Famous Poets and Their Poems

Below you'll find a variety of famous classic poets and some of their poems. Click on one of them and you'll find a synopsis, analysis, and meaning of any figurative language the poem includes.

Angelou, Maya

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Birth: April 4, 1928
Death: May 28, 2014

“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou Analysis and Poem

Berman, David

Birthplace: Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Birth: 1967

“Snow” by David Berman Analysis and Poem

Blake, William

Birthplace: London, England
Birth: November, 28 1757
Death: August, 12 1827

“The Tyger” by William Blake Analysis and Poem

Bradstreet, Anne

Birthplace: Northampton, England
Birth: March 20, 1612
Death: September 16, 1672

“To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet Analysis and Poem

Carroll, Lewis

Birthplace: Daresbury, Cheshire, England
Birth: January 27, 1832
Death: January 14, 1898

“Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll Poem and Analysis

Collins, Billy

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Birth: March 22, 1941

“Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” by Billy Collins Analysis and Poem

Cummings, E. E.

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Birth: October 14, 1894
Death: September 3, 1962

“a total stranger one black day…” by E. E. Cummings Analysis and Poem

Dickinson, Emily

Birthplace: Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Birth: December 10, 1830
Death: May 15, 1886

“I Never Saw a Moor” by Emily Dickinson Analysis and Poem
“I died for Beauty, but was scarce” by Emily Dickinson Analysis and Poem

Frost, Robert Lee

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Birth: March 26, 1874
Death: January 29, 1963

“Fire and Ice” by Robert Lee Frost Analysis and Poem

Henley, William Ernest

Birthplace: Gloucester, England
Birth: August 23, 1849
Death: July 11, 1903

“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley Poem and Analysis

Hughes, Langston

Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, USA
Birth: February 1, 1902
Death: May 22, 1967

“Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes Analysis and Poem

Hughes, Ted

Birthplace: Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, England
Birth: August 17, 1930
Death: October 28, 1998

“Bayonet Charge” by Ted Hughes Poem and Analysis

Lerman, Eleanor

Birthplace: Bronx, New York
Birth: 1952

“That Sure is My Little Dog” by Eleanor Lerman Analysis and Poem

Loomis, Jon

Birthplace: Athens, Ohio, USA
Birth: 1959

“Deer Hit” by Jon Loomis Analysis and Poem

Moore, Clement Clarke

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Birth: July 15, 1779
Death: July 10, 1863

“A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore Analysis and Poem

Neruda, Pablo

Birthplace: Parral, Maule Region, Chile
Birth: July 12, 1904
Death: September 23, 1973

“Ode to the Tomato” by Pablo Neruda Analysis and Poem
“Ode to Large Tuna in the Market” by Pablo Neruda Analysis and Poem

Paz, Octavio

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Birth: March 31, 1914
Death: April 19, 1998

“Touch” by Octavio Paz Analysis and Poem

Poe, Edgar Allan

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth: January 19, 1809
Death: October 7, 1849

“Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe Analysis and Poem

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

Birthplace: Horsham, Sussex, England
Birth: August 4, 1792
Death: July 8, 1822

“Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley Poem and Analysis

Strand, Mark

Birthplace: Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Birth: April 11, 1934
Death: November 29, 2014

“Eating Poetry” by Mark Strand Analysis and Poem

Thomas, Dylan

Bithplace: Uplands, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
Birth: October 27, 1914
Death: November 9, 1953

“Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas Analysis and Poem

Williams, William Carlos

Birthplace: Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
Birth: September 17, 1883
Death: March 4, 1963

“This Is Just To Say” by William Carlos Williams Analysis and Poem

Wordsworth, William

Birthplace: Cockermouth, Cumberland, England
Birth: April 7, 1770
Death: April 23, 1850

“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth Poem and Analysis
“London, 1802” by William Wordsworth Poem and Analysis