"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
Author, Poet, Editor and Literary Critic
Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943
Singer-songwriter

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Author

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830
Poet

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

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
27 October 1932
Poet, Novelist, and Writer
Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet

Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874
Poet
Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson
25 May 1803
American Lecturer, Philosopher, Essayist & Poet

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher
Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman
31 May 1819
Poet & humanist

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac
12 March 1922
Novelist, Poet

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
25 September 1897
Writer, Nobel Laureate

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
03 June 1926
Poet
Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein
25 September 1930
Poet

Ezra PoundEzra Pound
30 October 1885
Poet

Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein
03 February 1874
American novelist

Dorothy ParkerDorothy Parker
22 August 1893
Poet
Henry Wadsworth LongfellowHenry Wadsworth Longfellow
27 February 1807
Poet & Educator

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938
Writer
Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
08 May 1753
Poet

Ron Cephas JonesRon Cephas Jones
08 January 1957
Actor

Audre LordeAudre Lorde
18 February 1934
Writer
E. E. CummingsE. E. Cummings
14 October 1894
Poet

Betty AberlinBetty Aberlin
30 December 1942
Actress
John UpdikeJohn Updike
18 March 1932
 

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady
08 February 1926
 

Francis Scott KeyFrancis Scott Key
01 August 1779
Lawyer
Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie
07 October 1966
Novelist

Continue Reading Below
Wendell BerryWendell Berry
05 August 1934
 
James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871
Author

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934
Writer

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917
Poet

Anne SextonAnne Sexton
09 November 1928
Poet
Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917
American novelist
Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich
16 May 1929
American poet

Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889
Writer

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925
 

Richard CabralRichard Cabral
28 August 1984
Actor
Horatio AlgerHoratio Alger
13 January 1832
American writer

Edna St. Vincent MillayEdna St. Vincent Millay
22 February 1892
Poetess and Playwright

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver
08 April 1955
Novelist, Poet, Essayist

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
27 June 1872
Poet

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

Saul WilliamsSaul Williams
29 February 1972
Singer, Musician, Poet
Wallace StevensWallace Stevens
02 October 1879
Poet

Robert LaSardoRobert LaSardo
20 September 1963
Actor

Gary SnyderGary Snyder
08 May 1930
American man of letters
Alan Jay LernerAlan Jay Lerner
31 August 1918
American lyricist

Paul BowlesPaul Bowles
30 December 1910
Writer, Music Composer
William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant
03 November 1794
Romantic Poet

John Greenleaf WhittierJohn Greenleaf Whittier
17 December 1807
Poet

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton
27 June 1936
American poet

Bret Harte Bret Harte
25 August 1836
Author & Poet

Theodore RoethkeTheodore Roethke
25 May 1908
Pulitzer Prize Winning 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

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

Thomas Bailey AldrichThomas Bailey Aldrich
11 November 1836
Poet & Novelist

James Wright James Wright
13 December 1927
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

Amy ClampittAmy Clampitt
15 June 1920
Poet

Amber TamblynAmber Tamblyn
14 May 1983
Actress
L. Ron HubbardL. Ron Hubbard
13 March 1911
Officer, Novelist, Musician, Writer, Screenwriter,

Michael MadsenMichael Madsen
25 September 1957
Actor
John DoeJohn Doe
25 February 1953
Singer

Ursula K. Le GuinUrsula K. Le Guin
21 October 1929
American author of novels

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

Marty FeldmanMarty Feldman
08 July 1934
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Poet
Jill ScottJill Scott
04 April 1972
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Poet, Jazz
Ruby DeeRuby Dee
27 October 1922
Actress

Captain BeefheartCaptain Beefheart
15 January 1941
Singer

Stephen GyllenhaalStephen Gyllenhaal
04 October 1949
Director

Julia CameronJulia Cameron
04 March 1948
Screenwriter, Film director, Novelist, Poet
Charles J. GuiteauCharles J. Guiteau
08 September 1841
Writer

Exene CervenkaExene Cervenka
01 February 1956
singer

Talib KweliTalib Kweli
03 October 1975
Poet, Musician, Songwriter, Rapper, Singer

Jim CarrollJim Carroll
01 August 1949
Writer

James AveryJames Avery
27 November 1945
Film actor
Margaret MitchellMargaret Mitchell
08 November 1900
Author

Tim ArmstrongTim Armstrong
25 November 1965
Singer, Songwriter, Artist, Film director, Poet,
Thurston MooreThurston Moore
25 July 1958
Musician

Mary OliverMary Oliver
10 September 1935
Poet, Writer
Sue GraftonSue Grafton
24 April 1940
American author
Nikki GiovanniNikki Giovanni
07 June 1943
Poet, Writer