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  • William S. Tribell
    William S. Tribell American, Poet
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    rank #1 · WDW 93 38 6
    William Stephen Tribell (born August 15, 1977) is an American poet. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, magazines and journals and online under the pseudonyms Walton S. Tissot, and Wilbur S. Tell. Many of his poems have been recorded, spoken word and with instrumentation, most notably by John Blyth Barrymore and Gary Burbank.
  • Maya Angelou
    Maya Angelou American, Poet
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    rank #2 · WDW 31 74 29
    Maya Angelou ( ANN-jəl-oh; born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
  • Adam O'Riordan
    Adam O'Riordan British, Poet
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    rank #3 · WDW
  • Langston Hughes
    Langston Hughes Poet, playwright, novelist
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    rank #4 · WDW 16 20 6
    James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1901 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. One of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry, Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the Negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue."
  • Sylvia Plath
    Sylvia Plath American, Poet
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    rank #5 · WDW 43 4 10
    Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel, as well as The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death. In 1981 The Collected Poems were published, including many previously unpublished works. For this collection Plath was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1982, making her the first to receive this honour posthumously.
  • Kavimani Desigavinayagam Pillai
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    Kavimani Desigavinayagam Pillai (Tamil: கவிமணி தேசிகவிநாயகம் பிள்ளை; 27 July 1876 – 26 September 1954) was an eminent Tamil poet. He was born in the southern district of Tamil Nadu in Kanniyakumari district in a village called Theroor. since the place was part of Travancore, he learnt Malayalam at School. He learnt Tamil in later years. The reference of his name is used in the name plate of the village. Asiya Jothi, Nanjil Nattu Marumakkal Vazhi Manmiyam, and the translation of the work of Omar Khayyam are his masterpieces. He is known for his poetry. In 1940 the Tamil Sangam at its 7th annual conference held at Madras (now Chennai) honoured Desigavinayagam Pillai with the title "Kavimani". On 21 October 2005, he was commemorated on an Indian postage stamp.
  • Scarlett Sabet
    Scarlett Sabet British, Poet
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    rank #7 · WDW 38 4
  • Ted Hughes
    Ted Hughes Poet
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    rank #8 · WDW 19 1 6
    Edward James Hughes OM OBE FRSL (17 August 1930 – 28 October 1998) was an English poet, translator, and children's writer. Critics frequently rank him as one of the best poets of his generation, and one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1984 and held the office until his death. In 2008 The Times ranked Hughes fourth on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
  • T.S. Eliot
    T.S. Eliot British, Poet
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    rank #9 · WDW 48 2 7
    Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was a poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, literary critic and editor. Considered one of the 20th century's major poets, he is a central figure in English-language Modernist poetry.
  • Hadaa Sendoo
    Hadaa Sendoo Mongolian Poet
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    Hadaa Sendoo (Mongolian: Сэндоогийн Хадаа; born 24 October 1961) is a Mongolian poet and translator. He is founder and leading figure of the World Poetry Almanac. In 2006, he established the World Poetry Almanac. His early poetry is strongly influenced by the Mongolian epic and influenced by Russian imagist poetry and Italian hermetic poetry of the 20th Century. Hadaa Sendoo is considered one of the Greatest Poets of All Time and the great poet in the 21st century.
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