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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
4,031
2César VallejoCésar Vallejo
3,208
3Mario BenedettiMario Benedetti
3,115
4Miguel HernándezMiguel Hernández
3,039
5Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
2,934
6Rafael AlbertiRafael Alberti
2,918
7José MartíJosé Martí
2,893
8Antonio MachadoAntonio Machado
2,891
9Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral
2,887
10Rubén DaríoRubén Darío
2,878
11Nicanor ParraNicanor Parra
2,592
12Octavio PazOctavio Paz
2,413
13Gustavo Adolfo BécquerGustavo Adolfo Bécquer
2,394
14Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges
2,390
15Vicente HuidobroVicente Huidobro
2,255
16Gonzalo RojasGonzalo Rojas
1,910
17Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
1,405
18Francisco de QuevedoFrancisco de Quevedo
1,376
19Pablo de RokhaPablo de Rokha
1,202
20Alfonsina StorniAlfonsina Storni
984
21Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
952
22William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
938
23Juan Ramón JiménezJuan Ramón Jiménez
844
24Lope de VegaLope de Vega
760
25Lord ByronLord Byron
740
26Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
702
27Mariano TorrentMariano Torrent
690
28Constantine P. CavafyConstantine P. Cavafy
573
29Johann Wolfgang GoetheJohann Wolfgang Goethe
567
30León FelipeLeón Felipe
490
31Jorge GuillénJorge Guillén
488
32Jorge ManriqueJorge Manrique
469
33Francesco PetrarcaFrancesco Petrarca
435
34Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
389
35Garcilaso de la VegaGarcilaso de la Vega
380
36Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
379
37Fernando PessoaFernando Pessoa
336
38Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
329
39Rosalía de CastroRosalía de Castro
327
40NovalisNovalis
326
41Pedro Calderón de la BarcaPedro Calderón de la Barca
290
42Luis de GóngoraLuis de Góngora
259
43José de EsproncedaJosé de Espronceda
245
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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