Leo Poets

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 1 Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 16, 1920
Birthplace: Andernach, Germany
Died: March 9, 1994

German-American poet and short story writer ,Charles Bukowski, addressed the ordinary lives of poor Americans in most of his works. Since his death, he has been the subject of many critical books and articles. His stories have inspired several films like Tales of Ordinary Madness, Crazy Love, and Factotum.

 2 P B Shelley

P B Shelley
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 4, 1792
Birthplace: Horsham, Sussex, England
Died: July 8, 1822
Legendary English Romantic poetry P.B. Shelley is remembered for his masterpieces such as Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, and Prometheus Unbound. He was known for his poetic imagery, and his popularity soared after his premature death due to drowning while boating at age 29. 

 3 Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 30, 1818
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 Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes
Famous As: Poet and Children's Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1930
Birthplace: Mytholmroyd
Died: October 28, 1998
Poet and children’s author Ted Hughes is best remembered for his iconic poems The Hawk in the Rain, Birthday Letters, and Crow. He was married to poet Sylvia Plath, who eventually committed suicide at 30. Most people blamed him for mistreating Plath and indirectly causing her death.   
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 5 Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 9, 1922
Birthplace: Radford, Coventry, United Kingdom
Died: December 2, 1985

 6 Robert Graves

Robert Graves
Famous As: Poet & Novelist
Birthdate: July 24, 1895
Birthplace: Wimbledon, England
Died: December 7, 1985
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 7 Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 3, 1887
Birthplace: Rugby
Died: April 23, 1915
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 8 Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins
Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: July 28, 1844
Birthplace: London
Died: June 8, 1889

 9 Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton
Famous As: Children's writer
Birthdate: August 11, 1897
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.

 10 Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 6, 1809
Birthplace: Somersby, Lincolnshire, England
Died: October 6, 1892

Alfred, Lord Tennyson was a British poet. One of the most famous British poets of all time, Tennyson served as the Poet Laureate during Queen Victoria's reign. His poetry, which is renowned for its powerful visual imagery, served as an important influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of English poets and painters.

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 11 Herman Melville

Herman Melville
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 1, 1819
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 28, 1891

Herman Melville was an American short story writer, novelist, and poet. One of his best-known works, Moby-Dick is widely regarded as one of the great American novels, although it did not garner much attention during his lifetime. Livyatan melvillei, a species of an extinct sperm whale, which was discovered in 2010, was named in his honor.  

 12 Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 6, 1917
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 1, 1997
Robert Mitchum is best known for his film noirs, such as Undercurrent, and for defining the antihero in movies of the 1950s and 1960s. Fans loved him in The Story of G.I. and Joe and as U.S. Navy Captain Victor Henry in The Winds of War and its sequel.

 13 Walter Scott

Walter Scott
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 15, 1771
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 21, 1832

Walter Scott was a Scottish novelist, poet, historian, and playwright. Scott's ability as a writer and his knowledge of history made him a pioneering figure in the formation of the historical novel genre. An influential writer, many of his works remain classics of Scottish as well as English-language literature. Scott was admired by other prominent writers like Letitia Elizabeth Landon.

 14 Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 22, 1893
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 7, 1967

Poet and author Dorothy Parker rose to fame with her published works in The New Yorker. She later formed the Algonquin Round Table. She also wrote for Hollywood films such as A Star Is Born and earned two Academy Award nominations. However, her association with left-wing politics got her blacklisted.

 15 Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 1, 1779
Birthplace: Frederick County, Maryland, United States
Died: January 11, 1843

 16 Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale
Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: August 8, 1884
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: January 29, 1933
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 17 John Dryden

John Dryden
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 9, 1631
Birthplace: Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, England
Died: May 12, 1700

 18 Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry
Birthdate: August 5, 1934
Birthplace: Henry County
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 19 Ogden Nash

Ogden Nash
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 19, 1902
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: March 19, 1971

 20 Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 4, 1859
Birthplace: Lom Municipality, Norway
Died: February 19, 1952

Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, a leading figure of neo-romanticism, is best remembered for his novel Hunger, which narrated the tale of a starving writer. With little education, he had started his career as a shoemaker’s apprentice. He supported the Nazi occupation of Norway and was later imprisoned.

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 21 Gulzar

Famous As: Lyricist
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Birthplace: Dina, Punjab

Famed Indian lyricist, poet, author, screenwriter, and film director Gulzar has been a major figure in Bollywood for over six decades. He started doing odd jobs as a teenager and eventually entered films, where he made a name for himself as a lyricist and screenwriter. He soon started directing films as well. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

 22 Alexander Theroux

Alexander Theroux
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1939
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, United States
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 23 Robert Southey

Robert Southey
Famous As: Former poet of the Romantic school, and Poet laureate from 1813 until his death
Birthdate: August 12, 1774
Birthplace: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 21, 1843

 24 Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo
Famous As: Philosopher, Spiritual Leader
Birthdate: August 15, 1872
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: December 5, 1950

Sri Aurobindo was an Indian philosopher, poet, yogi, teacher, and nationalist. He was one of the most influential leaders of the Indian independence movement before becoming a spiritual reformer, focusing on spiritual evolution and human progress. He is credited with founding the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, which continues to serve spiritual aspirants from all over the world.

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 25 Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 1, 1988
Birthplace: Kenya

 26 Arlo Parks

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

 27 Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 1, 1949
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 11, 2009

Punk musician and author Jim Carroll is best remembered for his autobiographical depiction of his struggle with drugs in his teenage years, The Basketball Diaries, which was later turned into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Part of The Jim Carroll Band, he was known for the single People Who Died.

 28 Radclyffe Hall

Radclyffe Hall
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 12, 1880
Birthplace: Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Died: October 7, 1943
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 29 Katharine Lee Bates

Katharine Lee Bates
Famous As: poet, writer, university teacher, songwriter
Birthdate: August 12, 1859
Birthplace: Falmouth
Died: September 28, 1929

 30 Chris Marker

Chris Marker
Famous As: Film producer, Film critic, Film director, Photographer, Artist, Screenwriter, Film editor, Television producer, Multimedia artist, Journalist, Cinematographer, Teacher, Poet
Birthdate: July 29, 1921
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine
Died: July 29, 2012

Chris Marker was a French photographer, writer, multimedia artist, film director, and film essayist. He is considered an exponent of the Left Bank subgroup of the French New Wave that came into existence in the 1950s and 1960s. After starting his career by working with members of the Left Bank Film Movement, Marker went on to help popularize the genre.

 31 John Ashbery

John Ashbery
Famous As: Poet, Writer, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: July 28, 1927
Birthplace: Rochester

 32 Herta Müller

Herta Müller
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 17, 1953
Birthplace: Nitchidorf, Romania

Nobel Prize-winning author Herta Müller grew up under the dictatorial regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu in Romania. She was fired from her first job for not co-operating with the Romanian secret police. Her works, such as Oppressive Tango and The Passport, mirror the oppression of Germans she has witnessed in Romania.

 33 Felice Bryant

Felice Bryant
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 7, 1925
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 22, 2003

 34 Antonio Machado

Antonio Machado
Famous As: Poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of '98
Birthdate: July 26, 1875
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: February 22, 1939

A leading member of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of '98, Antonio Machado was a legendary poet and playwright. He was educated at the Sorbonne and had also taught French. A proponent of eternal poetry, he penned masterpieces such as Soledades and Campos de Castilla.

 35 Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany

Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: July 24, 1878
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 25, 1957

Edward Plunkett was a talented Irish author, known for his fantasy novels such as The King of Elfland's Daughter. Initially educated at Eton and then at Sandhurst, he had also been part of the British Army in World War I. He also designed chess puzzles and was a keen hunter.

 36 Edward James

Edward James
Famous As: Poet known for his patronage of the surrealist art movement
Birthdate: August 16, 1907
Birthplace: West Dean House, West Dean, Sussex, England
Died: December 2, 1984

 37 Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 27, 1870
Birthplace: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France
Died: July 16, 1953
British-French writer Hilaire Belloc is one of the most controversial figures of England from the 20th century, owing to the accusations of anti-semitism and marked Catholic influence in his works. Remembered for his Cautionary Tales for Children, he continued to move from place to place, thus depleting his finances.

 38 Mary Gilmore

Mary Gilmore
Famous As: Journalist, Poet, Writer
Birthdate: August 16, 1865
Birthplace: Goulburn
Died: December 3, 1962

Mary Gilmore was an Australian writer and journalist. She wrote both prose and poetry and is recognized for her tremendous contribution to Australian literature. As a young woman, she became a school teacher and held utopian socialist views. She eventually started writing and gained fame as an author and poet later in life. 

 39 Abai Kunanbaiuli

Abai Kunanbaiuli
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 10, 1845
Birthplace: Abay District, East Kazakhstan
Died: July 6, 1904

 40 Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia

Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia
Famous As: Grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia, and a poet
Birthdate: August 22, 1858
Birthplace: Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 15, 1915

 41 Ed Sanders

Ed Sanders
Famous As: Musician, Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1939
Birthplace: Kansas City

 42 François Fénelon

François Fénelon
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: August 6, 1651
Birthplace: Sainte-Mondane, France
Died: January 7, 1715

François Fénelon was a French writer, poet, theologian, and Catholic archbishop. He is best remembered for his book The Adventures of Telemachus, which was published in 1699. François Fénelon also served as a tutor of Louis, Duke of Burgundy, guiding the character formation of Louis, Grand Dauphin's eldest son.

 43 Tongayi Chirisa

Tongayi Chirisa
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 44 Sugawara Michizane

Sugawara Michizane
Famous As: Scholar and statesman
Birthdate: August 1, 0845
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Died: March 26, 0903

A court scholar, Sugawara Michizane had held various significant posts, such as the governor of Sanuki and the minister of the right. He redefined Chinese literature, particularly Kanshi poetry, but was later exiled to an island for suspected treason. He is revered as the deity of learning and literature, Tenman-Tenjin.

 45 Shiv Kumar Batalvi

Shiv Kumar Batalvi
Famous As: Author, Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 23, 1936
Birthplace: Barapind
Died: May 7, 1973

Shiv Kumar Batalvi was an Indian writer, poet, and playwright who predominantly wrote in the Punjabi language. In 1967, he became the youngest person to receive the Sahitya Akademi Award for his epic verse play Loona, which is regarded as a masterpiece in Punjabi literature. The Shiv Kumar Batalvi Auditorium, which is located in Batala, was constructed in his honor.

 46 Elizabeth Siddal

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

 47 Ernest Dowson

Ernest Dowson
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 2, 1867
Birthplace: Lee, England
Died: February 23, 1900

 48 E. Nesbit

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

 49 Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden
Famous As: Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1976 to 1978, a role today known as US Poet Laureate.
Birthdate: August 4, 1913
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 25, 1980

 50 Paul Claudel

Paul Claudel
Famous As: Playwright, Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Diarist, Poet lawyer, Translator
Birthdate: August 6, 1868
Birthplace: Villeneuve-sur-Fère
Died: February 23, 1955

Born into a family of farmers, Paul Claudel grew up to join the foreign service of France, thus serving in places such as the US, China, and South America. While he traveled the world as a French ambassador to French ambassador, he also enriched French literature with his poems, essays, and plays.