Poetry History (Part 10)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 1,405

  • 1901-10-28 Eileen Shanahan, Irish Poet (d. 1979)

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1902-02-01 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1967)

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 1902-02-10 Armand Bernier, Belgian poet (Sorcier Triste)
  • 1902-04-01 Maria Polydouri, Greek poet (d. 1930)
  • 1902-05-11 Kaarlo Sarkia, Finnish poet (Unen Kaivo)
  • 1902-07-28 Kenneth F Fearing, US, poet (Dead Reckoning)
  • 1902-08-19 Ogden Nash, Rye NY, humorous poet (I'm a Stranger Here Myself)
  • 1902-09-20 Stevie [Florence Margaret] Smith, Kingston upon Hull, English poet and novelist (Not Waving but Drowning)

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1902-10-13 Arna Bontemps, American poet (100 years of negro freedom), born in Alexandria, Louisiana (d. 1973)

  • 1902-10-31 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (Claro Enigma)
  • 1902-11-01 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet/dramatist/novelist (The Defeat), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1943)
  • 1902-11-02 Gyula Illyes, Hungarian author/poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes)
  • 1903-01-17 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • 1903-02-04 Edwin Denby, Tientsin China, US dance critic/poet (Snoring in N)
  • 1903-03-03 Rabbe A Enckell, Fins author/poet (Lutad about Brunnen)
  • 1903-05-30 Countee Cullen, Balt Md, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ & Other Poems)
  • 1903-08-27 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nocturno de los Angeles)
  • 1903-12-16 Rafael Alberti, Spanish poet (El hombre deshabitado)
  • 1904-01-21 Richard P Blackmur, Mass, critic/poet (Good European)
  • 1904-02-21 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
  • 1904-03-18 Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (d. 1926)
  • 1904-04-01 Juan Gil-Albert, Spanish poet and writer, born in Alcoy (d. 1994)
  • 1904-04-27 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), born in Ballintubbert, Queen's County (d. 1972)
  • 1904-04-27 Ragnar Skrede, Norwegian poet (Lauvfall)
  • 1904-05-06 Harry Martinson, Sweden, novelist/poet (Trade Wind-Nobel 1974)
  • 1904-05-13 Alfred Earle Birney, poet
  • 1904-05-22 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet (d. 1962)

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1904-07-12 Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (Residence on Earth-Nobel 1971), born in Parral, Chile (d. 1973)

  • 1904-10-21 Patrick Kavanagh, Irish poet (d. 1967)
  • 1905-01-08 Giacinto Scelsi, La Spezia, Italy, composer and surrealist poet
  • 1905-01-23 Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges)
  • 1905-02-28 Glyn Jones, Wales, novelist, poet and literary historian
  • 1905-03-09 Rex Warner, English poet/writer (Wild Goose Chase)
  • 1905-03-21 Phyllis McGinley, US, poet (Pulitzer 1961, Love Letters)
  • 1905-03-22 Phyllis McGinley, poet
  • 1905-04-11 József Attila, Hungarian poet (d. 1937)
  • 1905-04-22 Robert Choquette, French Canadian novelist, poet and diplomat (d. 1991)
  • 1905-04-24 Robert Penn Warren, 1st US poet laureate (All the King's Men)
  • 1905-05-20 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Sailing)
  • 1905-06-08 Brian Coffey, Irish poet (Avent), born in Dublin (d. 1995)
  • 1905-06-29 Manuel Altolaguirre, Spanish poet/publisher (La lenta libertad)
  • 1905-07-29 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (d. 2006)
  • 1905-08-20 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (d. 1973)
  • 1905-09-16 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (d. 1980)
  • 1905-11-17 Wazyk, [Adam Wagman], Polish poet/author (Eyes & Mouth)
  • 1905-12-16 Piet Hein, poet/inventor
  • 1905-12-22 Kenneth Rexroth, US, poet/critic/translator (Birds in the Bush)
  • 1906-01-06 Benedict Vilakazi, South Africa, poet/educator (Zulu-English Dictionary)
  • 1906-04-08 Charles J B Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer (Mirror of the Sea)
  • 1906-06-12 Sandro Penna, Italian poet (d. 1977)
  • 1906-06-27 Vernon P Watkins, Welsh poet (Ballad of Mari Lwyd)
  • 1906-08-28 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), born in London (d. 1984)
  • 1906-09-04 Hendrikus G "Han" Hoekstra, poet (Ongerijmde life)
  • 1906-09-05 Semjon I Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Semj Dnej Nedeli) [NS=Sept 18]
  • 1906-09-18 Semjon I Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Semj Dnej Nedeli) [OS=Sept 5]
  • 1906-09-27 William Empson, English poet/critic (Milton's God)
  • 1906-10-09 Léopold Sédar Senghor, Senegalese poet and politician (d. 2001)
  • 1906-11-02 Daniil Andreev, Russian poet (d. 1959)
  • 1906-12-25 Herman J Scheltema, [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist/poet
  • 1907-02-02 Bernardas Brazdzionis, Lithuania, poet/editor/critic
  • 1907-02-21 Wystan Hugh Auden, US, poet (Age of Anxiety-Pulitzer 1948)
  • 1907-05-11 Rose Ausländer, German poet (d. 1988)
  • 1907-06-04 Patience Strong, English poet and journalist (d. 1990)
  • 1907-06-14 René Char, French poet/painter
  • 1907-06-24 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (d. 1989)
  • 1907-07-07 Helene Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1907-09-12 Louis MacNeice, Irish poet (d. 1963)
  • 1907-10-21 Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (d. 1985)
  • 1907-10-28 John Harold Hewitt, Northern Irish poet (d. 1987)
  • 1907-11-07 Maurits Mok, Dutch author/poet (Cheese & Bread Game)
  • 1907-12-21 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch literary (Poet in Love)
  • 1907-12-23 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (d. 2005)
  • 1908-01-23 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist
  • 1908-05-25 Theodore Roethke, US, poet (Words for the Wind)
  • 1908-10-09 Harry Hooton, Australian poet (d. 1961)
  • 1908-12-27 Louis JHCA de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Black Banners)
  • 1909-02-03 M Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans], poet (Phoenix)
  • 1909-02-14 A Moses Klein, poet (Hath Not a Jew...), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1909-02-28 Stephen Spender, English poet and critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1909-03-03 Kenton Kilmer, poet/translator
  • 1909-05-24 Guillermo Diaz-Plaja, Spanish literary/poet (Lorca)
  • 1909-06-30 Juan Bosch, poet/President of Dominican Republic (1962-63)
  • 1909-07-04 Lynette Roberts, British poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1909-09-28 Stephen Spender, poet [or Feb 28]
  • 1909-10-10 Luc van Brabant, Flemish writer/erotic poet
  • 1909-12-12 Armand H F Boni, the Good One, Flemish poet/writer
  • 1909-12-28 Nikola J Vaptsarov, Bulgaria poet (Subrani Sutsjinenija)
  • 1910-01-02 Srirangam Srinivasarao, Telugu Poet (d. 1983)
  • 1910-01-07 Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistani poet (d. 1984)
  • 1910-03-09 Ed[uard] Hoornik, Dutch writer/poet (Survivor)
  • 1910-03-27 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, born in Jinhua, Zhejiang province (d. 1996)
  • 1910-05-16 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
  • 1910-06-21 Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Soviet poet (d. 1971)
  • 1910-08-05 [Johan] Erik Lindegren, Swedish poet/librettist (Aniara)
  • 1910-10-12 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator (d. 1985)
  • 1910-10-30 Miguel Hernadez Gilabert, Spain, poet (Viento del Pueblo)
  • 1910-11-14 Norman MacCaig, Scottish poet, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • 1910-12-19 Jose Lezama Lima, poet/novelist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1910-12-27 Charles Olson, American poet (d. 1970)
  • 1911-02-08 Elizabeth Bishop, US poet (North & South)/Pulitzer Prize (1956)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 901 - 1,000 of 1,194

  • 1972-12-11 Semjon I Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • 1973-04-30 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)
  • 1973-05-14 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (b. 1905)

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1973-06-04 Arna Bontemps, American poet (Harlem Renaissance), dies of heart attack at 72 in Nashville

  • 1973-08-17 Conrad Aiken, US poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74

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1973-09-23 Pablo Neruda, [N R R Basoalto], poet (100 Love Sonnets), dies at 69

  • 1973-09-26 Anton Schnack, German writer/poet, dies at 81
  • 1973-09-29 W H Auden, Vienna poet, dies
  • 1973-10-17 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian poet (Gott von Manhattan), dies at 47
  • 1974-01-13 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet (b. 1904)
  • 1974-01-20 Edmund Blunden, British poet/critic, dies at 77
  • 1974-01-21 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author, dies at 48
  • 1974-03-01 Jos de Haes, Flemish philological/poet (Azuren Holte), dies at 53
  • 1974-03-08 Christian van Geel, Dutch poet/sculptor (Spinroc), dies at 56

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1974-06-09 Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guatemalan novelist (Hombres de Maiz, Nobel 67), journalist and poet, dies at 74

Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist Miguel Ángel Asturias
Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist
Miguel Ángel Asturias
  • 1974-07-03 John C Ransom, US poet (World's Body), dies
  • 1974-07-21 Willem F K Hussem, painter/poet (Steltlopen on Sea), dies at 74
  • 1974-08-07 Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet (b. 1925)
  • 1974-10-17 René A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillean poet, dies at 57
  • 1974-10-29 Victor E van Vriesland, poet (Mirror of Dutch Poetry), dies at 82
  • 1975-01-08 Louis J H C A de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Gypsy Blood), dies at 66
  • 1975-02-10 Nikos Kavvadias, Greek poet and writer (b. 1910)
  • 1975-03-18 Alain Grandbois, Quebec poet (b. 1900)
  • 1975-09-20 Saint-John Perse, French diplomat/poet (Nobel 1960), dies at 78
  • 1975-11-01 Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian poet/author/director, murdered at 53
  • 1975-11-13 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (b. 1910)
  • 1976-03-13 Willy Alfredo, [Willem Jue], Dutch comedian/poet, dies at 77
  • 1976-04-28 Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • 1976-05-01 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • 1976-06-09 Paul T B Rodenko, Dutch poet/writer (Never Marry a Witch), dies at 55
  • 1976-07-04 Antoni Słonimski, Polish poet (b. 1895)
  • 1976-08-05 Adrian Roland Holst, poet (Past the Roads), dies at 88
  • 1976-08-09 Jose Lezama Lima, Cuban poet/novelist, dies at 65
  • 1976-08-29 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher (b. 1899)
  • 1977-01-21 Sandro Penna, Italian poet (b. 1906)
  • 1977-04-11 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1977-04-14 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
  • 1977-06-09 Hans Andreus, [Johan W van de Zant], Dutch poet, dies at 51
  • 1977-09-12 Robert Lowell, US poet/pacifist (Near the Ocean), dies at 60)
  • 1977-12-18 Louis Untermeyer, poet/critic/TV panelist (What's My Line), dies at 92
  • 1978-01-11 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • 1978-05-11 John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/poet, dies at 93
  • 1978-07-02 Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist, poet and translator (b. 1922)
  • 1978-09-09 Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet (b. 1892)
  • 1978-10-22 John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)
  • 1978-11-20 Vasilisk Gnedov, Russian poet (b. 1890)
  • 1979-01-28 Eileen Shanahan, Irish Poet (b. 1901)
  • 1979-02-08 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet, dies at 82
  • 1979-09-10 Agostinho Neto, poet/1st President of Angola, dies at 56
  • 1980-02-12 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
  • 1980-03-25 James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • 1980-03-31 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (b. 1905)
  • 1980-04-21 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (b. 1928)
  • 1980-04-30 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)
  • 1980-05-05 Edmond Vandercammen, Belgian writer/poet (Grand Combat), dies at 79
  • 1980-07-09 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist (b. 1913)
  • 1980-07-25 Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • 1980-07-26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (b. 1928)
  • 1980-09-25 Marie Under, Estonian author and poet (b. 1883)
  • 1981-04-30 Peter Huchel, German poet, dies at 78
  • 1981-09-12 Eugenio Montale, Italian poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
  • 1981-10-19 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • 1982-02-22 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan (b. 1898)
  • 1982-03-11 Horace Gregory, American poet (b. 1898)
  • 1982-06-06 Kenneth Rexroth, American poet (b. 1905)
  • 1982-07-20 Okot p'Bitek, Ugandan poet (b. 1931)
  • 1982-11-13 Babette Deutsch, US poet (Honey out of the Rock), dies at 87
  • 1983-04-15 Gyula Illyes, Hungarian writer/poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • 1983-06-15 Srirangam Srinivasarao, also known as Sri Sri, Telugu poet (b. 1910)
  • 1983-12-13 Nichita Stanescu, Romanian poet (b. 1933
  • 1984-01-21 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • 1984-01-23 Mu'in Bseiso, Palestinian poet (b. 1926)
  • 1984-03-11 Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher/poet, dies in Rytutakuji monastery at 76
  • 1984-04-07 Samuel C Engel, poet, dies of heart failure at 79
  • 1984-05-19 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77
  • 1985-01-16 Robert Fitzgerald, U.S. poet and translator (b. 1910)
  • 1985-02-22 Salvador Espriu, Spanish poet (b. 1913)
  • 1985-05-25 Robert Nathan, US writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • 1985-10-08 Ricardo Bacchelli, playwright/poet (Il malino del Po), dies at 94
  • 1985-10-18 Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc'er, hanged at 30
  • 1985-10-31 Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (b. 1907)
  • 1985-11-24 Cees Buddingh', Dutch poet/writer/interpreter/translator, dies at 67
  • 1985-12-02 Philip Larkin, [hermit of Hull], English poet, dies at 63
  • 1985-12-07 Robert Graves, English writer/poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • 1985-12-18 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916)
  • 1986-01-08 Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
  • 1986-03-30 John Ciardi, US poet/interpreter (Dante), dies at 69
  • 1986-04-09 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet, dies at 64
  • 1986-04-21 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist (b.1930)
  • 1986-06-25 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet, dies at 63
  • 1986-08-16 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1986-08-20 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (b. 1923)
  • 1987-07-08 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (b. 1896)
  • 1987-08-17 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet, dies at 84
  • 1987-09-16 Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
  • 1987-11-11 Nico Slothouwer, poet (Liefdesstratenplan), commits suicide at 30
  • 1988-01-03 Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
  • 1988-04-15 Hendrikus G "Han" Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • 1988-06-16 Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
  • 1988-08-02 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50