Virgo Poets

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite Virgo Poets
Siegfried Sassoon
5
Birthdate: September 8, 1886
Birthplace: Matfield, Kent, England
Died: September 1, 1967

Siegfried Sassoon was an English writer, poet, and soldier. One of the most popular poets during the First World War, Sassoon's works satirized the patriotic pretensions of those accountable for the war as well as described the horrors of the war. Siegfried Sassoon's works and ideology greatly influenced another leading poet of the First World War, Wilfred Owen.

 2 
D. H. Lawrence
10
Birthdate: September 11, 1885
Birthplace: Eastwood, England
Died: March 2, 1930

English writer, D. H. Lawrence, was known for exploring sensitive issues, such as sexuality, emotional health,  and instinct. In his works, he often reflected upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. The sexual nature of his writings earned him many enemies. Even though he died at the relatively young age of 44, he left behind a rich literary legacy.

 3 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Novelist Best Known for 'The Sorrows of Young Werther', the First Novel of The Sturm Und Drang Movement)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
8
Birthdate: August 28, 1749
Birthplace: Goethe House, Frankfurt, Germany
Died: March 22, 1832

Regarded as the greatest literary figure in Germany's modern era, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a statesman and writer. Apart from writing poetry and prose, he also wrote treatises on color, anatomy, and botany. Thanks to his literary genius, Goethe was made part of the Duke's privy council in Weimar and he implemented several reforms at the University of Jena.

Recommended Lists:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
5
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer and feminist. She is popular for writing novels, such as Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. She is credited with popularizing African literature among a new generation of readers, especially in the United States. In 2015, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

Recommended Lists:
 5 
Jorge Luis Borges
(Short Story Writer & Essayist Best Known for His Books 'Ficciones' & 'El Aleph')
Jorge Luis Borges
4
Birthdate: August 24, 1899
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: June 14, 1986

Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine essayist, poet, short-story writer, and translator. An important figure in Spanish-language literature, Jorge Luis Borges' works have contributed immensely to fantasy and the philosophical literature genre. It is also said that his works, which incorporated themes like labyrinths, dreams, and mythology, marked the beginning of 20th-century Latin American literature's magic realist movement.

 6 
Samuel Johnson
8
Birthdate: September 18, 1709
Birthplace: Lichfield, England
Died: December 13, 1784

Essayist, biographer, lexicographer, and literary critic Samuel Johnson, or Dr. Johnson, is remembered for his A Dictionary of the English Language and Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets. He was also a poet, a playwright, and a staunch Tory. His mannerisms indicated he had Tourette syndrome.

 7 
Ali Kemal
(Journalist)
Ali Kemal
5
Birthdate: September 7, 1867
Birthplace: Fatih, Turkey
Died: November 6, 1922
 8 
Mary Oliver
(Poet, Writer)
Mary Oliver
4
Birthdate: September 10, 1935
Birthplace: Maple Heights
William Carlos Williams
4
Birthdate: September 17, 1883
Birthplace: Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 4, 1963
 10 
Carmine Giovinazzo
4
Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Birthplace: Richmond [now Staten Island], New York City, New York, USA
 11 
Antonin Artaud
(French Writer, Theatre Director and One of the Major Figures of the European Avant-Garde)
Antonin Artaud
4
Birthdate: September 4, 1896
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: March 4, 1948

Antonin Artaud was a French writer, poet, dramatist, and theater director. Known for his raw, surreal, and transgressive themes, he was a major figure in 20th-century theater. He outlined his theories in the Theatre of Cruelty movement, expressed in the form of essays and plays. He died of cancer at the age of 51.  

 12 
Guillaume Apollinaire
(Known for His Poems Without Punctuation)
Guillaume Apollinaire
4
Birthdate: August 26, 1880
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 9, 1918

French poet Guillaume Apollinaire was a significant figure of the avant-garde movement. It is believed he had coined the terms Cubism, Surrealism, and Orphism. Known for his iconic poem Chanson du mal-aimé, written after being rejected by a lover, he also developed the typography-based concrete poetry in the collection Calligrammes.

 13 
Noname
(Rapper)
Noname
6
Birthdate: September 18, 1991
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 14 
John Betjeman
5
Birthdate: August 28, 1906
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 19, 1984
Recommended Lists:
 15 
William Ernest Henley
(English Poet Best Known for His Poem 'Invictus' (1875))
William Ernest Henley
5
Birthdate: August 23, 1849
Birthplace: Gloucester, England
Died: July 11, 1903

Best known for his short poem Invictus, William Ernest Henley was a Victorian-era British poet and author. A disease he contracted in childhood caused one of his legs to be amputated. It is believed, he was the inspiration behind the crippled character Long John Silver in RL Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

 16 
Johann Gottfried Herder
(Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, and Literary Critic)
Johann Gottfried Herder
4
Birthdate: August 25, 1744
Birthplace: Morąg, Poland
Died: December 18, 1803

German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder is best remembered as a significant figure of the Sturm und Drang literary movement. Born into poverty and largely self-educated till 17, he later became a disciple of Immanuel Kant and was associated with Enlightenment and Weimar Classicism. He was eventually ennobled.

 17 
Claude McKay
(Writer)
Claude McKay
4
Birthdate: September 15, 1889
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish
Died: May 22, 1948

Claude McKay was a poet who played an influential role in the Harlem Renaissance. Remembered for his work If We Must Die, a poem written in response to mob attacks on African-American communities by white Americans, McKay was named the national poet of Jamaica in 1977. For his contribution to literature, he was posthumously honored with the Order of Jamaica.

 18 
Keorapetse Kgositsile
(Poet, Journalist, Political activist)
Keorapetse Kgositsile
11
Birthdate: September 19, 1938
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: January 3, 2018

Keorapetse Kgositsile was a South African Tswana journalist, poet, and political activist. During the 1960s and 1970s, Kgositsile played an important role in the development of the African National Congress. Keorapetse Kgositsile helped bridge the gap between black poetry in the United States of America and African poetry. He was inaugurated as the nation's National Poet Laureate in 2006.

Recommended Lists:
 19 
Amrita Pritam
(Indian Author Who Wrote in Punjabi and Hindi and is Considered One of History's Foremost Female Punjabi Writers)
Amrita Pritam
4
Birthdate: August 31, 1919
Birthplace: Gujranwala, Pakistan
Died: October 31, 2005

Amrita Pritam was an Indian poet, essayist, and novelist who wrote in Hindi and Punjabi languages. She is widely regarded as the first major female Punjabi poet and the leading Punjabi-language poet of the 20th century. In 1956, she was honored with the Sahitya Akademi Award, becoming the first woman to receive the prestigious award.

 20 
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
(Physician & Poet)
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
4
Birthdate: August 29, 1809
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 7, 1894
Recommended Lists:
 21 
Emilie Autumn
(Singer, Poet, Violinist, Pianist)
Emilie Autumn
4
Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Birthplace: Los Angeles
 22 
Arkady Strugatsky
5
Birthdate: August 28, 1925
Birthplace: Batumi
Died: October 12, 1991
Recommended Lists:
 23 
Bret Harte
(Author & Poet)
Bret Harte
3
Birthdate: August 25, 1836
Birthplace: Albany, New York, U.S.
Died: May 5, 1902
Linton Kwesi Johnson
3
Birthdate: August 24, 1952
Birthplace: Chapelton, Jamaica

Linton Kwesi Johnson is a Jamaican-born British-based activist and dub poet. He is best known for his poetry that deals with the experiences of an African-Caribbean in Britain. Linton Kwesi Johnson was honored with the PEN Pinter Prize in July 2020.  

 25 
Théophile Gautier
3
Birthdate: August 30, 1811
Birthplace: Tarbes, France
Died: October 23, 1872
 26 
Hilda Doolittle
3
Birthdate: September 10, 1886
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 27, 1961
Recommended Lists:
 27 
Mario Benedetti
(Journalist, Novelist and Poet)
Mario Benedetti
4
Birthdate: September 14, 1920
Birthplace: Paso de los Toros, Uruguay
Died: May 17, 2009

Mario Benedetti was a Uruguayan novelist, journalist, and poet. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most important writers in the Spanish-speaking world, Benedetti was a key member of the Generation '45. Benedetti's works were published in 20 languages and he also contributed to the weekly newspaper, Marcha, where he served as the literary director from 1954 to 1973.  

 28 
Leonard Cohen
(One of the Most Accomplished Canadian Folk-Rock Singer-Songwriters of His Generation)
Leonard Cohen
0
Birthdate: September 21, 1934
Birthplace: Westmount, Canada
Died: November 7, 2016

Leonard Cohen was one of the most popular Canadian celebrities of all time. After starting his career as a poet and novelist, Leonard went on to become a famous singer-songwriter, exploring themes like sexuality, religion, depression, and romantic relationships in his work. Leonard Cohen was one of the inspirations for Steven Clark and Matthew Bissonnette's 2002 film Looking for Leonard.

 29 
Cesare Pavese
(A Very Influential Italian Novelist, Poet and Short story writer)
Cesare Pavese
3
Birthdate: September 9, 1908
Birthplace: Santo Stefano Belbo, Italy
Died: August 27, 1950

Italian author Cesare Pavese is remembered for his themes of gloom and loneliness and for his protagonists who were often loners. His prolonged fight with fascists and the failure of his affair with actor Constance Dowling led him to commit suicide by consuming sleeping pills in a Turin hotel.

 30 
Edward Carpenter
(Poet, Philosopher, Writer)
Edward Carpenter
3
Birthdate: August 29, 1844
Birthplace: Hove
Died: June 28, 1929
 31 
Sjón
(Icelandic Poet, Lyricist, Screenwriter, and Novelist)
Sjón
3
Birthdate: August 27, 1962
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Sjón is an Icelandic poet, lyricist, screenwriter, and novelist. He is best known for his frequent collaborations with singer-songwriter and composer Björk. Sjón's works are widely read and have been translated into many languages. Over the course of his career, Sjón has won several prestigious awards such as the Nordic Council's Literature Prize and DV Newspaper Culture Prize.

 32 
Frederick Forsyth
6
Birthdate: August 25, 1938
Birthplace: Ashford
 33 
Gala Dalí
4
Birthdate: September 7, 1894
Birthplace: Kazan, Russian Empire [now Tatarstan, Russia]
Died: June 10, 1982
 34 
Kenji Miyazawa
(Poet, Novelist, Writer, Teacher, Esperantist, Agronomist, Children's writer)
Kenji Miyazawa
3
Birthdate: August 27, 1896
Birthplace: Hanamaki
Died: September 21, 1933
Japanese novelist Kenji Miyazawa was also a poet of children's literature and is one of Japan's most-read and best-loved authors. Some of his major works include Night on the Galactic Railroad, Kaze no Matasaburō, Gauche the Cellist, and The Night of Taneyamagahara.  Many of his children's stories have inspired anime, most notably Night on the Galactic Railroad.
 35 
Stephen King
(A Prolific & Immensely Popular Author of Horror Fiction)
Stephen King
6
Birthdate: September 21, 1947
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States

One of the most popular American authors, Stephen King has sold over 350 million copies of his works. Many of his books have been adapted into television series, miniseries, and films. One of the most decorated authors, King believes in giving back to society as he and his wife are noted philanthropists.

 36 
Roald Dahl
(One of the World's Greatest Authors)
Roald Dahl
20
Birthdate: September 13, 1916
Birthplace: Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales
Died: November 23, 1990

British writer, Roald Dahl, is considered as one of the greatest children’s authors. He is one of the best-selling authors of all-time and had a career spanning decades. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, The Twits and Matilda are some of his classic works. He also wrote short stories and novels meant for adults.

 37 
Sonia Sanchez
(American poet)
Sonia Sanchez
4
Birthdate: September 9, 1934
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
 38 
Alfred Jarry
(Playwright, Writer, Poet, Novelist)
Alfred Jarry
3
Birthdate: September 8, 1873
Birthplace: Laval
Died: November 1, 1907
 39 
Michael Ondaatje
(Canada's Most Renowned Living Authors)
Michael Ondaatje
0
Birthdate: September 12, 1943
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Michael Ondaatje is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian poet, writer, and filmmaker. Born in Sri Lanka, he eventually migrated to Canada. He studied at Bishop's University and embarked on a teaching career. His literary works include poems, novels, and essays. He is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the Giller Prize and the Booker Prize. 

 40 
Rita Dove
(Poet, Writer)
Rita Dove
3
Birthdate: August 28, 1952
Birthplace: Akron
 41 
Carl Andre
(Painter, Sculptor, Artist, Writer, Poet)
Carl Andre
3
Birthdate: September 16, 1935
Birthplace: Quincy

Carl Andre is an American artist best known for his association with Minimalism. Renowned for his grid format and ordered linear sculptures, Andre has exhibited his work in several museums and sculpture gardens, including the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands.

 42 
Natalia Pushkina
(Former Poet who was wife of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin)
Natalia Pushkina
3
Birthdate: September 8, 1812
Birthplace: Tambov Oblast, Russia
Died: November 26, 1863
 43 
Stevie Smith
(Poet, Novelist)
Stevie Smith
3
Birthdate: September 20, 1902
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, England
Died: March 7, 1971
Emperor Xuanzong of Tang
4
Birthdate: September 8, 0685
Birthplace: Luoyang, China
Died: May 3, 0762

Chinese Tang dynasty emperor Xuanzong took over the reins of his kingdom after his father, Ruizong, abdicated. However, his sister made sure Ruizong stayed as a regent. Xuanzong developed the canal system and finances of his empire initially but later relied too much on his court officials, leading to a rebellion.

 45 
Suman Pokhrel
3
Birthdate: September 21, 1967
Birthplace: Mills Area, Biratnagar, Nepal
 46 
Francisco de Quevedo
3
Birthdate: September 14, 1580
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: September 8, 1645

Spanish nobleman, politician and writer Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas, KOS of the Baroque era is counted among the most prominent writers of Spain's Golden Age. Quevedo adhered to the conceptismo style compared to his lifelong rival, Luis de Góngora’s culteranismo style. His notable works include the picaresque novel El Buscón and the satirical prose Los Sueños.

 47 
Alfred Noyes
3
Birthdate: September 16, 1880
Birthplace: Wolverhampton
Died: June 28, 1958
 48 
Louise Bennett-Coverley
(Jamaican Poet, Folklorist, Writer, and Educator)
Louise Bennett-Coverley
3
Birthdate: September 7, 1919
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: July 26, 2006
Louise Bennett-Coverley was a Jamaican poet, writer, folklorist, and educator. She is best remembered for her work to preserve the practice of presenting stories, folk songs, and poetry in the national language, patois. Louise Bennett-Coverley wrote and performed her poems in Creole, and established the validity of a local language like Jamaican Patois for literary expression. 
 49 
Victor Spinetti
(Welsh Actor, Author, Poet and Raconteur)
Victor Spinetti
6
Birthdate: September 2, 1929
Birthplace: Ebbw Vale, Wales
Died: June 19, 2012

Actor, author, and raconteur Victor Spinetti initially gained fame with his appearances in films of The Beatles. He later appeared in many comic roles in films such as The Taming of The Shrew. He was also a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer. He eventually succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

 50 
A. S. Byatt
(Novelist)
A. S. Byatt
4
Birthdate: August 24, 1936
Birthplace: Sheffield, England