Their powerful prose made lasting statements, both personal and political. How much do you know about these famous poets?
The Missouri native often composed poems about being black in America.
He also created a series of children's tales called the "Rootabaga Stories".
Her poems touched on many troubling themes, and she committed suicide at age 45.
She lived in isolation and is now regarded as one of the best poets in history.
She spent much of her time caring for a variety of plants.
He died hundreds of years ago but remains one of the most influential writers in human history.
Many of his poems touch on the struggles and joys of rural life.
He also wrote famous pop songs and made a name for himself as a screenwriter.
His signature (intentional) fractured style was off-putting to many publishing companies.
She's better known for her novels but she composed plenty of poetry, too.
He is best known for a poem called "The Prelude."
Even as a child she showed tremendous promise, and she became a literary star in Europe.
But many of them were altered for publication because they didn't fit contemporary styles.
His imaginative style emphasized creativity over logic.
Tennyson was so nearsighted he could hardly write down his poems; he worked on them in his head.
He survived and created thousands of poems, dying of a brain hemorrhage in 1962.
It was Plath's only novel, and the last major work of her life.
He was even trained in surgery but decided that the arts were more important to him.
She died at the age of 48 from an intentional sleeping pill overdose.
He wrote more than 100 poems but was better known for his novels, written as Mark Twain.
She also wrote lyrics for a Christmas carol called "In the Bleak Midwinter".
He was also a lawyer but the family constantly struggled with lack of money.
Collins has spent much of his life trying to make poetry a mainstream art form.
Blanco is also the first openly gay poet laureate.
His work brought him almost no money, and he died at a young age.
He was also an influential educator and taught at Harvard.
He had no real money himself but he was happy to give to others.
The poem helped to cement his status as an influential English poet.
In the poem, the girl is something like Medusa, who turns men into stone by looking at them.
He was only 40 when he died, but he left behind a legacy worthy of Hollywood.