Famous Limerick Poets

Below are famous poets that are known for writing limerick poetry. Where possible, we've provided links to examples of their poetry. This page is currently being developed.

See also: Famous Limerick Poems

Limerick Masters

  • Edward Lear
Rank Limerick Poets
1 Rudyard Kipling - Classical Poet

Rudyard Kipling was a British short-story writer, poet, and novelist, born in Mumbai, India and educated in England. One of Kipling's most famous works is The Jungle Books; a collection of poems and stories.

2 Mark Twain - Classical Poet

Mark Twain is the famous pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. He is one of the most beloved figures in the history of American literature, and was a journalist, novelist, humorist, literary critic, essayist, short story writer, and poet. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel ."

3 Spike Milligan - Classical Poet

Spike Milligan is an Irish comedian writer musician poet playwright soldier and actor. He was born an 'Army Brat', the son of an Irish Captain in the British Raj in India. He lived most of his life in England and served in the British Army, in the Royal Artillery during World War II.

4 Wystan Hugh (W H) Auden - Classical Poet

Wystan Hugh Auden, known more commonly as W. H. Auden was an English poet, often considered one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. He was one of the greatest Anglo American poets. Born in England, he later obtained an American citizenship.

5 Edward Lear - Classical Poet

Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form that he popularized.

6 James Joyce - Classical Poet

Irish novelist and poet who was born in Rathgar, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and he managed to pass away far from his birthplace, specifically in Switzerland. Many people known James Joyce as a result of Ulysses, a story that managed to modernize Homer's Odyssey.

7 Erica Jong - Classical Poet

Erica Jong (née Mann ; born March 26, 1942) is an American author and teacher best known for her fiction and poetry.

8 John Updike - Classical Poet

John Hoyer Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009) was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic.. American novelist poet short story writer art critic and literary critic

9 Aldous Huxley - Classical Poet

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the later part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels including Brave New World and a wide-ranging output of essays, Huxley also edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts.. English novelist; writer of short stories poetry travel writing film stories and scripts

10 Gelett Burgess - Classical Poet

Frank Gelett Burgess (January 30, 1866 – September 18, 1951) was an artist, art critic, poet, author and humorist. An important figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary renaissance of the 1890s, particularly through his iconoclastic little magazine, The Lark, he is best known as a writer of nonsense verse. He was the author of the popular Goops books, and he invented the blurb .

11 Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Classical Poet

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882) was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, and was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement.. English poet illustrator painter and translator; co-founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood