From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
- Language : A communication system based on sequences of acoustic, visual or tactile symbols that serve as units of meaning.
- Literature : The profession of “letters” (from Latin litteras), and written texts considered as aesthetic and expressive objects.
- Alliteration : Alliteration is the literary device of having two stressed syllables which are close together starting either with the same consonant or with a vowel.
- Free verse : Non-metrical poetry.
- Haiku : A Japanese poem containing of three lines with five, seven, five syllables, respectively.
- Metre (poetry) : Basic rhythmic pattern of lines in a poem; basic structure of a poetic line in terms of its beat or rhythm.
- Prosody (poetry) : The methods (including, but not limited to, poetic metre) affecting how a reader experiences the sounds of a poem in time; or the study of such methods.
- Sonnet : A rhymed verse form of 14 lines.
- Louisa May Alcott : (1832-88) American writer; best known for her autobiographical novel Little Women.
- Elizabeth Alexander : American poet, essayist and playwright; delivered poem "Praise Song for the Day" during inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama.
- Maya Angelou : Add brief definition or description
- Matthew Arnold : Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) was a poet, critic, and writer on culture.
- Margaret Atwood : (1939 - ) Canadian poet, literary critic, essayist, and writer of novels with an emphasis on feminism as well as Canadian nationalism and identity.
- W. H. Auden : Add brief definition or description
- Charles Baudelaire : Add brief definition or description
- : Influential Irish playwright, novelist and poet, 1906—1989.
- Hillaire Belloc : Add brief definition or description
- John Betjeman : Add brief definition or description
- William Blake : (1757-1827) was an English poet and artist, posthumously seen as one of the leading figures of the Romantic Movement.
- Jorge Luis Borges : An Argentinean author best known for his Magical Realism short stories.
- Robert Browning : (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) English poet and playwright best known for his dramatic monologues.
- Basil Bunting : Add brief definition or description
- John Bunyan : (1628-88) English Puritan minister and writer; wrote The Pilgrim's Progress.
- Robert Burns : The National poet of Scotland (1759-96); writer of Auld Lang Syne.
- Lord Byron : (January 22, 1788 - April 19, 1824), George Gordon Byron, English romantic poet, known not only for his poetry, but also his unconventional lifestyle and advocacy for Greek independence.
- Norman Cameron : Add brief definition or description
- Roy Campbell : Add brief definition or description
- Roy Campion : Add brief definition or description
- Geoffrey Chaucer : (1345-1400) English poet, author of The Canterbury Tales.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge : (Oct. 21, 1772 - July 25, 1834) Romantic poet and critic, colleague of William Wordsworth.
- T. S. Eliot : Add brief definition or description
- Ralph Waldo Emerson : (1803-82) American poet, essayist, and lecturer; leading exponent of New England transcendentalism.
- Robert Frost : (1874-1963) American lyric poet who drew his inspiration from nature and the New England countryside.
- James Hogg : James Hogg (1770-1835), known as the Ettrick Shepherd, was a Scottish poet and novelist.
- Homer : (fl. 9th or 8th century BCE) Greek poet, to whom is traditionally attributed the authorship of the Iliad and the Odyssey.
- Victor Hugo : Victor-Marie Hugo (1802-1885), poet, novelist and playwright, was the dominant French writer of the 19th century, and also a considerable political figure.
- Andrew Motion : Add brief definition or description
- Ovid : (43BC-AD17) (Publius Ovidius Naso), Roman poet, author of Metamorphoses and Ars Amatoria.
- Sylvia Plath : Add brief definition or description
- Edgar Allen Poe : Add brief definition or description
- Alexander Pope : Add brief definition or description
- Ezra Pound : (1885-1972) American 20th century poet, author of The Cantos.
- William Shakespeare : (1564- 1616) English poet and playwright.
- Edmund Spenser : (1552 ? -1599), English poet, known particularly for his incomplete allegorical epic The Faerie Queene.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson : (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, author of The Charge of the Light Brigade and Ulysses.
- Walt Whitman : (1819-92) American poet and essayist; wrote Leaves of Grass
- Thomas Wyatt : Sir Thomas Wyatt, 1503 - 1542, was an English poet, courtier and diplomat, sometimes called the Senior, to distinguish him from his son of the same name, who led a rebellion against Mary I.
- Virgil : (70-19 BC) Roman poet; wrote the Aeneid, one of the masterpieces of world literature.
- William Butler Yeats : (June 13 1865 – January 28 1939), Irish poet and playwright, among the great lyric poets writing in English.