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Edgar Allen Poe was born on this day in 1809.

Poetry — one of the most important and time-honored forms of literature in the world — brought us greats like William Shakespeare and W.B. Yeats to ancient poets like Homer and Dante Alighieri to American treasures like Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson.

With research from Poetry Soup and Ranker, here are the 34 greatest poets of all time, not ranked in any particular order.

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