"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.
Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
27 October 1932
Poet, Novelist, and Writer
Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809
Author, Poet, Editor and Literary Critic

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943
Singer, Lyricist, Poet, Musician, Filmmaker

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830
Poet

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Author

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

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher

Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874
Poet

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman
31 May 1819
Poet & humanist
Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson
25 May 1803
American Lecturer, Philosopher, Essayist & Poet

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

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
03 June 1926
Poet

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

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist
Ezra PoundEzra Pound
30 October 1885
Poet

Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein
03 February 1874
American novelist

Dorothy ParkerDorothy Parker
22 August 1893
Poet
Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938
Writer

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

John UpdikeJohn Updike
18 March 1932
 

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady
08 February 1926
 

Audre LordeAudre Lorde
18 February 1934
Writer
Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie
07 October 1966
Novelist
Wendell BerryWendell Berry
05 August 1934
 

Ron Cephas JonesRon Cephas Jones
08 January 1957
Actor

Saul WilliamsSaul Williams
29 February 1972
Singer, Musician, Poet

Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
08 May 1753
Poet
Anne SextonAnne Sexton
09 November 1928
Poet

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Horatio AlgerHoratio Alger
13 January 1832
American writer

Richard CabralRichard Cabral
28 August 1984
Actor

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925
 

Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich
16 May 1929
American poet
Edna St. Vincent MillayEdna St. Vincent Millay
22 February 1892
Poetess and Playwright

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917
American novelist
Wallace StevensWallace Stevens
02 October 1879
Poet

Betty AberlinBetty Aberlin
30 December 1942
Actress

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver
08 April 1955
Novelist, Poet, Essayist
Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934
Writer

Elizabeth BishopElizabeth Bishop
08 February 1911
Poet
Robert LaSardoRobert LaSardo
20 September 1963
Actor

Ogden NashOgden Nash
19 August 1902
Poet

Gary SnyderGary Snyder
08 May 1930
American man of letters

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917
Poet

Paul BowlesPaul Bowles
30 December 1910
Writer, Music Composer
James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871
Author

William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant
03 November 1794
Romantic Poet

John Greenleaf WhittierJohn Greenleaf Whittier
17 December 1807
Poet

Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889
Writer
Alan Jay LernerAlan Jay Lerner
31 August 1918
American lyricist

Theodore RoethkeTheodore Roethke
25 May 1908
Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet
Bret Harte Bret Harte
25 August 1836
Author & Poet

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton
27 June 1936
American 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
Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke
10 November 1852
Writer

Charles SimicCharles Simic
09 May 1938
Poet

A. R. AmmonsA. R. Ammons
18 February 1926
Poet
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

James Wright James Wright
13 December 1927
Poet

David WagonerDavid Wagoner
05 June 1926
Poet, Novelist, Professor
Amy ClampittAmy Clampitt
15 June 1920
Poet
Garth BrooksGarth Brooks
07 February 1962
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Poet,

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

Stephen GyllenhaalStephen Gyllenhaal
04 October 1949
Director

John DoeJohn Doe
25 February 1953
Singer
Ursula K. Le GuinUrsula K. Le Guin
21 October 1929
American author of novels

Marty FeldmanMarty Feldman
08 July 1934
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Poet

Stephenie MeyerStephenie Meyer
24 December 1973
American fiction writer

Jill ScottJill Scott
04 April 1972
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Poet, Jazz

Captain BeefheartCaptain Beefheart
15 January 1941
Singer
Francis Scott KeyFrancis Scott Key
01 August 1779
Poet, Lawyer, Writer, Poet lawyer

Helena BlavatskyHelena Blavatsky
12 August 1831
Author
Robert JordanRobert Jordan
17 October 1948
American author

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

Emma LazarusEmma Lazarus
22 July 1849
Poet, Writer, Journalist
Exene CervenkaExene Cervenka
01 February 1956
singer

Ruby DeeRuby Dee
27 October 1922
Actress
Talib KweliTalib Kweli
03 October 1975
Poet, Musician, Songwriter, Rapper, Singer

Carmine GiovinazzoCarmine Giovinazzo
24 August 1973
Actor

Thurston MooreThurston Moore
25 July 1958
Musician

Jim CarrollJim Carroll
01 August 1949
Writer
Tim ArmstrongTim Armstrong
25 November 1965
Singer, Songwriter, Artist, Film director, Poet,

Margaret MitchellMargaret Mitchell
08 November 1900
Author
Mary OliverMary Oliver
10 September 1935
Poet, Writer

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

Julia CameronJulia Cameron
04 March 1948
Screenwriter, Film director, Novelist, Poet
Italo CalvinoItalo Calvino
15 October 1923
Writer, Poet, Politician, Journalist, Reporter,