5 Iconic Authors Who Are Secretly Poets in Disguise

Poets and novelists may not always seem like they have much in common, but sometimes they do tend to overlap — especially with these writers!

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The writers of the world are multitalented individuals. Their minds are endless ponds of talent and imaginative wordplay. So, would it be a surprise if the most famous writers from their respective genres have written poetry? I like to say that poetry is the gateway to the soul. Peeking inside these figurative stanzas and jarring end rhymes, we will explore which authors are secretly poets as well…

1. Jane Austen


Jane Austen is one of the most influential classic romantic writers in the entire galaxy. She wrote spectacular female leads at the forefront of her stories and has a prolific list of monumental novels that are timeless. But Austen has a little secret: She had written quite a few poems before her untimely death. Her poetry aligned with lighthearted satire, which readers could understand and have a chuckle now and again.

2. J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

Infamous for his Lord of the Rings series, J.R.R. Tolkien is a writer of many trades. Many of his poems are a part of his Lord of the Rings characters, such as explorations of Gandalf the Grey or Bilbo Baggins. If he isn’t building and adding to his LotR’s lore, he’s writing about the many ways the world turns within nature or the simple ways of living.

3. Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a powerhouse in her own right, far ahead of her time in terms of fighting against sexism and the discussion of women’s autonomy. However, many people tend to forget her natural roots. She’s a poet at heart, having many of her poems in a collection of books. Her words are magical and stationed in the realities of a true poet — of whimsy and abstract wordplay.

4. Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins has made us question the morality of our world with The Hunger Games series. How far could society fall? Our tried and true woman on fire, has actually written many poetry books, one was entitled Skinny Dipping. It appeared to have been published at the same time as the first Hunger Games film released in 2012. It’s not a well-known collection, yet it’s still worth checking out if you want a little insight into the writer.

5. Stephen King

Stephen King

Stephen King (also known as The King of Horror) has dabbled far and wide into varying overlapping genres — battling space alien monsters like Pennywise to the mystical fantasies from within the walls of The Dark Tower series. But our terrifying writer has also created a handful of gutwrenching poems that question the sanity and the darkness from within us.

Authors are welcome to explore different forms of writing. When they take off their novelist hat and wear their poet hippie beanies, with snaps on their fingertips, they can share wonders of poetic prose and unique metaphors in the making.

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