World’s Great Poets On World’s Poetry Day
Poetry — one of the most important and time-honored forms of literature in the world — brought us greats like William Shakespeare and W.B. Yeats to ancient poets like Homer and Dante Alighieri to American treasures like Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson.
Here is the list of world’s great poets of all times on the occasion of World’s Poetry Day.
Edgar Allen Poe
Born in Boston, Edgar Allen Poe was the greatest poet of all times. He was one of the most influential and popular figures of American literature. His poetry is famous for its dark romanticism and he often used the theme of the death of a young, beautiful woman. Poe’s poems appear throughout popular culture and lines from them are often quoted.
Famous poem: “The Raven”
William Shakespeare was a famous English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”.
His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, two epitaphs on a man named John Combe, one epitaph on Elias James, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Famous poem: “Sonnet XVIII”
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Rabindranath Tagore’s writing is deeply rooted in both Indian and Western learning traditions. Apart from fiction in the form of poetry, songs, stories, and dramas, it also includes portrayals of common people’s lives, literary criticism, philosophy, and social issues. Although Tagore wrote successfully in all literary genres, he was, first of all, a poet.
Famous poem: “Gitanjali”
Sarojini Naidu, née Chattopadhyay political activist, feminist, poet-writer, and the first Indian woman to be president of the Indian National Congress and to be appointed an Indian state governor. She was sometimes called “the Nightingale of India.”
Sarojini Naidu also led an active literary life and attracted notable Indian intellectuals to her famous salon in Bombay. Her first volume of poetry, The Golden Threshold (1905), was followed by The Bird of Time (1912), and in 1914 she was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her collected poems, all of which she wrote in English, have been published under the titles The Sceptred Flute (1928) and The Feather of the Dawn (1961).
Famous poem: “Palanquin Bearers”
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