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Famous Death Poets

These are famous poets who are known for writing beautiful classic poems about death. Reflect on these popular poets who write about death and their poems. These famous poets do not describe a single unchanging view of death; they express a wide variety of emotions, sympathy, empathy, and attitudes that we can learn from and use to help others.

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RankFamous Poet
1
Wordsworth , William

William Wordsworth is a major English Romantic poet who lived from April 7, 1770 to April 23, 1850 and is considered to be one of the most influential literary figures in modern history, as well as one of the principal intellectuals and writers of the Romantic Movement during the 18th century. | Famous Death Poet


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Shakespeare , William

William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He is one of the world's most highly esteemed writers, and is thought to be the most quoted author in history, second only to the Bible. His plays and poems have been studied, analyzed, read, and loved for centuries. | Famous Death Poet

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Dickinson , Emily

Emily Dickinson, born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, is one of the premier American poets of the 19th century. She is an American poetess who died at the age of 56. | Famous Death Poet

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Angelou , Maya

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning African American poet. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 8 1928 and died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on May 28, 2014. Angelou was also a dancer, an actress and a singer. | Famous Death Poet

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Frost , Robert

Robert Frost was an American poet born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. One of the foremost poets of the 20th century and winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. | Famous Death Poet

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Whitman , Walt

American Walt Whitman, born on May 31, 1819, is considered to be one of the world's greatest and most influential poets and writers. | Famous Death Poet

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Yeats , William Butler

William Butler Yeats, who is often considered to be one of the foremost figures of the 20th century literature, was born in Sandymount Castle, Dublin (Ireland) on June 13, 1865. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. | Famous Death Poet

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Tennyson , Alfred Lord

Alfred Lord Tennyson was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1850–1892 and is one of the most popular English poets. He lived from 6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892. | Famous Death Poet


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Poe , Edgar Allan

​Edgar Allan Poe is an American poet and short story writer best known for his tales of the macabre. Poe was an author, poet, editor, and literary critic most famously known for his poem "The Raven". | Famous Death Poet

10
Keats , John

John Keats was an English poet who is now regarded as being one of the greatest lyric poets of his time and one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement. He was born in London on October 31, 1795 and in his short lifetime had 54 poems published in various magazines and in three volumes of poetry. Recognition of his achievements as one of the leading poets of his time only came after his death in Rome on February 23, 1821. | Famous Death Poet

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Hardy , Thomas

Thomas Hardy was a British novelist, short story writer, and poet of the Naturalist movement. Hardy was born in Dorsetshire, with whose scenery he has made his readers familiar; bred an architect; first earned popularity in 1874 by his "Far from the Madding Crowd," which was followed by, among others, "The Return of the Native," "The Woodlanders," and "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," the last in 1892, books which require to be read in order to appreciate the genius of the author; b. 1840. | Famous Death Poet

12
McGough , Roger

Roger McGough is an English poet, comedian, performance poet, broadcaster, children's author and playwright. He was Born on November 9, 1937 in Litherland, United Kingdom and educated at St Mary's College, Crosby, and University of Hull. | Famous Death Poet

13
Hugo , Victor

A poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, visual artist, statesman and human rights campaigner.. French poet novelist and dramatist | Famous Death Poet

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Browning , Elizabeth Barrett

A celebrated Romantic English poet of the Victorian era, Elizabeth Barrett Browning is still one of the most influential figures within English poetry. | Famous Death Poet

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Milton , John

John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He is known for the works: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Lycidas, L'Allegro, and Il Penseroso. | Famous Death Poet

16
Auden , Wystan Hugh (W H)

Wystan Hugh Auden, known more commonly as W. H. Auden was an English poet, often considered one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. He was one of the greatest Anglo American poets. Born in England, he later obtained an American citizenship. | Famous Death Poet

17
Bronte , Emily

Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. | Famous Death Poet

18
Riley , James Whitcomb

Beloved American writer and poet called the "Hoosier poet".. American writer poet; known as the Hoosier Poet and Children's Poet | Famous Death Poet

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Frye , Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth Frye was a female American poet and florist. She is best known as the poet of the famous poem "Do not stand at my grave and weep." Widowed in 1964, Frye is survived by her daughter. | Famous Death Poet

20
Thomas , Dylan

A Welsh poet and writer.. Welsh poet and writer | Famous Death Poet

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Robinson , Edwin Arlington

Edwin Arlington Robinson was an American poet who won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.. American poet; won three Pulitzer Prizes | Famous Death Poet

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Dyke , Henry Van

Henry Jackson van Dyke (November 10, 1852 – April 10, 1933, aged 80) was an American author, educator, and clergyman. | Famous Death Poet

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Bryant , William Cullen

William Cullen Bryant was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post. He was born at Cummington, a farming village in the Hampshire hills of western Massachusetts, on the 3rd of November 1794. | Famous Death Poet

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Jarrell , Randall

. American poet literary critic children's author essayist novelist; US Poet Laureate | Famous Death Poet

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Guest , Edgar Albert

Edgar Albert Guest (20 August 1881, Birmingham, England – 5 August 1959, Detroit, Michigan ) (aka Eddie Guest ) was a prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet . | Famous Death Poet

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de Lamartine , Alphonse

Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine (21 October 1790 – 28 February 1869) was a French writer, poet and politician who was instrumental in the foundation of the Second Republic.. French writer poet and politician | Famous Death Poet

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Robinson , Mary

Mary Therese Winifred Robinson (née Bourke) (Irish: Máire Mhic Róibín; born 21 May 1944) served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. She first rose to prominence as an academic, barrister, campaigner and member of the Irish Senate (1969–1989). She defeated Fianna Fáil's Brian Lenihan and Fine Gael's Austin Currie in the 1990 presidential election becoming, as an Independent candidate nominated by the Labour Party, the Workers' Party and independent senators, the first elected president in the office's history not to have had the support of Fianna Fáil.. English poet and novelist | Famous Death Poet