Sri Lankan Poets

Poetry has been an important part of Sri Lankan literature ever since the introduction of Buddhism. In fact it holds a very important part in the genre of Buddhist poetry. As in the Sri Lankan literature, the largest part of Sri Lankan poetry is also written in Sinhala language. However, a considerable part of it consists of the three other main languages; Pāli, English, and Tamil.

Sri Lankan Poets - Sinhala and Tamil


Some of the prominent Sri Lankan Sinhala Poets:


Some of the prominent Sri Lankan English Poets:

  • Anne Ranasinghe
  • Lucy English


Some of the prominent Sri Lankan Tamil Poets:

  • Eelattu Poothanthevanar
  • M.A.Nuhman
  • Meary James Thurairajah Tambimuttu
  • Memen Kavi
  • Pottuvil Asmin