William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
(Writer)

26 April 1564

British

J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
(Writer, Poet)

03 January 1892

British

Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
(Playwright)

16 October 1854

Irish

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
(Singer, Lyricist, Poet, Musician, Filmmaker)

08 December 1943

American

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
(Author, Poet, Editor and Literary Critic)

19 January 1809

American

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
(Novelist, Short Story Writer)

13 September 1916

British,Welsh

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
(Poet and Author)

07 May 1861

Indian

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley

12 October 1875

British

Lord ByronLord Byron
(Poet, Politician)

22 January 1788

British

Victor HugoVictor Hugo
(Author & Poet)

26 February 1802

French

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
(Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist)

01 February 1902

American

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
(Singer-songwriter)

21 September 1934

Canadian

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VoltaireVoltaire
(Writer)

21 November 1694

French

Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling
(Author & Poet)

30 December 1865

British

William BlakeWilliam Blake
(Painter)

28 November 1757

British

RumiRumi
(Great Poet)

30 September 1207

Afghan,Turkish

Robert FrostRobert Frost
(Poet)

26 March 1874

American

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot
(Poet)

26 September 1888

American

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Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
(Poet)

30 April 1265

Italian

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
(Writer and Philosopher)

12 July 1817

American

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
(Poet)

16 August 1920

German,American

HomerHomer
(Greek author)

0800 BC

Greek

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth
(Poet)

07 April 1770

British

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Poet)

28 August 1749

German

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James JoyceJames Joyce
(Writer)

02 February 1882

Irish

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac
(Novelist, Poet)

12 March 1922

American

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman
(Poet & humanist)

31 May 1819

American

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
(Writer)

26 July 1894

British,American

Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson
(American Lecturer, Philosopher, Essayist & Poet)

25 May 1803

American

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne
(Novelist, Playwright, Poet)

18 January 1882

British

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William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
(Writer, Nobel Laureate)

25 September 1897

American

Muhammad IqbalMuhammad Iqbal
(Poet & Philosopher)

09 November 1877

Pakistani

Geoffrey ChaucerGeoffrey Chaucer
(Poet)

1343 AD

British

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
(Poet)

03 June 1926

American

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
(Novelist, Poet)

13 November 1850

Scottish

John KeatsJohn Keats
(Romantic poet)

31 October 1795

British

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Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein
(Poet)

25 September 1930

American

John MiltonJohn Milton
(Poet, Polemicist, and Civil Servant for the Commonwealth of England.)

09 December 1608

British

Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
(Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director)

13 April 1906

Irish

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
(Poet)

10 February 1898

German

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima
(Playwright)

14 January 1925

Japanese

Robert BurnsRobert Burns
(Poet and Lyricist)

25 January 1759

Scottish

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Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda
(Chilean poet)

12 July 1904

Chilean

Thomas HardyThomas Hardy
(Novelist & Poet)

02 June 1840

British

Dylan ThomasDylan Thomas
(Poet & Writer)

27 October 1914

Welsh

Ezra PoundEzra Pound
(Poet)

30 October 1885

American

William Morris William Morris
(Textile Designer, Poet)

24 March 1834

British

Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges
(Poet)

24 August 1899

Argentinian

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Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
(Author and Satirist)

30 November 1667

Irish

KabirKabir
(Saint and Mystic Poet)

1440 AD

Indian

Virgil Virgil
(Poet)

15 October 0070

Ancient Roman

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
(Writer)

18 September 1709

British

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
(Novelist)

11 September 1885

British

Henrik IbsenHenrik Ibsen
(Playwright, Poet.)

20 March 1828

Norwegian

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Ted HughesTed Hughes
(Poet and Children's Writer)

17 August 1930

British

Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe
(Nigerian novelist)

16 November 1930

Nigerian

OvidOvid
(Poet)

20 March 0043

Italian,Romanian

Sophocles Sophocles
(Ancient Greek Poet)

0496 BC

Greek

John DonneJohn Donne
(Poet, lawyer, satirist)

22 January 1572

British

Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
(Poet)

09 April 1821

French

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AeschylusAeschylus
(Greek Tragedian)

0525 BC

Greek

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
(Poet)

05 June 1898

Spanish

Walter ScottWalter Scott
(Novelist)

15 August 1771

Scottish

Robert BrowningRobert Browning
(Poet & Playwright)

07 May 1812

British

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden
(Poet)

21 February 1907

British

PetrarchPetrarch
(Poet & Philosopher)

20 July 1304

Italian

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Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen
(Poet)

18 March 1893

British

Harold PinterHarold Pinter
(Nobel Prize Winner in Literature)

10 October 1930

British

Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
(Poet)

20 October 1854

French

Alexander PopeAlexander Pope

21 May 1688

British

TulsidasTulsidas
(Poet & Saint)

1497 AD

Indian

Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney
(Poet)

13 April 1939

Irish

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Guy de MaupassantGuy de Maupassant
(Novelist & Short Story Writer)

05 August 1850

French

E. E. CummingsE. E. Cummings
(Poet)

14 October 1894

American

Henry Wadsworth LongfellowHenry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Poet & Educator)

27 February 1807

American

Amir KhusrowAmir Khusrow
(Sufi Poet)

1253 AD

Indian

Rainer Maria RilkeRainer Maria Rilke
(Poet & Novelist)

04 December 1875

Austrian

Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
(Mathematician)

18 May 1048

Iranian,Persian

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HoraceHorace
(Roman poet)

08 December 0065

Ancient Roman

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
(Dramatist, Poet & Actor)

11 June 1572

British

John UpdikeJohn Updike

18 March 1932

American

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady

08 February 1926

American

Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller
(Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher)

10 November 1759

German

Kazi Nazrul IslamKazi Nazrul Islam
(National Poet of Bangladesh)

24 May 1899

Bangladeshi,Indian

Jean CocteauJean Cocteau
(Novelist, Poet, Artist & Filmmaker)

05 July 1889

French

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
(Poet & Writer)

10 February 1890

Russian,Russian

Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold
(Poet)

24 December 1822

British

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin
(Poet)

09 August 1922

British

Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie
(Novelist)

07 October 1966

American

Vikram SethVikram Seth
(Writer)

20 June 1952

Indian

Siegfried SassoonSiegfried Sassoon

08 September 1886

British

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana
(Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, & Novelist)

16 December 1863

Spanish,Italian

John DrydenJohn Dryden
(poet)

09 August 1631

British

Robert GravesRobert Graves
(Poet & Novelist)

24 July 1895

British

Michael OndaatjeMichael Ondaatje
(Canadian poet)

12 September 1943

Canadian

Wendell BerryWendell Berry

05 August 1934

American

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
(Author)

17 June 1871

American

Horatio AlgerHoratio Alger
(American writer)

13 January 1832

American

Fernando PessoaFernando Pessoa

13 June 1888

Portuguese