French Women Poets

Throughout history, there have been many French women poets who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great French female poets such as Marjane Satrapi, Christine de Pizan, Dora Maar, Emmanuelle Riva, Anna de Noailles.

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 1 Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi .
Famous As: Graphic Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rasht

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

 2 Dora Maar

Dora Maar.
Famous As: Photographer, Artist, Painter, Poet, Choreographer, Sculptor, Model
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: July 16, 1997

Born to a French mother and a Croatian father, Dora Maar spent her childhood in Argentina and later studied art in Paris. The renowned surrealist artist and photographer later gained fame as Pablo Picasso’s lover and muse, and was featured in his paintings such as Weeping Woman.

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 3 Mylène Farmer

Mylène Farmer.
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Writer, Singer, Actor, Musician, Children's writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pierrefonds, Quebec

French-Canadian singer Mylène Farmer is best known for her hits such as Libertine and Les Mots, and for her collaborative acts with Laurent Boutonnat. Born Mylene Jeanne Gautier, she later changed her name to Mylene Farmer in honor of Hollywood star Frances Farmer, who was her idol.

 4 Savitri Devi

Savitri Devi.
Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 30, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: October 22, 1982

Born in Lyon, Frenchwoman Maximiani Julia Portas later changed her name to Savitri Devi and adopted Nazism. The ardent cat lover earned a PhD in philosophy and later acquired Greek nationality and served as an Axis spy. She claimed Adolf Hitler was an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu.

 5 Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan.
Famous As: Poet & Author
Birthdate: 1364 AD
Birthplace: Republic of Venice
Died: 1430 AD
Christine de Pizan took up writing at 25, primarily to support her three children following her husband’s death. Starting with ballads, she later narrated the heroics of women in masterpieces such as The Book of the City of Ladies. She was also a court poet of French king Charles VI.

 6 Emmanuelle Riva

Emmanuelle Riva
Famous As: Actor, Photographer, Poet
Birthdate: February 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheniménil
Died: January 27, 2017

 7 Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: December 17, 1987
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 8 Adah Isaacs Menken

Adah Isaacs Menken
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 15, 1835
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: August 10, 1868

 9 Marie De France

Marie De France
Famous As: French poet
Birthdate: 1160 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 1215 AD

 10 Margaret of Valois-Angouleme

Margaret of Valois-Angouleme
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 11, 1492
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Angoulême, France
Died: December 21, 1549

 11 Iseult Gonne

Iseult Gonne
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 6, 1894
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 22, 1954

 12 Brigitte Fontaine

Brigitte Fontaine
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Morlaix, France

 13 Laura de Noves

Laura de Noves
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1310 AD
Birthplace: Avignon, France
Died: April 6, 1348

 14 Trobairitz

Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: not known

 15 Vernon Lee

Vernon Lee
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 14, 1856
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Died: February 13, 1935

British author Violet Page wrote under the pseudonym Vernon Lee and dressed without inhibitions. Rumors claimed she was a lesbian, though she never stated so. The poet and critic is best remembered for her work on aesthetics, Belcaro. She was also a skilled harpsichord player and a true-blue feminist.

 16 Louise Labé

Louise Labé
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1522 AD
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: April 25, 1566

 17 Anna de Noailles

Anna de Noailles
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 15, 1876
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 30, 1933

 18 Comtessa de Dia

Comtessa de Dia
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1175 AD
Birthplace: Montélimar, France
Died: 1225 AD
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 19 Andrée Chedid

Andrée Chedid
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: February 6, 2011

 20 Nina Berberova

Nina Berberova
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 26, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died: September 26, 1993

 21 Marie-Claire Blais

Marie-Claire Blais
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada

 22 Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 20, 1786
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Douai, France
Died: July 23, 1859

 23 Louise-Victorine Ackermann

Louise-Victorine Ackermann
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 30, 1813
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 2, 1890

 24 Antoinette du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulières

Antoinette du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulières
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 1, 1638
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 17, 1694

 25 Marthe Bibesco

Marthe Bibesco
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 28, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: November 28, 1973