Karel van ManderKarel van Mander
30 April 1548, Belgian, Dutch
Painter
Duarte Pacheco PereiraDuarte Pacheco Pereira
1460 AD, Portuguese
Poet

Juan del EncinaJuan del Encina
12 July 1468, Spanish
Composer

Mikołaj RejMikołaj Rej
04 February 1505, Polish
poet, writer

Pierre GringorePierre Gringore
1475 AD, French
Poet

George GascoigneGeorge Gascoigne
1535 AD, British
English poet
Alonso de ErcillaAlonso de Ercilla
07 August 1533, Spanish
Poet

Giambattista MarinoGiambattista Marino
14 October 1569, Italian
Poet

Gül BabaGül Baba
Turkish
Turkish dervish

FuzûlîFuzûlî
1494 AD, Iraqi
Poet
Gervase MarkhamGervase Markham
1568 AD, British
Poet

Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of LeicesterRobert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester
19 November 1563, British
Statesman
François de MalherbeFrançois de Malherbe
1555 AD, French
Poet

Wen ZhengmingWen Zhengming
28 November 1470, Chinese
Painter

Saib TabriziSaib Tabrizi
1592 AD, Iranian
Poet
Gian Giorgio TrissinoGian Giorgio Trissino
08 July 1478, Italian
Poet

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

David LyndsayDavid Lyndsay
1490 AD, Scottish
Poet

Elia LevitaElia Levita
13 February 1469, German
Poet
Bálint BalassiBálint Balassi
20 October 1554, Hungarian
Poet

Théophile de ViauThéophile de Viau
1590 AD, French
Poet
Ibn KemalIbn Kemal
1468 AD, Turkish
Historian

Guillaume de Salluste Du BartasGuillaume de Salluste Du Bartas
1544 AD, French
Poet

Francis QuarlesFrancis Quarles
08 May 1592, British
Poet

Thomas TusserThomas Tusser
1524 AD, British
Author, Writer
João de CastroJoão de Castro
27 February 1500, Portuguese
Poet
George SandysGeorge Sandys
02 March 1578, British
Traveler

George WitherGeorge Wither
11 June 1588, British
Poet

Adriano BanchieriAdriano Banchieri
03 September 1568, Italian
Composer

Anthony MundayAnthony Munday
1560 AD, British
Playwright
Petar HektorovićPetar Hektorović
1487 AD, Croatian
Poet

Heinrich GlareanHeinrich Glarean
03 June 1488, Swiss
Poet

Phineas FletcherPhineas Fletcher
08 April 1582, British
Poet

Francis MeresFrancis Meres
30 November 1565, British
Author

William CornyshWilliam Cornysh
1465 AD, British
Composer
Giovanni PontanoGiovanni Pontano
07 May 1426, Italian
Writer

Giovanni Battista GuariniGiovanni Battista Guarini
10 December 1538, Italian
Poet
Francesco BerniFrancesco Berni
1497 AD, Italian
Poet

Georg StiernhielmGeorg Stiernhielm
07 August 1598, Swedish
Civil servant
Alexander BarclayAlexander Barclay
1476 AD, Scottish
Poet
John DaviesJohn Davies
16 April 1569, British
English poet and writing master