Best Poets

We already have a "best Poetry Books" list, but this is different. Here you vote for a poet, or their overall output as a poet, not for one of their specific volumes. So when you add a book to this list, only vote for the poet's selected or collected works. Other volumes will be deleted.
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4.38 avg rating — 239,449 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 46,445 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 88,773 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 38,001 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 22,749 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 13,025 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 20,526 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 41,361 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 9,504 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 138,006 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 14,719 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 4,252 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 3,820 ratings
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4.44 avg rating — 18,749 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 16,498 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 9,491 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 6,236 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 8,315 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 7,926 ratings
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20

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4.06 avg rating — 70,480 ratings
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21

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4.20 avg rating — 387 ratings
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22

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4.27 avg rating — 11,208 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 21,035 ratings
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24

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4.06 avg rating — 13,963 ratings
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25

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4.35 avg rating — 17,219 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 8,361 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 1,302,242 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 6,151 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 3,715 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 1,150 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 5,965 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 1,315 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 1,777 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 44,768 ratings
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35

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4.20 avg rating — 12,451 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 5,214 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 4,989 ratings
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38

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4.43 avg rating — 3,144 ratings
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39

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4.34 avg rating — 2,569 ratings
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40

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4.46 avg rating — 837 ratings
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41

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4.08 avg rating — 2,461 ratings
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42

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4.28 avg rating — 15,508 ratings
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43

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4.04 avg rating — 31,097 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 5,585 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 7,173 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 3,702 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 2,186 ratings
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48

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4.22 avg rating — 8,456 ratings
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4.43 avg rating — 7,340 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 10,941 ratings
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51

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4.42 avg rating — 97 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 1,776 ratings
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4.36 avg rating — 3,344 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 1,053 ratings
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4.47 avg rating — 3,267 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 261 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 58,465 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 774 ratings
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59

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4.38 avg rating — 2,670 ratings
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60

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3.90 avg rating — 8,861 ratings
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61

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4.39 avg rating — 167 ratings
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62

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4.43 avg rating — 1,888 ratings
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63

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4.33 avg rating — 6,654 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 571 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 3,054 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 40 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 9,938 ratings
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68

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4.51 avg rating — 344 ratings
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69

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4.29 avg rating — 140,927 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 436 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 702 ratings
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4.61 avg rating — 513 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 522 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 220 ratings
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76

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4.26 avg rating — 557 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 509 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 66 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 68,368 ratings
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80

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4.85 avg rating — 129 ratings
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81

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4.23 avg rating — 8,601 ratings
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82

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4.29 avg rating — 354 ratings
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83

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4.22 avg rating — 217 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 1,015 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 50 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 1,382 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 1,746 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 2,185 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 3,027 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 1,309 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 67 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 17 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 22 ratings
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94

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4.66 avg rating — 376 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 640 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 2,720 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 2,168 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 937 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 2,962 ratings
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374 books · 481 voters · list created August 29th, 2009 by John Burns (votes) .
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message 1: by John (new)

John Burns Deleted the wasteland and other poems because it isn't a selected or collected volume. If a poet has a selected or collected volume add those instead. You're voting for poets here, not for specific volumes of poetry.


message 2: by John (new)

John Burns Removed leaves of grass.

It's interesting how different this is to the "best poetry books" list. Leaves of grass and howl are the top 2 books there, but whitman and ginsberg barely register on this list. Shows the distinction between voting for best books and best poets. PPL have heard of howl and leaves of grass because of their historical significance, but not many seem to care for the poetry so much...


message 3: by Peter (new)

Peter Should the Lyrical Ballads by Wordsworth and Coleridge not be removed? After all, it only represents a very small part of either poet's output...

Anyway, I'm really quite surprised at Yeats being at the top, though I suppose given how paradoxical and contradictory he was throughout his life there's going to be at least one poem in their collection for any kind of nutcase.


message 4: by John (new)

John Burns Peter wrote: "Should the Lyrical Ballads by Wordsworth and Coleridge not be removed? After all, it only represents a very small part of either poet's output...

Anyway, I'm really quite surprised at Yeats being ..."


Well spotted. Deleted the lyrical ballads.

I though yeats was pretty good... i don't think paradox and contradiction necessarily bother ppl. Most probly don't notice it, i didnt.


message 5: by Peter (new)

Peter Hah, I suppose Yeats's contradictory nature is really only going to be highlighted if you happen to study him or you're involved with Irish poetry/politics in some way... He's definitely one of the greats though. Perhaps the last great Romantic and certainly among the first Modernists too. Personally, I'll always prefer Keats and Shelley though.


message 6: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Killthepopular wrote: "Removed leaves of grass.

That's fine, I guess. But it is worth knowing that Leaves of Grass (unlike Howl or the Waste Land) is basically Whitman's only book. Some poets do not have a proper "collected works." Virgil comes to mind. So does Shel Silverstein, who appears on this list three times. I suggest you leave his highest ranking book in place and delete the others.



message 7: by BookLovingLady (last edited May 04, 2016 07:23AM) (new)

BookLovingLady I don't think Eugene Onegin (#90) or The Divine Comedy (#11) should be on this list...?


message 8: by John (new)

John Burns Dante is only really known for two works: Divine comedy and Vita Nuova. Vita Nuova is a short and comparatively obscure volume and the divine comedy is a compilation of three previously published works so I'm inclined to regard The Divine Comedy as being more or less the same as a collected works volume.


message 9: by John (new)

John Burns Deleted The Prophet seeing as we have the collected works of Gibran hanging round #50.


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