Top 10 best english poets of all time

Top 10 best english poets of all time

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion;it is not the expression of personality; but an escape from personality.But ,of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.  



Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions:it takes it origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.

                                                                         William Wordsworth 


We celebrate every year on March 21, the World Poetry Day the emotional flow of words, rhyme, and rhythm of poets all across the world. 

Unesco adopted 21 March as world poetry day during its 30th General conference organised in Paris in 1999 with the aim to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression.and also increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be listen.

Who is the best English poet? This list includes the great poets such as William Shakespeare, John Keats, Rudyard Kipling,W.B.yeats  and T.S.Eliot and many more.From the Renaissance, to the Jacobean era, to the Restoration, to the modern day, great English poets have been making readers think and inspired to write across the ages.


Check out the list of top best English poets of all time.


  1. William Shakespeare


A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

– Quote by Shakespeare


William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616)[a] was an English playwright, poet, actor and .He is widely considered to be the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist of all time.He is often called England’s national poet and  also the “Bard of Avon”. 

Shakespeare occupies a unique place in the world of literature

His works, including parallelism, consist of approximately 39 plays, 154 sonnets.And also two long narrative poems, and a few other verses. His plays have been translated into every major referred languages and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

 throughout the world, the works of William Shakespeare have been performed in countless hamlets, villages, cities and Metropolises   for more than 4 centuries.


Some of his notable works



  • The Rape of Lucrece (1594)
  • The Sonnets of Shakespeare (1609)
  • 3 Venus and Adonis (1593)

, A Lover’s Complaint


  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Tempest
  • 1 Henry IV
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Winter’s Tale


  1. William Wordsworth

“The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.” …

                            William Wordsworth


William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet,was one of the founders of English Romanticism. He is often recalled as a poet of spiritual and epistemological speculation, a poet concerned with the human interrelationship with nature. Wordsworth enhanced English Romantic Movement with the publication of Lyrical Ballads(1798) in collaboration with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.The collection of Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey,” introduced Romanticism to English poetry. Wordsworth also showed his affection towards nature with the famous poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.”He became Britain’s poet laureate in 1843, a role he held until his death from pleurisy in 1850.


            Some of his notable works


  • Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems (1798) “Simon Lee” …
  • Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems (1800) 

Preface to the Lyrical Ballads. …

  • Poems, in Two Volumes (1807) 
  • “Resolution and Independence” …

“French Revolution” (1810)

  • Guide to the Lakes (1810)
  • “To the Cuckoo”
  • The Excursion (1814)
  • Laodamia (1815, 1845)
  • The Prelude (1850)


  1. John Keats

‘The great beauty of Poetry is, that it makes every thing every place interesting – ‘
      John Keats to his brother George, 1819

John Keats (born October 31, 1795, London, England—died February 23, 1821, Rome, Papal States [Italy]), poet of the English Romantic Movement, wrote some of the greatest English language Keats a lyric poet who devoted his short life to the flawlessness of a poetry marked by great vivid imagery and an attempt to express a philosophy through classical legend.He was one of the main icons of the second generation of Romantic poets..Although his poems were not generally well received by critics during his lifetime, his reputation grew after his death, his works having been in publication for only four years before his death from tuberculosis at the age of 25. By the end of the 19th century, he had become one of the most beloved of all English poets. He had a significant impact on a diverse range of poets and writers. Today his poems and letters are some of the most popular and most analysed in English literature. Some of the most accomplished works of Keats are “Ode to a Nightingale”, “Sleep and Poetry”, and the famous sonnet “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”.Although he died at the age of twenty-five, Keats had perhaps the most remarkable career of any English poet. He published only fifty-four poems, in three slim volumes and a few magazines


          Some of his notable works

  • ‘To Autumn’. …
  • ‘Bright Star’. …
  • ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s 
  • ‘Homer’. …
  • ‘Lamia’. …
  • ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’. …
  • ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’. …
  • ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’. .
  • Ode to a Nightingale”
    “On Indolence”
    “On First Looking into Chapman’s Hom
  • “On Melancholy”


  1. John Milton

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination

John Keats


John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet, polemicist,pamphleteer,historian,and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell.He is considered as the most significant english poet after William Shakespeare. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval topics.Milton is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse.and for his defense of uncensored (not checked for materials that may be harmful) publications among history’s most influential and impassioned defence of free speech and freedom of the press.

Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime,

Milton’s poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day.

some of his notable works


On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity” (1629)
“On Shakespeare” (1632)
Comus (1634)
Lycidas (1637)
Epitaphium Damonis (1639)
Of Reformation (1641)
Animadversions (1641)
Of Prelatical Episcopacy (1641)
The Reason for Church Government (1642)
Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce (1643)
The Judgement of Martin Bucer Concerning Divorce (1643)
Areopagitica (1644)
“On His Blindness”/”When I Consider How My Life Is Spent” (date unknown)
Paradise Lost (1667)
Paradise Regained (1671)
Samson Agonistes (1671


  1. Sylvia Plath

“If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.” …

Sylvia Plath


Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 27, American poet, novelist, and short-story writer.Plath is  attributed with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems. Plath met and married British poet Ted Hughes, although the two later split. The depressive Plath committed suicide in 1963.After her death, for the novel The Bell Jar, and the poetry collections The Colossus and Ariel In 1982, Plath became the first person to win a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.Plath was clinically depressed for most of her personal life, and was treated multiple times with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). She died by suicide in 1963.



            Some of her notable works

  • Ariel: The Restored Edition (2004)
  • The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, edited by Karen V. Kukil (2000)
  • The Bed Book (1976)
  • The Collected Poems (1981)
  •  Letters Home: Correspondence 1950–1963 (1975)
  • The Colossus and Other Poems (1960)


  • “The Bell Jar”

    “Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams”
    “Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom”
    “Crossing the Water”
    “Lady Lazarus”
    “Winter Trees”
    “Three Women”
    “The Collected
  1. W.B.Yeats

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” …



  1. B.yeats in full William Butler Yeats ( born June 13, 1865, Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland—died January 28, 1939, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France),was an Irish poet  dramatist, and prose writer, playwright considered as the most significant figures of 20th-century literature. He is renowned as pillar of the Irish literary establishment.In 1899, Yeats In collaboration with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn and George Moore began the Irish Literary Theatre,Abbey Theatre to present Irish plays.As a prominent poet and playwright, his work was greatly influenced by the heritage and politics of Ireland. He also served as a Senator of the Irish Free State for two terms .he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He went on to write more influential works, including The Tower (1928) and Words for Music Perhaps and Other Poems (1932). Yeats  is remembered as one of the greatest Western poets of the 20th century.


           Selected bibliography

  • ‘Leda and the Swan’. 
  • ‘Death’. …
  • ‘The Second Coming’. …
  • ‘He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’. …
  • ‘Long-Legged Fly’. …
  • ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’. …
  • ‘Sailing to Byzantium’.

“The Wild Swans at Coole”
“Easter 1916”
“The Countess Cathleen”
“Responsibilities: Poems and a Play”
“The Celtic Twilight”
“Last Poems and Two Plays”
“The Winding Stair”


  1. William Blake

To see a World in a Grain of Sand ,And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
.                                                William Blake


William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker,engraver, artist.  Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His visual artistry led 21st-century critic Jonathan Jones to signifying him “far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced”.In 2002, Blake was ranked at number 38 in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Briton.In the early 21st century, Blake was recognised as the earliest and most original of the Romantic poets, but in his lifetime he was generally ignored or (unjustly) dismissed as mad.


            Some of his notable works


  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience, 
  • The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 
  • The Four Zoas, 
  •  Milton, 
  • “And did those feet in ancient time”
    “The Tyger”
    “The Everlasting Gospel”
    “A Vision of the Last Judgment”
    “Songs of Experience”
    “The First Book of Urizen”
    “Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion”
    “Vala or The Four Zoas”
    “Auguries of Innocence”


  1.   Rabindranath Tagore



Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

Rabindranath Tagore


Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali Rabīndranāth Ṭhākur, (born May 7, 1861, Calcutta [now Kolkata], India—died August 7, 1941, Calcutta), also known by his other names such as  Gurudev,Kabiguru, and Biswakabi. He is referred to as “the Bard of Bengal”

 was a multi talented personality in every sense. Bengali poet, polymath short-story writer, song composer, playwright, essayist,  painter and musician who introduced new prose and verse forms He was highly influential in introducing Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the marvellous creative artist of early 20th-century in  India. 

Although, his magical poetry remain largely unknown outside Bengal.

Tagore wrote his first poetry when he was eight-year-old.At the age of sixteen, he released his first substantial poems under the pseudonym Bhānusiṃha (“Sun Lion”).

                                              In his late 60s he even turned to the visual arts, producing 2,500 paintings and drawings before his death.

 Rabindranath Tagore is the only known person who has written the national anthems for three different countries.Apart from ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the national anthem for India, ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’, the national anthem for Bangladesh and ‘Nama Nama Sri Lanka Mata’, in Bengali, for Sri Lanka.


Globally, Gitanjali (Bengali: গীতাঞ্জলি) is Tagore’s best-known collection of poetry, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1913. Tagore was the first non European to receive nobel prize for literature.

some of his notable works

“Gitanjali (Song Offerings)”

Sonar Tori (“Golden Boat”)

Balaka (“Wild Geese” — the title being a metaphor for migrating souls)




9.M Rudyard Kipling

God could not be everywhere, therefore he made mothers

Rudyard Kipling


Rudyard Kipling, in full Joseph Rudyard Kipling, (born December 30, 1865, Bombay [now Mumbai], India—died January 18, 1936, London, England), English short-story writer, poet,  journalist and novelist.He was born in India, which inspired him much of his work. Kipling chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, his tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his fiction books for children.He is recognised as a major innovator in the art of the short story.He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907 at the age of 41, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize and its youngest recipient up to date.


Kipling’s works of fiction include

  •  The Jungle Book (1894),
  •  Kim (1901), and many short stories,
  •  “The Man Who Would Be King” (1888).


 His poems include 

  • “Mandalay” (1890)
  •  “Gunga Din” (1890)
  •  “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” (1919)
  • “The White Man’s Burden” (1899)

Captains Courageous”
“The Light That Failed”
“Barrack-Room Ballads”
“Just So Stories”
“Departmental Ditties”
“Puck of Pook’s Hill”
“Plain Tales from the Hills”


  1. T. S. Eliot

The business of the poet is not find new emotions, but to use the ordinary once and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actu emotions at all.



T.S.Eliot in full Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965),American-English poet, playwright, literary critic, and editor, “one of the twentieth century’s major poets Eliot born in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States, to a prominent Boston Brahmin family.


Eliot gained widespread attention for his poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915), which was seen as a marvellous feat of the Modernist movement in poetry and It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land (1922), “The Hollow Men” (1925), “Ash Wednesday” (1930), and Four Quartets (1943).He was also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Cocktail Party (1949). 


 The publication of Four Quartets led to his identification as the greatest living English poet and man of letters.In 1948 he was awarded both the Order of Merit and the Nobel Prize for literature for his  pioneer contribution to present-day poetry.”



            Selected bibliography

    “Murder in the Cathedral”
    “The Dry Salvages”
    “Burnt Norton”
    “East Coker”
    “Four Quartets”
    “Little Gidding”
    “The Sacred Wood”
    “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
    “Sweeney Agonistes”


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