20th Century Poets
Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Poets, including Roald Dahl, Jim Morrison, Sylvia Plath, Leonard Cohen and Maya Angelou.
Jim MorrisonJim Morrison

08 December 1943

American

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou

04 April 1928

American

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

British,Welsh

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath

27 October 1932

American

Langston HughesLangston Hughes

01 February 1902

American

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen

21 September 1934

Canadian

Robert FrostRobert Frost

26 March 1874

American

Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood

18 November 1939

Canadian

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

German,American

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac

12 March 1922

American

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg

03 June 1926

American

Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein

25 September 1930

American

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Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett

13 April 1906

Irish

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima

14 January 1925

Japanese

Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda

12 July 1904

Chilean

Dylan ThomasDylan Thomas

27 October 1914

Welsh

Betty AberlinBetty Aberlin

30 December 1942

American

Ted HughesTed Hughes

17 August 1930

British

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Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe

16 November 1930

Nigerian

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden

21 February 1907

British

Harold PinterHarold Pinter

10 October 1930

British

Audre LordeAudre Lorde

18 February 1934

American

Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney

13 April 1939

Irish

John UpdikeJohn Updike

18 March 1932

American

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Neal CassadyNeal Cassady

08 February 1926

American

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy

23 December 1955

British

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates

16 June 1938

American

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin

09 August 1922

British

Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie

07 October 1966

American

Vikram SethVikram Seth

20 June 1952

Indian

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Amrita PritamAmrita Pritam

31 August 1919

Indian

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana

16 December 1863

Spanish,Italian

Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi

22 November 1969

French,Iranian

Anne SextonAnne Sexton

09 November 1928

American

Michael OndaatjeMichael Ondaatje

12 September 1943

Canadian

Wendell BerryWendell Berry

05 August 1934

American

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James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson

17 June 1871

American

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey

22 February 1925

American

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks

07 June 1917

American

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka

07 October 1934

American

Derek WalcottDerek Walcott

23 January 1930

Saint Lucian

Elizabeth BishopElizabeth Bishop

08 February 1911

American

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Carson McCullersCarson McCullers

19 February 1917

American

Octavio PazOctavio Paz

31 March 1914

Mexican

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver

08 April 1955

American

Saul WilliamsSaul Williams

29 February 1972

American

Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich

16 May 1929

American

Kingsley AmisKingsley Amis

16 April 1922

British

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Ogden NashOgden Nash

19 August 1902

American

John BergerJohn Berger

05 November 1926

British

Gary SnyderGary Snyder

08 May 1930

American

Mahmoud DarwishMahmoud Darwish

13 March 1941

Palestinian

Joseph BrodskyJoseph Brodsky

24 May 1940

Russian

Nizar QabbaniNizar Qabbani

21 March 1923

Syrian

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Paul BowlesPaul Bowles

30 December 1910

American

Hélène CixousHélène Cixous

05 June 1937

Algerian

Alan Jay LernerAlan Jay Lerner

31 August 1918

American

Henry LawsonHenry Lawson

17 June 1867

Australian

Herta MüllerHerta Müller

17 August 1953

German

Reinaldo ArenasReinaldo Arenas

16 July 1943

Cuban

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Ernesto CardenalErnesto Cardenal

20 January 1925

Nicaraguan

Theodore RoethkeTheodore Roethke

25 May 1908

American

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton

27 June 1936

American

Tomas TranstromerTomas Tranströmer

15 April 1931

Swedish

Judith Wright Judith Wright

31 May 1915

Australian

Cesare PaveseCesare Pavese

09 September 1908

Italian

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Robert HaydenRobert Hayden

04 August 1913

American

Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush

16 December 1945

Iranian

Ahlam MosteghanemiAhlam Mosteghanemi

13 April 1953

Algerian

Roque DaltonRoque Dalton

14 May 1935

Salvadoran

Chairil AnwarChairil Anwar

26 July 1922

Indonesian

Girolamo FracastoroGirolamo Fracastoro

1478 AD

Italian

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Karel Appel Karel Appel

25 April 1921

Dutch

Salvatore Quasimodo Salvatore Quasimodo

20 August 1901

Italian

Rafael AlbertiRafael Alberti

16 December 1902

Spanish

Charles SimicCharles Simic

09 May 1938

American

Assi RahbaniAssi Rahbani

04 May 1923

Lebanese

Aharon AppelfeldAharon Appelfeld

16 February 1932

Israeli

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A. R. AmmonsA. R. Ammons

18 February 1926

American

Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell

24 October 1932

British

Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock

10 February 1934

New Zealander