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World poetry

Poets of other languages

Ancient Greek • Ancient Latin
Biblical • Classical Chinese
Indian epic • Old Norse
Medieval poetry
Ottoman poetry • Serbian epic

Africa

Malagasy  • South African
Swahili poetry

Americas

French Canadian poetry
Latin American poetry

Asia

Chinese • Japanese • Korean
Indian • Assamese • Bengali
Hindu • Kannada • Marathi
Sindhi • Urdu • Afghani
Arabic • Hebrew • Pakistani
Persian • Turkish
Javanese • Vietnamese

Europe

Irish • Scottish • Welsh • Manx
French poetry • German poetry
Hungarian poetry • Italian poetry
Polish • Portuguese • Spanish
Finnish poetry • Swedish poetry
List of English-language poets

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Penny's Poetry Pages focus on poetry written in English. Occasionally, though, we will print articles on poets who write in another language, either because of their international contribution to the art, or because of a connection (such as translation or influence) with poetry in English. The following list is in no way definitive nor representative of the contributions to world literature of any language group.

Ancient GreekEdit

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Homer

  1. Homer (circa 800 BC)
  2. Meleager of Gadara (1st century BC)
  3. Pindar (circa? 522-433 BC)
  4. Sappho (circa? 630-570 BC)
  5. Theocritus (fl. 3rd century BC)

Ancient Latin Edit

Publius Vergilius Maro

Virgil

  1. Catullus (c.84-c.54 BC)
  2. Horace (65-8 BC)
  3. Lucretius (99 BC - 55 BC)
  4. Ovid (43BC - 17AD}
  5. Tibullus (c.55-c.19BC)
  6. Virgil (70-19 BC)
  7. St. Aldhelm (?639-709), England
  8. St. Bede (c.672-735), England
  9. Alcuin (735-804), England
  10. Edward Michelborne (1565-1626), England
  11. William Alabaster (1567-1640), England
  12. Arthur Johnston (1579-1641), Scotland
  13. Anthony Alsop (?1670-1726), England

Classical ChineseEdit

  1. Du Fu (712-770)

BelarusianEdit

  1. Valzhyna Mort (born 1981), United States

DutchEdit

  1. Simon Vinkenoog (1928-2009), Netherlands

FrenchEdit

  1. Anne-Marie Alonzo (1951-2005), Canada
  2. Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), France
  3. Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), France
  4. Michel Bibaud (1782-1857), Canada
  5. Yves Bonnefoy (born 1923), France
  6. André Breton (1896-1966), France
  7. Charles of Orleans (1394-1465), France / England
  8. William Chapman (1850-1917), Canada
  9. Robert Desnos (1900-1945), France
  10. Robert Dickson (1944-2007), Canada
  11. Paul Éluard (1895-1952), France
  12. Louis-Honoré Fréchette (1839-1908), Canada
  13. Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau (1912-1943), Canada
  14. Anne Hébert (1916-2000), Canada
  15. Victor Hugo (1802-1885), France
  16. Gustave Kahn (1859-1936), France
  17. Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), France
  18. Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300 – 1377), France
  19. Pauline Michel (born 1944), Canada
  20. Émile Nelligan (1879-1941), Canada
  21. Claude Pélieu (1934-2002), France
  22. Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), France
  23. Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), France
  24. Francois Villon (?1431-1464?), France
  25. Voltaire (1694-1778), France

German Edit

  1. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
  2. Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)
  3. Georg Heym (188-1912)
  4. Ernst Jandl (1925-2000), Austria
  5. Johann Peter Klassen (1868-1947), Canada
  6. Friederike Mayröcker (born 1924), Austria
  7. Christian Morgenstern (1871-1914),
  8. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)
  9. Nelly Sachs (1891-1970)

HebrewEdit

  1. Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000)
  2. Mois Benarroch (born 1959)
  3. Abraham Regelson (1896–1981)

HungarianEdit

  1. Bálint Balassi (1554-1594)
  2. Sándor Petőfi (1823-1849)

Indian languagesEdit

  1. Navtej Bharati (born 1938), Punjabi, Canada
  2. Kalidasa (circa 400), Sanskrit
  3. Surjeet Kalsey (born 1948), Punjabi, Canada
  4. Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Bengali

IrishEdit

  1. Brendan Behan (1923-1964)
  2. Michael Davitt (1950-2005)
  3. Piaras Feiritéar (?1600-1653)
  4. Douglas Hyde (1860-1949)
  5. Flann Mainistrech (died 1056)
  6. Brian Merriman (1747-1805)
  7. Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (born 1952)
  8. Antoine Ó Raifteiri (1784-1835)

ItalianEdit

  1. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
  2. Francesco Berni (1497-1535)
  3. Petrarch (1304-1374)
  4. Salvatore Quasimodo (1901-1968)

Japanese Edit

  1. Lucille M. Nixon (1908-1963), United States
  2. Yone Noguchi (1875-1947), Japan / United States
  3. Ueshima Onitsura (1661-1735), Japan

NorwegianEdit

  1. Jan Erik Vold (born 1939)

Persian Edit

  1. Omar Khayyám (1048-1131)
  2. Rumi (1207 – 1273)

Polish Edit

  1. Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998)
  2. Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855}
  3. Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004)
  4. Wisława Szymborska (1923-2012)

PortugueseEdit

  1. Luis de Camões (1524-1580)

RussianEdit

  1. Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)
  2. Konstantin Balmont (1867-1942)
  3. Anatoly Kudryavitsky (born 1954), Russia / Ireland
  4. Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938)
  5. Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930)
  6. Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)
  7. Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)
  8. Russian Futurism, 20th century

SpanishEdit

  1. Mois Benarroch (born 1959), Israel
  2. Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentina
  3. Generation of '27, 20th century, Spain
  4. Rodolfo Gonzales (1928-2005), United States
  5. Jorge Guillén (1893-1984), Spain
  6. Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), Spain
  7. Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957), Chile
  8. Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), Chile
  9. Octavio Paz (1914-1998), Mexico
  10. Carmen Rodriguez (born 1948), Chile
  11. Salomón de la Selva (1893-1959), Nicaragua
  12. Javier Sicilia (born 1956), Mexico
  13. David Unger (born 1950), Guatemala

Swedish Edit

  1. Tomas Tranströmer (born 1931)

YiddishEdit

  1. Malka Heifetz Tussman (1893-1987), United States
  2. Aaron Zeitlin (1898-1973), United States

ZuluEdit

  1. Mazisi Kunene (1930-2006), South Africa
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