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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
3,778
2César VallejoCésar Vallejo
3,136
3Mario BenedettiMario Benedetti
2,771
4Miguel HernándezMiguel Hernández
2,759
5José MartíJosé Martí
2,755
6Rubén DaríoRubén Darío
2,754
7Rafael AlbertiRafael Alberti
2,753
8Antonio MachadoAntonio Machado
2,727
9Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
2,676
10Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral
2,551
11Nicanor ParraNicanor Parra
2,404
12Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges
2,356
13Gustavo Adolfo BécquerGustavo Adolfo Bécquer
2,279
14Octavio PazOctavio Paz
2,222
15Vicente HuidobroVicente Huidobro
1,827
16Gonzalo RojasGonzalo Rojas
1,480
17Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
1,365
18Francisco de QuevedoFrancisco de Quevedo
1,286
19Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
914
20William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
876
21Juan Ramón JiménezJuan Ramón Jiménez
795
22Pablo de RokhaPablo de Rokha
772
23Alfonsina StorniAlfonsina Storni
693
24Lord ByronLord Byron
686
25Lope de VegaLope de Vega
658
26Constantine P. CavafyConstantine P. Cavafy
563
27Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
549
28Johann Wolfgang GoetheJohann Wolfgang Goethe
541
29Jorge GuillénJorge Guillén
478
30Mariano TorrentMariano Torrent
470
31León FelipeLeón Felipe
467
32Jorge ManriqueJorge Manrique
441
33Francesco PetrarcaFrancesco Petrarca
395
34Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
352
35Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
348
36Fernando PessoaFernando Pessoa
336
37NovalisNovalis
319
38Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
299
39Garcilaso de la VegaGarcilaso de la Vega
289
40Rosalía de CastroRosalía de Castro
279
41Pedro Calderón de la BarcaPedro Calderón de la Barca
236
42William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
209
43OvidioOvidio
208
44José de EsproncedaJosé de Espronceda
205
45Luis de GóngoraLuis de Góngora
203
46Vicente AleixandreVicente Aleixandre
187
47Giovanni BoccaccioGiovanni Boccaccio
170
48Odysseas ElytisOdysseas Elytis
168
49T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot
154
50Alejandra PizarnikAlejandra Pizarnik
126
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