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 (assuming they have one). Other volumes will be deleted.
1

by
4.38 avg rating — 196,619 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2

by
4.40 avg rating — 12,374 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3

by
4.22 avg rating — 65,584 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4

by
4.24 avg rating — 37,685 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5

by
4.24 avg rating — 33,012 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6

by
4.25 avg rating — 20,258 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7

by
4.20 avg rating — 30,934 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8

by
4.29 avg rating — 18,722 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9

by
4.34 avg rating — 11,918 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10

by
4.48 avg rating — 698 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11

by
4.29 avg rating — 7,791 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12

by
4.07 avg rating — 101,812 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13

by
4.42 avg rating — 8,051 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14

by
4.67 avg rating — 377 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15

by
4.26 avg rating — 3,865 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16

by
4.44 avg rating — 16,251 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17

by
4.24 avg rating — 3,686 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18

by
4.20 avg rating — 14,844 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19

by
4.08 avg rating — 5,960 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20

by
4.07 avg rating — 7,971 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21

by
3.90 avg rating — 8,254 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22

by
4.27 avg rating — 5,789 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23

by
4.07 avg rating — 7,629 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24

by
4.27 avg rating — 10,506 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25

by
4.03 avg rating — 57,511 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26

by
4.44 avg rating — 644 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27

by
4.18 avg rating — 353 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27

by
4.28 avg rating — 316 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29

by
4.06 avg rating — 12,596 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30

by
4.30 avg rating — 1,106,027 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31

by
4.33 avg rating — 15,392 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32

by
4.35 avg rating — 19,505 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33

by
4.56 avg rating — 105 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34

by
4.19 avg rating — 6,003 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35

by
4.05 avg rating — 3,601 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36

by
4.24 avg rating — 7,918 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37

by
4.17 avg rating — 1,623 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38

by
4.35 avg rating — 2,404 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39

by
4.42 avg rating — 32,957 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40

by
4.45 avg rating — 1,546 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41

by
4.01 avg rating — 6,553 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42

by
4.42 avg rating — 2,652 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43

by
4.19 avg rating — 11,175 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
4.42 avg rating — 795 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
45

by
4.15 avg rating — 1,201 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46

by
4.10 avg rating — 1,170 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47

by
4.52 avg rating — 3,036 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48

by
4.07 avg rating — 2,425 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49

by
4.14 avg rating — 4,745 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50

by
4.25 avg rating — 5,218 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51

by
4.16 avg rating — 3,950 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52

by
4.16 avg rating — 190 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53

by
4.44 avg rating — 6,738 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54

by
4.28 avg rating — 13,668 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55

by
4.39 avg rating — 1,427 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56

by
3.93 avg rating — 54,120 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57

by
4.14 avg rating — 23,627 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
3.95 avg rating — 123 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59

by
4.02 avg rating — 8,341 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60

by
4.43 avg rating — 96 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61

by
4.39 avg rating — 3,630 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62

by
4.18 avg rating — 822 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63

by
4.47 avg rating — 2,984 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
4.21 avg rating — 7,645 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65

by
3.69 avg rating — 233 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66

by
4.06 avg rating — 1,879 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67

by
4.89 avg rating — 37 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68

by
4.09 avg rating — 46,300 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69

by
4.35 avg rating — 5,818 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
4.46 avg rating — 13 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
71

by
4.01 avg rating — 2,858 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
4.10 avg rating — 8,312 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73

by
4.38 avg rating — 2,406 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74

by
4.17 avg rating — 370 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75

by
4.42 avg rating — 118 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76

by
4.59 avg rating — 414 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77

by
3.65 avg rating — 440 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78

by
4.30 avg rating — 383 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79

by
4.15 avg rating — 385 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80

by
4.09 avg rating — 493 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
3.71 avg rating — 56 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82

by
4.20 avg rating — 123 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82

by
4.96 avg rating — 28 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84

by
4.48 avg rating — 61 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85

by
4.13 avg rating — 30,084 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86

by
4.31 avg rating — 97,561 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87

by
4.05 avg rating — 1,092 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88

by
4.23 avg rating — 47 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89

by
4.31 avg rating — 2,497 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90

by
4.29 avg rating — 365 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
3.99 avg rating — 1,266 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
3.84 avg rating — 2,613 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93

by
4.31 avg rating — 526 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94

by
4.01 avg rating — 1,627 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95

by
4.09 avg rating — 34 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96

by
4.14 avg rating — 2,772 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97

by
4.12 avg rating — 1,268 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
4.06 avg rating — 18 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
4.43 avg rating — 23 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 9 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)
310 books · 448 voters · list created August 29th, 2009 by John Burns (votes) .
64 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


John 632 books
43 friends
Christy 4957 books
2526 friends
Ruth 2522 books
343 friends
Khanh 554 books
20 friends
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3118 books
816 friends
Judy 876 books
7 friends
Gwyn 122 books
71 friends
Joan 1360 books
29 friends

More voters…


Comments Showing 1-9 of 9 (9 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

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.


back to top