Poets Laureate of the United Kingdom

The National Poets of the UK

The Poet Laureate, a member of the royal household, composes poems for state occasions. Carol Ann Duffy became the first woman in the position's 341-year history when chosen for the post in 2009. The Poet Laureate of Britain is normally appointed for life; however, Andrew Motion, named to the post in 1999, accepted the position for ten years.

Edmund Spenser1591–1599
Samuel Daniel1599–1619
Ben Jonson1619–1637
William Davenant1638–1668
John Dryden 11668–1689
Thomas Shadwell1689–1692
Nahum Tate1692–1715
Nicholas Rowe1715–1718
Laurence Eusden1718–1730
Colley Cibber1730–1757
William Whitehead1757–1785
Thomas Warton1785–1790
Henry James Pye1790–1813
Robert Southey1813–1843
William Wordsworth1843–1850
Alfred Lord Tennyson1850–1892
Alfred Austin1896–1913
Robert Bridges1913–1930
John Masefield1930–1967
Cecil Day-Lewis1967–1972
Sir John Betjeman1972–1984
Ted Hughes1984–1998
Andrew Motion1999–2009
Carol Ann Duffy2009–2019
Simon Armitage2019-
1. First to bear the title officially.


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