Aquarius Poets

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 1 Lord Byron

Lord Byron
Famous As: Baron Byron
Birthdate: January 22, 1788
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 19, 1824

Widely considered one of the greatest British poets of all time, Lord Byron remains influential as his works are widely read even today. He was also one of the most important personalities of the Romantic Movement. He is also known for his role in the Greek War of Independence, for which the Greeks consider him a national hero.

 2 Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu
Famous As: Poet and Freedom Fighter
Birthdate: February 13, 1879
Birthplace: Hyderabad, India
Died: March 2, 1949

Sarojini Naidu was an Indian poet and political activist. An important figure in the Indian Independence Movement, she was a proponent of anti-imperialistic ideas, women's rights, and civil rights. Her illustrious career as a poet earned her the nickname Nightingale of India. After India became independent, she became the first woman to hold the office of Governor in the Dominion of India.

 3 Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 1, 1901
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: May 22, 1967

Langston Hughes is best remembered as a prominent leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He was one of the first to write jazz poetry. He also wrote plays and short stories. He was a columnist for The Chicago Defender and wrote the iconic poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers.

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 4 Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 27, 1832
Birthplace: Daresbury, Cheshire, England
Died: January 14, 1898
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, is remembered for his iconic children’s fiction such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. He explored the genre of literary nonsense with his poems such as Jabberwocky. He was also a photographer, a mathematician, and an inventor.
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 5 Robert Burns

Robert Burns
Famous As: Poet and Lyricist widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.
Birthdate: January 25, 1759
Birthplace: Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: July 21, 1796
Scottish poet Robert Burns, also known as the National Bard and the Bard of Ayrshire, is considered a pioneer of the Romantic movement in English literature. He often drew inspiration from Scottish folk songs. Some of his most notable works include the poems Auld Lang Syne and Scots Wha Hae.

 6 John Donne

John Donne
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 22, 1572
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 31, 1631
English metaphysical poet John Donne is best known for his touch of sensuality and spirituality in his poems. One of his best-known poems is The Canonization. He had also worked on Latin translations, elegies, sermons, and epigrams. He was known for his reckless lifestyle, that affected his financial status. 

 7 Jules Verne

Jules Verne
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 8, 1828
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: March 24, 1905
French author Jules Verne, also known as the “Father of Science Fiction,” is best remembered for his legendary adventure novels Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. He also became the world’s second most-translated writer since 1979.
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 8 Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht
Famous As: Theatre practitioner
Birthdate: February 10, 1898
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: August 14, 1956

German playwright, poet, and theater director, Bertolt Brecht, is best known for co-writing the play, The Threepenny Opera, with Kurt Weill. Growing up in war-torn Germany in the early 20th century, he had a difficult life. A hardcore Marxist, he lived in exile during the Nazi period. He returned to Germany after the war and established a theater company.

 9 Alice Walker

Alice Walker
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 9, 1944
Birthplace: Eatonton, Georgia, United States
Author Alice Walker is best known for her National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple. She is credited with coining the term womanist, to mean feminist of color. Her marriage with Melvyn Roseman Leventhal was the first official interracial marriage in the state of Mississippi.

 10 Giordano Bruno

Giordano Bruno
Famous As: Philosopher & Mathematician Known For His Cosmological Theories
Birthdate: January 31, 1548
Birthplace: Nola, Italy
Died: February 17, 1600

Giordano Bruno was an Italian philosopher, friar, mathematician, cosmological theorist, poet, and Hermetic occultist. Best remembered for his cosmological theories, Bruno insisted that the universe could have no center as it is infinite. In 2004, Herbert Steffen founded the Giordano Bruno Foundation in Bruno's honor.

 11 Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 10, 1890
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 30, 1960

Son of an artist father and a pianist mother, Boris Pasternak initially wished to become a musician. He is best known for his novel Doctor Zhivago, set against backdrop of the Russian Revolution. The Soviet Communists forced him to decline the Nobel Prize, which his descendants later accepted.

 12 Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb
Famous As: Essayist
Birthdate: January 31, 1775
Birthplace: Inner Temple, London, England
Died: December 27, 1834

Renowned British essayist Charles Lamb was a major figure of the Romantic period. He is best remembered for his Essays of Elia and his book of abridged versions of Shakespeare’s plays, Tales from Shakespeare, which he co-wrote with his sister, Mary. He had also once spent time in a mental facility.

 13 Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 23, 1930
Birthplace: Castries, Saint Lucia
Died: March 17, 2017

Derek Walcott was a Saint Lucian playwright and poet who was honored with the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was also the recipient of several literary awards like Obie Award, Royal Society of Literature Award, OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and Queen's Medal for Poetry. In 2016, he was made Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Lucia.

 14 Andre Breton

Andre Breton
Famous As: Writer, Co-Founder of Surrealism
Birthdate: February 18, 1896
Birthplace: Tinchebray, Tinchebray-Bocage, France
Died: September 28, 1966

Born into a family of shopkeepers, French poet André Breton initially studied medicine and psychiatry. He then joined Dadaism and eventually branched out and became one of the pioneers of the surrealist movement. Known for his Surrealist Manifestos, Breton was also a collector of manuscripts, sculptures, and paintings.

 15 Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 8, 1911
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 6, 1979

 16 Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis
Famous As: Philosopher and Writer
Birthdate: February 18, 1883
Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece
Died: October 26, 1957

Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer whose works earned him nine nominations for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. Regarded as a giant of modern Greek literature, Kazantzakis achieved international fame when his works, such as The Life And Times Of Alexis Zorba and The Last Temptation of Christ, were adapted into feature films. 

 17 Olga Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 29, 1962
Birthplace: Sulechów, Poland

Olga Tokarczuk is a Polish writer and public intellectual. She is one of the most critically acclaimed authors of her generation in Poland. She was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first female Polish writer to receive the honor. Her works have been translated into almost 40 languages. She is also a clinical psychologist. 

 18 Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 3, 1925
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 1, 2017

 19 Neal Cassady

Neal Cassady
Birthdate: February 8, 1926
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah
Died: February 4, 1968

 20 Margaret Truman

Margaret Truman
Famous As: actor, novelist, writer, biographer
Birthdate: February 17, 1924
Birthplace: Independence
Died: January 29, 2008

 21 August Strindberg

August Strindberg
Famous As: Father of Modern Swedish Literature
Birthdate: January 22, 1849
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 14, 1912

August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, painter, essayist, novelist, and poet. He wrote over 30 works of fiction and more than 60 plays in an illustrious career that spanned 40 years. Widely regarded as the father of modern Swedish literature, Strindberg is best remembered for his work The Red Room, which is considered the first modern Swedish novel.

 22 Banjo Paterson

Banjo Paterson
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 17, 1864
Birthplace: Orange
Died: February 5, 1941

Remembered for the legendary poems Waltzing Matilda and The Man from Snowy River, Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson was an Australian bush poet who depicted rural life through his works. Initially a law clerk and a journalist, he later adopted the pseudonym Banjo, which was his favorite horse’s name.

 23 Richard Brautigan

Richard Brautigan
Famous As: Writer, Poet, Novelist
Birthdate: January 30, 1935
Birthplace: Tacoma
Died: September 14, 1984

 24 Kumar Vishwas

Kumar Vishwas
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 10, 1970
Birthplace: Pilkhuwa, Uttar Pradesh, India

Kumar Vishwas is a Hindi poet, politician and lecturer. He was an active member of the anti-corruption movement, Indian Against Corruption, and was also one of the founder members of Aam Aadmi Party. Kumar Vishwas is known for his comments on topical issues relating to India.

 25 Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 31, 1979
Birthplace: Barking, Essex, England, UK

Daniel Tammet grew up having seizures and was later diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. A rare prodigious savant, he set a record by reciting the value of pi to 22,514 decimal places. He is best known for his memoir Born on a Blue Day and has also launched the language-learning site Optimnem.

 26 Brendan Behan

Brendan Behan
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 9, 1923
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: March 20, 1964
Irish author and poet Brendan Behan is remembered for his trademark satire and for his works such as The Quare Fellow and Borstal Boy. In a life plagued with arrests, he had served 14 years behind bars for the attempted murder of a policeman. He was also a lifelong alcoholic.

 27 Du Fu

Du Fu
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 12, 0712
Birthplace: Gongyi, Henan, China
Died: November 30, 0769

Du Fu was a Chinese politician and poet. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Chinese poets of all time, Du Fu's works have influenced both Japanese and Chinese literary culture. While it is said that almost all Chinese poets have been influenced by him, the Japanese literature from the Muromachi period was greatly impacted by Du Fu's poetry.

 28 Juan Pablo Duarte

Juan Pablo Duarte
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 26, 1813
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Died: July 15, 1876
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 29 Vladimir Vysotsky

Vladimir Vysotsky
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 25, 1938
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: July 25, 1980

A Soviet cultural icon, singer Vladimir Vysotsky was known for his social commentary in his songs. In his early years, he quit engineering to study acting. He later ruled the stage as an actor, before stepping into music. He even distributed his recordings after being banned in the country.

 30 Leslie Bricusse

Leslie Bricusse
Famous As: Composer, Musician, Playwright, Lyricist, Screenwriter, Poet, Songwriter, Film score composer
Birthdate: January 29, 1931
Birthplace: London

 31 Vasco Rossi

Vasco Rossi
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 7, 1952
Birthplace: Zocca, Italy

 32 Eliphas Levi

Eliphas Levi
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 8, 1810
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 31, 1875
Alphonse Louis Constant, better known by his pseudonym, Eliphas Levi, had abandoned his wish to become a Catholic priest to become a famed magician, occultist, and author of the 19th century. He is best remembered for his iconic work Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual and his theory of magic. 

 33 Saigo Takamori

Saigo Takamori
Famous As: Samurai, Poet
Birthdate: January 23, 1828
Birthplace: Kagoshima
Died: September 24, 1877

Saigo Takamori was a samurai and he is considered as one of the most influential samurais in Japanese history. He was one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration. Saigo Takamori lived during the late Edo and early Meiji periods and led the imperial forces at the Battle of Toba–Fushimi. He was dubbed "the true last Samurai" after his death. 

 34 Francesco Redi

Francesco Redi
Famous As: Physician, naturalist, biologist and poet
Birthdate: February 18, 1626
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: March 1, 1697

Called the founder of experimental biology and father of modern parasitology, Italian physician, biologist, naturalist and poet Francesco Redi did the first major experiment to challenge spontaneous generation. His book Esperienze intorno alla generazione degl'insetti includes most of his famous experiments, while his poem book Bacco in Toscana is counted among the finest works of 17th-century Italian poetry.   

 35 Philip José Farmer

Philip José Farmer
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 26, 1918
Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Died: February 25, 2009

 36 Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 3, 1842
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: September 7, 1881

 37 Walter Savage Landor

Walter Savage Landor
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 30, 1775
Birthplace: Warwick, England
Died: September 17, 1864

 38 Helen Gurley Brown

Helen Gurley Brown
Famous As: American author
Birthdate: February 18, 1922
Birthplace: Green Forest, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 13, 2012

 39 Melvin Tolson

Melvin Tolson
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 6, 1898
Birthplace: Moberly, Missouri, United States
Died: August 29, 1966

 40 Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: February 17, 1836
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: December 22, 1870

Spanish Romantic poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer was orphaned at age 11. Inspired by his painter brother Valeriano, he embarked on a literary career, writing for El Contemporáneo in Madrid. His Rimas (Rhymes) and Leyendas (Legends) gained popularity only after his death at 34 due to tuberculosis.

 41 Francis Picabia

Francis Picabia
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 22, 1879
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 30, 1953

 42 Ilya Ehrenburg

Ilya Ehrenburg
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 26, 1891
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: August 31, 1967

 43 Lady Flora Hastings

Lady Flora Hastings
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 11, 1806
Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Died: July 5, 1839

 44 George Meredith

George Meredith
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 12, 1828
Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Died: May 18, 1909

 45 Joaquín Sabina

Joaquín Sabina
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Poet
Birthdate: February 12, 1949
Birthplace: Úbeda, Spain

Joaquín Sabina had begun writing lyrics at age 14. The legendary Spanish singer and songwriter mostly sings on heartbreak and love. Apart from releasing triple-platinum tracks such as Vinagre y Rosas, he has also penned books on poetry. He once went on a 4-year hiatus after a stroke.

 46 Abel Meeropol

Abel Meeropol
Famous As: Poet, Songwriter, Writer
Birthdate: February 10, 1903
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 30, 1986

 47 Thomas MacDonagh

Thomas MacDonagh
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 1, 1878
Birthplace: Cloughjordan, Ireland
Died: May 3, 1916

Born to schoolteacher parents, Thomas MacDonagh initially aspired to be a missionary. However, he later taught English and French, and then focused on writing. The author of plays such as When the Dawn Is Come, MacDonagh later joined the Irish Volunteers and led the Easter Rising before being executed by shooting.

 48 Giambattista Basile

Giambattista Basile
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 31, 1566
Birthplace: Giugliano in Campania, Italy
Died: January 31, 1632

 49 Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 1, 1918
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: April 13, 2006

Known for her novels such as Memento Mori and The Driver’s Seat, Scottish author Muriel Spark was also one of the rare female editors of her time when she was associated with the Poetry Review. Though born to a Jewish father, she later converted to Catholicism.

 50 John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 25, 1949
Birthplace: Salford, Manchester, England