British Women Poets

Throughout history, there have been many British women poets who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female poets such as Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Emily Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Anne Bradstreet.

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 1 Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy
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Birthdate: December 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow

 2 Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 21, 1816
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Thornton, Yorkshire, England
Died: March 31, 1855
Charlotte Bronte, remembered for her iconic novel Jane Eyre, was one of the most significant literary figures of the 19th century. She was the eldest of the Bronte sisters who survived into adulthood. She and her sisters Emily and Anne wrote under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell.

 3 Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 30, 1818
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Thornton, West Yorkshire
Died: December 19, 1848
Victorian novelist/poet Emily Brontë, also known as Ellis Bell, is best remembered for her iconic novel Wuthering Heights. Her book of poems, written with her sisters Charlotte and Anne, was titled Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, highlighting their pseudonyms. She suffered from prolonged illness and died of tuberculosis.
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 4 George Eliot

George Eliot
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Famous As: Poet & Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1819
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Died: December 22, 1880

Mary Ann Evans, known by her pseudonym George Eliot, was an English poet, novelist, translator, and journalist. One of the most prominent writers of the Victorian era, Eliot's works are known for their psychological insight, realism, and detailed description of the countryside. Her novel Middlemarch was voted one of the greatest literary works in a 2007 poll conducted by Time.

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 5 Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 6, 1806
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kelloe, Durham, England
Died: June 29, 1861

 6 Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton
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Famous As: Children's writer
Birthdate: August 11, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: East Dulwich, London, England
Died: November 28, 1968
Author Enid Blyton is best remembered for her iconic children’s book series such as Famous Five, Malory Towers, and Secret Seven, majorly focusing on mystery-based plots. Her works have made her the fourth-most-translated writer. She had supported animal and paediatric charities. Her story inspired the BBC film Enid.

 7 Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti
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Famous As: Poet, Writer, Hymnwriter
Birthdate: December 5, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: December 29, 1894
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 8 Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 9 Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Witham, Essex, England
Died: December 17, 1957

 10 Angela Carter

Angela Carter
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eastbourne, England
Died: February 16, 1992

 11 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 15, 1689
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 21, 1762

 12 Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville-West
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Knole, Kent, England, UK
Died: June 2, 1962

 13 Frieda Hughes

Frieda Hughes
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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: April 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London

 14 Genesis P-Orridge

Genesis P-Orridge
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manchester, England

 15 Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: July 10, 1640
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Canterbury, England
Died: April 16, 1689

 16 Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 20, 1612
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Northampton
Died: September 16, 1672

 17 Anne Askew

Anne Askew
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: 1521 AD
Birthplace: Stallingborough
Died: July 26, 1546

 18 Emilia Lanier

Emilia Lanier
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 31, 1569
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bishopsgate, London, England
Died: March 31, 1645

 19 E. Nesbit

E. Nesbit
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kennington, London, United Kingdom
Died: May 4, 1924

 20 Radclyffe Hall

Radclyffe Hall
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Died: October 7, 1943

 21 Arlo Parks

Arlo Parks
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Poet
Birthdate: August 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

 22 Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Died: November 8, 1998

 23 Lady Flora Hastings

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

 24 Stevie Smith

Stevie Smith
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Famous As: Poet, Novelist
Birthdate: September 20, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, England
Died: March 7, 1971

 25 Hannah More

Hannah More
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Essayist
Birthdate: February 2, 1745
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fishponds
Died: September 7, 1833

English religious author Hannah More soared to literary fame with the release of Village Politics, penned under the pseudonym Will Chip. Its popularity made her write an entire series of tracts that educated the poor. She also established clubs and schools, apart from opposing slavery along with the Clapham Sect.

 26 Caroline Norton

Caroline Norton
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 22, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London
Died: June 15, 1877

Being the granddaughter of playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, author Caroline Norton had her first experience at writing in her teens. Her beauty and charm, however, made her failed barrister husband jealous. The rift in their marriage caused her to successfully campaign for married women’s right to property and their children’s custody.

 27 Elizabeth Siddal

Elizabeth Siddal
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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Art model, Visual artist, Model
Birthdate: July 25, 1829
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holborn
Died: February 11, 1862

 28 Eleanor Farjeon

Eleanor Farjeon
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 13, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 5, 1965

Eleanor Farjeon was an English author who wrote children's stories, poetry, biography, and satire. During her illustrious career, Farjeon received several prestigious literary awards. The Eleanor Farjeon Award is presented every year by the Children's Book Circle to honor Eleanor Farjeon's life and career.

 29 Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 25, 1771
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cockermouth, England
Died: January 25, 1855

 30 Olivia Manning

Olivia Manning
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Died: July 23, 1980
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 31 Renée Vivien

Renée Vivien
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 11, 1877
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 18, 1909

 32 Nancy Cunard

Nancy Cunard
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 10, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 17, 1965

 33 Evelyn Underhill

Evelyn Underhill
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 6, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Died: June 15, 1941

 34 Stella Gibbons

Stella Gibbons
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 19, 1989

 35 Susanna Moodie

Susanna Moodie
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 6, 1803
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bungay, England
Died: April 8, 1885

English-Canadian writer Susanna Moodie is best known for her realistic depictions of her life in “the bush” or the wilderness of Canada, which was a British colony back in her time. Her most popular work remains Roughing it in the Bush. She had initially also penned several children’s stories.

 36 Thomas Chatterton

Thomas Chatterton
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 20, 1752
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: August 24, 1770

 37 Mary Sidney

Mary Sidney
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Famous As: Countess
Birthdate: October 27, 1561
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tickenhill Palace, Bewdley, Worcs, England
Died: September 25, 1621

 38 Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 24, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ilford, England
Died: December 20, 1997

 39 Mina Loy

Mina Loy
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 25, 1966

 40 Mary Lamb

Mary Lamb
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 3, 1764
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 20, 1847

 41 Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, England
Died: October 26, 2001

 42 Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lincoln, England
Died: April 28, 2000

 43 Sylvia Townsend Warner

Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 6, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harrow on the Hill, Harrow, England
Died: May 1, 1978

 44 Mary Astell

Mary Astell
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Famous As: Writer, Philosopher, Feminist
Birthdate: November 12, 1666
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne
Died: May 11, 1731

 45 Valerie Eliot

Valerie Eliot
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: November 9, 2012
The second wife of legendary English poet T.S. Eliot, Valerie Eliot had longed to work with the poet since she was a 14-year-old schoolgirl and he was 50. She eventually married him when she was 30 and he was 68. As his literary executor, she released many of his significant posthumous works.

 46 Kathleen Raine

Kathleen Raine
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 14, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ilford, England
Died: July 6, 2003

 47 Harriette Wilson

Harriette Wilson
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 2, 1786
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England
Died: March 10, 1845

 48 Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 4, 1749
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 24, 1806

 49 Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Letitia Elizabeth Landon
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 14, 1802
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England
Died: October 15, 1838

 50 Eliza Haywood

Eliza Haywood
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Famous As: British author
Birthdate: 1693 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: February 25, 1756