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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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. ...
Robert Herrick   (1591 - 1674, English)
Robert Herrick was a 17th century English poet.
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 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Walter Savage Landor   (1775 - 1864, English)
Walter Savage Landor was an English writer and poet. His best known works were the prose Imaginary Conversations, and the poem Rose Aylmer, but the ...
Thomas Carew   (1595 - 1640, English)
Thomas Carew (pronounced like "Carey") was an English poet.
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 ...
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 ...
Charlotte Elliott   (1789-1871, English)
Charlotte Elliott- Born: March 18, 1789, Clap­ham, Sur­rey, Eng­land. Elliott be­came an in­val­id around age 30, and re­mained so for the rest of her life. ...
Christopher Marlowe   (1564 - 1593, English)
Christopher "Kit" Marlowe was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. The foremost Elizabethan tragedian next to William Shakespeare, he is known ...
Edmund Spenser   (1552 - 1599, English)
Edmund Spenser was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem celebrating, through fantastical allegory, the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. ...
Richard Crashaw   (1613 - 1649, English)
Richard Crashaw, English poet, styled "the divine," was part of the Seventeenth-century Metaphysical School of poets.
Thomas Gray   (1716 - 1771, English)
Thomas Gray was an English poet, classical scholar and professor at Cambridge University. He is well known for his masterpiece, the Elegy Written in a ...
Arphra Behn   (1640-1689, English)
Arphra Behn, British dramatist and novelist, was baptized at Wye, Kent, in 1640. Her father, John Johnson, was a barber. While still a child she ...
Ernest Dowson   (1867 - 1900, English)
Ernest Christopher Dowson (2 August 1867-23 February 1900), English poet, born at Lee south-east of London. He died in London. He was a member of ...
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 ...
Michael Drayton   (1563 - 1631, English)
His most important work is contained in the 1619 edition of his Poems, and includes the sonnet 'Since There's No Help, Come Let Us Kiss ...
Katherine Philips   (1631 - 1647, English)
Katherine Fowler was born on New Year's day, 1631 in London, England. In 1647, at the age of sixteen, Katherine was married to fifty-four-year old ...
John Skelton   (1460 - 1529, English)
John Skelton, also known as John Shelton, was an English poet. He figured in the popular imagination as an incorrigible practical joker. Exalted personages did ...
Anna Lætitia Barbauld   (1743-1825, English)
Anna Lætitia Aikin was born on June 20th, 1743. Her family lived near the village of Kibworth Harcourt, in Leicestershire. Her father, John Aikin, was ...
Maria Smith Abdy   (1797-1867, English)
Maria Abdy, née Smith (c. 1797-1867) was an English poet, the daughter of Richard Smith who was a solicitor. Maria was the niece of James ...
Dame Edith Sitwell   (1887 - 1964, English)
Edith Sitwell was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, of aristocratic but eccentric parentage of Lord George Sitwell and ex-socialite Lady Ida Sitwell of Renishaw Hall. She ...
Ada Cambridge   (1844 - 1926, English)
Ada Cambridge (21 November 1844 – 19 July 1926), later known as Ada Cross, was an English writer. Overall she wrote more than twenty-five works ...
John Webster   (1580 - 1634, English)
John Webster was an English Jacobean dramatist best known for his tragedies The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, often regarded as masterpieces of ...
R. D. Blackmore   (1825 - 1900, English)
Richard Doddridge Blackmore, referred to most commonly as R. D. Blackmore, was one of the most famous English novelists of the second half of the ...
Abraham Cowley   (1618 - 1667, English)
Abraham Cowley, English poet, was born in the City of London late in 1618. He was one of the leading English poets of the seventeenth ...
Lady Mary Chudleigh   (1656 - 1710, English)
A devoted Anglican, Chudleigh was self-educated in religious, scientific, and philosophical works. A fan of, probably acquainted with, contemporary Mary Astell, Chudleigh acknowledged her intellectual ...
Thomas Nashe   (1567 - 1601, English)
Thomas Nashe was an English Elizabethan pamphleteer, poet and satirist.
Phillis Wheatley   (1554 - 1586, English)
Sir Philip Sidney became one of the Elizabethan Age's most prominent figures. Famous in his day in England as a poet, courtier and soldier, he ...
Mark Akenside   (1721 - 1770, English)
Mark Akenside was an English poet and physician. Akenside was born at Newcastle upon Tyne, England, the son of a butcher. He was slightly lame ...
 
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