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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

Who are considered the greatest poets in history?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    Obviously the list of all-time greatest would vary according to who is being asked. The wide majority of native speakers of English cannot read Chinese, so they aren't able to understand or appreciate Chinese poetry. If your native language is French, it only stands to reason that you'd elevate French poetry above Russian. The same is true for speakers of German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and every other language. How might one go about ranking the poets of Ancient Greece against those of Persia or Rome? Language is mankind's greatest invention. There's never been anything that has come even remotely close to having the kind of impact on human civilisation that language has. Ever. It ought to be noted that it's more about the quality of a poem itself than it is about the poet's work as a whole. There are some wonderful poets out there who are known for a select poem or two who don't have an enormous body of work to their credit.  That being said, I think a list of some of the most revered poets who composed in English would have to include:

    Many of the Romantic poets (Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Alexander Pope, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth) 

    William Blake

    Robert Browning

    Emily Dickinson

    T.S. Eliot

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Robert Frost

    John Milton

    William Shakespeare 

    Walt Whitman

  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Civ 6 has a list of them 

  • Herve
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    A few of the English ones;

    KeatesBlakeTennysonColeridgePopeDonne

  • 1 month ago

    Any list of the greatest poets is meaningless without Shel Silverstein on it. 

    With that, Shakespeare, Homer, Sappho, Dante Alighieri, Ali Bai, and Jalal al-Din Rumi have to be on the list too. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Shakespeare rules...worldwide. Even in poetry. He was better than anybody else. When one thinks of literature, one thinks automatically of Shakespeare.

  • F
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Wordsworth and his cronies like Shelley and Coleridge . Most the time they were off their heads taking opium.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    All the ones in the Oxford Anthologies - Quiller-Couch and the later ones. 

  • 1 month ago

    William Shakespeare.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Jay Z.          

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Langston Hughes , Robert Burns, Longfellow, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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