William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
(Writer)

23 April 1564

British

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

03 January 1892

British

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

08 December 1943

American

Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
(Playwright)

16 October 1854

Irish

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
(Poet and Author)

07 May 1861

Indian

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

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley

12 October 1875

British

Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling
(Author & Poet)

30 December 1865

British

Lord ByronLord Byron
(Poet, Politician)

22 January 1788

British

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
(Singer-songwriter)

21 September 1934

Canadian

Robert BurnsRobert Burns
(Poet and Lyricist)

25 January 1759

Scottish

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

01 February 1902

American

VoltaireVoltaire
(Writer)

21 November 1694

French

Victor HugoVictor Hugo
(Author & Poet)

26 February 1802

French

RumiRumi
(Great Poet)

30 September 1207

Afghan,Turkish

William BlakeWilliam Blake
(Painter)

28 November 1757

British

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth
(Poet)

07 April 1770

British

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Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
(Poet)

16 August 1920

German,American

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

18 January 1882

British

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

26 September 1888

American

Robert FrostRobert Frost
(Poet)

26 March 1874

American

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
(Poet)

30 April 1265

Italian

HomerHomer
(Greek author)

0800 BC

Greek

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Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
(Writer and Philosopher)

12 July 1817

American

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Poet)

28 August 1749

German

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

25 May 1803

American

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
(Writer)

26 July 1894

British,American

James JoyceJames Joyce
(Writer)

02 February 1882

Irish

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman
(Poet & humanist)

31 May 1819

American

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Jack KerouacJack Kerouac
(Novelist, Poet)

12 March 1922

American

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
(Novelist, Poet)

13 November 1850

Scottish

Geoffrey ChaucerGeoffrey Chaucer
(Poet)

1343 AD

British

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
(Writer, Nobel Laureate)

25 September 1897

American

Muhammad IqbalMuhammad Iqbal
(Poet & Philosopher)

09 November 1877

Pakistani

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

09 December 1608

British

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John KeatsJohn Keats
(Romantic poet)

31 October 1795

British

Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein
(Poet)

25 September 1930

American

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
(Poet)

03 June 1926

American

KabirKabir
(Saint and Mystic Poet)

1440 AD

Indian

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima
(Playwright)

14 January 1925

Japanese

Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
(Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director)

13 April 1906

Irish

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Thomas HardyThomas Hardy
(Novelist & Poet)

02 June 1840

British

Dylan ThomasDylan Thomas
(Poet & Writer)

27 October 1914

Welsh

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
(Writer)

18 September 1709

British

Harold PinterHarold Pinter
(Nobel Prize Winner in Literature)

10 October 1930

British

Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda
(Chilean poet)

12 July 1904

Chilean

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
(Poet)

10 February 1898

German

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William Morris William Morris
(Textile Designer, Poet)

24 March 1834

British

Virgil Virgil
(Poet)

15 October 0070

Ancient Roman

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

11 September 1885

British

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
(Author and Satirist)

30 November 1667

Irish

Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges
(Poet)

24 August 1899

Argentinian

Ezra PoundEzra Pound
(Poet)

30 October 1885

American

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Ted HughesTed Hughes
(Poet and Children's Writer)

17 August 1930

British

TulsidasTulsidas
(Poet & Saint)

1497 AD

Indian

Henrik IbsenHenrik Ibsen
(Playwright, Poet.)

20 March 1828

Norwegian

Sophocles Sophocles
(Ancient Greek Poet)

0496 BC

Greek

John DonneJohn Donne
(Poet, lawyer, satirist)

22 January 1572

British

Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe
(Nigerian novelist)

16 November 1930

Nigerian

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Walter ScottWalter Scott
(Novelist)

15 August 1771

Scottish

Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
(Poet)

09 April 1821

French

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
(Poet)

05 June 1898

Spanish

OvidOvid
(Poet)

20 March 0043

Italian,Romanian

AeschylusAeschylus
(Greek Tragedian)

0525 BC

Greek

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

21 February 1907

British

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Henry Wadsworth LongfellowHenry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Poet & Educator)

27 February 1807

American

PetrarchPetrarch
(Poet & Philosopher)

20 July 1304

Italian

Alexander PopeAlexander Pope

21 May 1688

British

Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen
(Poet)

18 March 1893

British

Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
(Poet)

20 October 1854

French

Amir KhusrowAmir Khusrow
(Sufi Poet)

1253 AD

Indian

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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

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

10 November 1759

German

Rainer Maria RilkeRainer Maria Rilke
(Poet & Novelist)

04 December 1875

Austrian

Robert BrowningRobert Browning
(Poet & Playwright)

07 May 1812

British

Vikram SethVikram Seth
(Writer)

20 June 1952

Indian

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Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
(Mathematician)

18 May 1048

Iranian,Persian

Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney
(Poet)

13 April 1939

Irish

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
(Dramatist, Poet & Actor)

11 June 1572

British

HoraceHorace
(Roman poet)

08 December 0065

Ancient Roman

John UpdikeJohn Updike

18 March 1932

American

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
(Poet & Writer)

10 February 1890

Russian,Russian

Kazi Nazrul IslamKazi Nazrul Islam
(National Poet of Bangladesh)

24 May 1899

Bangladeshi,Indian

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady

08 February 1926

American

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey

22 February 1925

American

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin
(Poet)

09 August 1922

British

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

05 July 1889

French

Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold
(Poet)

24 December 1822

British

Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie
(Novelist)

07 October 1966

American

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

Michael OndaatjeMichael Ondaatje
(Canadian poet)

12 September 1943

Canadian

Robert GravesRobert Graves
(Poet & Novelist)

24 July 1895

British

Wendell BerryWendell Berry

05 August 1934

American

Derek WalcottDerek Walcott
(Poet)

23 January 1930

Saint Lucian

Fernando PessoaFernando Pessoa

13 June 1888

Portuguese