5 Poets of Exile

Many poets write exaltations of place in their art. Sometimes, however, the best of their work is evoked by sentiments of loss of place—of a separation from one’s permanent home and of the stability of identity and well-being that accompany it. All too often there is a political reason for this separation, be it war or intrigue or repression, and in many cases the exile is imposed. In other cases, exile is a self-imposed response to the politics that made the poet’s home seem less homelike. The following list, by no means exhaustive, identifies five poets whose work testifies to the condition of exile.