Gemini Poets

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 1 Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 31, 1819
Birthplace: West Hills, New York, United States
Died: March 26, 1892

Walt Whitman was an American poet, journalist, and essayist. Also a humanist, Whitman played a crucial role in the shift between transcendentalism and realism. Often referred to as the father of free verse, Whitman is one of the most influential American poets of all time. Several decades after his death, Walt Whitman's poetry remains influential.

 2 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Famous As: Famous For his Essay 'Nature' and Speech Entitled 'The American Scholar'
Birthdate: May 25, 1803
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 27, 1882

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher who led the transcendentalist movement that developed in the eastern United States in the 1820s and 1830s. He is credited with popularizing individualism through his numerous lectures and essays. Emerson influenced many thinkers and writers that followed him; he mentored Henry David Thoreau, who went on to become a leading transcendentalist.

 3 W B Yeats

W B Yeats
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 13, 1865
Birthplace: Sandymount, Ireland
Died: January 28, 1939
Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, playwright, and prose writer W. B. Yeats is remembered as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century. Known for works such as The Tower, he also helped establish the Abbey Theatre. An occult enthusiast, he was also part of The Ghost Club.
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 4 Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy
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Famous As: Novelist & Poet
Birthdate: June 2, 1840
Birthplace: Stinsford, Dorset, England
Died: January 11, 1928
Victorian novelist and poet Thomas Hardy exhibited strong influences of Romanticism in his works. He wrote classic novels such as Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Tess of the d'Urbervilles. He mostly showed his characters struggling against social conditions and ending up in tragic situations.
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 5 Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 21, 1688
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 30, 1744

Alexander Pope was a satirist and poet whose works produced during the Augustan period made him one of the greatest artistic exponents of that period. Widely regarded as one of the most important English poets of the 18th century, Alexander Pope is best remembered for writing discursive poetry and heroic couplets.

 6 Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: June 3, 1926
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 5, 1997
Allen Ginsberg, a Beat Generation poet, is best remembered for his 1956 poem Howl, which criticized U.S. capitalism and described homosexual acts, and was thus banned. He earned the National Book Award for The Fall of America and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986–1992.

 7 Alexander Pushkin

Alexander Pushkin
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Famous As: Poet, playwright
Birthdate: June 6, 1799
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: February 10, 1837
Legendary Russian playwright, poet, and novelist Alexander Pushkin is considered one of the most prominent figures of the Romantic era and of Russian literature. He is remembered for his poem Ode to Liberty, one of his works that led him to be exiled by Tsar Alexander I. 
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 8 Federico García Lorca

Federico García Lorca
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Famous As: Poet, playwright
Birthdate: June 5, 1898
Birthplace: Fuente Vaqueros, Spain
Died: August 19, 1936

Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theater director. He was a prominent member of the Generation of '27, a group of poets who essentially worked with avant-garde forms of art and poetry. He was homosexual and had a love affair with sculptor Emilio Aladrén. He mysteriously disappeared at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

 9 Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson
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Famous As: Dramatist, Poet & Actor
Birthdate: June 11, 1572
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: August 6, 1637

 10 Gilbert K. Chesterton

Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 29, 1874
Birthplace: Kensington, England
Died: June 14, 1936

Gilbert K. Chesterton was an English writer, philosopher, and art critic. A prolific writer, he composed around 80 books, hundreds of poems, around 200 short stories, and 4,000 essays. Often referred to as the "prince of paradox", he had as many detractors as he had admirers. He is considered a successor to Victorian authors like Matthew Arnold and John Ruskin.

 11 Jewel

Jewel
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Birthplace: Payson, Utah, United States

 12 Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio
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Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: June 16, 1313
Birthplace: Certaldo, Italy
Died: September 21, 1375

Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian poet, writer, and correspondent of Petrarch. An important Renaissance humanist, Boccaccio was also one of the most prominent personalities of 14th-century European literature. A versatile writer, Giovanni Boccaccio is often viewed as the most important European prose writer of his generation. His works influenced popular personalities like Geoffrey Chaucer and Miguel de Cervantes.

 13 Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa
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Famous As: Portuguese Modernist Poet and Author of 'Mensagem' and 'The Book of Disquiet'
Birthdate: June 13, 1888
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: November 30, 1935

Fernando Pessoa was a Portuguese poet, writer, translator, and publisher. A prolific writer, he is considered one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century. While he mostly wrote in the Portuguese language, he also wrote in English and French occasionally. Besides writing under his own name, he also wrote under approximately 75 other names.

 14 Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum
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Famous As: Author of 27 thriller novels, best known as the creator of Jason Bourne from the original The Bourne Trilogy series.
Birthdate: May 25, 1927
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: March 12, 2001

 15 Theodore Roethke

Theodore Roethke
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Famous As: Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet
Birthdate: May 25, 1908
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan
Died: August 1, 1963

 16 Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1939
Birthplace: Wyco, West Virginia, USA
Died: September 19, 2017

 17 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
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Famous As: Independence Activist, Reformer
Birthdate: May 28, 1883
Birthplace: Bhagur
Died: February 26, 1966

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was an Indian politician and independence activist. He formulated the Hindu nationalist philosophy of Hindutva and was a leading figure in the Hindu Mahasabha. He was known for his strong oratory skills and was an eloquent writer. He was initially charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi but was later acquitted.

 18 Banks

Banks
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 16, 1988
Birthplace: Orange County, California, US

 19 Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers
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Famous As: English crime writer and poet.
Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: December 17, 1957

 20 Christy Brown

Christy Brown
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 5, 1932
Birthplace: Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 7, 1981
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 21 Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 16, 1938
Birthplace: Lockport, New York, United States

 22 K'naan

K'naan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 30, 1978
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia

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 23 Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 28, 1779
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: March 20, 1852

Irish author Thomas Moore was chiefly branded a Whig ally. It is believed he had a role in burning the memoirs of his friend Lord Byron, an act now considered a literary crime. His iconic Irish Melodies contained his most popular works, such as The Last Rose of Summer.

 24 Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver
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Famous As: Short story writer
Birthdate: May 25, 1938
Birthplace: Clatskanie, Oregon, United States
Died: August 2, 1988

 25 Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 26, 1963
Birthplace: Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

 26 Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 7, 1917
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas
Died: December 3, 2000

 27 Moondog

Moondog
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 26, 1916
Birthplace: Marysville,United States
Died: September 8, 1999

 28 Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: June 7, 1943
Birthplace: Knoxville

 29 Joseph Brodsky

Joseph Brodsky
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Famous As: Essayist & Poet
Birthdate: May 24, 1940
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: January 28, 1996
Nobel Prize-winning Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky is remembered for his elegiac and lyric poems. While he had started writing poems soon after leaving school, he was sentenced to hard labor by the Soviets for his irregular work record. He later moved to the U.S., where he taught at various universities.

 30 Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 7, 1954
Birthplace: Little Falls, Minnesota, US

 31 Kazi Nazrul Islam

Kazi Nazrul Islam
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 24, 1899
Birthplace: Churulia, India
Died: August 29, 1976

The Rebel Poet of Bengal Kazi Nazrul Islam is remembered for his vast body of literary work, including poems and songs written during the British Raj, mostly laced with socio-political overtones. His songs, known as Nazrul Geeti, are the staple for any Bengali household. He is also Bangladesh’s national poet.

 32 Philip Kotler

Philip Kotler
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 27, 1931
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

 33 Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi

Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi
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Famous As: Islamic Scholar, Reformer
Birthdate: June 14, 1856
Birthplace: Bareilly
Died: October 28, 1921

Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi, also known as Ala-Hazrat, was a renowned Islamic scholar and an Urdu poet. Born in Bareilly, British India, he belonged to a family of Rohilla Pushtuns who had migrated from Qandahar. He wrote about various subjects such as philosophy, science, and astronomy.

 34 Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 20, 1952
Birthplace: Kolkata

Vikram Seth is an Indian poet and novelist. He is credited with increasing the readership of the English language in India. A revered and celebrated writer, Vikram Seth has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as the Sahitya Academy Award, WH Smith Literary Award, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, Crossword Book Award, Padma Shri, Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and Commonwealth Writers Prize.

 35 Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 30, 1955
Birthplace: Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland

Irish author Colm Toibin is known for his award-winning novels such as Brooklyn and The Master. Born to a schoolteacher, he initially taught English in Barcelona, before working as a journalist in Ireland. He now teaches at Columbia University and the University of Manchester, and was awarded the Irish PEN Award in 2011.

 36 John Masefield

John Masefield
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 1, 1878
Birthplace: Ledbury, United Kingdom
Died: May 12, 1967

 37 Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 17, 1867
Birthplace: Grenfell
Died: September 2, 1922

Henry Lawson was an Australian bush poet and writer. Often referred to as Australia's greatest short story writer, Lawson is one of the best-known Australian fiction writers and poets of the colonial period. Also a nationalist, Henry Lawson contributed immensely to a popular Australian magazine named The Bulletin. In 1949, he was featured in an Australian postage stamp.

 38 Ruth Benedict

Ruth Benedict
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Folklorist, University teacher, Poet, Sociologist, Biographer
Birthdate: June 5, 1887
Birthplace: New York City
Died: September 17, 1948

Ruth Benedict was an American folklorist and anthropologist. Benedict, who played an important role in the American Folklore Society, also served as the American Anthropological Association's president; the association gives away an annual prize named after Ruth Benedict. In 2005, she was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 39 Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe
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Famous As: Known for Writing the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’
Birthdate: May 27, 1819
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: October 17, 1910

 40 Rodolfo Gonzales

Rodolfo Gonzales
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: June 18, 1928
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: April 12, 2005

 41 Adah Isaacs Menken

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

 42 Countee Cullen

Countee Cullen
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Famous As: American poet
Birthdate: May 30, 1903
Died: January 9, 1946

 43 Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 8, 1903
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: December 17, 1987

Belgian-born French novelist Marguerite Yourcenar, who later settled in the US, is best remembered for her award-winning works such as Mémoires d'Hadrien. She was also the first female member to be elected to the Académie Française. She used an anagram of her original last name, Crayencour, as her surname.

 44 Anne Carson

Anne Carson
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Famous As: Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, University teacher, Literary critic
Birthdate: June 21, 1950
Birthplace: Toronto

Born to a banker in Toronto, Anne Carson grew up to study Classics and later taught at institutes such as Princeton University. Her signature style consists of a mix of prose and poetry. One of her notable works, Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse, was inspired by Greek mythology.

 45 Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty
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Famous As: Novelist, Poet
Birthdate: June 9, 1962
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 46 Judith Wright

Judith Wright
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Famous As: Poet, Environmentalist, Campaigner for Aboriginal Land Rights
Birthdate: May 31, 1915
Birthplace: Armidale, Australia
Died: June 25, 2000

Judith Wright was an Australian environmentalist, poet, and campaigner for Indigenous land rights. Wright is credited with founding one of the earliest environmental conservation movements in Australia. Best remembered for her poetry skills, Judith Wright won the prestigious Christopher Brennan Award in 1976. In 1991, she was honored with the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

 47 Naim Frasheri

Naim Frasheri
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: May 25, 1846
Birthplace: Fraşer, Yanya Eyalet, Ottoman Empire (now Frashër, Albania)
Died: October 20, 1900

 48 Rosario Castellanos

Rosario Castellanos
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Famous As: Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Screenwriter, University teacher
Birthdate: May 25, 1925
Birthplace: Mexico City
Died: August 7, 1974

Mexican poet and author Rosario Castellanos was one of the most prominent literary voices of Mexico and perhaps the most significant Mexican woman writer of the last century. Her literary work on cultural and gender oppression has greatly influenced Mexican feminist theory and cultural studies. Her notable works include her master’s thesis, Sobre cultura femenina and the poem Valium 10.

 49 John Agard

John Agard
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Famous As: Playwright, Poet, Children's writer
Birthdate: June 21, 1949
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana

 50 Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: June 19, 1988
Birthplace: New York City