20th Century Poets
Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Poets, including Roald Dahl, Jim Morrison, Sylvia Plath, Leonard Cohen and Maya Angelou.
J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892, British, South African
Writer
Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916, British
Novelist

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
07 May 1861, Indian
Poet

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Poet

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter
Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883, Indian
Independence Activist, Reformer

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
27 October 1932, American
Poet, Novelist, and Writer

Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood
18 November 1939, Canadian
Writer, Environmental Activist
Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920, German, American
Poet

Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874, American
Poet
Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
03 June 1926, American
Poet

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac
12 March 1922, American
Novelist, Poet

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden
21 February 1907, British
Poet

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima
14 January 1925, Japanese
Playwright
Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein
25 September 1930, American
Poet

Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
13 April 1906, Irish
Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director

Chirlane McCrayChirlane McCray
29 November 1954, American
Writer, Social Activist

Dorothy ParkerDorothy Parker
22 August 1893, American
Poet
Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda
12 July 1904, Chilean
Chilean poet

Dylan ThomasDylan Thomas
27 October 1914, Welsh
Poet & Writer
Audre LordeAudre Lorde
18 February 1934, American
Writer

Ted HughesTed Hughes
17 August 1930, British
Poet and Children's Writer

Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe
16 November 1930, Nigerian
Nigerian novelist
Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938, American
Writer

Julius EvolaJulius Evola
19 May 1898, Italian
Philosopher
George SantayanaGeorge Santayana
16 December 1863, Spanish, Italian
Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, & Novelist

Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930, British
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Ahmed Raza Khan BarelviAhmed Raza Khan Barelvi
14 June 1856, Indian
Islamic Scholar, Reformer
Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin
09 August 1922, British
Poet

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John UpdikeJohn Updike
18 March 1932, American
 
Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney
13 April 1939, Irish
Poet

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady
08 February 1926, American
 

Kamal AmrohiKamal Amrohi
17 January 1918, Indian
Director

Ron Cephas JonesRon Cephas Jones
08 January 1957, American
Actor
Wendell BerryWendell Berry
05 August 1934, American
 
Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893, British
Writer

Amrita PritamAmrita Pritam
31 August 1919, Indian
Writer

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934, American
Writer

Betty AberlinBetty Aberlin
30 December 1942, American
Actress
Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy
23 December 1955, British
 

Jean GenetJean Genet
19 December 1910, French
Novelist

Anne SextonAnne Sexton
09 November 1928, American
Poet

Joseph BrodskyJoseph Brodsky
24 May 1940, Russian
Essayist & Poet

Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi
22 November 1969, French, Iranian
Graphic Novelist
Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917, American
American novelist

Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie
07 October 1966, American
Novelist
Vikram SethVikram Seth
20 June 1952, Indian
Writer

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871, American
Author

Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich
16 May 1929, American
American poet
Saul WilliamsSaul Williams
29 February 1972, American
Singer, Musician, Poet

Michael OndaatjeMichael Ondaatje
12 September 1943, Canadian
Canadian poet
Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925, American
 

Robert LaSardoRobert LaSardo
20 September 1963, American
Actor

Kingsley AmisKingsley Amis
16 April 1922, British
Poet, novelist and lecturer

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917, American
Poet

Derek WalcottDerek Walcott
23 January 1930, Saint Lucian
Poet
Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver
08 April 1955, American
Novelist, Poet, Essayist

Octavio PazOctavio Paz
31 March 1914, Mexican
Writer, Poet, Diplomat and Noble Prize Laureate

John BergerJohn Berger
05 November 1926, British
Novelist

Elizabeth BishopElizabeth Bishop
08 February 1911, American
Poet
Ogden NashOgden Nash
19 August 1902, American
Poet

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
27 June 1872, American
Poet
Gary SnyderGary Snyder
08 May 1930, American
American man of letters

Ramdhari Singh DinkarRamdhari Singh Dinkar
23 September 1908, Indian
Poet

Alan Jay LernerAlan Jay Lerner
31 August 1918, American
American lyricist
KusumagrajKusumagraj
27 February 1912, Indian
Poet

KuvempuKuvempu
29 December 1904, Indian
Novelist
Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
30 June 1911, Polish
Poet

Robert LowellRobert Lowell
01 March 1917, American
Poet

Mahmoud DarwishMahmoud Darwish
13 March 1941, Palestinian
Poet
Paul BowlesPaul Bowles
30 December 1910, American
Writer, Music Composer

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923, Polish
Nobel Laureate in Literature
Hélène CixousHélène Cixous
05 June 1937, Algerian
Professor

Cesare PaveseCesare Pavese
09 September 1908, Italian
Italian poet

Mahadevi VarmaMahadevi Varma
26 March 1907, Indian
Poet

Henry LawsonHenry Lawson
17 June 1867, Australian
Writer
Nizar QabbaniNizar Qabbani
21 March 1923, Syrian
Diplomat
Herta MüllerHerta Müller
17 August 1953, German
Writer

Reinaldo ArenasReinaldo Arenas
16 July 1943, Cuban
Cuban poet

Theodore RoethkeTheodore Roethke
25 May 1908, American
Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton
27 June 1936, American
American poet
Chairil AnwarChairil Anwar
26 July 1922, Indonesian
Poet

Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush
16 December 1945, Iranian
Thinker and Reformer

Ernesto CardenalErnesto Cardenal
20 January 1925, Nicaraguan
Poet, Revolutionary, Politician, Priest

Robert HaydenRobert Hayden
04 August 1913, American
Poet, Essayist, Educator

Judith Wright Judith Wright
31 May 1915, Australian
Poet, Environmentalist, Campaigner for Aboriginal
Assi RahbaniAssi Rahbani
04 May 1923, Lebanese
Composer

Girolamo FracastoroGirolamo Fracastoro
1478 AD, Italian
Physician, scholar, poet
Roque DaltonRoque Dalton
14 May 1935, Salvadoran
Poet

Salvatore Quasimodo Salvatore Quasimodo
20 August 1901, Italian
Author & Poet
Tomas TranstromerTomas Tranströmer
15 April 1931, Swedish
Poet
Karel Appel Karel Appel
25 April 1921, Dutch
Painter, Sculptor, Poet