5 Most Influential Poets of All Time

We have seen a lot of poets throughout history. They might have passed away, but their words are here to stay. Poems might be very short, but they can be interpreted in many ways. They can even touch your heart and make you reflect on your life in general. Here are 5 of the most influential poets to have ever walked the Earth.

1. Rumi

This poet is believed to be the most popular poet in the United States. He is also considered at the bestselling poet in the country. His works have been embraced by scholars from around the world. He can tackle any topic like religion, politics and science. He can hit the note right on the head. His ability to compress his thoughts but not lose sight of the meaning he wants to convey is just impressive.

2. Li Po

This prolific poet has earned the name of the great poet of drunkenness. In fact, of the 1,000 poems attributed to him, 998 were about wine while the other 2 involved his sadness about not having wine. Although the theme of his poem circles around wines, he still has the ability to discuss a myriad of topics, including life, death, friendship and nature. He was even heroic with his ability to discuss controversial topics, including political ones.

3. Emily Dickinson

You might have hidden under a rock if you don’t know Emily Dickinson. She is definitely one of the greatest poets of all time. Her work is just beyond compare. She was also ahead of her time. In fact, scholars have just started to understand fully what she meant with the poems she had written. She had the ability to compress her message in such a dense and rich way. She was also quite elusive in nature when it comes to her poems, which made her even better.

4. Wallace Stevens

When it comes to abstract poetry, no one beats this guy. His poems can be interpreted in many ways and often times, misinterpreted. He spoke a language that was quite difficult to understand. He never became afraid experimenting in his style, making his creations totally outstanding.

5. Colette Bryce 

Colette is one of the best Irish poets, especially of the younger generation of poets. People loved Bryce because of how certain topics are discussed in the poem. Issues involving the nation, family, love and loyalty have been bravely discussed in the poems.

These people have created something great over the years and are definitely worth our salute!


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