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Poetry is an art and there are those that believe that the best poetry is eternal and universal, because it deals with universal themes and feelings that all human beings can relate to. This literary genre which draws more from the aesthetic qualities of language than from content is one of the oldest artistic expressions. In fact, the greatest names in the history of poetry, such as William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, Federico Garcia Lorca, Goethe, Dante, Becquer...etc. manipulated poetry at their will to express emotions that can be interpreted differently by each person that reads it. Participate in this ranking and help us find the most important poets in history.

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1Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda
3,798
2César VallejoCésar Vallejo
3,142
3Mario BenedettiMario Benedetti
2,879
4Miguel HernándezMiguel Hernández
2,842
5Rubén DaríoRubén Darío
2,814
6José MartíJosé Martí
2,808
7Antonio MachadoAntonio Machado
2,807
8Rafael AlbertiRafael Alberti
2,807
9Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
2,786
10Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral
2,672
11Nicanor ParraNicanor Parra
2,444
12Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges
2,356
13Octavio PazOctavio Paz
2,342
14Gustavo Adolfo BécquerGustavo Adolfo Bécquer
2,299
15Vicente HuidobroVicente Huidobro
1,947
16Gonzalo RojasGonzalo Rojas
1,600
17Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
1,395
18Francisco de QuevedoFrancisco de Quevedo
1,292
19Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
924
20William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
895
21Pablo de RokhaPablo de Rokha
892
22Alfonsina StorniAlfonsina Storni
803
23Juan Ramón JiménezJuan Ramón Jiménez
801
24Lord ByronLord Byron
694
25Lope de VegaLope de Vega
675
26Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
577
27Constantine P. CavafyConstantine P. Cavafy
563
28Johann Wolfgang GoetheJohann Wolfgang Goethe
541
29Mariano TorrentMariano Torrent
510
30Jorge GuillénJorge Guillén
478
31León FelipeLeón Felipe
467
32Jorge ManriqueJorge Manrique
441
33Francesco PetrarcaFrancesco Petrarca
420
34Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
372
35Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
359
36Fernando PessoaFernando Pessoa
336
37NovalisNovalis
326
38Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
299
39Rosalía de CastroRosalía de Castro
295
40Garcilaso de la VegaGarcilaso de la Vega
289
41Pedro Calderón de la BarcaPedro Calderón de la Barca
236
42OvidioOvidio
215
43William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
209
44José de EsproncedaJosé de Espronceda
205
45Luis de GóngoraLuis de Góngora
203
46Vicente AleixandreVicente Aleixandre
187
47Giovanni BoccaccioGiovanni Boccaccio
180
48Odysseas ElytisOdysseas Elytis
168
49T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot
154
50Alejandra PizarnikAlejandra Pizarnik
128
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