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Most Popular Poets

 
 
Miller
 
Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 06:38 pm
Most Popular Poets on Poets.org


Spring 2006

1. William Shakespeare

2. Langston Hughes

3. Maya Angelou

4. Robert Frost

5. Emily Dickinson

6. E. E. Cummings

7. Shel Silverstein

8. Sylvia Plath

9. Walt Whitman

10. William Carlos Williams

11. Dylan Thomas

12. W. H. Auden

13. Gwendolyn Brooks

14. Elizabeth Bishop

15. Pablo Neruda

16. Edgar Allan Poe

17. Billy Collins

18. T. S. Eliot

19. Robert Creeley

20. Nikki Giovanni

(Popularity based on Poets.org traffic data.)
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Casino Joe
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 09:32 pm
Surprised Alfred Tennyson isn't on there.

I think he's brilliant!
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 09:36 pm
One season, these poets are the most noticed. As audiences change, so, probably will the list. Not putting a single one of the choices down, just stating it as I see it.
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Casino Joe
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 09:42 pm
I can think of a couple that shouldn't be in there if timeless quality was the central factor - but I won't say which ones as I don't want to start a red-hot argumentative thread off... Laughing

Some of them, like 2 & 7 I don't know at all...
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 09:47 pm
Anyone who doesn't know Langston Hughes shouldn't talk about poetry at all. Shel Silverstein isn't really a "poet" in the accepted sense of the word. He's a satyrist, a comic writer. Include him and Ogden Nash should certainly be in there. And W.B. Yeats doesn't even get a mention. Or John Berryman. What kind'a list is this? (And, for me at least, including Edgar Alan Poe is an embarrassment. He was a great prose stylist but read his essay on what makes for good poetry. You'll groan at the romantic nonsense.)
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 09:51 pm
It's based on hits on a site. Not like a real poll.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 10:00 pm
Kenneth Slessor is a well known Australian contemporary? poet.

AB "Banjo" Patterson is probably the best known of the bush poet genre.

works from "the Banjo"
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Dizzy Delicious
 
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Reply Sun 6 Aug, 2006 07:37 am
I'm surprised that Oprah didn't somehow make it to this list. Laughing
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Fred-PA-2000
 
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Reply Fri 27 Apr, 2012 05:50 pm
@Miller,
EdgarBlythe probably gets it about right. I think it notable that song lyricists are (apparently) not considered to be writing poetry.
In the clearing stands the boxer, and a fighter by his trade.
And he carries a reminder of every glove that laid him down...
or cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame
"I am leaving! I am leaving" but the fighter still remains.
- - - Paul Simon, "The Boxer"
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Miller
 
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Reply Mon 30 Apr, 2012 04:15 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Merry Andrew wrote:

Anyone who doesn't know Langston Hughes shouldn't talk about poetry at all.


He's one of my favorites, together with Bobbie Burns..
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 30 Apr, 2012 04:30 pm
my top 5

e e cummings
stevie smith
w h auden
dylan thomas
al purdy
Miller
 
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Reply Wed 23 May, 2012 09:20 pm
@djjd62,
Robert Frost
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