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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
3,814
2César VallejoCésar Vallejo
3,150
3Mario BenedettiMario Benedetti
2,889
4Miguel HernándezMiguel Hernández
2,852
5José MartíJosé Martí
2,818
6Antonio MachadoAntonio Machado
2,817
7Rafael AlbertiRafael Alberti
2,817
8Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
2,816
9Rubén DaríoRubén Darío
2,814
10Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral
2,692
11Nicanor ParraNicanor Parra
2,454
12Octavio PazOctavio Paz
2,372
13Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges
2,356
14Gustavo Adolfo BécquerGustavo Adolfo Bécquer
2,299
15Vicente HuidobroVicente Huidobro
1,967
16Gonzalo RojasGonzalo Rojas
1,620
17Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
1,395
18Francisco de QuevedoFrancisco de Quevedo
1,292
19Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
924
20Pablo de RokhaPablo de Rokha
912
21William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
895
22Alfonsina StorniAlfonsina Storni
823
23Juan Ramón JiménezJuan Ramón Jiménez
801
24Lord ByronLord Byron
704
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
530
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
43Luis de GóngoraLuis de Góngora
213
44William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
209
45José de EsproncedaJosé de Espronceda
205
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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