Virgo Poets

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 1 D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 2 Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon
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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.

 3 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Famous As: Poet, Playwright, Novelist
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.

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 4 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Famous As: Writer
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.

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 5 Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges
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Famous As: Poet & Short Story Writer
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

Samuel Johnson
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Famous As: Writer
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

Ali Kemal
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 7, 1867
Birthplace: Fatih, Turkey
Died: November 6, 1922
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 8 Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: September 10, 1935
Birthplace: Maple Heights

 9 Noname

Noname
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 18, 1991
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 10 Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud
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Famous As: Writer
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.  

 11 Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 12, 1943
Birthplace: 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. 

 12 Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Birthplace: Richmond [now Staten Island], New York City, New York, USA

 13 William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 17, 1883
Birthplace: Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 4, 1963

 14 Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire
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Famous As: Poet
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.

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 15 John Betjeman

John Betjeman
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 28, 1906
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 19, 1984

 16 Claude McKay

Claude McKay
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 17 Johann Gottfried Herder

Johann Gottfried Herder
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Famous As: Philosopher
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.

 18 William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley
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Famous As: Poet
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.

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 19 Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam
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Famous As: Writer
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.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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Famous As: Physician & Poet
Birthdate: August 29, 1809
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 7, 1894
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 21 Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn
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Famous As: Singer, Poet, Violinist, Pianist
Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 22 Keorapetse Kgositsile

Keorapetse Kgositsile
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Famous As: Poet, Journalist, Political activist
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.

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 23 Emperor Xuanzong of Tang

Emperor Xuanzong of Tang
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Famous As: Ruler
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.

 24 Arkady Strugatsky

Arkady Strugatsky
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 28, 1925
Birthplace: Batumi
Died: October 12, 1991

 25 Hilda Doolittle

Hilda Doolittle
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 10, 1886
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 27, 1961

 26 Bret Harte

Bret Harte
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Famous As: Author & Poet
Birthdate: August 25, 1836
Birthplace: Albany, New York, U.S.
Died: May 5, 1902
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 27 Jean Arp

Jean Arp
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: September 16, 1886
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: June 7, 1966

Jean Arp was born in Strasbourg, to a German father and a French mother. After studying art in Paris and Switzerland, he co-created The Modern Alliance and participated in the Dada and Abstraction-Création movements. An avant-garde painter and sculptor, he also experimented with media such as embroidery.

 28 Linton Kwesi Johnson

Linton Kwesi Johnson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 24, 1952
Birthplace: Chapelton, Jamaica

 29 Théophile Gautier

Théophile Gautier
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 30, 1811
Birthplace: Tarbes, France
Died: October 23, 1872

 30 Mario Benedetti

Mario Benedetti
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Famous As: Journalist, Novelist and Poet
Birthdate: September 14, 1920
Birthplace: Paso de los Toros, Uruguay
Died: May 17, 2009

 31 Gala Dalí

Gala Dalí
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 7, 1894
Birthplace: Kazan, Russian Empire [now Tatarstan, Russia]
Died: June 10, 1982

 32 Edward Carpenter

Edward Carpenter
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Famous As: Poet, Philosopher, Writer
Birthdate: August 29, 1844
Birthplace: Hove
Died: June 28, 1929

 33 Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez
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Famous As: American poet
Birthdate: September 9, 1934
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

 34 Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 25, 1938
Birthplace: Ashford

 35 Kenji Miyazawa

Kenji Miyazawa
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Famous As: Poet, Novelist, Writer, Teacher, Esperantist, Agronomist, Children's writer
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.

 36 Cesare Pavese

Cesare Pavese
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Famous As: Novelist, Poet, Short story writer
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.

 37 Stephen King

Stephen King
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Famous As: A Prolific & Immensely Popular Author of Horror Fiction
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.

 38 Roald Dahl

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Famous As: One of the World's Greatest Authors
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.

 39 Alfred Jarry

Alfred Jarry
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Famous As: Playwright, Writer, Poet, Novelist
Birthdate: September 8, 1873
Birthplace: Laval
Died: November 1, 1907

 40 Sjón

Sjón
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 27, 1962
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 41 Carl Andre

Carl Andre
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Artist, Writer, Poet
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 Theo van Doesburg

Theo van Doesburg
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 30, 1883
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: March 7, 1931

One of the pioneering figures of the Dutch art movement De Stijl, or The Style, Theo van Doesburg stressed on the importance of simplified and geometric visual arts. The son of a photographer, he grew up to create scores of abstract paintings and designed aesthetic room décor and furniture, too.

 43 Natalia Pushkina

Natalia Pushkina
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Famous As: Former Poet who was wife of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin
Birthdate: September 8, 1812
Birthplace: Tambov Oblast, Russia
Died: November 26, 1863

 44 Dorothea Margaret Tanning

Dorothea Margaret Tanning
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 25, 1910
Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, U.S.
Died: January 31, 2012

Remembered for her surrealist paintings, sculptor and painter Dorothea Margaret Tanning seemed to have recreated her visions and dreams through her art. Most of her works showcase unreal situations, with motifs such as gigantic flowers and doors. Her iconic installation Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 showcases her sculpting skills.

 45 Stevie Smith

Stevie Smith
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Famous As: Poet, Novelist
Birthdate: September 20, 1902
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, England
Died: March 7, 1971

 46 Suman Pokhrel

Suman Pokhrel
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 21, 1967
Birthplace: Mills Area, Biratnagar, Nepal

 47 Rita Dove

Rita Dove
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: August 28, 1952
Birthplace: Akron

 48 Francisco de Quevedo

Francisco de Quevedo
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 49 Alfred Noyes

Alfred Noyes
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 16, 1880
Birthplace: Wolverhampton
Died: June 28, 1958

 50 Louise Bennett-Coverley

Louise Bennett-Coverley
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 7, 1919
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: July 26, 2006