Creative writing is about the power and flair of imagination and literature. It’s about one’s ability to put thoughts to words so beautifully that an impact is created on the reader leaving him spellbound. Poets across the world have continued to inspire and captivate people since ages. Listed here are some of the many artistic and popular poets we are blessed to have!
1. William Shakespeare
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Probably the one name that comes to everyone’s notice while speaking about legends of literature, William Shakespeare is often recognised as England’s national poet and his plays are performed across the world more often than any other playwright’s. His works consist of 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, 38 plays and many other verses. His works covered comedy, history, tragedy and romances. Anyone having the slightest inclination towards literature would know of him and his incredible plays such as Hamlet, The Tempest, Othello, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice and many more. His famous poems include Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonis.
2. Robert Frost
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We have all in our schools studied the poem The Road Not Taken- a beautiful composition by Robert Frost. One of the most distinguished and critically appreciated American poets of the twentieth century, Robert Frost is highly look upon for his representations of rural life and his expertise of American colloquial dialogue. He has received recognition worldwide for his contribution to literature and some of his honours include four Pulitzer prizes for poetry, the congressional gold medal in 1960, and was named poet Laureate of Vermont in 1961. He had also nominated for the Nobel prize in Literature 31 times.
3. Walt Whitman
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An American poet, journalist and essayist, Walt Whitman incorporated both transcendentalism and realism views in his work. Also referred to as the father of free verse, Whitman wrote very openly about death and sexuality. His writing is lot like prose and includes unusual images and symbols like debris, rotting leaves and tufts of straw. His notable works include O Captain! My captain!, Passage to India, Song at Sunset, To think of Time, Song of Myself and I Hear America Singing.
4. Maya Angelou
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American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was the publisher of seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry. Famous for her work which talks about her own life till the age of 17, “I know why the caged bird sings” has brought her international recognition ad appreciation. She is the recipient of numerous awards and approximately 50 honorary degrees. Her careful effort to defy the common structure of autobiography by criticizing and intensifying the genre has also been recognised worldwide. She wrote majorly on topics surrounding travel, identity, family and racism. Her honours comprised of a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her book of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie, a Tony Award nomination and three Grammys.
5. Rabindranath Tagore
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The first non-European to win the Nobel prize in literature, Rabindranath Tagore’s magical poetry and elegant prose has been very influential and significant for Indian Literature. He started writing poetry at the young age of 8 years and by the age of 16, his first substantial poems were released. His works typically talked about topic that were political as well as personal. He not just wrote poetry, but also novels, books, short stories, dance-dramas and essays. Two of his compositions were chosen to be national anthems of two countries- India and Bangladesh. His must read poems include Where the Mind is without fear, clouds and waves, A moments indulgence, closed path and Baby’s World.
These poests, using their creative skills and have provided us with pieces we will forever treasure!