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

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572, British
Dramatist, Poet & Actor
Götz von BerlichingenGötz von Berlichingen
1480 AD, German
Imperial Knight, Mercenary, Poet

Edmund SpenserEdmund Spenser
1552 AD, British
Poet

François RabelaisFrançois Rabelais
04 February 1494, French
Writer

George HerbertGeorge Herbert
03 April 1593, British, Welsh
Poet
MirabaiMirabai
1498 AD, Indian
Bhakti Saint

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546, Italian
Courtesan, Poetess
Abdul Rahim Khan-I-KhanaAbdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana
17 December 1556, Indian
Poet

Philip SidneyPhilip Sidney
30 November 1554, British
Poet

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

EknathEknath
1533 AD, Indian
Saint
Lope de VegaLope de Vega
25 November 1562, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer

Torquato TassoTorquato Tasso
11 March 1544, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Poet lawyer

Emilia LanierEmilia Lanier
1569 AD, British
Poet
John LylyJohn Lyly
1553 AD, British
Writer

Thomas NasheThomas Nashe
31 October 1567, British
Playwright
Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino
19 April 1492, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist

Thomas MiddletonThomas Middleton
18 April 1580, British
Playwright, Poet, Writer

Pierre de RonsardPierre de Ronsard
11 September 1524, French
Poet, Writer

Bihari LalBihari Lal
1595 AD, Indian
Poet
Michael DraytonMichael Drayton
1563 AD, British
Poet, Writer
Tirso de MolinaTirso de Molina
24 March 1579, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer

Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski
1530 AD, Polish
poet

Joost van den VondelJoost van den Vondel
17 November 1587, Dutch
Poet, Playwright, Writer

Mikołaj RejMikołaj Rej
04 February 1505, Polish
poet, writer
Thomas TusserThomas Tusser
1524 AD, British
Author, Writer

William DrummondWilliam Drummond
13 December 1585, Scottish
Poet, Writer

Wu Cheng'enWu Cheng'en
1500 AD, Chinese
Novelist