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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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". ...
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 ...
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, ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Denise Levertov   (1923 - 1997, English)
Denise Levertov (October 24, 1923–December 20, 1997) was a British-born American poet. Born in Ilford, Essex, England, her mother, Beatrice Spooner-Jones Levertoff, was Welsh. Her ...
Kakio Tomizawa   (1902 ~ 1962, Japanese)
Kakio was born the first son of a doctor in Ehime; studied economics at Waseda University; while a student, wrote some haiku; in 1926, shortly ...
Valentine Ackland   (1906-1969, English)
Mary Valentine Ackland was born in 1906 to a wealthy family in London. She suffered an unhappy childhood which endured a convent education and culminated ...
Lucy Maud Montgomery   (1874 - 1942, Canadian )
Lucy Maud Montgomery CBE, (always called "Maud" by family and friends) and publicly known as L.M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author, best known for a ...
Anna Swir   (1909 - 1984, Polish)
Anna Swir (Świrszczyńska) was born in Warsaw, Poland, to an artistic though impoverished family. She worked from an early age, supporting herself while she attended ...
Stephen Vincent Benet   (1898 - 1943, American)
Stephen Vincent Benét was an American author, poet, short story writer, and novelist. Benét is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American ...
Archibald MacLeish   (1892 - 1982, American)
Archibald MacLeish was an American poet, writer and the Librarian of Congress. He is associated with the modernist school of poetry. He has received three ...
Dahlia Ravikovitch   (1936 - 2005, Israeli )
Well-known poetess Dahlia Ravikovitch (1936-2005) was born in a suburb of Tel Aviv and, after her father`s death, was sent to live on a kibbutz. ...
Keith Douglas   (1920 - 1944, English)
Keith Douglas (January 24, 1920 - June 9, 1944), was an English poet of World War II. He was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and ...
Lauris Dorothy Edmond   (1924 - 2000, New Zealand)
New Zealand poet Lauris Dorothy Edmond was born at Dannevirke in 1924. In her autobiography she spoke of having lived "two lives". Recollections of growing ...
 
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