List of famous American poets with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

"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

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe

19 January 1809

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou

04 April 1928

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath

27 October 1932

Robert FrostRobert Frost

26 March 1874

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot

26 September 1888

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman

31 May 1819

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

26 July 1894

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac

12 March 1922

Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein

03 February 1874

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson

10 December 1830

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg

03 June 1926

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner

25 September 1897

Langston HughesLangston Hughes

01 February 1902

Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein

25 September 1930

Ezra PoundEzra Pound

30 October 1885

John UpdikeJohn Updike

18 March 1932

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady

08 February 1926

E. E. CummingsE. E. Cummings

14 October 1894

Audre LordeAudre Lorde

18 February 1934

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates

16 June 1938

Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie

07 October 1966

Wendell BerryWendell Berry

05 August 1934

Saul WilliamsSaul Williams

29 February 1972

Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley

08 May 1753

Anne SextonAnne Sexton

09 November 1928

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey

22 February 1925

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers

19 February 1917

Paul BowlesPaul Bowles

30 December 1910

Edna St. Vincent MillayEdna St. Vincent Millay

22 February 1892

Horatio AlgerHoratio Alger

13 January 1832

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka

07 October 1934

Wallace StevensWallace Stevens

02 October 1879

Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich

16 May 1929

Elizabeth BishopElizabeth Bishop

08 February 1911

Ogden NashOgden Nash

19 August 1902

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver

08 April 1955

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks

07 June 1917

Gary SnyderGary Snyder

08 May 1930

Alan Jay LernerAlan Jay Lerner

31 August 1918

John Greenleaf WhittierJohn Greenleaf Whittier

17 December 1807

William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant

03 November 1794

Claude McKayClaude McKay

15 September 1889

Bret Harte Bret Harte

25 August 1836

Theodore RoethkeTheodore Roethke

25 May 1908

Ella Wheeler WilcoxElla Wheeler Wilcox

05 November 1850

Robert HaydenRobert Hayden

04 August 1913

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton

27 June 1936

Allen TateAllen Tate

19 November 1899

Malcolm CowleyMalcolm Cowley

24 August 1898

Charles SimicCharles Simic

09 May 1938

A. R. AmmonsA. R. Ammons

18 February 1926

Thomas Bailey AldrichThomas Bailey Aldrich

11 November 1836

John M. FordJohn M. Ford

10 April 1957

John ReedJohn Reed

22 October 1887

David WagonerDavid Wagoner

05 June 1926

James Wright James Wright

13 December 1927

Amy ClampittAmy Clampitt

15 June 1920

L. Ron HubbardL. Ron Hubbard

13 March 1911

Garth BrooksGarth Brooks

07 February 1962

Rick RiordanRick Riordan

05 June 1964

Ursula K. Le GuinUrsula K. Le Guin

21 October 1929

Dorothy ParkerDorothy Parker

22 August 1893

Marty FeldmanMarty Feldman

08 July 1934

Stephenie MeyerStephenie Meyer

24 December 1973

Jill ScottJill Scott

04 April 1972

Helena BlavatskyHelena Blavatsky

12 August 1831

Francis Scott KeyFrancis Scott Key

01 August 1779

Gil Scott-HeronGil Scott-Heron

01 April 1949

Talib KweliTalib Kweli

03 October 1975

Sue GraftonSue Grafton

24 April 1940

Tim ArmstrongTim Armstrong

25 November 1965

Margaret MitchellMargaret Mitchell

08 November 1900

Win ButlerWin Butler

14 April 1980

Dashiell HammettDashiell Hammett

27 May 1894

Robert LudlumRobert Ludlum

25 May 1927