Presenting biographies of some famous poets and writers of all ages. The biographies highlight childhood, works and achievements and later life of these great poets.

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What do William Wordsworth, Charles Wright and W. B. Yeats have in common? The answer is that they were all world famous poets whose poems are still studied as a part of literature. Poets have often been described as people who step outside the bounds of the obvious and produce aesthetic and, in some cases, even rhythmic works that are meant to take the reader on a fanciful journey through the poet’s words. Poems have been a part of literature forever and it is believed that the earliest poems evolved from folk songs. A poem usually has certain characters that define it, some of which are things like the rhyme scheme, symbolism, rhetoric, rhythm and even irony. This form of literature has also been used to tell stories, the best example of which the two poems Iliad and The Odyssey, written by Homer, are the best examples. Having familiarized ourselves with poems, it’s only natural that we move onto better acquainting ourselves with the people who wrote them. To that end, what follows now is a collection of the biographies of some of the most famous poets. They include their timelines, information about their professional and personal lives along with interesting facts and trivia about them.

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J. R. R. Tolkien J. R. R. Tolkien
British, South African
Omar Khayyam Omar Khayyam
Iranian, Persian

Roald Dahl Roald Dahl
British, Welsh

Voltaire Voltaire
French

Rumi Rumi
Afghan, Turkish

T. S. Eliot T. S. Eliot
American
Homer Homer
Greek

Charles Bukowski Charles Bukowski
German, American

Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley
British, American

Kabir Kabir
Indian

Ezra Pound Ezra Pound
American

Virgil Virgil
Ancient Roman

Henrik Ibsen Henrik Ibsen
Norwegian

Ovid Ovid
Italian, Romanian

Petrarch Petrarch
Italian
Tulsidas Tulsidas
Indian
Kazi Nazrul Islam Kazi Nazrul Islam
Bangladeshi, Indian

Audre Lorde Audre Lorde
American
John Updike John Updike
American

Horace Horace
Ancient Roman