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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
3,844
2César VallejoCésar Vallejo
3,158
3Mario BenedettiMario Benedetti
2,919
4Miguel HernándezMiguel Hernández
2,892
5Rafael AlbertiRafael Alberti
2,837
6Antonio MachadoAntonio Machado
2,833
7José MartíJosé Martí
2,828
8Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
2,826
9Rubén DaríoRubén Darío
2,814
10Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral
2,731
11Nicanor ParraNicanor Parra
2,473
12Octavio PazOctavio Paz
2,372
13Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges
2,362
14Gustavo Adolfo BécquerGustavo Adolfo Bécquer
2,319
15Vicente HuidobroVicente Huidobro
2,007
16Gonzalo RojasGonzalo Rojas
1,660
17Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
1,395
18Francisco de QuevedoFrancisco de Quevedo
1,292
19Pablo de RokhaPablo de Rokha
952
20Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
924
21William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
895
22Alfonsina StorniAlfonsina Storni
857
23Juan Ramón JiménezJuan Ramón Jiménez
811
24Lord ByronLord Byron
713
25Lope de VegaLope de Vega
683
26Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
584
27Mariano TorrentMariano Torrent
580
28Constantine P. CavafyConstantine P. Cavafy
563
29Johann Wolfgang GoetheJohann Wolfgang Goethe
541
30León FelipeLeón Felipe
482
31Jorge GuillénJorge Guillén
478
32Jorge ManriqueJorge Manrique
441
33Francesco PetrarcaFrancesco Petrarca
428
34Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
379
35Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
359
36Fernando PessoaFernando Pessoa
336
37NovalisNovalis
326
38Rosalía de CastroRosalía de Castro
303
39Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
299
40Garcilaso de la VegaGarcilaso de la Vega
296
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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