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The Literary World

English Poets Laureate

Appointed for life, the English Poet Laureate has traditionally been charged with writing verses to commemorate royal birthdays and occasions of national significance.

  • Alfred Austin (born 1835, died 1913)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1896-1913
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (born 1809, died 1892)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1850-92
  • Andrew Bernard

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1485-1509
  • Cecil Day Lewis (born 1904, died 1972)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1967-72
  • Colley Cibber (born 1671, died 1757)

    English poet and playwright.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1730-57
  • Geoffrey Chaucer (born 1340, died 1400)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1389-1400
  • Henry J. Pye (born 1745, died 1813)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1790-1813
  • John Kay

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1461-83
  • John Skelton (born 1460, died 1529)

    English satiric poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1509-29
  • John Masefield (born 1878, died 1967)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1930-67
  • John Betjeman (born 1906, died 1984)

    British poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1972-84
  • Laurence Eusden (born 1688, died 1730)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1718-30
  • Nahum Tate (born 1652, died 1715)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1692-1715
  • Nicholas Rowe (born 1674, died 1718)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1715-18
  • Robert Southey (born 1774, died 1843)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1813-43
  • Robert Bridges (born 1844, died 1930)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1913-30
  • Samuel Daniel (born 1562, died 1619)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1599-1619
  • Thomas Shadwell (born 1642, died 1692)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1688-92
  • Thomas Warton (born 1728, died 1790)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1785-90
  • William D'Avenant (born 1606, died 1668)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1637-68
  • William Whitehead (born 1715, died 1785)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1757-85
  • William Wordsworth (born 1770, died 1850)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1843-50
  • Ted Hughes (born 1930)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1984-
  • Edmund Spenser (born 1552, died 1599)

    English poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1591-99
  • Ben Jonson (born 1573, died 1637)

    English playwright and poet.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1619-37
  • John Dryden (born 1631, died 1700)

    English poet, playwright, translator and critic.

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1670-88
  • Andrew Motion (born 1952)

    British poet

    • Poet Laureate of England, 1999 -

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