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I would have to say Edgar Allen Poe is an excellent choice.
Lord Byron was a bit of a radical in his time and James Joyce would have to be one of the strangest of Irish 20th Century poets. Both are lively choices.
John Donne, Where do you find the words
Go and catch a falling star
Get with child a mandrake root
Tell me where all past years are
And who cleft the devil's foot
Teach me to hear mermaids singing
And to fend of envy's stinging...
John Donne and John Lennon are so radically different from one another yet they are both excellent choices. They are also separated from one another by quite a few centuries.