I will have to admit that I did not do this paper. I personally found this paper harder to compose than any other. With poetry being my biggest hobby and so many different people who have innovated the poetry game I couldn't bring myself to just pick one person. There are innovators like Robert Frost and Edgar Allan Poe that are just so evenly matched yet in different categories. There is no real way for me to pick just one poet that i believe has influenced poetry the most.
Although I could not pick one particular person I do believe that Henry David Thoreau would be a great poet that inspired poetry with his natural poetry. He found that nature was so beautiful that he could easily write about it.
There is a site in which you can find many of his quotes.
There is a site in which you can get his biography.