Poetry History (Part 12)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1101 - 1,200 of 1,405

  • 1920-12-07 Tatamkulu Afrika, South African poet and writer (d. 2002)
  • 1921-03-01 Richard Wilbur, 2nd US Poet Laureate (Ceremony, Walking to Sleep)
  • 1921-04-13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet/publisher (Gift of Blood)
  • 1921-04-25 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet
  • 1921-05-09 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1921-09-25 Remy C, de Kerckhove, Flemish poet
  • 1921-10-17 George Mackey Brown, poet
  • 1921-10-20 Hans Warren, Dutch writer/poet/critic (Secret Diary)
  • 1921-10-22 Georges Brassens, French poet/cabaret singer
  • 1922-01-03 Morten Nielsen, Denmark, poet/resistance fighter
  • 1922-01-22 Howard Moss, poet/editor (New Yorker)
  • 1922-05-27 Sidney AK Keyes, English poet (Iron Laurel)
  • 1922-06-09 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (d. 1941)
  • 1922-06-29 Vasko Popa, Yugoslavia/Serbian poet (Heaven is a Side Issue)
  • 1922-07-17 Donald Alfred Davie, poet/critic
  • 1922-09-17 Agostinho Neto, poet/president Angola [or Dec 27]
  • 1922-09-23 Philip Owen Arnould Sherrard, scholar theologian poet/translator
  • 1923-01-15 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (d. 2006)
  • 1923-01-16 Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1923-02-02 James Dickey, poet/actor (Deliverance), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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1923-02-09 Brendan Behan, author/poet (Hostage), born in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1923-02-23 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet
  • 1923-03-27 Louis Simpson, Jamaican/US poet (Good News of Death), (d. 2012)
  • 1923-03-30 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (d. 1986)
  • 1923-04-23 James Kirkup, travel writer/poet/novelist (African in Greenland)
  • 1923-07-02 Wislawa Szymborska, Prowent, Poland, poet referred to as the 'Mozart of Poetry' (Nobel 1996), (d. 2012)
  • 1923-08-03 Roger Foulon, French/Belgian poet
  • 1923-09-20 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish-born poet (d. 1997)
  • 1923-09-22 Dannie Abse, Welsh poet and writer
  • 1923-10-24 Denise Levertov, American poet/essayist (Joy Beneath the Skin)
  • 1924-01-01 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet
  • 1924-02-12 Hans Berghuis, Dutch author/poet (3 Women, Adam)
  • 1924-05-03 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (d. 2000)
  • 1924-05-15 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist
  • 1924-07-19 Sybren Polet, [Sijbe Minnema], Dutch writer/poet (Mannekino)
  • 1924-07-20 Hans Lodeizen, [Johannes A Frederik], Dutch poet (Inner Self)
  • 1924-08-17 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Kunst & Vliegwerk)
  • 1924-08-27 David Rowbotham, Australian poet
  • 1924-09-15 Lucebert, Dutch poet/painter/cartoonist (Boozz, PC Hooft prize 1967)
  • 1924-09-28 Antonio Jacinto, Portuguese West Africa, Angolan poet
  • 1924-11-25 Takaaki Yoshimoto, Japanese poet, critic, and philosopher.
  • 1925-02-13 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author
  • 1925-03-10 Manolis Anagnostakis, Greek poet (d. 2005)
  • 1925-03-14 John Barrington Wain, English novelist/poet (Hurry on Down)
  • 1925-04-02 George MacDonald Fraser, poet/author (Flashman at the Charge)
  • 1925-04-04 Emmett Williams, American poet (d. 2007)
  • 1925-05-04 Peter Blum, German/South African/English poet (Capricorn)
  • 1925-06-15 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (Tarumba, Maltiempes)
  • 1925-08-10 Alastair Webster Mackie, poet/teacher
  • 1925-10-28 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener (d. 2006)
  • 1925-12-12 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (d. 2000)
  • 1926-01-05 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet
  • 1926-01-20 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, essayist and columnist
  • 1926-01-26 Jose Maria Valverde, philosopher poet/translator
  • 1926-02-02 Nydia M E Ecury, Arubian poet/actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera)
  • 1926-02-21 Hans Andreus, [Johan W van der Zant], Dutch poet (Animal Language)
  • 1926-03-03 James Ingram Merrill, US poet/author (Scripts for the Pageant)
  • 1926-05-21 Robert Creeley, Mass, poet/novelist (Island)

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1926-06-03 Allen Ginsberg, American beat poet (Howl), born in Newark, New Jersey

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1926-06-25 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austria author/poet
  • 1926-06-27 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1926-09-26 Buland Al Haidary, poet
  • 1926-11-23 Christopher Logue, British poet/stage writer (Trials)
  • 1926-12-23 Robert Bly, US, poet/editor/translator (Loving a Woman in 2 Worlds)
  • 1927-01-08 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1927-02-24 David Mourao-Ferreira, poet/politician
  • 1927-03-13 Charles Sickman Corsen, Dutch Antillean poet
  • 1927-06-07 Martin Carter, poet/critic
  • 1927-06-15 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humourist and Urdu poet (d. 1978)
  • 1927-07-28 John Ashbery, American poet
  • 1927-08-08 Elis Juliana, Antillian writer/poet (Lady of the Night: A flower)
  • 1927-09-30 W. S. Merwin, American poet
  • 1928-01-08 Gaston Miron, Quebec poet and editor (d. 1996)
  • 1928-01-10 Philip Levine, American poet, born in Detroit, Michigan

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1928-04-04 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri

Author, Poet and Actress Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Actress
Maya Angelou
  • 1928-04-23 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist/writer/poet
  • 1928-07-08 Norma Donaldson, singer/actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats)
  • 1928-07-26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (d. 1980)
  • 1928-09-20 Donald Hall, American poet and US Poet Laureate
  • 1928-09-29 Ankie [Johanna A Hoving-]Peypers, Dutch author/poet
  • 1928-10-07 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (d. 1980)
  • 1928-11-04 Hannah Weiner American experimental poet
  • 1928-11-09 Anne Sexton, Newton Mass, poet (Live or Die; Pulitzer 1967)
  • 1929-02-16 Peter NF Porter, Australian/British author/poet (Chair of Babel)
  • 1929-02-28 John Montague, Irish poet and 1st occupant of the Ireland Chair of Poetry, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1929-04-01 Milan Kundera, Czech poet/writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being)
  • 1929-04-25 Jose Angel Valente, Spanish poet (A modo the esperanza)
  • 1929-05-20 Andre Carolus Cirino, Suriname/Indian poet
  • 1929-07-07 Hasan Abidi, Pakistani journalist and poet (d. 2005)
  • 1929-07-28 Remco [Wouter] Campert, Dutch literary/poet/son of Jan Campert
  • 1929-08-21 X. J. Kennedy, American poet
  • 1929-08-29 Thom Gunn, Kent England, poet (The Wound)
  • 1929-10-28 John Hollander, American poet
  • 1930-01-23 Derek Walcott, St Lucia, poet/writer (Omeros, Nobel 1992)
  • 1930-02-28 Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
  • 1930-03-26 Gregory Corso, beat poet (Happy Birthday of Death, Long Live Man)
  • 1930-03-28 Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet, born in Rome (d. 1996)
  • 1930-05-03 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, born in Buenos Aires
  • 1930-05-07 Horst Bienek, German poet
  • 1930-05-08 Gary Snyder, [Japhy Ryder], beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1101 - 1,194 of 1,194


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1997-04-05 Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1997-09-11 Hannah Weiner American experimental poet (b. 1928)
  • 1997-11-12 William Matthews, poet, dies at 55
  • 1997-12-13 Martin Carter, poet/critic, dies at 70
  • 1997-12-20 Denise Levertov, poet, dies at 74
  • 1998-04-30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • 1998-09-01 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (b. 1930)

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1998-10-28 Ted Hughes, Poet and British Poet Laureate (1984-98), dies aged 68

  • 1999-01-11 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (b. 1897)
  • 1999-03-19 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • 1999-05-10 Shel Silverstein, American poet and composer (b. 1930)
  • 1999-09-08 Moondog, American composer, musician and poet (b. 1916)
  • 2000-01-22 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (Kamouraska) (b. 1916)
  • 2000-05-08 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • 2000-06-14 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer (b. 1911)
  • 2000-07-11 Pedro Mir, Dominican poet (b. 1913)
  • 2000-07-24 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (b. 1925)
  • 2000-09-25 R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet (b. 1913)
  • 2000-12-03 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (b. 1917)
  • 2000-12-07 Vladimir Gotovac, Croatian poet and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2001-01-17 Gregory Corso, American poet (b. 1930)
  • 2002-11-08 Jon Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher (b. 1931)
  • 2002-12-09 Stan Rice, American painter, educator, and poet (b. 1942)
  • 2003-01-21 Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • 2003-11-03 Rasul Gamzatov, Russian poet (b. 1923)
  • 2003-11-04 Charles Causley, Cornish writer and poet (b. 1917)
  • 2004-04-25 Thom Gunn, British poet (b. 1929)
  • 2004-06-22 Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
  • 2004-10-20 Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
  • 2004-12-02 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
  • 2005-01-25 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (b. 1907)
  • 2005-02-21 Gérard Bessette, Quebec novelist and poet (b. 1920)
  • 2005-03-29 Miltos Sahtouris, Greek poet (b. 1919)
  • 2005-03-30 Robert Creeley, American poet (b. 1926)
  • 2005-05-22 Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
  • 2005-06-23 Manolis Anagnostakis, Greek poet (b. 1925)
  • 2005-08-21 Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (b. 1936)
  • 2005-09-06 Hasan Abidi, Pakistani journalist and Urdu poet (b. 1929)
  • 2005-11-04 Nadia Anjuman, Afghan poet and journalist (b. 1980)
  • 2005-11-20 Manouchehr Atashi, Iranian poet (b. 1931)
  • 2006-01-04 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • 2006-01-18 Jan Twardowski, Polish poet (b. 1915)
  • 2006-03-03 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (b. 1923)
  • 2006-03-27 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener (b. 1925)
  • 2006-05-14 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)
  • 2006-09-11 William Auld, Scottish poet, writer and supporter of Esperanto (b. 1924)
  • 2006-09-25 John M. Ford, American author and poet (b. 1957)
  • 2006-09-29 Khalique Ibrahim Khalique, Pakistani journalist and Urdu poet and critic (b. 1926)
  • 2006-11-30 Elhadi Adam, Sudanese poet and lyricist (b. 1927)
  • 2006-12-24 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet and comedian (b. 1961)
  • 2007-01-04 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • 2007-01-05 Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet (b. 1923)
  • 2007-02-04 Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • 2007-06-27 Dragutin Tadijanović, Croatian poet (b. 1905)
  • 2008-02-09 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 2008-04-17 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2008-08-09 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer of prose.(b. 1941)
  • 2008-10-15 Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Turkish poet (b. 1914)
  • 2009-01-13 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • 2009-01-18 Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet (b. 1935)
  • 2009-03-04 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • 2009-04-10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • 2009-05-17 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • 2009-08-27 Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer and poet (b. 1913)
  • 2010-05-23 Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • 2010-10-25 Vesna Parun, Croatian poet (b. 1922)
  • 2010-11-05 Adrian Păunescu, Romanian poet and politician (b. 1943)
  • 2010-11-29 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet (b. 1937)
  • 2010-12-03 Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)
  • 2011-02-16 Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)
  • 2011-05-27 Gil Scott-Heron, American poet, musician and author (b. 1949)
  • 2011-07-08 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (b. 1924)
  • 2011-09-21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • 2011-10-20 Tone Pavček, Slovenian poet and translator (b. 1928)
  • 2011-11-10 Ivan Martin Jirous, Czech poet (b. 1944)
  • 2012-02-01 Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet and Nobel Laureate, dies at 88
  • 2012-03-27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet/essayist, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • 2012-09-14 Louis Simpson, Jamaican poet, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • 2012-12-28 Jayne Cortez, African-American poet, dies at 76

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2013-03-21 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian poet and novelist, dies at 82

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe

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2013-08-30 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature)

  • 2014-01-14 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, dies at 84
  • 2014-02-22 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist & Poet, dies at 98

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2014-05-28 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), dies at 86

Author, Poet and Actress Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Actress
Maya Angelou
  • 2015-01-29 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter (Jean) and poet, dies at 81
  • 2015-02-14 Philip Levine, American poet (1995 Pulitzer prize), dies at 87
  • 2015-03-26 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), dies at 83
  • 2015-07-08 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), dies at 71
  • 2015-08-03 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), dies at 98
  • 2015-08-22 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, dies at 88
  • 2015-08-26 P J [Patrick Joeseph] Kavanagh, English poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), dies at 84
  • 2015-09-20 C. K. [Charles Kenneth] Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), dies at 78
  • 2016-01-01 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, dies from heart failure at 83
  • 2016-03-26 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), dies at 78