"I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you." - wrote Walt Whitman, one of the first great American poets known to the world. Dwelling in a digital age, with computer and Internet controlling every aspect of your life and leisure, how often does your mind ache to break free from the monotony of machineries and repose in verse? Poetry, the panacea for worldly tedium, has inspired generations to greatness. Over the years America, the goldmine of poetic talent, has produced literary bards like Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, Pablo Neruda, and Emily Dickinson, whose poems are read and cherished to this day by connoisseurs and lay man alike. Whether you understand the iambic pentameter or not or appreciate the use of caesura, you will surely love going through the biographies, trivia and facts of these famous American poets who gave poetry its own niche.
Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809
Writer
Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943
Singer-songwriter

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Poet

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson
25 May 1803
American Lecturer, Philosopher, Essayist & Poet

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet
Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
27 October 1932
Poet, Novelist, and Writer

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830
Poet
Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
03 June 1926
Poet

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman
31 May 1819
Poet & humanist
T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot
26 September 1888
Poet

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac
12 March 1922
Novelist, Poet

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874
Poet

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
25 September 1897
Writer, Nobel Laureate
Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein
25 September 1930
Poet

Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein
03 February 1874
American novelist

Ron Cephas JonesRon Cephas Jones
08 January 1957
Actor

Ezra PoundEzra Pound
30 October 1885
Poet
Audre LordeAudre Lorde
18 February 1934
Writer

Saul WilliamsSaul Williams
29 February 1972
Singer, Musician, Poet
Dorothy ParkerDorothy Parker
22 August 1893
Poet

Chirlane McCrayChirlane McCray
29 November 1954
Writer, Social Activist

Francis Scott KeyFrancis Scott Key
01 August 1779
Lawyer
Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938
Writer

Henry Wadsworth LongfellowHenry Wadsworth Longfellow
27 February 1807
Poet & Educator
E. E. CummingsE. E. Cummings
14 October 1894
Poet

John UpdikeJohn Updike
18 March 1932
 

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady
08 February 1926
 
Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
08 May 1753
Poet

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Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie
07 October 1966
Novelist
Wendell BerryWendell Berry
05 August 1934
 

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871
Author

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925
 

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934
Writer
Elizabeth BishopElizabeth Bishop
08 February 1911
Poet
Anne SextonAnne Sexton
09 November 1928
Poet

Richard CabralRichard Cabral
28 August 1984
Actor

Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich
16 May 1929
American poet

Edna St. Vincent MillayEdna St. Vincent Millay
22 February 1892
Poetess and Playwright
Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917
American novelist

Horatio AlgerHoratio Alger
13 January 1832
American writer

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver
08 April 1955
Novelist, Poet, Essayist

Robert LaSardoRobert LaSardo
20 September 1963
Actor

Wallace StevensWallace Stevens
02 October 1879
Poet
Ogden NashOgden Nash
19 August 1902
Poet

Betty AberlinBetty Aberlin
30 December 1942
Actress
Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
27 June 1872
Poet

Gary SnyderGary Snyder
08 May 1930
American man of letters

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917
Poet
Robert LowellRobert Lowell
01 March 1917
Poet

Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889
Writer
Alan Jay LernerAlan Jay Lerner
31 August 1918
American lyricist

Paul BowlesPaul Bowles
30 December 1910
Writer, Music Composer

John Greenleaf WhittierJohn Greenleaf Whittier
17 December 1807
Poet

William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant
03 November 1794
Romantic Poet

Bret Harte Bret Harte
25 August 1836
Author & Poet
Theodore RoethkeTheodore Roethke
25 May 1908
Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton
27 June 1936
American poet

Ella Wheeler WilcoxElla Wheeler Wilcox
05 November 1850
Poet and Mystic Rosicrucian

Robert HaydenRobert Hayden
04 August 1913
Poet, Essayist, Educator
Allen TateAllen Tate
19 November 1899
Poet

Charles SimicCharles Simic
09 May 1938
Poet
Malcolm CowleyMalcolm Cowley
24 August 1898
Novelist & Poet

Thomas Bailey AldrichThomas Bailey Aldrich
11 November 1836
Poet & Novelist

John M. FordJohn M. Ford
10 April 1957
Novelist, Writer, Game Designer
A. R. AmmonsA. R. Ammons
18 February 1926
Poet

John ReedJohn Reed
22 October 1887
Journalist, Poet
Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke
10 November 1852
Writer

David WagonerDavid Wagoner
05 June 1926
Poet, Novelist, Professor

James Wright James Wright
13 December 1927
Poet
Amy ClampittAmy Clampitt
15 June 1920
Poet

Louise GlückLouise Glück
22 April 1943
Poet
Amber TamblynAmber Tamblyn
14 May 1983
Actress

L. Ron HubbardL. Ron Hubbard
13 March 1911
Officer, Novelist, Musician, Writer, Screenwriter,

James AveryJames Avery
27 November 1945
Film actor

Michael MadsenMichael Madsen
25 September 1957
Actor
John DoeJohn Doe
25 February 1953
Singer
Marty FeldmanMarty Feldman
08 July 1934
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Poet

Gil Scott-HeronGil Scott-Heron
01 April 1949
Singer, Writer, Composer, Poet, Pianist

Jill ScottJill Scott
04 April 1972
Singer-songwriter

Stephen GyllenhaalStephen Gyllenhaal
04 October 1949
Director
Captain BeefheartCaptain Beefheart
15 January 1941
Singer

Orson Scott CardOrson Scott Card
24 August 1951
Novelist

Ruby DeeRuby Dee
27 October 1922
Actress

L. Frank BaumL. Frank Baum
15 May 1856
Writer

Dean KoontzDean Koontz
09 July 1945
Novelist
Talib KweliTalib Kweli
03 October 1975
Poet, Musician, Songwriter, Rapper, Singer

Carmine GiovinazzoCarmine Giovinazzo
24 August 1973
Actor
Jim CarrollJim Carroll
01 August 1949
Writer

Thurston MooreThurston Moore
25 July 1958
Musician
Mary OliverMary Oliver
10 September 1935
Poet, Writer
Win ButlerWin Butler
14 April 1980
Songwriter, Singer, Composer, Poet, Guitarist