Chronology of Poets
1850 - 1874
1875 - 1899
1900 - 1924
1925 - 1949
1950 - 1974
1975 - 1999
2000 B.C. - 1 B.C.
Enheduanna
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Homer
Sappho
Aeschylus
Sophocles
Theocritus
Sulpicia
Catullus
Virgil
Horace

1 A.D. - 1499
Okkur Macatti
Ammuvanar
Itaikkunrurkilar
Kakkaipirtiniyar Naccellaiyar
Al-Khansa
Vidya
Vikatanitamba
Colman mac Lenini
Li Po
Tu Fu
Po Chu-i
Anonymous
Llywarch Hen
Anonymous
Lady Izumi Shikibu
Anonymous
Li Ch'ing-chao
Akka Mahadevi
Chu Shu-chen
Jalal al-din Rumi
Dante Alighieri
Hafiz
Eustache Deschamps
Anonymous
Robert Henryson
Mira Bai

1500 - 1599
Anonymous
Thomas Wyatt
Joachim du Bellay
Pierre de Ronsard
George Gascoigne
John Lyly
Philip Sidney
Chidiock Tichborne
Michael Drayton
William Shakespeare
John Donne
Ben Jonson
Robert Herrick
George Herbert

1600 - 1699
John Milton
Anne Bradstreet
Jean de la Fontaine
Andrew Marvell
John Dryden
Aphra Behn
Edward Taylor
Matsuo Basho
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
Anne Killigrew
Jonathan Swift
Alexander Pope
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

1700 - 1799
Chiyo
Yuan Mei
Nguyen Gia Thieu
Robert Burns
William Wordsworth
George Gordon, Lord Byron
Percy Bysshe Shelley
John Clare
William Cullen Bryant
John Keats
Heinrich Heine
Giacomo Leopardi

1800 - 1849
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Wu Tsao
Victor Hugo
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Eduard Morike
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
John Greenleaf Whittier
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Emily Bronte
Julia Ward Howe
Walt Whitman
Frederick Goddard Tuckerman
Matthew Arnold
Emily Dickinson
Christina Rossetti
Mark Twain
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Thomas Hardy
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Andrew Lang
Tristan Corbiere
Emma Lazarus

1850 - 1874
Robert Louis Stevenson
Rabindranath Tagore
Edith Wharton
Constantine Cavafy
Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Rudyard Kipling
William Butler Yeats
Francis Jammes
Edwin Arlington Robinson
James Weldon Johnson
Christian Morgenstern
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Robert Frost
Amy Lowell

1875 - 1899
Antonio Machado
Rainer Maria Rilke
Willa Cather
Adelaide Crapsey
John Masefield
Carl Sandburg
Siamanto
Edward Thomas
Yosano Akiko
Wallace Stevens
Guillaume Apollinaire
Valery Larbaud
Mina Loy
E.J. Pratt
Umberto Saba
William Carlos Williams
Jules Supervielle
D.H. Lawrence
Ezra Pound
Elinor Wylie
Gottfried Benn
Moishe Leib Halpern
Robinson Jeffers
Marianne Moore
T.S. Eliot
Fernando Pessoa
John Crowe Ransom
Ramon Lopez Velarde
Anna Akhmatova
Isaac Rosenberg
Nelly Sachs
John Peale Bishop
Hugh MacDiarmid
Archibald MacLeish
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Marina Tsvetaeva
Cesar Vallejo
Jorge Guillen
Wilfrid Owen
e.e. cummings
Charles Reznikoff
Eugenio Montale
Louis Aragon
Stephen Vincent Benet
Bertolt Brecht
C.S. Lewis
Conrad Aiken
Jorge Luis Borges
E.B. White

1900 - 1924
Bingxin
Robert Desnos
Paulinaq
Aleksander Wat
Sterling A. Brown
Robert Francis
Laura Riding
Rafael Alberti
Roy Campbell
Nazim Hikmet
Langston Hughes
Ogden Nash
Stevie Smith
Countee Cullen
Jean Follain
Lorine Niedecker
Patrick Kavanagh
Cecil Day Lewis
Pablo Neruda
Padraic Fallon
Vladimir Holan
Attila Jozsef
Stanley Kunitz
Phyllis McGinley
Kenneth Rexroth
Robert Penn Warren
John Betjeman
William Empson
Li Kuang-t'ien
Vernon Watkins
W.H. Auden
Gunter Eich
Anna Hajnal
John Hewitt
A.D. Hope
Louis MacNeice
Cesare Pavese
Theodore Roethke
Leonardo Sinisgalli
Yannis Ritsos
Anna Swir
Olga Berggolts
Norman MacCaig
Oscar Williams
Elizabeth Bishop
Odysseus Elytis
Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Paul Goodman
Josephine Miles
Czeslaw Milosz
Gabriel Preil
LoVerne Brown
Irving Layton
Leonard Wallace Robinson
Robert Hayden
Muriel Rukeyser
David Schubert
Delmore Schwartz
May Swenson
John Berryman
Julia de Burgos
Jean Garrigue
Randall Jarrell
Orhan Veli Kanik
Henry Reed
William Stafford
Dylan Thomas
So Chongju
Ruth Stone
John Ciardi
Bernard Dadie
Thomas McGrath
Gwendolyn Brooks
Franco Fortini
Robert Lowell
Sean O Riordain
William Meredith
Reed Whittemore
Amy Clampitt
Keith Douglas
Anna Kamienska
Howard Nemerov
Fergus Allen
Hayden Carruth
Mona Van Duyn
Richard Wilbur
Philip Larkin
Grace Paley
James Dickey
Alan Dugan
Mitchell Goodman
Anthony Hecht
Miroslav Holub
Denise Levertov
William H. Matchett
James Schuyler
Louis Simpson
Wislawa Szymborska
Yehuda Amichai
Raffaello Baldini
Nissim Ezekiel
Zbigniew Herbert
Lisel Mueller
Leonard Nathan
Harvey Shapiro

c. 2300 B.C.; Sumerian
c. 2000 B.C.; Akkadian
c. 1900 B.C.; Egyptian
c. 1500 B.C.; Egyptian
c. 850 B.C.; Greek
c. 700-500 B.C.; Greek
525-456 B.C.; Greek
496-406 B.C.; Greek
c. 300 B.C.; Greek
c. 100-1 B.C.; Latin
84-54 B.C.; Latin
70-19 B.C.; Latin
65-8 B.C.; Latin


c. 1-300; Tamil
c. 50-300; Tamil
c. 50-300; Tamil
c. 50-300; Tamil
575-646; Arabic
c. 600-1100; Sanskrit
c. 600-1100; Sanskrit
d. 604; Irish Gaelic
701-762; Chinese
712-770; Chinese
772-846; Chinese
c. 800; Irish Gaelic
c. 850; Welsh
c. 900-1000; Icelandic
970-1030; Japanese
c. 1000-1300; Spanish
c. 1084-1151; Chinese
c. 1100-1200; Kannada
c. 1200; Chinese
1207-1273; Persian
1265-1321; Italian
1320-1389; Persian
1346-1410; French
c. 1400-1500
c. 1425-1500
1498-1573; Hindi


c. 1500
1503-1542
1522-1560; French
1524-1585; French
c. 1535-1577
1553-1606
1554-1586
c. 1558-1586
1563-1631
1564-1616
1572-1631
1572-1637
1591-1674
1593-1633


1608-1674
c. 1612-1672
1621-1695; French
1621-1678
1631-1700
1640-1689
c. 1642-1729
1644-1694; Japanese
1648-1695; Spanish
1660-1685
1667-1745
1688-1744
1689-1762


1703-1775; Japanese
1716-1797; Chinese
1741-1798; Vietnamese
1759-1796
1770-1850
1788-1824
1792-1822
1793-1864
1794-1878
1795-1821
1797-1856; German
1798-1837; Italian


c. 1800-1900; Irish Gaelic
c. 1800-1900; Pygmy
c. 1800-1925; San
c. 1800-1900; Chinese
1802-1885; French
1803-1882
1804-1875; German
1806-1861
1807-1882
1807-1892
1809-1892
1818-1848
1819-1910
1819-1892
1821-1873
1822-1888
1830-1886
1830-1894
1835-1910
1837-1909
1840-1928
1844-1889
1844-1912
1845-1875; French
1849-1887


1850-1894
1861-1941; Bengali
1862-1937
1863-1933; Greek
1863-1940
1865-1936
1865-1939
1868-1938; French
1869-1935
1871-1938
1871-1914; German
1872-1906
1874-1963
1874-1925


1875-1939; Spanish
1875-1926; German
1876-1947
1878-1904
1878-1967
1878-1967
1878-1915; Armenian
1878-1917
1878-1942; Japanese
1879-1955
1880-1918; French
1881-1957; French
1882-1966
1883-1964
1883-1957; Italian
1883-1963
1884-1960; French
1885-1930
1885-1972
1885-1928
1886-1956; German
1886-1932; Yiddish
1887-1962
1887-1972
1888-1965
1888-1935; Portuguese
1888-1974
1888-1921; Spanish
1889-1966; Russian
1890-1918
1891-1970; German
1892-1944
1892-1978
1892-1982
1892-1950
1892-1941; Russian
1892-1938; Spanish
1893-1984; Spanish
1893-1918
1894-1962
1894-1976
1896-1981; Italian
1897-1982; French
1898-1943
1898-1943
1898-1963
1899-1973
1899-1986; Spanish
1899-1985)


1900-1999; Chinese
1900-1945; French
c. 1900; Inuit
1900-1967; Polish
1901-1989
1901-1987
1901-1991
1902-1999; Spanish
1902-1957
1902-1963; Turkish
1902-1967
1902-1971
1902-1971
1903-1946
1903-1971; French
1903-1971
1904-1967
1904-1972
1904-1973; Spanish
1905-1974
1905-1980; Czech
1905-1937; Hungarian
1905-2006
1905-1978
1905-1982
1905-1989
1906-1984
1906-1984
1906-1968; Chinese
1906-1967
1907-1973
1907-1972; German
1907-1977; Hungarian
1907-1987
1907-2000
1907-1963
1908-1950; Italian
1908-1963
1908-1981; Italian
1909-1990; Greek
1909-1984; Polish
1910-1975; Russian
1910-1996
1910-1964
1911-1979
1911-1996; Greek
1911-1984; Arabic
1911-1972
1911-1985
1911-2004; Polish
1911-1993; Hebrew
1912-2000
1912-2006
1912-1999
1913-1980
1913-1980
1913-1946
1913-1966
1913-1989
1914-1972
1914-1953; Spanish
1914-1972
1914-1965
1914-1950; Turkish
1914-1986
1914-1993
1914-1953
1915-2000; Korean
1915-2011
1916-1986
b. 1916; French
1916-1990
1917-2000
1917-1994; Italian
1917-1977
1917-1977; Irish
1919-2007
1919-2012
1920-1994
1920-1944
1920-1986; Polish
1920-1991
b. 1921
1921-2008
1921-2004
b. 1921
1922-1985
1922-2007
1923-1997
1923-2003
1923-1997
1923-2004
1923-1998; Czech
1923-1997
b. 1923
1923-1991
1923-2012
1923-2012; Polish
1924-2000; Hebrew
1924-2000; Italian
1924-2004
1924-1998; Polish
b. 1924
1924-2007
1924-2013

1925 - 1949
Ernesto Cardenal
Jack Gilbert
Roberto Juarroz
Donald Justice
Carolyn Kizer
Kenneth Koch
Maxine Kumin
Ahmad Shamlou
John Wain
A.R. Ammons
Robert Bly
Robert Creeley
Allen Ginsberg
Ibaragi Noriko
James Merrill
Frank O'Hara
Alastair Reid
W.D. Snodgrass
David Wagoner
John Ashbery
Cecil Bodker
Nora Dauenhauer
Galway Kinnell
W.S. Merwin
James Wright
Donald Hall
Philip Levine
Anne Sexton
Donald Finkel
Thom Gunn
John Hollander
X.J. Kennedy
Ussin Kerim
A.K. Ramanujan
Adrienne Rich
Ted Hughes
Dan Pagis
Gary Snyder
Tada Chimako
Miller Williams
Dinos Christianopoulos
Gregory Corso
Etheridge Knight
Okot p'Bitek
Carter Revard
Edith Bruck
Rhina P. Espaillat
Heberto Padilla
Linda Pastan
Sylvia Plath
David Ray
John Updike
Nguyen Chi Thien
Alden Nowlan
James Simmons
Robert Sward
Andrei Voznesensky
Fleur Adcock
Stephen Berg
Wendell Berry
Paul Zimmer
Russell Edson
Laurence Lieberman
Mary Oliver
Adelia Prado
Jon Stallworthy
Fred Chappell
Natalya Gorbanyevskaya
Lars Gustafsson
Marge Piercy
C.K. Williams
Bella Akhmadulina
Marvin Bell
Susan Howe
Raymond Carver
Brendan Galvin
Gary Gildner
Steve Kowit
Charles Simic
Margaret Atwood
Frank Bidart
Stephen Dunn
Seamus Heaney
Tom Koontz
Ted Kooser
Michael Longley
Ed Roberson
Aharon Shabtai
Anne Winters
Anonymous
Tom Disch
Judy Grahn
Maxine Hong Kingston
Howard Kogan
Robert Pinsky
Pattiann Rogers
Billy Collins
Eamon Grennan
Robert Hass
Derek Mahon
Charles North
Marilyn Hacker
Marilyn Krysl
Charles Martin
William Matthews
Sharon Olds
John Balaban
Alfred Corn
Tess Gallagher
Louise Gluck
Linda McCarriston
Perry Oldham
Gyorgy Petri
James Tate
Frederick Turner
Bill Zavatsky
Sandra Alcosser
Eavan Boland
Richard Cecil
Paul Durcan
John Ennis
Robert Olen Butler
Norman Dubie
Barry Lopez
Bernard O'Donoghue
Ira Sadoff
Ronald Wallace
Terence Winch
Marko Vesovic
Adam Zagajewski
Al Zolynas
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Leona Gom
Hester Knibbe
Ai
Rae Armantrout
Kevin Bowen
Aaron Fogel
Lorna Goodison
Jane Kenyon
Yusef Komunyakaa
Richard M. Mishler
Frank Ormsby
Greg Pape
Bob Perelman
Ciaran Carson
Albert Goldbarth
Rachel Hadas
Lawrence Kearney
Heather McHugh
Elena Shvarts
Agha Shahid Ali
Amy Bartlett
David Bottoms
Jeremy Cronin
James Fenton
Mayumi Tanaka
Novica Tadic
Bruce Weigl

1950 - 1974
Julia Alvarez
Carolyn Forche
Dana Gioia
Ray A. Young Bear
Peter Fallon
Charles Goodrich
Andrew Hudgins
Paul Muldoon
Robert Thomas
Belle Waring
Robert Wrigley
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill
Rita Dove
Alice Fulton
Bruce Hunter
Dorianne Laux
Naomi Shihab Nye
Mary Ruefle
Gary Soto
David Chin
Mark Doty
Tony Hoagland
Richard Jones
Brad Leithauser
Maurice Riordan
Louise Erdrich
Irina Ratushinskaya
Luis J. Rodriguez
Carol Ann Duffy
Henri Cole
Cathal O Searcaigh
Joseph Harrison
Li-Young Lee
Lucia Perillo
Oksana Zabuzhko
Campbell McGrath
Janisse Ray
Luisa Villani
Sherman Alexie
David Lee
Craig Arnold
Todd Boss
A.E. Stallings
Elizabeth Bradfield

1975 - 1999



Unknown
Anonymous
Susan Browne
Denver Butson
Mike Chasar
Averill Curdy
Corrine Hales
Heather Hartley
Sam Hudson
Roger Mitchell
Marilyn Murray
Thomas Alan Orr
Seido Ray Ronci
Cheryl Savageau
Marcia Southwick


b. 1925; Spanish
1925-2012
1925-1995; French
1925-2004
1925-2014
1925-2002
1925-2014
1925-2000; Persian
1925-1994
1926-2001
b. 1926
1926-2005
1926-1997
1926-2006; Japanese
1926-1995
1926-1966
1926-2014
1926-2009
b. 1926
b. 1927
b. 1927; Danish
b. 1927
b. 1927
b. 1927
1927-1980
b. 1928
1928-2015
1928-1974
1929-2008
1929-2004
1929-2013
b. 1929
1929-1984; Bulgarian
1929-1993
1929-2012
1930-1998
1930-1986; Hebrew
b. 1930
1930-2003; Japanese
1930-2015
b. 1931; Greek
1931-2001
1931-1991
1931-1982
b. 1931
b. 1932; Italian
b. 1932
1932-2000; Spanish
b. 1932
1932-1963
b. 1932
1932-2009
1933-2012; Vietnamese
1933-1983
1933-2001
b. 1933
1933-2010; Russian
b. 1934
1934-2014
b. 1934
b. 1934
b. 1935
b. 1935
b. 1935
b. 1935; Portuguese
b. 1935
b. 1936
1936-2013; Russian
b. 1936; Swedish
b. 1936
b. 1936
1937-2010; Russian
b. 1937
b. 1937
1938-1988
b. 1938
b. 1938
b. 1938
b. 1938
b. 1939
b. 1939
b. 1939
1939-2013
b. 1939
b. 1939
b. 1939
b. 1939
b. 1939; Hebrew
b. 1939
c. 1940-1945?
1940-2008
b. 1940
b. 1940
b. 1940
b. 1940
b. 1940
b. 1941
b. 1941
b. 1941
b. 1941
b. 1941
b. 1942
b. 1942
b. 1942
1942-1997
b. 1942
b. 1943
b. 1943
b. 1943
b. 1943
b. 1943
b. 1943
1943-2000; Hungarian
b. 1943
b. 1943
b. 1943
b. 1944
b. 1944
b. 1944
b. 1944
b. 1944
b. 1945
b. 1945
b. 1945
b. 1945
b. 1945
b. 1945
b. 1945
b. 1945; Bosnian
b. 1945; Polish
b. 1945
b. 1946
b. 1946
b. 1946; Dutch
1947-2010
b. 1947
b. 1947
b. 1947
b. 1947
1947-1995
b. 1947
b. 1947
b. 1947
b. 1947
b. 1947
b.1948
b.1948
b. 1948
b. 1948
b. 1948
b. 1948; Russian
1949-2001
1949-2004
b. 1949
b. 1949
b. 1949
b. 1949; Japanese
1949-2011; Serbian
b. 1949


b. 1950
b. 1950
b. 1950
b. 1950
b. 1951
b. 1951
b. 1951
b. 1951
b. 1951
b. 1951
b. 1951
b. 1952
b. 1952; Irish
b. 1952
b. 1952
b. 1952
b. 1952
b. 1952
b. 1952
b. 1952
b. 1953
b. 1953
b. 1953
b. 1953
b. 1953
b. 1953
b. 1954
b. 1954; Russian
b. 1954
b. 1955
b. 1956
b. 1956; Irish
b. 1957
b. 1957
b. 1958
b. 1960; Ukrainian
b. 1962
b. 1962
b. 1964
b. 1966
b. 1966
b. 1967
b. 1968
b. 1968
b. 1971






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