"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
Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830
Poet

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Poet

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

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher
Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874
Poet

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

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet
T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot
26 September 1888
Poet

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

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac
12 March 1922
Novelist, Poet

Dorothy ParkerDorothy Parker
22 August 1893
Poet

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

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

Ezra PoundEzra Pound
30 October 1885
Poet

Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein
03 February 1874
American novelist

Ron Cephas JonesRon Cephas Jones
08 January 1957
Actor
Audre LordeAudre Lorde
18 February 1934
Writer

Henry Wadsworth LongfellowHenry Wadsworth Longfellow
27 February 1807
Poet & Educator
Chirlane McCrayChirlane McCray
29 November 1954
Writer, Social Activist

Saul WilliamsSaul Williams
29 February 1972
Singer, Musician, Poet

E. E. CummingsE. E. Cummings
14 October 1894
Poet
Neal CassadyNeal Cassady
08 February 1926
 

Francis Scott KeyFrancis Scott Key
01 August 1779
Lawyer
John UpdikeJohn Updike
18 March 1932
 

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938
Writer

E. B. WhiteE. B. White
11 July 1899
Writer
Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich
16 May 1929
American poet

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Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
08 May 1753
Poet
Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie
07 October 1966
Novelist

John ReedJohn Reed
22 October 1887
Journalist, Poet

Wendell BerryWendell Berry
05 August 1934
 

Richard CabralRichard Cabral
28 August 1984
Actor
Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925
 
Anne SextonAnne Sexton
09 November 1928
Poet

Elizabeth BishopElizabeth Bishop
08 February 1911
Poet

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934
Writer

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917
American novelist
James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871
Author

Robert LaSardoRobert LaSardo
20 September 1963
Actor

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

Ogden NashOgden Nash
19 August 1902
Poet

Betty AberlinBetty Aberlin
30 December 1942
Actress
Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917
Poet

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver
08 April 1955
Novelist, Poet, Essayist
Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
27 June 1872
Poet

Wallace StevensWallace Stevens
02 October 1879
Poet

Gary SnyderGary Snyder
08 May 1930
American man of letters
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

Robert LowellRobert Lowell
01 March 1917
Poet

John Greenleaf WhittierJohn Greenleaf Whittier
17 December 1807
Poet

William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant
03 November 1794
Romantic Poet

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

Robert HaydenRobert Hayden
04 August 1913
Poet, Essayist, Educator
James Wright James Wright
13 December 1927
Poet

Allen TateAllen Tate
19 November 1899
Poet
Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke
10 November 1852
Writer

Thomas Bailey AldrichThomas Bailey Aldrich
11 November 1836
Poet & Novelist

Malcolm CowleyMalcolm Cowley
24 August 1898
Novelist & Poet
Horatio AlgerHoratio Alger
13 January 1832
American writer

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

David WagonerDavid Wagoner
05 June 1926
Poet, Novelist, Professor

Amy ClampittAmy Clampitt
15 June 1920
Poet
Charles SimicCharles Simic
09 May 1938
Poet

JewelJewel
23 May 1974
Singer-Songwriter
L. Ron HubbardL. Ron Hubbard
13 March 1911
Officer, Novelist, Musician, Writer, Screenwriter,

Amber TamblynAmber Tamblyn
14 May 1983
Actress

Michael MadsenMichael Madsen
25 September 1957
Actor

Mod SunMod Sun
10 March 1987
Rapper
Marty FeldmanMarty Feldman
08 July 1934
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Poet
L. Frank BaumL. Frank Baum
15 May 1856
Writer

Stephen GyllenhaalStephen Gyllenhaal
04 October 1949
Director

Louise GlückLouise Glück
22 April 1943
Poet

Ernest ClineErnest Cline
29 March 1972
Novelist
Ruby DeeRuby Dee
27 October 1922
Actress

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

Captain BeefheartCaptain Beefheart
15 January 1941
Singer

Joy HarjoJoy Harjo
09 May 1951
Poet

Jim CarrollJim Carroll
01 August 1949
Writer
Robert LudlumRobert Ludlum
25 May 1927
American author

Margaret TrumanMargaret Truman
17 February 1924
actor, novelist, writer, biographer
Dean KoontzDean Koontz
09 July 1945
Novelist

Carmine GiovinazzoCarmine Giovinazzo
24 August 1973
Actor
Mary OliverMary Oliver
10 September 1935
Poet, Writer
Margaret MitchellMargaret Mitchell
08 November 1900
Author