Poetry History

Historical Events

  • 1327-04-06 Italian poet Petrarch 1st sets eyes on his beloved Laura
  • 1336-04-26 Italian Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch famously climbs Mont Ventoux
  • 1463-01-05 French poet Francois Villon banished from Paris

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1598-09-22 Playwright and poet Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter as the result of a duel.

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 1604-05-06 Leon VII Spanish poet's first poem is published: La Cocina.

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1668-04-13 John Dryden (36) appointed first English poet laureate by Charles II

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1689-03-09 Thomas Shadwell appointed second English Poet Laureate by William and Mary after John Dryden refuses to swear The Oath allegiance
  • 1689-07-01 Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu Japan
  • 1692-12-23 Nahum Tate is appointed the third Poet Laureate by English monarchs William and Mary

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1717-08-01 Nicholas Rowe is appointed British Poet Laureate by George I

King George I
King
George I
  • 1718-12-10 Laurence Eusden is appointed British Poet Laureate under George I
  • 1730-12-03 Colley Cibber is appointed British Poet Laureate under George II
  • 1760-12-25 Jupiter Hammon, an African American slave, composes poetry broadside "An Evening Thought" (1st poetry published by an African American 1761)

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1775-10-18 African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.

  • 1785-04-20 Thomas Warton appointed British Poet Laureate by King George III
  • 1786-09-24 African American slave and poet Jupiter Hammon makes his "Address to the Negroes of the State of New York" speech advocating emancipation at meeting of African Society in NY
  • 1790-07-28 Henry James Pye appointed British Poet Laureate by King George III
  • 1810-05-03 English poet Lord Byron swims the Hellespont (modern day Dardanelles)
  • 1812-02-07 Poet Lord Byron (6th Baron Byron) makes his maiden speech in House of Lords
  • 1813-08-12 Robert Southey is appointed British Poet Laureate by King George III
  • 1837-02-10 Russian poet Alexander Pushkin is fatally injured in a duel with French officer Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès (1/29 OS)

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1843-04-06 William Wordsworth is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Victoria

Poet William Wordsworth
Poet
William Wordsworth
Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria

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1845-01-10 Poets Elizabeth Barrett & Robert Browning begin corresponding

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1850-11-19 Alfred Tennyson becomes British Poet Laureate, succeeding William Wordsworth

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1854-05-21 Frederic Mistral, Joseph Roumanille, and five other Provencal poets found Félibrige, a literary and cultural association

Provencal Poet Frederic Mistral
Provencal Poet
Frederic Mistral

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1873-07-10 French poet Paul Verlaine wounds Arthur Rimbaud with pistol

  • 1876-06-02 Hristo Botev, a Bulgarian poet and national revolutionary, is killed in Stara Planina
  • 1878-07-26 In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself "Black Bart" makes his last clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box will be found later with a taunting poem inside.
  • 1883-11-03 American Old West: Self-described "Black Bart the poet" gets away with his last stagecoach robbery, but leaves an incriminating clue that eventually leads to his capture.
  • 1892-11-02 French poet Paul Verlaine visits Netherlands
  • 1902-07-17 Lord Tennyson, son of the poet, is named to succeed Lord Hopetown, first governor general of Australia
  • 1916-04-12 Irish nationalist activist and poet Roger Casement boards submarine U-19 at Wilmshaven, Germany, bound for a rendezvous with the Aud at Tralee
  • 1916-04-21 Irish nationalist activist and poet Roger Casement is discovered at McKenna's Fort and is arrested by the Royal Irish Constabulary
  • 1919-03-28 78th Grand National: Ernie Piggott aboard Poethlyn wins
  • 1919-09-12 The poet Gabriele D'Annunzio organizes a militant nationalist group and takes Fiume (Rijeka) for Italy

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1930-05-09 John Masefield is appointed British Poet Laureate by King George V

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1944-06-17 Resistance fighter/poet Col Blake arrives in London

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1948-11-04 American-born British poet T. S. Eliot wins Nobel Prize for literature

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot

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1949-02-19 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound

  • 1950-02-20 Dylan Thomas arrives in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour
  • 1950-05-01 Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
  • 1950-05-22 Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg wins PC Hooft prize
  • 1950-05-27 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Wallace Stevens
  • 1951-01-22 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Johncrowe Ransom
  • 1952-01-11 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore
  • 1953-01-10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Archibald MacLeish
  • 1954-01-09 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Louise Bogan & Leonie Adams
  • 1954-01-10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden
  • 1955-01-15 Dmitri Shostakovitch's "From Jewish Folk Poetry" premieres in Leningrad

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1955-10-07 Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Howl" for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1956-01-08 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken

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1956-02-26 Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
  • 1957-01-13 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Allen Tate
  • 1958-01-06 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to E. E. Cummings
  • 1958-04-18 A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.
  • 1959-01-11 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Theodore Roethke
  • 1960-01-10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Delmore Schwartz
  • 1960-09-05 The poet Léopold Sédar Senghor is elected as the first President of Senegal.
  • 1961-01-08 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters
  • 1962-01-07 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock
  • 1965-01-10 Bollingen prize for poetry awarded to Horace Gregory
  • 1967-02-05 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Robert Penn Warren

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1968-01-02 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1969-01-05 Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman & Karl Shapiro
  • 1969-03-28 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece.
  • 1971-01-10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Richard Wilbur
  • 1972-10-20 John Betjeman is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1973-01-07 US poet James Merrill wins Bollingen Prize
  • 1975-01-07 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to AR Ammons (Sphere)
  • 1976-11-26 German DR deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship
  • 1979-01-09 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin
  • 1981-01-13 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to May Swenson & Howard Nemerov
  • 1983-01-21 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Anthony E Hecht
  • 1984-02-26 Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st US poet laureate

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1984-12-28 Ted Hughes is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1985-01-15 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Ashbery & Fred Chapell
  • 1985-12-20 Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)
  • 1987-04-17 Richard Wilbur appointed as US poet laureate

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1989-06-02 "Dead Poets Society" starring Robin Williams premieres

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 1991-08-30 Tamil Tigers capture Sri Lanka poet Selvi
  • 1992-06-14 Mona Van Duyn is named 1st female US poet laureate
  • 1992-10-08 Nobel Prize for literature is given to West Indies poet Derek Walcott
  • 1999-05-19 Andrew Motion is appointed British Poet Laureate for 10 years, the first to request a definite term
  • 2009-05-01 Carol Ann Duffy is appointed British Poet Laureate - first Scot and woman Laureate

Famous Birthdays

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0070-10-15 BC Virgil, (Publius Vergilius Maro) Andes, Cisalpine Gaul, Roman Republican poet (Aeneid), (d. 19 BC)

Roman Poet Virgil
Roman Poet
Virgil

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0065-12-08 BC Horace, Venusia, Lucania, Roman Republian poet (Odes), (d. 8 BC)

Roman Poet Horace
Roman Poet
Horace
  • 0043-03-20 BC Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso], Roman poet (Metamorphoses)(d. 17)
  • 0039-11-03 Lucan, Cordova Spain, Latin poet (Bellum Civile)
  • 0040-03-01 Martial, Latin poet (d. 102)
  • 0534-04-29 Taliesin, Welsh poet, according to legend in Mabinogion
  • 0772-03-01 Po Tjiu-i, Chinese poet/governor of Hang-tsjow
  • 1036-12-19 Su Tung-p'o, China, poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher
  • 1037-01-25 Su Tung-p'o, [J Sotoba], China, layman/poet/administrator [or Dec 19]
  • 1048-05-18 Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher (d. 1131)
  • 1071-10-22 William IX, Duke of Aquitaine and poet (d. 1126)
  • 1075-02-16 Ordericus Vitalis, French monk/historian/poet
  • 1140-05-28 Xin Qiji, Chinese poet (d. 1207)
  • 1155-05-17 Jien, Japanese poet and historian (d. 1225)
  • 1207-09-30 Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, Persian mystic and poet (d. 1273)
  • 1265-05-09 Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (Divina Commedia)
  • 1291-10-31 Philippe de Vitry, French composer/poet
  • 1304-07-20 Francesco Petrarch, Italy, poet (Italia Mia)
  • 1394-11-24 Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (d. 1465)
  • 1398-08-19 Marqués de Santillana, Spanish poet (d. 1458)
  • 1414-08-18 Jami, Persian poet (d. 1492)
  • 1432-08-15 Luigi Pulci, Italy, poet (Morgante)
  • 1434-08-29 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet/translator
  • 1441-02-09 Ali Sjir Neva'i [Fani], Turkish poet/author (Mahbub al-kulub)
  • 1450-08-18 Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pechinich, Croatian poet
  • 1456-07-28 Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (Arcadia)
  • 1461-02-06 Džore Držić, Croatian poet and playwright who is considered one of the fathers of Croatian literature (d. 1501)
  • 1474-09-08 Ludovico Ariosto, Italy, poet (Orlando Furioso)
  • 1475-10-20 Giovanni Rucellai, Italian poet (Le Api)
  • 1479-06-14 Giglio Gregorio Giraldi, Italian poet (d. 1552)
  • 1485-04-03 Lieven van der Maude [Ammonius], South Netherland poet
  • 1488-01-06 Helius Eobanus Hessus, German poet (Silvae)
  • 1488-04-21 Ulrich von Hutten, German poet/humanist/patriot
  • 1491-11-08 Teofilo Folengo, Italian poet (d. 1544)
  • 1493-11-11 Bernardo Tasso, Italian poet (d. 1569)
  • 1495-03-06 Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (Opere Toscane, La Coltivazione)
  • 1503-06-28 Giovanni della Casa, Italian poet (d. 1556)
  • 1507-06-19 Annibale Caro, Italian poet (d. 1566)
  • 1511-11-14 Janus Secundus, neo latin poet (Basia)
  • 1516-04-23 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian, and archaeologist (d. 1571)
  • 1517-07-25 Jacques Peletier (du Mans), French poet/scientist
  • 1523-09-11 Pierre de Ronsard, French poet, born in Couture-sur-Loir, Vendômois (d. 1585)
  • 1524-02-04 Luis de Camões, Portugal's greatest poet (d. 1580)
  • 1528-11-02 Peter S Lotichius, [Peter Lotz], Neo latin poet (Collected Works)
  • 1533-08-07 Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, Basque soldier and poet (d. 1595)
  • 1538-04-26 Giovanni P Lomazzo, Italian writer/poet (Trattato)
  • 1539-12-20 Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer
  • 1540-06-11 Barnabe Googe, English poet (d. 1594)
  • 1542-06-24 St. John of the Cross, Spanish Carmelite mystic, saint, priest and poet (d. 1591)
  • 1544-03-11 Torquato Tasso, Italy, Renaissance poet (Aminta, Apologia)
  • 1545-12-05 Janus Dousa, [Johan van de Does], Dutch politician/poet
  • 1547-09-16 Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak Faizi, Persian-Dutch East Indies poet
  • 1547-09-22 Philipp Nikodemus Frischlin, German philologist and poet (d. 1590)
  • 1548-03-18 Cornelis Ketel, Dutch portrait painter/poet
  • 1549-03-11 Henric/Hendrik Spieghel, Dutch Renaissance writer and poet (Hertspiegel)
  • 1552-02-08 Agrippa d'Aubigné, French poet and soldier (d. 1630)
  • 1552-06-18 Gabriello Chiabrera, Italian poet (d. 1637)
  • 1553-03-29 Vitsentzos Kornaros, Greek Renaissance poet (d. 1613 or 1614)
  • 1554-11-30 Philip Sidney, England, poet/statesman/soldier (Arcadia)
  • 1555-12-04 Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet (d. 1625)
  • 1556-08-10 Philipp Nicolai, Germany, theologist/poet/composer
  • 1561-07-11 Luis de Góngora, Spanish poet (d. 1627)
  • 1562-01-13 Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (d. 1601)
  • 1562-11-25 Lope Felix de Vega, dramatist/poet (Angelica, Arcadia), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1564-02-06 Christopher Marlowe, English poet/dramatist (Dr Faustus)
  • 1564-04-23 William Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon, English Poet and playwright, traditionally regarded as his birthdate

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1564-04-26 William Shakespeare, English playwright and poet (date of baptism), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire (d. 1616)

  • 1567-02-12 Thomas Campion, England, composer/poet/physician
  • 1568-09-05 Tommaso Campanella, Italian theologian, philosopher, and poet (d. 1639)
  • 1569-10-18 Giambattista Marini, Italian poet (d. 1625)

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1572-06-11 Ben Jonson, English playwright and poet (Volpone, Alchemist), born in London (d. 1637)

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 1574-09-18 Claudio Achillini, Italian lawyer/poet
  • 1575-08-14 Robert Hayman, English-born poet (d. 1629)
  • 1576-10-07 John Marston, English poet and playwright (d. 1634)
  • 1577-11-10 Jacob Cats, [Father Cats], Dutch grand pensionary/poet (Houwelyck)
  • 1578-03-02 George Sandys, English colonist and poet (d. 1644)
  • 1580-08-24 John Taylor, English poet (d. 1654)
  • 1581-06-18 Thomas Overbury, poet (baptized)
  • 1582-01-28 John Barclay, Scottish satirist/poet (Euphormio's Satyricon) born Pont-à-Mousson France
  • 1582-04-08 Phienas Fletcher, poet
  • 1583-11-24 Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Spanish poet (d. 1641)
  • 1584-02-12 Casparus Barleaus, Flemish theologist/poet (Muiderkring)
  • 1585-03-16 Gerbrant A Bredero, Holland, poet/playwright (Klucht van de Koe)
  • 1585-12-13 William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet (d. 1649)
  • 1586-10-09 Jan III van Foreest, lawyer/poet/mayor of Hoorn
  • 1587-11-16 Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet/dramatist (Jephtha), born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1589-02-05 Honorat de Brueil seigneur de Racan, French playwright/poet
  • 1589-02-05 Esteban Manuel de Villegas, Spanish poet (d. 1669)
  • 1590-03-18 Manuel de Faria e Sousa, Portuguese historian and poet (d. 1649)
  • 1590-06-24 Samuel Ampzing, poet (Taelbericht der Neth Spellinge)
  • 1591-08-24 Robert Herrick, English poet ('Gather ye rosebuds while ye may') (baptized), born in London (d. 1674)
  • 1592-05-08 Francis Quarles, English poet (Argalus & Parthenia, Emblems)
  • 1593-04-03 George Herbert, English metaphysical poet (5 Mystical Songs)
  • 1593-08-23 Fulvio Testi, Italian poet (Pianto d'Italia)
  • 1595-02-24 Matthias C Sarbiewski, [Sarbievius], Polish jesuit/poet
  • 1596-09-04 Constantine Huygens, Dutch poet/diplomat (Delightful Folly)
  • 1596-09-28 Vredius, [Olivier de Wree], Flemish historian/poet/mayor
  • 1597-02-24 Vincent Voiture, French poet (d. 1648)
  • 1597-12-23 Martin Opitz, Germany, poet "Father of Modern German Poetry"
  • 1598-08-07 Georg Stiernhielm, "father of Swedish poetry" (Hercules)

Famous Weddings


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1582-11-28 Playwright & poet William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway

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1656-11-12 English Poet and author of epic "Paradise Lost" John Milton (47) marries 2nd wife Katherine Woodcock

  • 1662-02-24 English Poet and author of "Paradise Lost" John Milton marries 3rd wife Elizabeth Mynshull, 31 years his junior.
  • 1735-07-09 Author, poet, critic and lexicographer and writer of the first English dictionary Dr. Samuel Johnson (25) marries the widow Elizabeth "Tetty" Porter, 21 years his senior

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1778-04-01 Poet Phillis Wheatley (24) weds grocer and advocate for black rights John Peters

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1782-08-18 Romantic Age poet and artist William Blake (24) marries Catherine Boucher, 5 years his junior, in St. Mary's Church, Battersea, London.

Poet/Artist William Blake
Poet/Artist
William Blake
  • 1795-10-04 "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" poet Samuel Coleridge (22) marries Sarah Fricker

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1795-10-04 Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (22) weds Sara Fricker in Bristol, England

Poet, Critic, and Philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poet, Critic, and Philosopher
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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1802-10-04 English romantic poet William Wordsworth (32) marries childhood friend Mary Hutchinson

  • 1810-08-08 Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib marries Maaroof, daughter of Nawab Ilahi Baksh, and moves to Delhi.
  • 1811-08-28 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (19) elopes to Scotland with 1st wife Harriet Westbrook (16)
  • 1815-01-02 Leading Romantic Age poet Lord Byron (27) marries Anne Isabella Milbanke (22)by special licence, at Seaham Hall in County Durham.
  • 1816-12-30 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (24) marries 2nd wife writer "Frankenstein" Mary Godwin (19) and daughter of early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft

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1846-09-12 Poet and playwright Robert Browning (34) weds fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett (40) at Marylebone Church in London

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1850-06-13 Poet Alfred Tennyson (40) weds Emily Sellwood (36)

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1876-09-27 Poet Frederic Mistral (46) weds Marie Louise Aimee Rivière

Provencal Poet Frederic Mistral
Provencal Poet
Frederic Mistral

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1883-12-09 Poet Rabindranath Tagore (22) weds Mrinalini Devi in an arranged marriage

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1893-01-18 British Poet and writer Rudyard Kipling (26) marries Carrie Balestier (29) in London

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1895-12-19 Poet Robert Frost (21) weds Elinor Miriam White in Lawrence, Massachusetts

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1898-03-06 Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (25) weds political activist Alice Dunbar (22) in New York

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1908-06-09 Poet Joyce Kilmer (21) weds author Aline Murray (19)

  • 1913-10-01 Writer and poet Vita Sackville-West (21) marries diplomat Harold Nicolson (26)

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1914-04-20 Poet and critic Ezra Pound (28) weds Dorothy Shakespear

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1914-07-13 British poet and novelist D. H. Lawrence (28) weds Frieda Weekley (34) after obtaining Frieda's divorce from her 1st husband

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1915-06-26 Poet T. S. Eliot (26) weds governess Vivienne Haigh-Wood (27) at Hampstead Register Office in London

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot

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1916-03-22 British writer ('Lord of the Rings'), poet and professor J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien marries Edith Mary Bratt at St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church, Warwick

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1917-10-21 Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (52) weds Georgie Hyde-Lees (25)
  • 1924-03-19 American poet e.e. (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries first wife Elaine Orr. The marriage lasts less than 9 months.

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1926-08-26 Poet Arna Bontemps (24) weds fellow Seventh-Day Adventist Alberta Johnson

  • 1929-05-01 American poet e.e (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries 2nd wife Anne Minnerly Barton
  • 1937-07-11 Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas (22) marries dancer Caitlin McNamara (22) in Penzance, Cornwall

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1956-04-23 Novelist C. S. Lewis (57) weds poet Joy Davidman (41) at the register office in Oxford, England

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis

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1956-06-16 British Poet and Poet Laureate Ted Hughes marries American writer and poet (The Bell Jar) Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn, London.

Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • 1957-01-10 Poet T. S. Eliot (68) marries his 2nd wife editor Esmé Valerie Fletcher (30)
  • 1961-10-14 Howard Allen Frances (Anne) O'Brien (20) best-selling author (The Vampire Chronicles) marries poet and painter Stan Rice (21)

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1961-10-14 Author Anne Rice (20) weds poet/artist Stan Rice (18) in Denton, Texas

Author Anne Rice
Author
Anne Rice

Famous Divorces

  • 1816-04-16 Leading Romantic Age poet Lord Byron signs Deed of Separation dissolving his marriage with Lady Byron at her request after 1 year of marriage

Famous Deaths

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0019-09-21 BC Virgil, Roman poet, dies at 50

Roman Poet Virgil
Roman Poet
Virgil

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0008-11-27 Horace, Roman poet, dies at 56

Roman Poet Horace
Roman Poet
Horace
  • 0017-01-02 Roman poet Ovid (in Latin: Publius Ovidius Naso), dies
  • 0065-04-30 Lucan, Roman poet (b. 39)
  • 0521-07-17 Magnus Felix Ennodius, bishop and Latin poet (b. 474)
  • 0615-11-23 Columbanus, Irish monastery founder/poet/saint (Poenitentiale), dies
  • 0709-05-25 Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, Bishop of Sherborne. English poet and scholar (b. cica 639)
  • 0826-11-11 Theodore the Studite, Byzantine theologist/poet/saint, dies
  • 0912-04-06 Nottker "the Stamelaar", benedictine monk/poet, dies at about 71
  • 0965-09-23 Aboe a-Taia-H al-Moetanabbi, Arabic royal poet (Diwan), murdered
  • 0990-04-23 Ekkehart II, [Palatinus], monk to St-Gallen/poet, dies
  • 1101-07-28 Su Tung-p'o, Chinese poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher, dies at 64
  • 1123-12-04 Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher (b. 1048)
  • 1126-02-10 William IX, Duke of Aquitaine, poet (b. 1071)
  • 1164-01-27 Abraham ibn Ezra, poet/philosopher, dies
  • 1209-03-12 Djamal al-din Abu Mohammed Iljas Nizami, Persian poet, dies
  • 1225-10-28 Jien, Japanese poet and historian (b. 1155)
  • 1236-12-23 Philippus Cancellarius, French theologist/poet (Summa Cum Laude), dies
  • 1241-09-23 Snorri Sturluson, Icelandic historian, poet, and politician (b. 1178)
  • 1253-07-08 Thibaud IV, poet/count of Champagne/King of Navarra, dies
  • 1272-03-14 Re Enzo, Italian poet/son of Emp Frederik II von Hohenstaufen, dies
  • 1273-12-17 Rumi, Persian poet, scholar and mystic dies aged 65 or 66
  • 1292-12-09 Sa'di, great Persian poet (Orchard, Rose Garden), dies
  • 1294-05-03 Jan I, duke of Brabant/Limburg/poet, dies
  • 1297-04-17 Willem van Afflighem, Flemish poet/abbot St Truiden, dies at about 86
  • 1304-05-23 Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer
  • 1321-09-14 Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (Divine Commedy), dies at 56
  • 1324-02-26 Dino Compagni, Italian silk seller/poet/chronicler, dies
  • 1361-06-09 Philippe de Vitry, French composer/poet, dies at 69
  • 1374-07-18 Francesco Petrarch, Italian poet (Italia Mia), dies at 69
  • 1374-07-19 Francesco Petrarca, [Petracco], Italian mountaineer/poet, dies at 69
  • 1375-12-21 Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian poet (Vita di Dante), dies
  • 1395-03-13 John Barbour, Scottish poet
  • 1458-03-25 Inigo Lopez de Mendoza, Spanish marquis of Santillana/poet, dies
  • 1458-06-29 Mapheus Vegius, [Maffeo Vegio], Italian lawyer/humanist/poet, dies
  • 1459-03-03 Ausias March, Catalan poet, dies
  • 1465-01-05 Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (b. 1394)
  • 1472-03-27 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet/translator, dies at 37
  • 1492-11-19 Jami, Persian poet (b. 1414)
  • 1494-12-20 Matteo Maria Boiardo, Italian poet
  • 1500-04-11 Michael T Marullus, Greeks poet, drowns
  • 1501-01-03 Ali Sjir Neva'i [Fani], Turkish poet/author, dies at 59
  • 1501-09-25 Džore Držić, Croatian poet and playwright who is considered one of the fathers of Croatian literature, dies at 40
  • 1502-02-01 Olivier de la Marche, Flemish writer/poet/governor, dies
  • 1520-09-21 Selam I Jawuz, the Barse, poet/cruel sultan of Turkey, dies
  • 1523-08-29 Ulrich von Hutten, German poet/humanist/patriot, dies at 35
  • 1524-01-05 Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pecinich, Croatian poet, dies at 73
  • 1525-04-03 Giovanni Rucellai, Italian poet (Le Api), dies at 49
  • 1529-06-21 John Skelton, English poet, dies at about 69
  • 1530-04-24 Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (De partu Virginis), dies
  • 1533-07-06 Ludovico Ariosto, Italian poet (Orlando Furioso), dies at 57
  • 1536-09-24 Janus Secundus, neo latin poet (Basia), dies at 24
  • 1536-10-14 Garcilaso de la Vega, Spanish poet/diplomat, dies in battle
  • 1540-10-04 Helius Eobanus Hessus, German humanist/poet (Silvae), dies
  • 1542-09-21 Juan Boscán Almogáver, Spanish poet
  • 1542-10-06 Thomas Wyatt, English poet (b. 1503)
  • 1544-12-09 Teofilo Folengo, Italian poet (b. 1491)
  • 1547-01-19 Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, army commander/poet, beheaded at 29
  • 1550-06-13 Veronica Gambara, Italian poet, dies at 64
  • 1552-06-10 Alexander Barclay, English poet
  • 1556-03-19 Lieven van der Maude, [Ammonius], South Netherlands poet, dies at 70
  • 1556-04-18 Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (Flora, Antigone), dies at 61
  • 1556-11-14 Giovanni della Casa, Italian poet (b. 1504)
  • 1558-10-21 Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italian physician (Poetice), dies at 74
  • 1560-11-07 Peter S Lotichius, [Peter Lotz], German poet (Opera omnia), dies
  • 1565-10-14 Thomas Chaloner, English statesman and poet (b. 1521)
  • 1566-04-25 Louise Labé, French poet
  • 1566-09-27 Marcus A Vida, [Marcus Hieronymus], Italian humanist/poet/bishop, dies
  • 1566-11-21 Annibale Caro, Italian poet (b. 1507)
  • 1571-07-17 Georg Fabricius, German poet and historian (b. 1516)
  • 1572-11-23 Agnolo di Cosimo, Italian artist and poet (b. 1503)
  • 1572-12-10 Cornelis Musius, Dutch humanist/poet, murdered at 72
  • 1577-10-07 George Gascoigne, English poet
  • 1580-06-10 Luis Vaz de Camoes, Portugal's national poet (Os Lusiados), dies
  • 1586-10-17 Philip Sidney, English poet/diplomat, dies in battle at 32
  • 1588-06-18 Robert Crowley, English printer and poet
  • 1588-11-01 Jean Daurat, French poet (b. 1508)
  • 1590-11-29 Philipp Nikodemus Frischlin, German philologist and poet (b. 1547)
  • 1591-08-23 Luis de Leon, scholar/poet, dies
  • 1591-12-14 Juan de la Cruz, [de Yepes], Spanish Carmelet/poet/saint, dies
  • 1595-02-21 Robert Southwell, English Jesuit/poet, hanged
  • 1595-03-04 Robert Southwell, English poet, hanged for becoming a Catholic priest
  • 1595-04-25 Torquato Tasso, Italian poet/playwright, dies at 51
  • 1595-05-25 Valens Acidalius, German critic and poet (b. 1567)
  • 1595-10-15 Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak Faizi, Persian-Dutch E indies poet, dies at 48
  • 1595-11-29 Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, Basque soldier and poet (b. 1533)
  • 1596-07-29 Jacobus Latomus, Flemish poet (Psalms/Jeremias) dies at about 84
  • 1598-12-15 Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58
  • 1599-01-13 Edmund Spenser, poet (Faerie Queene), dies at about 46
  • 1601-04-10 Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (b. 1562)
  • 1602-02-03 Paul Melissus, [Paul Schede], German poet/composer, dies at 62
  • 1602-10-30 Jean-Jacques Boissard, French poet (b. 1528)
  • 1604-04-04 Thomas Churchyard, poet/pamphleteer, dies
  • 1605-09-23 Pontus de Tyard, French poet
  • 1606-10-05 Philippe Desportes, French poet (b. 1546)
  • 1607-04-15 Cornelius Kilianus, Flemish translator/poet, dies at about 78
  • 1607-10-26 Philipp Nicolai, German Lutherian theologist/poet/composer, dies at 52
  • 1608-04-19 Earl of Dorset, poet/statesman, dies
  • 1609-12-04 Alexander Hume, Scottish poet
  • 1611-06-08 Jean Bertaut, French poet (b. 1552)