Libra Poets

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 1 Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 25, 1930
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 10, 1999

Shel Silverstein was an American writer, playwright, songwriter, and cartoonist. Renowned for his children's books, songs, and cartoons, Silverstein's works have been translated into over 30 languages. The recipient of many prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards, Shel Silverstein was posthumously inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

 2 T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 26, 1888
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: January 4, 1965
American-born British poet T. S. Eliot is best remembered for his poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, and Ash Wednesday, and his plays such as Murder in the Cathedral. He won the Nobel Prize for literature and became a prominent figure of Modernist poetry.  

 3 Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
Famous As: Poet, Playwright
Birthdate: October 16, 1854
Birthplace: Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 30, 1900

Widely regarded as one of the most popular writers of all time, Oscar Wilde is best remembered for his plays and epigrams. He was also one of the best-known personalities during his time as he was popular for his conversational skills, flamboyant dressing sense, and biting wit. Imprisoned in 1895 for consensual homosexual acts, Oscar Wilde was pardoned posthumously in 2017.

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 4 Samuel Coleridge

Samuel Coleridge
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 21, 1772
Birthplace: Ottery St Mary, Devon, Great Britain, United Kingdom
Died: July 25, 1834

Samuel Coleridge was an English poet, philosopher, theologian, and literary critic. He is credited with co-founding the Romantic Movement in England along with his friend William Wordsworth. Despite struggling from bouts of depression and anxiety throughout his adult life, Samuel Coleridge had a major influence on American transcendentalism and writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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 5 E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 14, 1894
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 3, 1962

 6 Rumi

Famous As: Persian Poet
Birthdate: September 30, 1207
Birthplace: Balkh, Afghanistan
Died: December 17, 1273

Rumi was a Persian poet and Sufi mystic whose spiritual legacy has been attracting praises for the past 800 years! Often described as the best-selling and most popular poet in the US, Rumi's poems are widely read today in many countries. His poetry has influenced the literary traditions of many languages, such as Pashto, Urdu, Chagatai, and Ottoman Turkish.

 7 William Faulkner

William Faulkner
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 25, 1897
Birthplace: New Albany, Mississippi, United States
Died: July 6, 1962
Nobel Prize-winning Southern author William Faulkner is remembered for works The Sound and the Fury, A Rose for Emily, and As I Lay Dying. He immortalized Mississippi as the fictional "Yoknapatawpha County" in his works. He also won two Pulitzers, one each for A Fable and The Reivers.
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 8 Virgil

Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 15, 0070
Birthplace: Cisalpine Gaul
Died: September 21, 0019
1st-century B.C. Roman poet Virgil is best remembered for his epic The Aeneid, which was based on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. He has also written the Latin poems the Eclogues/Bucolics and the Georgics. His Aeneid, considered ancient Rome’s national epic, inspired other influential works, such as Dante’s Divine Comedy.

 9 Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 29, 1547
Birthplace: Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Died: April 22, 1616

Miguel de Cervantes was a Spanish writer best known for his work Don Quixote, which is considered one of the high points of world literature. He is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of all time and the greatest writer to ever write in the Spanish language. His works have influenced other works of art like music and paintings.

 10 Arthur Rimbaud

Arthur Rimbaud
Famous As: French poet known for his transgressive and surreal themes and for his influence on modern literature and arts.
Birthdate: October 20, 1854
Birthplace: Charleville-Mézières, France
Died: November 10, 1891

French poet Arthur Rimbaud is remembered for his influence on Dadaism, surrealism, and symbolism. Known for works such as Le Soleil Etait Encore Chaud and Voyelles, he later got involved in a relationship with poet Paul Verlaine. He also traveled as a merchant and explorer, before dying of cancer.

 11 Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli
Famous As: Poet, Musician, Songwriter, Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: October 3, 1975
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 12 Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 7, 1966
Birthplace: Spokane

 13 Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1957
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 14 Angela Marie DiFranco

Angela Marie DiFranco
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 23, 1970
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

 15 John Reed

John Reed
Famous As: Journalist, Poet
Birthdate: October 22, 1887
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: October 17, 1920

 16 Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Birthplace: Newark
Died: January 9, 2014

 17 Michaela Coel

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

 18 Stephen Gyllenhaal

Stephen Gyllenhaal
Famous As: Director
Birthdate: October 4, 1949
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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 19 Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki
Famous As: Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer
Birthdate: October 2, 1978
Birthplace: Fukuoka

Japanese pop icon Ayumi Hamasaki had started a TV career after moving to Tokyo at 14. She later gained fame with her dance hits and ballads. Also known for her dramatic costumes and videos, The Empress of J-pop has been rendered totally deaf in one ear, owing to a ear infection.

 20 Günter Grass

Günter Grass
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 16, 1927
Birthplace: Free City of Danzig
Died: April 13, 2015

Günter Grass was a German novelist, illustrator, graphic artist, poet, playwright, and sculptor. A much revered and decorated writer, Grass was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999. Over the course of his illustrious career, Günter Grass won many other awards, including the Georg Büchner Prize and the Hermann Kesten Prize.

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 21 Lu Xun

Lu Xun
Famous As: Writer Famous for Writing in Vernacular Chinese and Classical Chinese
Birthdate: September 25, 1881
Birthplace: Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China
Died: October 19, 1936

Lu Xun was a Chinese writer, poet, essayist, and literary critic. An important and influential personality of modern Chinese literature, Lu Xun's work influenced Chinese literature and popular culture after the May Fourth Movement. Mao Zedong, a lifelong admirer of Lu's work, declared him the saint of modern China shortly after his death. His works have been translated into English.

 22 Víctor Jara

Víctor Jara
Famous As: Former theatre director and neo-folk singer who was in the music group Cuncumen
Birthdate: September 28, 1932
Birthplace: San Ignacio, Chile
Died: September 16, 1973

 23 Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens
Famous As: Modernist poet
Birthdate: October 2, 1879
Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 2, 1955

 24 Ken Saro-Wiwa

Ken Saro-Wiwa
Famous As: Writer, Environmental activist
Birthdate: October 10, 1941
Birthplace: Bori, Nigeria
Died: November 10, 1995
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 25 Miguel de Unamuno

Miguel de Unamuno
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 29, 1864
Birthplace: Bilbao
Died: December 31, 1936

Miguel de Unamuno was a Spanish essayist, poet, playwright, novelist, and philosopher. His most famous novel was Abel Sánchez: The History of a Passion, a modern retelling of the Biblical Cain and Abel story. He was a significant figure in the Spanish literary and intellectual circles and served as rector of the University of Salamanca. 

 26 Ivo Andric

Ivo Andric
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 10, 1892
Birthplace: Dolac, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: March 13, 1975

Ivo Andric was a Yugoslav short story writer, poet, and novelist. Andric won the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature after the Nobel Committee chose him over writers like Robert Frost, E. M. Forster, John Steinbeck, and J. R. R. Tolkien. After receiving the award, Andric's works were translated into several languages as they found an international audience.

 27 Mikhail Lermontov

Mikhail Lermontov
Famous As: Former Romantic poet and author of the novel A Hero of Our Time
Birthdate: October 15, 1814
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: July 27, 1841

One of the most significant Russian romantic authors of the Golden Age of Russian Poetry, Mikhail Lermontov is remembered for his iconic novel A Hero of Our Time. His initial poems, such as Prisoner of the Caucasus, were highly Byronic. His writings laid the foundation for the Russian psychological novel.

 28 Sergei Yesenin

Sergei Yesenin
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 3, 1895
Birthplace: Konstantinovo, Russia
Died: December 28, 1925

Born into a peasant family, Russian lyrical poet Sergei Yesenin was a significant figure of Imaginism. Known as "the last poet of wooden Russia," Yesenin soared to fame with works such as Radunitsa. He later committed suicide in a hotel, having written his last poem in his own blood.

 29 Robert Bridges

Robert Bridges
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 23, 1844
Birthplace: Walmer, Kent, England
Died: April 21, 1930

 30 Dory Previn

Dory Previn
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 22, 1925
Birthplace: Rahway, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: February 14, 2012

 31 Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 5, 1949
Birthplace: East Acton, West (London sub region) London, England, United Kingdom

English author and critic Peter Ackroyd is mostly known for his novels that depict the history of London. The Cambridge and Yale alumnus had initially worked at The Spectator. Apart from writing award-winning novels such as Hawksmoor, he has also penned biographies of T.S. Eliot and Dickens, among others.

 32 Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan
Famous As: American author
Birthdate: October 18, 1951
Birthplace: Port Huron, Michigan, United States

 33 Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange
Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: October 18, 1948
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: October 27, 2018

 34 Leigh Hunt

Leigh Hunt
Famous As: English Essayist, Poet & Critic
Birthdate: October 19, 1784
Birthplace: Southgate, London, England
Died: August 28, 1859

Known for poems such as Abou Ben Adhem, 19th-century English poet, critic, and essayist Leigh Hunt had founded the newspaper The Examiner, with his brother. Apart from critiquing the politics, theater, and art of his time, he also criticized Prince Regent George, an act that put him behind bars briefly.

 35 Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 26, 1962
Birthplace: Northampton, England, United Kingdom

 36 Georges Brassens

Georges Brassens
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 22, 1921
Birthplace: Sète, France
Died: October 29, 1981

 37 Patrick Kavanagh

Patrick Kavanagh
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 21, 1904
Birthplace: Inniskeen, Ireland
Died: November 30, 1967

Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh is best remembered for his long poem The Great Hunger and his depictions of harsh rural conditions. His initial experience of working on a farm offered him the setting for his novel Tarry Flynn, which was banned for a while and later performed as a play.

 38 Alfred Douglas

Alfred Douglas
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 22, 1870
Birthplace: Powick, Worcestershire, England
Died: March 20, 1945

Alfred Douglas was an English journalist and poet best remembered as one of the lovers of famous Irish poet Oscar Wilde. Douglas played an important role in Wilde's imprisonment for homosexuality. Alfred Douglas' father John Sholto Douglas abhorred his son's relationship with the Irish poet and publicly accused the latter of homosexuality, which was illegal at that time.

 39 Ivan Bunin

Ivan Bunin
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1870
Birthplace: Voronezh, Russia
Died: November 8, 1953

Ivan Bunin was a Russian writer whose stories and poems are regarded as one of the richest collection of works in the Russian language. In 1933, Ivan Bunin became the first Russian writer to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature. Subsequently, he donated 100,000 francs to a charity fund.

 40 James Whitcomb Riley

James Whitcomb Riley
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 7, 1849
Birthplace: Greenfield, Indiana, United States
Died: July 22, 1916

 41 Vinicius de Moraes

Vinicius de Moraes
Famous As: Poet, Singer, Composer, Journalist, Diplomat, Reporter, Writer, Jazz musician, Screenwriter, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 19, 1913
Birthplace: Gávea
Died: July 9, 1980

Vinicius de Moraes was a Brazilian poet, essayist, playwright, lyricist, musician, singer, and diplomat. His compositions and lyrics played important roles in the introduction and popoularization of bossa nova music. Vinicius de Moraes is best remembered for his collaborations with popular musicians like Antônio Carlos Jobim. His play Orfeu da conceição was adapted into an Oscar-winning film titled Black Orpheus.

 42 W. S. Merwin

W. S. Merwin
Famous As: Poet, Writer, Translator
Birthdate: September 30, 1927
Birthplace: New York City

 43 Nicholas I of Montenegro

Nicholas I of Montenegro
Famous As: ruler of Montenegro from 1860 to 1918
Birthdate: October 7, 1841
Birthplace: Njeguši, Montenegro
Died: March 1, 1921

 44 Ramdhari Singh Dinkar

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 23, 1908
Birthplace: Simaria
Died: April 24, 1974

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar was an Indian poet, academic, patriot, and essayist. Regarded as one of the most prominent modern Hindi poets, Dinkar played an important role during the Indian independence movement,; writing poems that sparked nationalism. In 1959, he was honored with the prestigious Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award. The same year, he also received the Sahitya Akademi Award.

 45 Louis Aragon

Louis Aragon
Famous As: Former surrealist writer, co-founded with André Breton and Philippe Soupault the surrealist review Littérature
Birthdate: October 3, 1897
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 24, 1982

 46 Marina Tsvetaeva

Marina Tsvetaeva
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 8, 1892
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 31, 1941

 47 John Perry Barlow

John Perry Barlow
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 3, 1947
Birthplace: Pinedale, Wyoming, USA
Died: February 7, 2018

 48 Savitri Devi

Savitri Devi
Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 30, 1905
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.

 49 Julian Cope

Julian Cope
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 21, 1957
Birthplace: Deri, Caerphilly Deri, Monmouthshire (historic) Monmouthshire, Wales

Apart from being a popular post-punk musician who soared to fame with the band The Teardrop Explodes, Julian Cope has also been a self-styled occultist and a cosmic shaman. Apart from penning volumes on musicology and archaeology, he has also written a fiction novel and a 2-volume memoir.

 50 Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 4, 1992
Birthplace: Hoshiarpur,Punjab, India Punjab, India

Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born Canadian poet, photographer, illustrator, and author. Born in India, she moved to Canada at an early age. She began performing in 2009 and gained international fame through her Instagram posts. She often explores her South Asian identity and femininity in her work. Her latest poetry collection, Home Body, released in 2020, was a resounding success.