Poetry Reference

Poetry has delighted readers young and old for hundreds of years. Each generation of poet offers new and innovative techniques and their own expression through their art. A knowledge of world renowned poetry can add to a person's general knowledge and spark and interest in poetry and the written word. Below are some of the world's most famous poets, explore their beautifully written poems and learn about their lives with the following links.

Kingsley Amis (1922-1995)

Maya Angelou (1928-Present)

Matthew Arnold (1882-1888)

Margaret Atwood (1939-Present)

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

William Blake (1757-1827)

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400)

Samuel Coleridge (1772-1834)

William Cowper (1731-1800)

E.E. Cummings (1894-1962)

Samuel Daniel (1562-1619)

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

John Dryden (1631-1700)

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

T.S. Eliot (1886-1965)

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Seamus Heaney (1939-Present)

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

James Joyce (1882-1941)

John Keats (1795-1821)

Ted Kooser (1939-Present)

James Laurence Laughlin (1914-1997)

D.H. Lawrence (1883-1930)

Henry Longfellow (1807-1882)

Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004)

Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957)

Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

Sharon Olds (1942-Present)

Charles Olson (1910-1970)

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)

Octavio Paz (1914-1998)

Harold Pinter (1930-Present)

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849)

Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618)

Rumi (1207-1273)

Anne Sexton (1928-1974)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

Wislawa Szymborska (1923-Present)

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Alfred Tennyson (1809-1883)

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1842)

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Phillis Wheatley (about 1753 - 1784)

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)


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