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The Best American Poets

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List Criteria: Vote up the American-born poets with the greatest bodies of work.

Who is the best American poet? This list includes poets such as William Faulkner, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, and Robert Frost. From the postcolonial era to modernism, to post-WWII, to present day, great American poets continue to make us think. This list features the best American poets, who have entertained and touched readers throughout history.

We often feel an emotional connection to poetry. It all begins with the words written on the page. Whether short or long poetry is often illusory, and full of rich imagery or hidden meaning. It is these elements which provoke us as readers to dig deeper. The best of poems and poets are read throughout the ages. They are passed from generation to generation and taught throughout schools to young students.

Poets and their poetry have the ability to take us places and into the lives of those we’ve never imagined. Poets are often be tortured souls or great thinkers who allow us a new view of world which we never would have imagined. These greatest American poets provide the kind of emotional connection with the reader that few can. They are moving, saddening, or romantic.

Vote up the best American poets below or add the poet from the United States you think is the greatest if he or she isn't already on the list.
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    The Waste Land, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Old Possum's Book of ...

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    The Raven, Annabel Lee, The Fall of the House of Usher

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    Leaves of Grass, Song of Myself, Words of Ages

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    The Collected Poems, Come in, The Road Not Taken

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    Social Credit. An Impact, The Cantos, A B C of economics

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    Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie, The Village Blacksmith

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    The Emperor of Ice-Cream, Harmonium, Invective Against Swans

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    Hovering Fly and Other Essays, Collected Poems, 1919-1976

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    In the American Grain, Spring and All, Sour Grapes

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    All the King's Men, American Literature, Flood

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    The fortune of the Republic, English traits, Representative Men

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    Life Studies, Collected Prose, Near the ocean

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    God chose them, Mente, Mundo Y Accion

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    The new criticism, complete poems of John Crowe Ransom, God without ...

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    The Selected Letters of Marianne Moore, Homage to Henry James, Tell me

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    The Far Field, The lost son, and other poems

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    The Dream Songs, Berryman's Shakespeare, 77 Dream Songs

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    Poetique; East of Eden Band; Polish Gypsy With Ghost; Snatches of ... Among the most neglected living poets in America, the poetry establishment is afraid of her work. Gorski is an innovator who named performance poetry and first to write only for performance and not

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    Poems from the Tibor de Nagy editions, 1952-1966, Invitation to the ...

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    Pictures from an Institution, No Other Book: Selected Essays, The third ...

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    A reply to Matthew Arnold, Saint Judas, The Cherry Red Non-league Newsdesk ...

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    The works of John Greenleaf Whittier, The river path, Prose works of John ...

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    The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Mildred Pierce

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    George Sylvester Viereck A Game At Love, The seven against man, Meine ersten 2000 jahre

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