"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.
Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943
Singer, Lyricist, Poet, Musician, Filmmaker
Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809
Author, Poet, Editor and Literary Critic

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928

Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874

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

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman
31 May 1819
Poet & humanist
Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
03 June 1926

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot
26 September 1888

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac
12 March 1922
Novelist, Poet
Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894

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

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist
William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
25 September 1897
Writer, Nobel Laureate

Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein
25 September 1930
Ezra PoundEzra Pound
30 October 1885

Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein
03 February 1874
American novelist

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

Audre LordeAudre Lorde
18 February 1934
John UpdikeJohn Updike
18 March 1932

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady
08 February 1926

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938

Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie
07 October 1966
Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
08 May 1753
Wendell BerryWendell Berry
05 August 1934

Anne SextonAnne Sexton
09 November 1928

Horatio AlgerHoratio Alger
13 January 1832
American writer

Betty AberlinBetty Aberlin
30 December 1942
Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver
08 April 1955
Novelist, Poet, Essayist

Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich
16 May 1929
American poet

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917
American novelist

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Elizabeth BishopElizabeth Bishop
08 February 1911
Edna St. Vincent MillayEdna St. Vincent Millay
22 February 1892
Poetess and Playwright

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934
Saul WilliamsSaul Williams
29 February 1972
Singer, Musician, Poet

Wallace StevensWallace Stevens
02 October 1879

Ogden NashOgden Nash
19 August 1902
James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871

Gary SnyderGary Snyder
08 May 1930
American man of letters
Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917

Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889

Paul BowlesPaul Bowles
30 December 1910
Writer, Music Composer

William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant
03 November 1794
Romantic Poet

Alan Jay LernerAlan Jay Lerner
31 August 1918
American lyricist
John Greenleaf WhittierJohn Greenleaf Whittier
17 December 1807

Bret Harte Bret Harte
25 August 1836
Author & Poet

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

Theodore RoethkeTheodore Roethke
25 May 1908
Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet
Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton
27 June 1936
American poet

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

Charles SimicCharles Simic
09 May 1938

A. R. AmmonsA. R. Ammons
18 February 1926
Thomas Bailey AldrichThomas Bailey Aldrich
11 November 1836
Poet & Novelist

Malcolm CowleyMalcolm Cowley
24 August 1898
Novelist & Poet
John M. FordJohn M. Ford
10 April 1957
Novelist, Writer, Game Designer

John ReedJohn Reed
22 October 1887
Journalist, Poet

Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke
10 November 1852
James Wright James Wright
13 December 1927

David WagonerDavid Wagoner
05 June 1926
Poet, Novelist, Professor
Amy ClampittAmy Clampitt
15 June 1920

Garth BrooksGarth Brooks
07 February 1962
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Poet,

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

Marty FeldmanMarty Feldman
08 July 1934
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Poet
Ursula K. Le GuinUrsula K. Le Guin
21 October 1929
American author of novels
Stephenie MeyerStephenie Meyer
24 December 1973
American fiction writer

Rick RiordanRick Riordan
05 June 1964
American author

Dorothy ParkerDorothy Parker
22 August 1893
columnist, poet, screenwriter, writer

Jill ScottJill Scott
04 April 1972
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Poet, Jazz
Robert JordanRobert Jordan
17 October 1948
American author

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

Helena BlavatskyHelena Blavatsky
12 August 1831

Ruby DeeRuby Dee
27 October 1922

Tim ArmstrongTim Armstrong
25 November 1965
Singer, Songwriter, Artist, Film director, Poet,
Margaret MitchellMargaret Mitchell
08 November 1900

Francis Scott KeyFrancis Scott Key
01 August 1779
Poet, Lawyer, Writer, Poet lawyer
Talib KweliTalib Kweli
03 October 1975
Poet, Musician, Songwriter, Rapper, Singer

Mary OliverMary Oliver
10 September 1935
Poet, Writer

Dashiell HammettDashiell Hammett
27 May 1894
American author
Sue GraftonSue Grafton
24 April 1940
American author

Italo CalvinoItalo Calvino
15 October 1923
Writer, Poet, Politician, Journalist, Reporter,
Mattie StepanekMattie Stepanek
17 July 1990
Poet, Author, Writer

Robert LudlumRobert Ludlum
25 May 1927
American author

Rita Mae BrownRita Mae Brown
28 November 1944
Screenwriter, Poet, Polo player, Novelist,

Lawrence FerlinghettiLawrence Ferlinghetti
24 March 1919
Officer, Poet, Writer, Publisher, Painter,
William Carlos WilliamsWilliam Carlos Williams
17 September 1883

Peter OrlovskyPeter Orlovsky
08 July 1933
Poet, Writer, Actor
Fanny CrosbyFanny Crosby
24 March 1820
composer, poet, singer, writer, teacher,

Stephen CraneStephen Crane
01 November 1871
Writer, Journalist, Poet, Baseball player,

Nikki GiovanniNikki Giovanni
07 June 1943
Poet, Writer

Margaret TrumanMargaret Truman
17 February 1924
actor, novelist, writer, biographer
Win ButlerWin Butler
14 April 1980
Songwriter, Singer, Composer, Poet, Guitarist