Portal:Poets Laureate of the United Kingdom

Poets Laureate of the United Kingdom

This index lists people who have held the post of Poet Laureate in the United Kingdom, or constituents thereof.

The Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, also referred to as the (English or British) Poet Laureate, is the Poet Laureate appointed by the monarch of the United Kingdom on the advice of the Prime Minister. Traditionally a post held from appointment until death, with the exception of Dryden, who was dismissed in 1688, the title has had a term of 10 years since Andrew Motion.

Originally, laureates were of the Kingdom of England (to 1707), then of the Kingdom of Great Britain (1707–1801), then of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1801–1922); and since 1922 of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland."

Medieval period edit

In the medieval period, the royal poet was called the Versificator Regis, and the dates are not exactly known.

1500 onwards edit

Refused edit

The following poets turned down the post and others were selected in their places.