Leo Poets

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 1 P B Shelley

P B Shelley.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 4, 1792
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: 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. 

 2 Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Andernach
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.

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 3 Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes.
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Famous As: Poet and Children's Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
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.   

 4 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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 5 Philip Larkin

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

 6 Robert Graves

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

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

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

 9 Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, India
Died: March 31, 1972

Known as Hindi cinema’s “Tragedy Queen,” Meena Kumari is remembered for her stellar performances in films such as Pakeezah and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. The four-time Filmfare-winning actor sank into alcoholism after her separation from her abusive husband, director Kamal Amrohi, and died of liver cirrhosis.

 10 Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 5, 1809
Sun Sign: Leo
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 Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo.
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Famous As: Philosopher, Spiritual Leader
Birthdate: August 15, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
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.

 12 Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 22, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
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.

 13 Walter Scott

Walter Scott.
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 15, 1771
Sun Sign: Leo
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 Guy de Maupassant

Guy de Maupassant.
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Famous As: Novelist & Short Story Writer
Birthdate: August 5, 1850
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: château de Miromesnil, France
Died: July 6, 1893

Guy de Maupassant was a French author who wrote 300 short stories during his illustrious career. Widely regarded as the father of the modern short story, Maupassant's stories are characterized by economy of style and depicted human lives in pessimistic terms,

 15 Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: August 8, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: January 29, 1933

 16 Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key.
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 1, 1779
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Frederick County, Maryland, United States
Died: January 11, 1843
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 17 Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 26, 1894
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Godalming
Died: November 22, 1963

English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley wrote countless books, including novels, short stories, non-fiction, and poems. He is best remembered for his science-fiction novels Brave New World and Island. The seven-time Nobel Prize nominee was also a Companion of Literature of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vedanta believer.

 18 John Dryden

John Dryden.
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: August 9, 1631
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Northamptonshire, England
Died: May 12, 1700
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 19 Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry.
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Birthdate: August 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Henry County

 20 Ogden Nash

Ogden Nash.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 19, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: March 19, 1971
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 21 Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 4, 1859
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lom
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.

 22 Alexander Theroux

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

Robert Southey
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 12, 1774
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: March 21, 1843

 24 Subhadra Kumari Chauhan

Subhadra Kumari Chauhan
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Famous As: Author, Poet
Birthdate: August 16, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Allahabad district
Died: February 15, 1948

Best remembered for her poem Jhansi ki Rani, Indian poet Subhadra Kumari Chauhan had also been part of the Non-Cooperation Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi and was jailed twice. Her works were written in the simple Khariboli dialect of Hindi. An Indian Coast Guard ship has been named after her.

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 25 Warsan Shire

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

 26 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

 27 Gulzar

Gulzar.
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Famous As: Lyricist
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
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.

 28 Maithili Sharan Gupt

Maithili Sharan Gupt
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Famous As: Linguist, Poet, Politician, Translator
Birthdate: August 3, 1886
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chirgaon
Died: December 12, 1964

Maithili Sharan Gupt was a Hindi poet considered one of the most important modern poets in the language. He was a pioneer of  Khari Boli (plain dialect) poetry. Most of his works were on patriotic themes, and he was widely quoted during India’s independence struggle. Indian nationalist Mahatma Gandhi gave Gupt the title of Rashtra Kavi. 

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 29 Chris Marker

Chris Marker
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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
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine
Died: July 29, 2012

 30 John Ashbery

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

 31 Herta Müller

Herta Müller.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nițchidorf

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.

 32 Antonio Machado

Antonio Machado
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Famous As: Poet, Writer, Playwright
Birthdate: July 26, 1875
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seville
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.

 33 Felice Bryant

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

 34 Shiv Kumar Batalvi

Shiv Kumar Batalvi
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Famous As: Author, Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
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.

 35 Katharine Lee Bates

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

 36 Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany

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

 37 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

 38 Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
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.

 39 Willem Arondeus

Willem Arondeus
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Famous As: Poet, Writer, Painter
Birthdate: August 22, 1894
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Naarden
Died: July 1, 1943

 40 Mary Gilmore

Mary Gilmore
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Famous As: Journalist, Poet, Writer
Birthdate: August 16, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
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. 

 41 Abai Kunanbaiuli

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

 42 Ed Sanders

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

 43 Edgar Guest

Edgar Guest
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 20, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: August 5, 1959

 44 Paul Claudel

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

 45 Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia

Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia
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Birthdate: August 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Strelna
Died: June 15, 1915

 46 François Fénelon

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

 47 Jorge Amado

Jorge Amado
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Poet, Novelist, Lawyer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: August 10, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bahia
Died: August 6, 2001

 48 Ernest Dowson

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

 49 Conrad Aiken

Conrad Aiken
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 5, 1889
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: August 17, 1973

 50 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