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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
3,880
2César VallejoCésar Vallejo
3,168
3Mario BenedettiMario Benedetti
2,935
4Miguel HernándezMiguel Hernández
2,930
5José MartíJosé Martí
2,866
6Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
2,854
7Rafael AlbertiRafael Alberti
2,853
8Antonio MachadoAntonio Machado
2,841
9Rubén DaríoRubén Darío
2,830
10Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral
2,767
11Nicanor ParraNicanor Parra
2,483
12Octavio PazOctavio Paz
2,372
13Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges
2,362
14Gustavo Adolfo BécquerGustavo Adolfo Bécquer
2,319
15Vicente HuidobroVicente Huidobro
2,027
16Gonzalo RojasGonzalo Rojas
1,680
17Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
1,395
18Francisco de QuevedoFrancisco de Quevedo
1,302
19Pablo de RokhaPablo de Rokha
972
20Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
934
21William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
905
22Alfonsina StorniAlfonsina Storni
877
23Juan Ramón JiménezJuan Ramón Jiménez
811
24Lord ByronLord Byron
723
25Lope de VegaLope de Vega
683
26Mariano TorrentMariano Torrent
610
27Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
604
28Constantine P. CavafyConstantine P. Cavafy
563
29Johann Wolfgang GoetheJohann Wolfgang Goethe
541
30León FelipeLeón Felipe
482
31Jorge GuillénJorge Guillén
478
32Jorge ManriqueJorge Manrique
447
33Francesco PetrarcaFrancesco Petrarca
433
34Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
379
35Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
369
36Fernando PessoaFernando Pessoa
336
37NovalisNovalis
326
38Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
319
39Garcilaso de la VegaGarcilaso de la Vega
306
40Rosalía de CastroRosalía de Castro
303
41Pedro Calderón de la BarcaPedro Calderón de la Barca
246
42Luis de GóngoraLuis de Góngora
223
43OvidioOvidio
220
44William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
218
45José de EsproncedaJosé de Espronceda
215
46Vicente AleixandreVicente Aleixandre
190
47Giovanni BoccaccioGiovanni Boccaccio
180
48Odysseas ElytisOdysseas Elytis
168
49T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot
154
50Alejandra PizarnikAlejandra Pizarnik
148
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