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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
3,961
2César VallejoCésar Vallejo
3,198
3Mario BenedettiMario Benedetti
3,025
4Miguel HernándezMiguel Hernández
2,959
5José MartíJosé Martí
2,893
6Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
2,874
7Rafael AlbertiRafael Alberti
2,863
8Antonio MachadoAntonio Machado
2,861
9Rubén DaríoRubén Darío
2,858
10Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral
2,837
11Nicanor ParraNicanor Parra
2,542
12Octavio PazOctavio Paz
2,403
13Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges
2,380
14Gustavo Adolfo BécquerGustavo Adolfo Bécquer
2,350
15Vicente HuidobroVicente Huidobro
2,115
16Gonzalo RojasGonzalo Rojas
1,770
17Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
1,405
18Francisco de QuevedoFrancisco de Quevedo
1,338
19Pablo de RokhaPablo de Rokha
1,062
20Alfonsina StorniAlfonsina Storni
947
21Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
944
22William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
905
23Juan Ramón JiménezJuan Ramón Jiménez
825
24Lord ByronLord Byron
731
25Lope de VegaLope de Vega
700
26Mariano TorrentMariano Torrent
660
27Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
653
28Constantine P. CavafyConstantine P. Cavafy
573
29Johann Wolfgang GoetheJohann Wolfgang Goethe
567
30Jorge GuillénJorge Guillén
488
31León FelipeLeón Felipe
482
32Jorge ManriqueJorge Manrique
469
33Francesco PetrarcaFrancesco Petrarca
435
34Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
389
35Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
369
36Garcilaso de la VegaGarcilaso de la Vega
343
37Fernando PessoaFernando Pessoa
336
38Rosalía de CastroRosalía de Castro
327
39NovalisNovalis
326
40Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
319
41Pedro Calderón de la BarcaPedro Calderón de la Barca
280
42Luis de GóngoraLuis de Góngora
259
43José de EsproncedaJosé de Espronceda
235
44OvidioOvidio
230
45Vicente AleixandreVicente Aleixandre
220
46William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
218
47Giovanni BoccaccioGiovanni Boccaccio
180
48Odysseas ElytisOdysseas Elytis
168
49T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot
154
50Alejandra PizarnikAlejandra Pizarnik
148
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