E. E. Cummings
E. E. Cummings   (1894 - 1962, American)
Edward Estlin Cummings, popularly known as E. E. Cummings, with the abbreviated form of his name often written by others in all lowercase letters as ...
Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski   (1920 - 1994, American)
Henry Charles Bukowski was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Bukowski's writing was heavily influenced by the geography and atmosphere of his home ...
Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath   (1932 - 1963, American)
Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, children's author, and short story author. Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The ...
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe   (1809 - 1849, American)
Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor and literary critic, and is considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his ...
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson   (1830 - 1886, American)
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and ...
Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda   (1904 - 1973, Chilean)
Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean writer and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. Neruda assumed his pen name ...
Robert Frost
Robert Frost   (1874 - 1963, American)
Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. ...
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare   (1564 - 1616, English)
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is ...
Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman   (1819 - 1892, American)
Walter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in ...
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou   (1928 - 2014, American)
Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven ...
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde   (1854 - 1900, Irish)
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he ...
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway   (1899-1961, American)
Born in Illinois in 1899, Ernest Hemingway grew up in Oak Park, a comfortable conservative suburb of Chicago. His childhood leisure activities included hunting and ...
T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot   (1888 - 1965, American)
Thomas Stearns Eliot was a poet, playwright and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Among his most famous writings are ...
Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein   (1930 - 1999, American)
Sheldon Alan "Shel" Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books. He sometimes styled himself as Uncle Shelby, ...
C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis   (1898 - 1963, Irish)
Clive Staples Lewis, commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as Jack, was a novelist, academic, medievalist, literary ...
Rumi   (1207 -1273, Afghanistan)
One of the greatest of Sufi poets, Jalal al-Din Rumi wrote poems in the 13th century which found a new audience in the U.S. in ...
William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats   (1865 - 1939, Irish)
William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet, dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and ...
William Blake
William Blake   (1757 - 1827, English)
William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of ...
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg   (1926 - 1997, American)
Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet. Ginsberg is best known for the poem "Howl" (1956), celebrating his friends who were members of the Beat ...
John Keats   (1795 - 1821, English)
John Keats was an English poet who became one of the key poets of the English Romantic movement during the early nineteenth century. During his ...
J.R.R. Tolkien   (1892 - 1973, English)
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in South Africa to his British parents, Arthur and Mabel Tolkien. He moved to England ...
Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803 - 1882, American)
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, philosopher and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the early 19th century. His teachings directly ...
Jack Kerouac   (1922 - 1969, American)
Jack Kerouac was an American author, poet and painter. Alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, he is considered a pioneer of the Beat Generation. ...
Lewis Carroll   (1832 - 1898, English)
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings ...
Anne Sexton   (1928 - 1974, American)
Anne Sexton was an influential American poet and writer known for her highly personal, confessional poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967. ...
Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman)   (1941 -, American)
Musician, singer, and songwriter Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota; he legally changed his name to Robert Dylan in 1962 in ...
Leonard Cohen   (1934 - Present, Canadian)
Leonard Norman Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and artist. Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his ...
James Douglas 'Jim' Morrison   (1943-1971, American)
American rock singer and rock lyric who achieved after his death a cult position among fans. Morrison wished to be accepted as a serious artist, ...
Jane Austen   (1775 - 1817) , English)
Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, village of Steventon, England. She lived her life in the orderly sector of Georgian England in a ...
Langston Hughes   (1902 - 1967, American)
James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the new ...
William Wordsworth   (1770 - 1850, English)
William Wordsworth was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 ...
Kahlil Gibran   (1883 - 1931, Lebanese)
Khalil Gibran (born Gibran Khalil Gibran[1] bin Mikhā'īl bin Sa'ad; Arabic جبران خليل جبران بن ميکائيل بن سعد) also known as Kahlil Gibran, was a ...
Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso   (1881 - 1973, Spanish)
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. As one ...
J. D. Salinger   (1919, American)
Jerome David "J. D." Salinger is an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive ...
Dylan Thomas   (1914 - 1953, Welsh)
Dylan Marlais Thomas was a Welsh poet who wrote exclusively in English. In addition to poetry, he wrote short stories and scripts for film and ...
Emily Bronte   (1818-1848, English)
Emily Brontë was born in Thornton, near Bradford in Yorkshire, to Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell. She was the younger sister of Charlotte Brontë and ...
H.P. Lovecraft   (1890 - 1937, American)
Lovecraft was born August 20, 1890, in Providence, Rhode Island, at the home of his maternal grandfather, Whipple V. Phillips, a prosperous industrialist and New ...
Homer   (8th century BC, Greek)
Homer is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. The ancient ...
Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound   (1885 - 1972, American)
Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in the first half ...
James Joyce   (1882 - 1941, Irish)
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish expatriate author of the 20th century. He is known for his landmark novel Ulysses (1922) and its controversial ...
Alfred Lord Tennyson   (1809 - 1882, English)
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS, much better known as "Alfred, Lord Tennyson," was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria's ...
Sara Teasdale   (1884 - 1933, American)
Sara Teasdale was an American lyrical poet. She was born Sarah Trevor Teasdale in St. Louis, Missouri. Throughout her life, Teasdale suffered poor health and ...
W. H. Auden   (1907 - 1973, English)
Wystan Hugh Auden, who signed his works W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many as ...
Victor Hugo   (1802 - 1885, French)
Victor-Marie Hugo was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France. In France, ...
Dorothy Parker   (1893 - 1967, American)
Dorothy Parker was an American writer and poet, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted ...
Christina Rossetti   (1830 - 1894, English)
Christina Georgina Rossetti was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is best known for her long poem ...
Carl Sandburg   (1878 - 1967, American)
Carl Sandburg was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry. He won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and another for ...
William Carlos Williams   (1883 - 1963, American)
William Carlos Williams, also known as WCW, was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner ...
Rainer Maria Rilke   (1875 - 1926 , Czech)
Writer and poet, Rilke was considered one of the greatest lyric poets of modern Germany. He created the "object poem" as an attempt to describe ...
Anais Nin   (1903 - 1977 , French)
Anais was born in Neuilly, just outside Paris. In 1923 she married Hugo Guiler, who had studied literature and economics and had acquired a good ...
Ted Hughes   (1930 - 1998, English)
Edward James Hughes OM was an English poet and children's writer, known as Ted Hughes. Critics routinely rank him as one of the best poets ...
Edna St. Vincent Millay   (1892 - 1950, American)
Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright and the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She was also ...
Rudyard Kipling   (1865 - 1936, English)
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was a British author and poet. Born in Bombay, British India, he is best known ...
Percy Bysshe Shelley   (1792 - 1822, English)
Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets and is critically regarded among the finest lyric poets in the English language. He ...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning   (1806 - 1861, English)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. She was the wife of poet Robert Browning, whom she married ...
Dante Alighieri    (1265-1321, Italy)
Dante Alighieri was born c. June 1265, in the Italian city of Florence. He was promised to his future wife at the age of 12, ...
George Gordon Byron   (1788 - 1824, English)
George Gordon Byron, later Noel, 6th Baron Byron FRS was a British poet and a leading figure in Romanticism. Amongst Byron's best-known works are the ...
Matsuo Bashō   (1644 - 1694, Japanese)
Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉) was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in ...
Hermann Hesse   (1877 - 1962, German)
Hermann Hesse was a German Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, ...
Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney   (1939 - 2013, Irish)
Seamus Heaney (13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013) was a poet, writer and lecturer from Northern Ireland. He was one of the most widely ...
John Donne   (1572 - 1631, English)
John Donne was an English Jacobean poet, preacher and a major representative of the metaphysical poets of the period. His works are notable for their ...
Abraham Lincoln   (1809 - 1865, American)
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. Throughout his life, Abraham Lincoln was an avid reader of poetry. As a teenager, however, ...
Samuel Taylor Coleridge   (1772 - 1834, English)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, Romantic, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was one of the founders of the ...
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   (1807 - 1882, American)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American educator and poet whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and "Evangeline". He was also the ...
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle   (1859 - 1930, English)
Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859. Doyle's family (Conan was his middle name, and it was only later in life that ...
Thomas Hardy   (1840 - 1928, English)
Thomas Hardy, OM was an English novelist and poet of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and ...
Mary Oliver   (1935 - Present, American)
Mary Oliver is an American poet. Oliver’s poetry is grounded in memories of Ohio and her adopted home of New England. Influenced by both Whitman ...
Robert Browning   (1812 - 1892, English)
Robert Browning was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.
D.H. Lawrence   (1885 - 1930, English)
David Herbert Lawrence (11 September 1885 - 2 March 1930) was one of the most important, certainly one of the most controversial, English writers of ...
Kobayashi Issa   (1763 - 1828, Japanese)
Kobayashi Issa (小林一茶) was a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jodo Shinshu sect known for his haiku poems and journals. He is ...
Leonard Nimoy   (1931 -, American)
The son of a Boston barber, Leonard Nimoy was a star at the age of 8, when he played Hansel in a children's theatre production ...
Robert Burns   (1759 - 1796, Scottish)
Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is ...
Wallace Stevens   (1879 - 1955, American)
Wallace Stevens was an American Modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and spent most ...
Octavio Paz   (1914 - 1998, Mexican)
Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Sappho   (c. 600 BCE, Greek)
The only contemporary source which refers to Sappho's life is her own body of poetry, and scholars are skeptical of biographical readings of it. Later ...
John Milton   (1608 - 1674, English)
John Milton was an English poet, author, polemicist and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England. He is best known for his epic poem Paradise ...
Spike Milligan   (1918 - 2002, Irish)
Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan KBE, known as Spike Milligan, was an Irish comedian, writer, musician, poet and playwright. Milligan was the co-creator and the ...
Audre Lorde   (1934 - 1992, American)
Audre Geraldine Lorde was a Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist. A contemporary of such feminist poets as Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich, Lorde also expressed ...
Wilfred Owen   (1893 – 1918, English)
Wilfred Owen has become best known for his angry poetry on the supposed nobility and glory of war. But while he was compassionate to those ...
Nizar Quabbani   (1923 - 1998, Syrian)
Nizar Qabbani (21 March 1923 – 30 April 1998) was a Syrian diplomat, poet and publisher. When Qabbani was 15, his sister (25) committed suicide ...
Louise Glück   (1943 - Present, American)
Louise Elisabeth Glück (born 22 April 1943) is an American poet of Hungarian Jewish heritage. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the ...
Ovid   (-43 BC - 17, Roman)
Publius Ovidius Naso, (March 20, 43 BC – AD 17) Roman poet known to the English-speaking world as Ovid, wrote on topics of love, abandoned ...
Ogden Nash   (1902 - 1971, American)
Frederic Ogden Nash was an American poet well known for his light verse. At the time of his death in 1971, the New York Times ...
William Ernest Henley   (1849 - 1903, English)
William Ernest Henley was an English poet, critic and editor. Arguably his best-remembered work is the poem "Invictus", written in 1875. It is said that ...
Mary Elizabeth Frye   (1905-2004, American)
Mary Elizabeth Frye was a Baltimore housewife and florist, best known as the author of the poem "Do not stand at my grave and weep". ...
Elizabeth Bishop   (1911 - 1979, American)
Elizabeth Bishop was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1911, but spent part of her childhood with her Canadian grandparents after her father's death and her ...
Jacques Prévert   (1900 - 1977, French)
Jacques Prévert was a French poet and screenwriter. Prévert participated actively in the surrealist movement and was a member of the Rue du Château group ...
A. E. Housman   (1859 - 1936, English)
Alfred Edward Housman, usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known for his cycle of poems A Shropshire ...
Philip Larkin   (1922 - 1985, English)
Philip Larkin was born in 1922 in Coventry, England. He attended St. John's College, Oxford. His first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published ...
Louisa May Alcott   (1832 - 1888, American)
Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth, and May, were educated by their ...
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley   (1797 - 1851, English)
Mary Shelley was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern ...
Aleister Crowley   (1875 - 1947, English)
Edward Alexander Crowley was born at 30 Clarendon Square in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, between 11:00pm and midnight on October 12, 1875. His father, ...
Dante Gabriel Rossetti   (1828 - 1882, English)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator. The son of émigré Italian scholar Gabriel Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti and his wife Frances ...
Taigu Ryokan   (1758-1831, Japanese)
Ryōkan was born in the village of Izumozaki in Echigo Province (now Niigata Prefecture) in Japan to the village headman. He renounced the world at ...
Geoffrey Chaucer   (1343 - 1400, English)
Geoffrey Chaucer was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame ...
Edward Lear   (1812 - 1888, English)
Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, ...
Wang Wei   (699 - 759, Chinese)
Wang Wei (王维) was a Tang Dynasty Chinese poet, musician, painter, and statesman. He was one of the most famous men of arts and letters ...
Anna Akhmatova   (1889 - 1966, Russian)
Anna Akhmatova is a pseudonym of ANNA ANDREYEVNA GORENKO (b. June 11 [June 23, New Style], 1889, Bolshoy Fontan, near Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire--d. March ...
Ai   (1947, American)
Florence Anthony (born January 2, 1947) is an American poet who legally changed her name to Ai. Ai, who has described herself as Japanese, Choctaw-Chickasaw, ...
Conrad Aiken   (1889 - 1973, American)
Conrad Potter Aiken was an American novelist and poet, whose work includes poetry, short stories, novels, and an autobiography. Aiken was deeply influenced by symbolism, ...
Sir Francis Bacon   (1561 - 1626, English)
Francis Bacon was the son of Nicolas Bacon, the Lord Keeper of the Seal of Elisabeth I. He entered Trinity College Cambridge at age 12. ...
Aeschylus   (525 BC - 431 BC, Greek)
The "Father of Tragedy," Aeschylus was born in 525 B.C. in the city of Eleusis. Immersed early in the mystic rites of the city and ...
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)   (1819 - 1880 , English)
Mary Anne Evans was born at South Farm, Arbury, on November 22, 1819. The youngest child of Robert Evans and Christiana Pearson Evans, she had ...
Robert Herrick   (1591 - 1674, English)
Robert Herrick was a 17th century English poet.
Mirabai   (1498-1546, India)
Mirabai is the most famous of the women bhakta poets of north India. Though there is some disagreement about the precise details of her life, ...
Richard Jones   (1953 - , American)
Richard Jones is the author of several books of poems, including Country of Air, At Last We Enter Paradise, and A Perfect Time. His book, ...
Richard Brautigan   (1935 - 1982, American)
Born on January 30th, 1935 in Tacoma, Washington, little is known of his childhood but it is rumored it was a troubled one. Somewhere around ...
Yehuda Amichai   (1924 - 2000, Israeli)
Yehuda Amichai was an Israeli poet. Amichai was born in Germany, then immigrated with his family to Palestine in 1936. He fought in the Israeli ...
Paramahansa Yogananda   (1893 - 1952, Indian)
Paramahansa Yogananda is one of the greatest spiritual figures of the twentieth century, and also was one of the first Spiritual Masters to bring the ...
John Updike   (1932 - 2009, American)
John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (the ...
Yosa Buson   (1716 - 1783, Japanese)
Yosa Buson, or Yosa no Buson (与謝蕪村), was a Japanese poet and painter from the Edo period. Along with Matsuo Bashō and Kobayashi Issa, Buson ...
Constantine P. Cavafy   (1863 - 1933, Greek)
Constantine P. Cavafy, also known as Konstantin or Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis, or Kavaphes (Greek Κωνσταντίνος Π. Καβάφης) was a renowned modern Greek poet who lived ...
Theodore Roethke   (1908 - 1963, American)
Theodore Roethke was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1908. As a child, he spent much time in the greenhouse owned by his father and uncle. ...
E. B. White   (1899 - 1985, American)
Elwyn Brooks "E. B." White was an American writer. A long-time contributor to "The New Yorker" magazine, he also wrote many famous books for both ...
W. S. Merwin   (1927 - Present, American)
William Stanley Merwin is an American poet. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin's unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 80s ...
Erica Jong   (1942, American)
Erica Jong—novelist, poet, and essayist—has consistently used her craft to help provide women with a powerful and rational voice in forging a feminist consciousness. She ...
Amelia Wire Holmes Aaron   (1902 - 2000, American)
Amelia Aaron was born in Louisiana. She was a businesswoman, and was accomplished in music and poetry. She lived to be 98 years old and ...
Claude McKay   (1889 - 1948, Jamaican)
Claude McKay was a Jamaican writer and poet. He was a communist in his early life, but after a visit to the Soviet Union, decided ...
Czeslaw Milosz   (1911 - 2004 , Kedainiai/Lithuania)
Czesław Miłosz was born on June 30, 1911 in the village of Šeteniai (Kėdainiai district, Kaunas County) on the border between two Lithuanian historical regions ...
William Cullen Bryant   (1794 - 1878, American)
William Cullen Bryant was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post. Although "Thanatopsis", his most famous poem, has ...
Ono no Komachi   (c. 825 – c. 900 (?), Japanese)
Like Ariwara no Narihira, the legends have eclipsed the historical Ono no Komachi. Her poetry dates from the period 833-857, and she seems to have ...
Robert Service   (1874 - 1958, English)
Robert William Service, the renowned poet of the Yukon, was born in Lancashire, England, on January 16, 1874. The son of a bank cashier, Service ...
Robert Graves   (1895 - 1985, English)
Robert von Ranke Graves (July 24, 1895 –December 7, 1985) was an English scholar, best remembered for his work as a poet and novelist. During ...
Li Ching Chao   (1084 - 1151, China)
Li Ch'ing Chao was born into a literary family and became an antiquarian, book collector, and calligrapher. Of her six original volumes of lyrics, only ...
John Clare   (1793 - 1864, English)
John Clare was an English poet, born the son of a farm labourer who came to be known for his representations of the English countryside. ...
Sir Walter Raleigh   (1552 - 1618, English)
Sir Walter Raleigh or Ralegh was a famed English writer, poet, soldier, courtier, and explorer. Raleigh is generally considered one of the foremost poets of ...
Siegfried Sassoon   (1886 - 1967, English)
Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (September 8, 1886 - September 1, 1967) was an English poet and author. He became known as a writer of satirical anti-war ...
Rabia al Basri   (717 - 801, Iraq)
Not much is known about Rabia al Basri, except that she lived in Basra in Iraq, in the second half of the 8th century AD. ...
Eavan Boland   (1944 -, Irish)
Eavan Boland (born 1944) is an Irish poet and feminist. Boland was born in Dublin. Her father was a career diplomat and she was educated ...
Lisa Zaran   (1969, American)
Lisa was born on September 26, 1969 in Los Angeles, California to an American-Norwegian mother, Joan Ablett (1941) and Norwegian father, Leonhard Hoie (1937-1996) She ...
A. S. J. Tessimond   (1902 - 1962, English)
Arthur Seymour John Tessimond was an English poet. After studying at Liverpool University, he moved to London where he worked in bookshops, and also as ...
Thomas Wolfe   (1900 - 1938, American)
Thomas Clayton Wolfe was an acclaimed American novelist of the early 20th century. Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works and ...
Robert Bly   (1926 -, American)
Robert Bly was born in western Minnesota in 1926 to parents of Norwegian stock. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and spent two years ...
Edith Wharton   (1862 - 1937, American)
One of the major figures in American literary history, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) presented intriguing insights into the American experience. Author of more than 40 volumes--novels, ...
Ben Okri    (1959 -, South African)
March 15, 1959) is a Nigerian poet and novelist. Having spent his early childhood in London, he and his family returned to Nigeria in 1968. ...
William Cowper   (1731 - 1800, English)
William Cowper (pronounced "Cooper") was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th ...
Elizabeth Jennings   (1926 - 2001, English)
Elizabeth Joan Jennings (July 18, 1926 – October 26, 2001) was an English poet, noted for her clarity of style and simplicity of literary approach. ...
Yamabe no Akahito   (700 - 740, Japanese)
Little is known of Yamabe no Akahito other than what we can gain from his fifty poems in the Manyoshu. His thirteen Nagauta poems and ...
Omar Khayyam   (1021 -1122, Iran)
Umar Khayyam (Omar Khayyam) was born on May 18, 1048 in Nishapur, Iran. He was an outstanding mathematician and astronomer and, wrote several works including ...
Koi Nagata   (1900 ~ 1997, Japanese)
Man in summer sees feet in old pond... and dies Sad the summer ocean - those two feet [from "Degree Zero", 1970-75] Born in 1900 ...
May Sarton   (1912 - 1995, American)
May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton, an American poet, novelist, and memoirist. Many of her works reflect the lesbian experience. Sarton ...
Judith Wright   (1915-2000, Australian)
After graduating from the Univ. of Sydney, Judith Arundell Wright worked variously as a clerk, secretary, and statistician. She is regarded as one of the ...
Amy Lowell   (1874 - 1925, American)
Amy Lowell was born in 1874 at Sevenels, a ten-acre family estate in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her family was Episcopalian, of old New England stock, and ...
Gabriela Mistral   (1889 - 1957, Chilean)
Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila de María del Perpetuo Socorro Godoy Alcayaga, a Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist who was the first ...
Harold Pinter   (1930 - 2008, English)
Harold Pinter, CH, CBE (born October 10, 1930) is a British playwright and theatre director. He has written for theatre, radio, television and film. He ...
R.S. Thomas   (1913 - 2000, Welsh)
R.S.Thomas (1913 - September 25, 2000) was a British poet, born in Cardiff 1913. He was Educated at University College of North Wales, Bangor. His ...
Leonie Adams   (1899-1988, American)
Leonie Adams was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1899. The fifth of six children. She was brought up in a strict home. She was ...
Elizabeth Smart   (1913 - 1986, Canadian)
Elizabeth Smart (December 27, 1913 – March 4, 1986) was a Canadian poet and novelist. Her book, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and ...
Hilda Doolittle   (1886 - 1961, American)
Hilda Doolittle Born on September 10, 1886, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Hilda Doolittle was the daughter of an astronomer, and she was reared in the strict ...
Ben Jonson   (1572 - 1637, English)
Volpone and The Alchemist, his garrulous personality, and his tempestuous rivalry with William Shakespeare. Early life Although he was born in Westminster, Jonson claimed his ...
Catherine Anderson   (1954 - present, American)
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