20th Century Poets

Historical Poetry

Vote Ranking  

1

Clifford Odets

Playwright

100% (38 of 38 votes)

2

Bella Akhmadulina

Poet

100% (2 of 2 votes)

3

Wole Soyinka

Playwright

100% (1 of 1 votes)

4

Paul Goodman

Author

100% (1 of 1 votes)

5

Calvin Trillin

Commentator

100% (3 of 3 votes)

6

Alfonsina Storni

Poet

100% (1 of 1 votes)

7

Philip Larkin

Poet

100% (1 of 1 votes)

8

Rudyard Kipling

Author

100% (1 of 1 votes)

9

A.S. Byatt

Author

100% (1 of 1 votes)

10

Eugene Terre'Blanche

Racist

100% (6 of 6 votes)

11

Lord Alfred Douglas

Royalty

100% (1 of 1 votes)

12

Federico Garcia Lorca

Poet

100% (1 of 1 votes)

13

Cecil Day-Lewis

Poet

100% (38 of 38 votes)

14

Rainer Maria Rilke

Poet

100% (1 of 1 votes)

15

David Berman

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

16

Nikos Kazantzakis

Author

100% (1 of 1 votes)

17

Tomas Rivera

Author

100% (1 of 1 votes)

18

Dorothy Heyward

Playwright

100% (1 of 1 votes)

19

Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah

Commentator

100% (1 of 1 votes)

20

Juan Ramon Jimenez

Poet

100% (1 of 1 votes)

21

James Welch

Author

100% (1 of 1 votes)

22

Gloria Anzaldua

Author

100% (1 of 1 votes)

23

Rodolfo 'Corky' Gonzalez

Advocate

100% (2 of 2 votes)

24

Ivo Andric

Author

100% (1 of 1 votes)

25

Allen Ginsberg

Poet

97.50% (39 of 40 votes)

26

Amiri Baraka

Poet

96.77% (30 of 31 votes)

27

Marilyn Buck

Terrorist

87.50% (7 of 8 votes)

28

Dennis Brutus

Advocate

83.33% (5 of 6 votes)

29

Audre Lorde

Poet

75.00% (3 of 4 votes)

30

Enoch Powell

Politician

75.00% (3 of 4 votes)

31

Jose Emilio Pacheco

Author

75.00% (3 of 4 votes)

32

Allen Tate

Poet

75.00% (3 of 4 votes)

33

Octavio Paz

Author

71.43% (5 of 7 votes)

34

Peter Orlovsky

Poet

70.0% (7 of 10 votes)

35

W.H. Auden

Poet

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

36

Carol Ann Duffy

Poet

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

37

Michael Ondaatje

Author

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

38

Anne Carson

Poet

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

39

Paul Valery

Poet

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

40

Edgar Lee Masters

Author

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

41

John Gardner

Author

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

42

Srecko Kosovel

Poet

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

43

Avraham Stern

Advocate

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

44

Ivan Bunin

Author

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

45

Sri Chinmoy

Religious Figure

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

46

Charles Bukowski

Author

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

47

Dana Gioia

Poet

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

48

Margaret Atwood

Author

58.33% (7 of 12 votes)

49

Rabbi Abraham Heschel

Religious Figure

53.97% (68 of 126 votes)

50

Dr. Seuss

Author

52.08% (75 of 144 votes)

51

Maya Angelou

Poet

51.43% (72 of 140 votes)

52

Nazim Hikmet

Poet

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

53

Paul Monette

Author

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

54

James Dickey

Author

50.0% (2 of 4 votes)

55

Natalya Medvedeva

Model

50.0% (5 of 10 votes)

56

Christy Brown

Author

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

57

Malcolm Lowry

Author

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

58

Constantine Cavafy

Poet

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

59

Derek Walcott

Poet

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

60

John Ashbery

Poet

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

61

Chinua Achebe

Author

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

62

Marguerite Yourcenar

Author

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

63

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Poet

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

64

Bjornstjerne Bjornson

Author

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

65

Rita Dove

Poet

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

66

Delmore Schwartz

Poet

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

67

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Poet

50.0% (2 of 4 votes)

68

Ogden Nash

Poet

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

69

Alan Seeger

Poet

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

70

Janet Frame

Author

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

71

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Poet

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

72

C.K. Williams

Poet

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

73

Hervey Allen

Author

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

74

Olga Tokarczuk

Author

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

75

Richard Hughes

Author

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

76

Joel Elias Spingarn

Advocate

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

77

Piergiorgio Welby

Advocate

41.67% (5 of 12 votes)

78

Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark

Royalty

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

79

Wilfred Owen

Poet

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

80

Damon Runyon

Author

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

81

Anne Sexton

Poet

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

82

Archibald Wavell

Military Personnel

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

83

Andrew Motion

Poet

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

84

Edgar Guest

Poet

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

85

Clive James

Critic

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

86

Dame Edith Sitwell

Poet

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

87

Thomas Hardy (Writer)

Author

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

88

Wallace Stevens

Poet

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

89

Dorothy Parker

Author

33.33% (2 of 6 votes)

90

Sylvia Plath

Poet

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

91

Langston Hughes

Poet

33.33% (2 of 6 votes)

92

Jean Arp

Artist

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

93

Frank Marshall Davis

Commentator

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

94

Patti Smith

Vocalist

31.25% (5 of 16 votes)

95

David R. Slavitt

Author

28.57% (2 of 7 votes)

96

Rudolfo Anaya

Author

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

97

T.S. Eliot

Poet

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

98

Stella Gibbons

Author

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

99

Beah Richards

Actress

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

100

Nelly Sachs

Poet

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

101

Rod McKuen

Poet

20.0% (1 of 5 votes)

102

Gelett Burgess

Poet

16.67% (1 of 6 votes)

103

EE Cummings

Poet

14.29% (1 of 7 votes)

104

Anna Akhmatova

Poet

12.50% (1 of 8 votes)

105

Julia Alvarez

Author

11.11% (2 of 18 votes)

106

James Weldon Johnson

Poet

11.11% (1 of 9 votes)

107

Mark Van Doren

Poet

10.0% (2 of 20 votes)

108

Erik Axel Karlfeldt

Poet

0% (0 of 4 votes)

109

Mary Karr

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

110

Ishmael Reed

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

111

Jack Prelutsky

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

112

Andy Razaf

Songwriter

0% (0 of 1 votes)

113

Louise Glück

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

114

Ruben Dario

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

115

Judith Viorst

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

116

Joy Harjo

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

117

Pierre Louÿs

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

118

Leopold Sedar Senghor

World Leader

0% (0 of 1 votes)

119

Sacheverell Sitwell

Critic

0% (0 of 2 votes)

120

Oliver St. John Gogarty

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

121

Annie Dillard

Author

0% (0 of 2 votes)

122

Stanley Crouch

Critic

0% (0 of 6 votes)

123

Hu Feng

Scapegoat

0% (0 of 3 votes)

124

Ernest Cline

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

125

Anne Spencer

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

126

Robert Bridges

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

127

Simon Armitage

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

128

Benjamin Zephaniah

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

129

Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

130

Hwang Sun-won

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

131

Lu Xun

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

132

Kurt Schwitters

Artist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

133

Kay Boyle

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

134

Vladmir Mayakovsky

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

135

Charles Williams

Author

0% (0 of 3 votes)

136

Robert Creeley

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

137

Christopher Morley

Author

0% (0 of 2 votes)

138

Yun Dong-ju

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

139

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

140

Harry Crosby

Publisher

0% (0 of 1 votes)

141

Bell Hooks

Author

0% (0 of 2 votes)

142

Gertrude Stein

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

143

Robert Penn Warren

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

144

Marina Tsvetaeva

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

145

John Masefield

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

146

Gregory Corso

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

147

Paul Bowles

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

148

Victor Jara

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

149

Hilaire Belloc

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

150

Boris Pasternak

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

151

Sherman Alexie

Author

0% (0 of 8 votes)

152

Ray Bradbury

Author

0% (0 of 3 votes)

153

Jane Kenyon

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

154

Pablo Neruda

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

155

Theodore Roethke

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

156

Gary Snyder

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

157

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

158

W.B. Yeats

Poet

0% (0 of 5 votes)

159

Robert Frost

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

160

Carl Sandburg

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

161

Jim Carroll

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

162

Delmira Agustini

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

163

Francis Picabia

Artist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

164

Robert Hunter

Songwriter

0% (0 of 0 votes)

165

Gwendolyn Brooks

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

166

St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Religious Figure

0% (0 of 6 votes)

167

G.K. Chesterton

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

168

John McCrae

Doctor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

169

Rupert Brooke

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

170

Stephen Spender

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

171

Malcolm Cowley

Critic

0% (0 of 1 votes)

172

Lawrence Durrell

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

173

Dylan Thomas

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

174

Billy Collins

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

175

Robert Bly

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

176

Czeslaw Milosz

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

177

James Joyce

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

178

Elizabeth Bishop

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

179

Ezra Pound

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

180

Vita Sackville-West

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

181

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

182

Amy Lowell

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

183

Halldor Laxness

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

184

Saint-John Perse

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

185

Stephen Vincent Benet

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

186

Sara Teasdale

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

187

Robinson Jeffers

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

188

Sully Prudhomme

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

189

Randall Jarrell

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

190

Andre Breton

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

191

Ivan Cankar

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

192

Ntozake Shange

Playwright

0% (0 of 1 votes)

193

Julia De Burgos

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

194

Paul Celan

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

195

Jean Genet

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

196

Thomas Merton

Religious Figure

0% (0 of 1 votes)

197

Sergei Yesenin

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

198

Shel Silverstein

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

199

Louis Untermeyer

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

200

Kenneth Rexroth

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

201

Joyce Kilmer

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

202

William Carlos Williams

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

203

Arrigo Boito

Composer

0% (0 of 3 votes)

204

Ted Hughes

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

205

Sergey Mikhalkov

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

206

A.E. Housman

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

207

Natalie Barney

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

208

Seamus Heaney

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

209

Marianne Moore

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

210

John Henry Cardinal Newman

Religious Figure

0% (0 of 7 votes)

211

Abel Meeropol

Songwriter

0% (0 of 4 votes)

212

Bertolt Brecht

Playwright

0% (0 of 3 votes)

213

Edward Gorey

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

214

Sapphire

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

215

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

216

Frank O'Hara

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

217

Hart Crane

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

218

Gabriela Mistral

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

219

Jean Cocteau

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

220

Wislawa Szymborska

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

221

Don Marquis

Playwright

0% (0 of 1 votes)

222

MuMs Da Schemer (Craig Grant)

Poet

0% (0 of 5 votes)

223

Kahlil Gibran

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

224

Stevie Smith

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

225

Countee Cullen

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

226

Norman Rosten

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

227

Joseph Brodsky

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

228

Clark Ashton Smith

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

229

Francis Thompson

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

230

Conrad Aiken

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

231

Francois Mauriac

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

232

Tristan Tzara

Performance Artist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

233

Mona Van Duyn

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

234

Osbert Sitwell

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

235

Muriel Rukeyser

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

236

Piri Thomas

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

237

Franklin Pierce Adams

Commentator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

238

Claude McKay

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

239

Vachel Lindsay

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

240

Amanda McKittrick Ros

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

241

Maurice Maeterlinck

Playwright

0% (0 of 0 votes)

242

Rosario Ferre

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

243

Armando Valladares

Advocate

0% (0 of 0 votes)

244

Joaquin Miller

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

245

Molly Peacock

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

246

Sandra Cisneros

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

247

Charlotte Mew

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

248

Oskar Kokoschka

Artist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

249

Joachim Ringelnatz

Artist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

250

Edmund Clerihew Bentley

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

251

Melvin B. Tolson

Educator

0% (0 of 2 votes)

252

Franz Werfel

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

253

Richard Brautigan

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

254

Brion Gysin

Artist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

255

Djuna Barnes

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

256

Owen Wister

Author

0% (0 of 3 votes)

257

Mahmoud Darwish

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

258

Hugh Lofting

Author

0% (0 of 5 votes)

259

Maxwell Bodenheim

Author

0% (0 of 1 votes)

260

Rabindranath Tagore

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

261

Elinor Wylie

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

262

Robert W. Service

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

263

Archibald MacLeish

Poet

0% (0 of 5 votes)

264

James Whitcomb Riley

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

265

Phyllis McGinley

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

266

Taylor Mead

Actor

0% (0 of 3 votes)

267

Michael Strange

Poet

0% (0 of 0 votes)

268

Richard Farina

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

269

Blaga Dimitrova

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

270

Ronald Ross

Doctor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

271

Nicholas Roerich

Artist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

272

Siegfried Sassoon

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

273

Guillaume Apollinaire

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

274

Robert Lowell

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

275

Nikki Giovanni

Poet

0% (0 of 2 votes)

276

John Betjeman

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

277

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Poet

0% (0 of 3 votes)

278

Muhammad Salih

Politician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

279

H.D.

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

280

Gabriele D'Annunzio

Author

0% (0 of 0 votes)

281

John Berryman

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)

282

Elise Cowen

Poet

0% (0 of 1 votes)