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.
Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe

19 January 1809

07 October 1849

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Capricorn

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison

08 December 1943

03 July 1971

Melbourne, Florida, U.S.

Sagittarius

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou

04 April 1928

28 May 2014

St. Louis

Aries

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath

27 October 1932

11 February 1963

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Scorpio

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson

10 December 1830

15 May 1886

Amherst

Sagittarius

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau

12 July 1817

06 May 1862

Concord

Cancer

Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson

25 May 1803

27 April 1882

U.S.

Gemini

Langston HughesLangston Hughes

01 February 1902

22 May 1967

Joplin, Missouri, United States

Aquarius

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

09 March 1994

Andernach

Leo

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman

31 May 1819

26 March 1892

U.S.

Gemini

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot

26 September 1888

04 January 1965

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Libra

Robert FrostRobert Frost

26 March 1874

29 January 1963

San Francisco, California,, United States

Aries

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

26 July 1894

22 November 1963

Godalming

Leo

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac

12 March 1922

21 October 1969

Lowell

Pisces

Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein

25 September 1930

08 May 1999

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Libra

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg

03 June 1926

05 April 1997

Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Gemini

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner

25 September 1897

06 July 1962

New Albany, Mississippi, U.S

Libra

Ezra PoundEzra Pound

30 October 1885

01 November 1972

Hailey, Idaho, United States

Scorpio

Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein

03 February 1874

27 July 1946

Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Aquarius

Henry Wadsworth LongfellowHenry Wadsworth Longfellow

27 February 1807

24 March 1882

Portland, Maine, U.S.

Pisces

Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie

07 October 1966

Spokane

Libra

E. E. CummingsE. E. Cummings

14 October 1894

03 September 1962

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Libra

Audre LordeAudre Lorde

18 February 1934

17 November 1992

Harlem, New York City

Aquarius

Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley

08 May 1753

05 December 1784

West Africa

Taurus

John UpdikeJohn Updike

18 March 1932

27 January 2009

Reading, Pennsylvania, United States

Pisces

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates

16 June 1938

Lockport, New York, U.S.

Gemini

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady

08 February 1926

04 February 1968

Salt Lake City, Utah

Aquarius

Anne SextonAnne Sexton

09 November 1928

04 October 1974

Newton, Massachusetts, United States

Scorpio

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana

16 December 1863

26 September 1952

Madrid

Sagittarius

Wendell BerryWendell Berry

05 August 1934

Henry County

Leo

Horatio AlgerHoratio Alger

13 January 1832

18 July 1899

Revere

Capricorn

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey

22 February 1925

15 April 2000

Chicago

Pisces

Edna St. Vincent MillayEdna St. Vincent Millay

22 February 1892

19 October 1950

Rockland

Pisces

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka

07 October 1934

09 January 2014

Newark

Libra

Saul WilliamsSaul Williams

29 February 1972

Newburgh, New York, USA

Pisces

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers

19 February 1917

29 September 1967

Columbus, Georgia, USA

Aquarius

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson

17 June 1871

26 June 1938

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Gemini

Elizabeth BishopElizabeth Bishop

08 February 1911

06 October 1979

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Aquarius

Claude McKayClaude McKay

15 September 1889

22 May 1948

Clarendon Parish

Virgo

Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich

16 May 1929

27 March 2012

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Taurus

Paul BowlesPaul Bowles

30 December 1910

18 November 1999

Jamaica

Capricorn

Wallace StevensWallace Stevens

02 October 1879

02 August 1955

Reading

Libra

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks

07 June 1917

03 December 2000

Topeka

Gemini

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver

08 April 1955

Annapolis, Maryland, United States

Aries

Gary SnyderGary Snyder

08 May 1930

San Francisco

Taurus

William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant

03 November 1794

12 June 1878

Cummington, Massachusetts

Scorpio

Ogden NashOgden Nash

19 August 1902

19 March 1971

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Leo

John Greenleaf WhittierJohn Greenleaf Whittier

17 December 1807

07 September 1892

Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States

Sagittarius

Alan Jay LernerAlan Jay Lerner

31 August 1918

14 June 1986

New York City

Virgo

Ella Wheeler WilcoxElla Wheeler Wilcox

05 November 1850

30 October 1919

Janesville, Wisconsin, United States

Scorpio

Bret Harte Bret Harte

25 August 1836

05 May 1902

Albany, New York, U.S.

Virgo

Theodore RoethkeTheodore Roethke

25 May 1908

01 August 1963

Saginaw, Michigan

Gemini

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton

27 June 1936

13 February 2010

New York, United States

Cancer

Robert HaydenRobert Hayden

04 August 1913

25 February 1980

Detroit

Leo

Allen TateAllen Tate

19 November 1899

09 February 1979

Winchester

Scorpio

Charles SimicCharles Simic

09 May 1938

Belgrade

Taurus

Malcolm CowleyMalcolm Cowley

24 August 1898

27 March 1989

Pennsylvania

Virgo

A. R. AmmonsA. R. Ammons

18 February 1926

25 February 2001

North Carolina

Aquarius

Thomas Bailey AldrichThomas Bailey Aldrich

11 November 1836

19 March 1907

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

Scorpio

James Wright James Wright

13 December 1927

25 March 1980

Martins Ferry, Ohio, United States

Sagittarius

John ReedJohn Reed

22 October 1887

17 October 1920

Portland, Oregon, United States

Libra

John M. FordJohn M. Ford

10 April 1957

25 September 2006

East Chicago

Aries

David WagonerDavid Wagoner

05 June 1926

Massillon, Ohio

Gemini

Amy ClampittAmy Clampitt

15 June 1920

10 September 1994

New Providence, Iowa

Gemini

Garth BrooksGarth Brooks

07 February 1962

Tulsa

Aquarius

Ursula K. Le GuinUrsula K. Le Guin

21 October 1929

Berkeley, California, United States

Libra

L. Ron HubbardL. Ron Hubbard

13 March 1911

24 January 1986

Tilden

Pisces

Billy CorganBilly Corgan

17 March 1967

Elk Grove Village

Pisces

Sue GraftonSue Grafton

24 April 1940

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Taurus

Sean LennonSean Lennon

09 October 1975

New York City

Libra

Art GarfunkelArt Garfunkel

05 November 1941

Forest Hills

Scorpio

Todd RundgrenTodd Rundgren

22 June 1948

Upper Darby Township

Cancer

Jill ScottJill Scott

04 April 1972

Philadelphia

Aries

Stephenie MeyerStephenie Meyer

24 December 1973

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Capricorn

Marty FeldmanMarty Feldman

08 July 1934

02 December 1982

London

Cancer

Francis Scott KeyFrancis Scott Key

01 August 1779

11 January 1843

Carroll County

Leo

Talib KweliTalib Kweli

03 October 1975

New York City

Libra

Gil Scott-HeronGil Scott-Heron

01 April 1949

27 May 2011

Chicago

Aries

Dorothy ParkerDorothy Parker

22 August 1893

07 June 1967

Long Branch

Leo

Dashiell HammettDashiell Hammett

27 May 1894

10 January 1961

St. Mary's County, Maryland, United States

Gemini

Tim ArmstrongTim Armstrong

25 November 1965

Berkeley

Sagittarius

Margaret MitchellMargaret Mitchell

08 November 1900

16 August 1949

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Scorpio

Win ButlerWin Butler

14 April 1980

Houston

Aries

William Carlos WilliamsWilliam Carlos Williams

17 September 1883

04 March 1963

Rutherford

Virgo

Rita Mae BrownRita Mae Brown

28 November 1944

Hanover

Sagittarius

Stephen CraneStephen Crane

01 November 1871

05 June 1900

Newark

Scorpio

Mary OliverMary Oliver

10 September 1935

Maple Heights

Virgo

Emma LazarusEmma Lazarus

22 July 1849

19 November 1887

New York City

Cancer

Fanny CrosbyFanny Crosby

24 March 1820

12 February 1915

Brewster

Aries

Nikki GiovanniNikki Giovanni

07 June 1943

Knoxville

Gemini

Margaret TrumanMargaret Truman

17 February 1924

29 January 2008

Independence

Aquarius

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar

27 June 1872

09 February 1906

Dayton

Cancer

Robert LowellRobert Lowell

01 March 1917

12 September 1977

Boston

Pisces

Lawrence FerlinghettiLawrence Ferlinghetti

24 March 1919

Yonkers

Aries

Julia CameronJulia Cameron

04 March 1948

Libertyville

Pisces

Emilie AutumnEmilie Autumn

22 September 1979

Los Angeles

Virgo

Peter OrlovskyPeter Orlovsky

08 July 1933

30 May 2010

New York City

Cancer

James Russell LowellJames Russell Lowell

22 February 1819

12 August 1891

Cambridge

Pisces

Robert Penn WarrenRobert Penn Warren

24 April 1905

1989 AD

Todd County

Taurus

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