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The Literary World

Poets of the 20th Century

Distinguished poets, from 1900 to the turn of the millennium.

  • Amy Lowell (born 1874, died 1925)

    American imagist poet and literary critic.

    • Wrote A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay (born 1892, died 1950)

    American poet.

    • Wrote A Few Figs from Thistles
  • Gabriela Mistral (born 1889, died 1957)

    Pen-name of Chilean poet Lucila Godoy de Alcayaga.

    • Wrote Sonnets of Death
  • Gwendolyn Brooks (born 1917, died 2000)

    American poet.

    • Wrote Blacks
  • Maya Angelou (born 1928)

    American poet, essayist and autobiographer. Original name: Marguerite Johnson.

    • Wrote I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Rita Dove (born 1952)

    American poet.

    • Wrote The Yellow House on the Corner
  • Sara Teasdale (born 1884, died 1933)

    American poet.

    • Wrote Rivers to the Sea
  • Sylvia Plath (born 1932, died 1963)

    American poet who committed suicide one month after the publication of her autobiographical novel The Bell Jar.

    • Wrote Ariel
  • May Wedderburn Cannan (born 1893, died 1973)

    English poet.

    • Wrote ''''Rouen''''
  • Edith Sitwell (born 1887, died 1964)

    English poet.

    • Wrote ''''Elegy on Dead Fashion''''
  • Stevie Smith (born 1902, died 1971)

    English poet.

    • Wrote ''''Not Waving but Drowning''''
  • Fleur Adcock (born 1934)

    New Zealand poet.

    • Wrote ''''The Soho Hospital for Women''''
  • Charlotte Mew (born 1869, died 1928)

    English poet.

    • Wrote The Farmer''s Bride
  • Lizette Woodworth Reese (born 1856, died 1935)

    American poet.

    • Wrote Wayside Lute
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman (born 1860, died 1935)

    American writer and feminist.

    • Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Anna Hempstead Branch (born 1875, died 1937)

    American poet.

    • Wrote ''''The Road ''Twixt Heaven and Hell''''
  • Adelaide Crapsey (born 1878, died 1914)

    American poet.

    • Developed the cinquain verse form
  • Lola Ridge (born 1883, died 1941)

    American poet.

    • Wrote Dance of Fire
  • Elinor Wylie (born 1885, died 1928)

    American poet.

    • Wrote Angels and Earthly Creatures
  • Genevieve Taggard (born 1894, died 1948)

    American poet.

    • Wrote For Eager Lovers
  • Babette Deutsch (born 1895)

    Amerian poet and literary critic.

    • Wrote Honey Out of the Rock
  • Marianne Moore (born 1887, died 1972)

    American poet.

    • Wrote ''''The Octopus''''
  • Muriel Rukeyser (born 1913, died 1980)

    American poet.

    • Wrote U.S. 1
  • Irina Ratushinskaya (born 1954)

    Russian poet.

    • Wrote Grey Is the Color of Hope
  • Ama Ata Aidoo (born 1942)

    Ghanaian writer

    • Ghanaian poet, 1987 winner of the Nelson Mandela Prize for Poetry for An Angry Letter in January and Other Poems

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