Poe has always been one of my favorites. His bone chilling poetry has entertained me sense i was a child. Such a great mixture of horror, suspense and romance. I think every horror movie writer has riped off a little piece of Edgar's works.
Jim Morrison is by far my favorite. Most people know him best for his vocals with the Rock and Roll band the Doors. Not only is Jim's poetry incorporated the the Doors lyrics, but also in amazing poetry anthologies that can be found in just about any book store. Jim's poetic style is completely unique and personal. Jim's poetry really allows reader to tap into his mind and far beyond. If you've heard and enjoyed his music, i would strongly recommend picking up one of his poetry collections. Even though he died at the young age of 27, Jim Morrison's legacy lives on in his poetry and music.
Geoffrey Chaucer, one of the fathers of the English language, and really showed the world how the English language could be beautiful. He wrote the Canterbury Tales, one of the best books/poems/stories I ever read! And Poe, because he's in the same boat as Chaucer in my opinion
My favorite poet author of all time has to be Edgar Allan Poe. His Poetry is haunting; His stories are dark and dismal - just like his life. He was always true to his art, and his works are timeless. His star is fixed surely in the firmament.
My personal favorite poet is Maya Angelou. she is simply amazing. I also enjoy reading the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar. As for my favorite Author, I would have to say Steven King without a doubt. He is the greatest story teller ever. I just adore him.
I enjoy many of the poets mentioned by others here. However one of my favorites has yet to be mentioned and he deserves a huge shout out... Shel Silverstein! His poems were a big part of my childhood. My sister would read them to me as bedtime stories and now I read them to my own children.
Unfair question. There are just too many great poets to mention all. Guess Edgar Allen Poe comes to mind, Dylan and a lot of others because each has at least a few poem which especially inspire. It wouldn't be write not to mention my dad who was a famous Latvian poet and unfortunately all of his works which have also been published are in Latvian. I'm considering on how to translate and share. I guess translating poetry is one of the most difficult things.
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