Poets in History

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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
  • 1341-04-08 Petrarch crowned a poet on the Capitoline Hill in Rome
  • 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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1667-04-27 Blind and impoverished, English poet John Milton sells the copyright of "Paradise Lost" for £10

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

King George I
King
George I

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1730-12-03 Colley Cibber is appointed British Poet Laureate under King George II

King of Great Britain and Ireland George II
King of Great Britain and Ireland
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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1772-08-04 English poet and artist William Blake aged 14 is first apprenticed to engraver James Basire in London

Poet and Artist William Blake
Poet and Artist
William Blake

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

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1785-04-20 Thomas Warton appointed British Poet Laureate by King George III

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
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

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1802-01-29 First celebration of Burns night, in honor of poet Robert Burns's birthday by The Mother Club in Greenock (later realized his actual birthday 25th January)

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1810-05-03 English poet Lord Byron swims the Hellespont (modern day Dardanelles)

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron

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1816-04-10 Samuel Taylor Coleridge recites his poem "Kubla Khan" to fellow poet Lord Byron, who persuades him to publish it

Poet, Critic and Philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poet, Critic and Philosopher
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron

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1818-07-11 English poet John Keats writes "In the Cottage Where Burns is Born", "Lines Written in the Highlands", and "Gadfly"

Romantic Poet John Keats
Romantic Poet
John Keats
  • 1824-05-17 The diaries of Lord Byron are burnt by six of the poet's friends at the office of John Murray in London, sometimes described as “the greatest crime in literary history”
  • 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)

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

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

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1845-01-10 Poets Elizabeth Barrett and 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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1860-11-03 Poet and critic Matthew Arnold begins his series of lectures "On Translating Home" as Oxford Professor of Poetry at Oxford University

Poet & Critic Matthew Arnold
Poet & Critic
Matthew Arnold

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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, 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 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

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1913-02-02 American poet Joyce Kilmer writes his famous poem "Trees" in Mahwah, New Jersey

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1913-12-10 Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore becomes the first non-European to be presented with the Nobel Prize for Literature for "Gitanjali"

  • 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
  • 1919-03-28 78th Grand National: Ernie Piggott wins aboard Poethlyn; shortest price winner in history at 11-4
  • 1919-09-12 The poet Gabriele D'Annunzio organizes a militant nationalist group and takes Fiume (Rijeka) for Italy

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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 and poet Col Blake arrives in London

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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
  • 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

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1955-01-15 Dmitri Shostakovich'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

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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

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1958-04-18 A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.

  • 1960-09-05 The poet Léopold Sédar Senghor is elected as the first President of Senegal.

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1967-12-05 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock and poet Allen Ginsberg arrested in New York while protesting against the Vietnam War

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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
  • 1969-03-28 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece
  • 1972-10-20 John Betjeman is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1973-01-07 American poet James Merrill wins Bollingen Prize
  • 1976-11-26 German DR deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1981-05-11 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on poetry by T. S. Eliot) directed by Trevor Nunn first premieres in the West End, London

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 1984-02-26 Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st US poet laureate

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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
  • 1985-12-20 Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1986-10-16 Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright and poet, becomes the first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature

Playwright Wole Soyinka
Playwright
Wole Soyinka
  • 1987-04-17 Richard Wilbur appointed as American poet laureate
  • 1991-08-30 Tamil Tigers capture Sri Lanka poet Selvi
  • 1991-11-21 Poetess Maria Elene Cruz Varela arrested in Cuba
  • 1991-11-27 Poetess Maria Elene Cruz Varela sentenced to 2 years (Cuba)
  • 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

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1995-12-07 Irish poet Seamus Heaney receives the Novel Prize for Literature at a ceremony in Stockholm

  • 1999-05-19 Andrew Motion is appointed British Poet Laureate for 10 years, the first to request a definite term

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2003-09-17 Billy Corgan presents his poetry at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan
  • 2009-05-01 Carol Ann Duffy is appointed British Poet Laureate - first Scot and woman Laureate
  • 2017-06-14 US Library of Congress names Tracey K. Smith as Poet Laureate
  • 2019-06-19 Oklahoma writer Joy Harjo is named the first Native American US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress
  • 2019-09-09 Poet John Milton's own copy of Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623 has survived with his annotations according to scholar Jason Scott-Warren in Philadelphia library, could be world's most important modern literary discovery

Famous Birthdays

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Person of interestVirgil

0070-10-15 BC Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro], Roman poet of the Augustan period (Aeneid), born in Andes, Cisalpine Gaul (d. 19 BC)

Roman Poet Virgil
Roman Poet
Virgil

Person of interestHorace

0065-12-08 BC Horace, Roman Republican poet (Odes), born in Venosa, Italy (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, Latin poet (Bellum Civile), born in Cordova, Spain
  • 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
  • 0967-12-07 Abū-Sa'īd Abul-Khayr, Persian mystic and poet, born in Mihne, Greater Khorasan (d. 1049)
  • 1036-12-19 Su Tung-p'o, China, poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher
  • 1037-01-08 Su Shi, Chinese poet & artist (d. 1101)
  • 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 and military leader, born in Jinan, China (d. 1207)
  • 1155-05-17 Jien, Japanese poet and historian, born in Kyoto (d. 1225)
  • 1207-09-30 Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, Persian mystic and poet, born in Khorassan, Afghanistan (d. 1273)
  • 1265-05-09 Dante Alighieri, Italian poet and author (Dante's Inferno, Divina Commedia), born in Florence, Republic of Florence (d. 1321)
  • 1291-10-31 Philippe de Vitry, French composer and poet, born in Paris (d. 1361)
  • 1304-07-20 Francesco Petrarch, Italian poet (Italia Mia), born Arezzo, Tuscany (d. 1374)
  • 1394-11-24 Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (d. 1465)
  • 1398-08-19 Marqués de Santillana, Castilian politician and poet (serranillas), born in Carrión de los Condes, Spain (d. 1458)
  • 1414-11-07 Jami [Mowlanā Nūr Od-dīn ʿabd Or-raḥmān Ebn Aḥmad], Persian poet (Lava’iḥ), born in Minaret of Jam, Afghanistan (d. 1492)
  • 1432-08-15 Luigi Pulci, Italian poet (Morgante), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1484)
  • 1434-08-29 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet and translator, born in Čazma, Croatia (d. 1472)
  • 1441-02-09 Ali Sjir Neva'i [Fani], Turkish poet/author (Mahbub al-kulub)
  • 1450-08-18 Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pechinich, Croatian poet, born in Split, Croatia (d. 1524)
  • 1456-07-28 Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (Arcadia), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1530)
  • 1461-02-06 Džore Držić, Croatian poet and playwright who is considered one of the fathers of Croatian literature, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1501)
  • 1474-09-08 Ludovico Ariosto, Italian poet (Orlando Furioso), born in Reggio Emilia, Italy (d. 1533)

Person of interestMichelangelo

1475-03-06 Michelangelo, Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance (David, Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), born in Caprese, Tuscany (d. 1564)

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo
  • 1475-10-20 Giovanni Rucellai, Italian poet (Le Api)
  • 1479-06-14 Giglio Gregorio Giraldi, Italian poet, born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1552)
  • 1485-04-03 Lieven van der Maude [Ammonius], South Netherland poet
  • 1485-11-30 Veronica Gambara, Italian poet, born in Pralboino, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1550)
  • 1488-01-06 Helius Eobanus Hessus, German poet (Silvae), born in Haina, Germany (d. 1540)
  • 1488-04-21 Ulrich von Hutten, German scholar and poet, born in Schlüchtern, Hesse
  • 1491-11-08 Teofilo Folengo, Italian macaronic poet, born in Mantua, Italy (d. 1544)
  • 1493-09-28 Agnolo Firenzuola, Italian poet and litterateur, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1543)
  • 1493-11-11 Bernardo Tasso, Italian courtier and poet, born in Bergamo, Venice (d. 1569)
  • 1495-03-06 Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (Opere Toscane, La Coltivazione)
  • 1502-09-13 John Leland, English poet and antiquarian, born in London (d. 1552)
  • 1503-06-28 Giovanni Della Casa, Italian poet (Galateo), born in La Casa, Mugello, Tuscany (d. 1556)
  • 1507-06-19 Annibale Caro, Italian writer and poet (Lettere familiare), born in Civitanova Marche, Italy (d. 1566)
  • 1511-11-14 Janus Secundus, neo latin poet (Basia)
  • 1516-04-23 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian and archaeologist, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1571)
  • 1517-07-25 Jacques Peletier (du Mans), French poet and scientist, born in Le Mans, France (d. 1582)
  • 1523-09-11 Pierre de Ronsard, French poet, born in Couture-sur-Loir, Vendômois (d. 1585)
  • 1524-02-04 Luis de Camões, Portuguese poet (d. 1580)
  • 1528-11-02 Peter Lotichius Secundus [Peter Lotz], Neo latin poet (Collected Works), born in Schlüchtern, Hesse, Germany (d. 1560)
  • 1533-08-07 Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, Basque soldier and poet, born in Madrid (d. 1595)
  • 1538-04-26 Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter and poet (Trattato), born in Milan (d. 1592)
  • 1539-12-20 Paulus Melissus, humanist Neo-Latin writer, translator, and composer, born in Mellrichstadt, Germany (d. 1602)
  • 1540-06-11 Barnabe Googe, English poet, born in Alvingham, Lincolnshire (d. 1594)
  • 1542-06-24 St. John of the Cross [Juan de Yepes y Álvarez], Spanish Carmelite mystic, saint, priest and poet, born in Fontiveros, Ávila, Spain (d. 1591)
  • 1544-03-11 Torquato Tasso, Italian Renaissance poet (Aminta, Apologia), born in Sorrento, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1595)
  • 1545-12-05 Janus Dousa [Johan van de Does], Dutch politician and poet, born in Noordwijk, Netherlands (d. 1604)
  • 1547-09-16 Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak Faizi, Persian-Dutch East Indies poet, born in Agra, Mughal India (d. 1595)
  • 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, born in Savona, Italy (d. 1637)
  • 1553-03-29 Vitsentzos Kornaros, Greek Renaissance poet, born in Trapezonda, Sitia, Kingdom of Candia (d. 1613 or 1614)
  • 1554-11-30 Philip Sidney, English Elizabethan era poet (Arcadia) and soldier, born in Penshurst, Kent, England (d. 1586)
  • 1555-12-04 Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet, born in Barntrup, Germany (d. 1625)
  • 1556-08-10 Philipp Nicolai, German theologist/poet/composer
  • 1561-07-11 Luis de Góngora, Spanish poet and writer, born in Córdoba, Spain (d. 1627)
  • 1562-01-13 Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (Sonnet of Venus and Cupid), born in Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1601)
  • 1562-11-25 Lope Félix de Vega Carpio, Spanish dramatist and poet (Angelica, Arcadia), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1635)
  • 1564-02-26 Christopher Marlowe, English poet and dramatist (Dr Faustus), born in Canterbury, England (d. 1593) baptism date

Person of interestWilliam Shakespeare

1564-04-23 William Shakespeare, English Poet and playwright (Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth), born in Stratford upon Avon, (d. 1616) traditionally regarded as his birthdate,

  • 1567-02-12 Thomas Campion, England, composer/poet/physician
  • 1568-09-05 Tommaso Campanella, Italian theologian, philosopher, and poet, born in Stignano, Kingdom of Sicily (d. 1639)
  • 1569-10-18 Giambattista Marini, Italian poet (d. 1625)
  • 1572-02-14 Hans Christoph Haiden, German composer, organist and poet

Person of interestBen Jonson

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 and poet, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1640)
  • 1575-08-14 Robert Hayman, English poet, born in Wolborough, Newton Abbot, Devon (d. 1629)
  • 1576-10-07 John Marston, English poet and playwright (d. 1634)
  • 1577-11-10 Jacob Cats [Father Cats], Dutch grand pensionary and poet (Houwelyck), born in Brouwershaven, Netherlands (d. 1660)
  • 1578-03-02 George Sandys, English colonist and poet (d. 1644)
  • 1580-08-24 John Taylor, English poet (An Arrant Thief), born in Gloucester, England (d. 1654)
  • 1580-09-14 Francisco Gómez de Quevedo, Spanish poet and writer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1645)
  • 1581-06-18 Thomas Overbury, English poet (A Wife) and essayist, born in Compton Scorpion, Warwickshire, England (d. 1613)
  • 1581-10-09 Claude Gaspard Bachet de Meziriac, French mathematician and poet, born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France (d. 1638)
  • 1582-01-28 John Barclay, Scottish satirist/poet (Euphormio's Satyricon), born Pont-à-Mousson France
  • 1582-04-08 Phineas Fletcher, English poet, born in Cranbrook (d. 1650)
  • 1583-02-02 Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess
  • 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, born in Hawthornden Castle, Midlothian, Scotland (d. 1649)
  • 1586-10-09 Jan III van Foreest, Dutch lawyer, poet and mayor of Hoorn, born in Alkmaar, Netherlands (d. 1651)
  • 1587-11-16 Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet and dramatist (Jephtha), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1679)
  • 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, Dutch poet (Taelbericht der Neth Spellinge), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1632)
  • 1591-08-24 Robert Herrick, English poet ('Gather ye rosebuds while ye may'), baptized in London (d. 1674)
  • 1592-05-08 Francis Quarles, English poet (Argalus & Parthenia, Emblems), born in Romford, Essex (d. 1644)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1582-11-28 Playwright and poet William Shakespeare (18) marries Anne Hathaway (26) (date of the marriage license)

LoveWedding of Interest

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.

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Scholar and Lexicographer Samuel Johnson
Scholar and Lexicographer
Samuel Johnson

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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)

LoveWedding of Interest

1815-01-02 Leading Romantic poet Lord Byron (27) marries Anne Isabella Milbanke (22) by special licence, at Seaham Hall in County Durham

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • 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
  • 1843-04-23 Samuel Gridley Howe, American physician and educator, marries Julia Ward, American poet and author

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Provencal Poet Frederic Mistral
Provencal Poet
Frederic Mistral

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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)

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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
  • 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.

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

1940-01-01 68th Prime Minister of UK Harold Wilson (23) weds poet Mary Baldwin (23) in the chapel of Mansfield College, Oxford

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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)

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Author Anne Rice
Author
Anne Rice

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron

Famous Deaths

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Person of interestVirgil

0019-09-21 BC Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro], Roman poet of the Augustan period (Aeneid), dies at 50

Roman Poet Virgil
Roman Poet
Virgil

Person of interestHorace

0008-11-27 BC Horace, Roman Republican poet (Odes), dies at 56

Roman Poet Horace
Roman Poet
Horace
  • 0017-01-02 Ovid, Roman poet (Metamorphoses), dies at ~59
  • 0065-04-30 Lucan, Roman poet (b. 39)
  • 0460-10-20 Eudocia Aelia Athenais, empress Oostromeinse Rich/poetess, dies
  • 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
  • 1049-01-12 Abū-Sa'īd Abul-Khayr, Persian mystic and poet, dies at 81
  • 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 and poet, dies at 54
  • 1164-01-27 Abraham ibn Ezra, poet/philosopher, dies
  • 1207-10-03 Xin Qiji, Chinese poet and military leader, dies at 67
  • 1209-03-12 Djamal al-din Abu Mohammed Iljas Nizami, Persian poet, dies
  • 1225-10-28 Jien, Japanese poet and historian, dies at 70
  • 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 Jalaluddin Muhammad 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 John I, Duke of Brabant and Limburg and poet, dies murdered aged 41 or 42
  • 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 and author (Dante's Inferno, Divina Commedia), dies at 56
  • 1324-02-26 Dino Compagni, Italian silk seller/poet/chronicler, dies
  • 1361-06-09 Philippe de Vitry, French composer and 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 at 62
  • 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 Ausiàs March, Catalan poet of Valencian literature, dies at 59
  • 1465-01-05 Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (b. 1394)
  • 1472-03-27 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet and translator, dies at 37
  • 1492-11-09 Jami [Mowlanā Nūr Od-dīn ʿabd Or-raḥmān Ebn Aḥmad], Persian poet (Lava'ih), dies at 78
  • 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 scholar and poet, dies at 35
  • 1524-01-05 Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pechinich, 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 at 74
  • 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 and diplomat, dies in battle (b. 1498-1503)
  • 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)
  • 1543-06-27 Agnolo Firenzuola, Italian poet and litterateur, dies at 49
  • 1544-12-09 Teofilo Folengo, Italian macaronic poet, dies at 53
  • 1547-01-19 Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, army commander/poet, beheaded at 29
  • 1550-06-13 Veronica Gambara, Italian poet, dies at 64
  • 1552-04-18 John Leland, English poet & antiquarian, dies at 49
  • 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 (Galateo), dies at 53
  • 1560-11-07 Peter Lotichius Secundus [Peter Lotz], Neo latin poet (Opera omnia), dies at 32

Person of interestMichelangelo

1564-02-18 Michelangelo, Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance (David, Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), dies at 88

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo
  • 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 writer and poet (Lettere familiare), dies at 59
  • 1571-07-17 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian and archaeologist, dies at 55
  • 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 Elizabethan era poet (Arcadia) and soldier, 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, Spanish scholar and poet, dies at 64
  • 1591-12-14 St. John of the Cross [Juan de Yepes y Álvarez], Spanish Carmelite friar, poet and saint, dies at 49
  • 1593-05-30 Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist and poet (Tamburlaine the Great), stabbed to death in a pub brawl in Deptford at about 29
  • 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 (Gerusalemme liberata), 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 East iIndies poet, dies at 48
  • 1595-11-29 Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, Basque soldier and poet, dies at 61
  • 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
  • 1600-02-13 Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter and poet (Trattato), dies at 61
  • 1601-04-10 Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (Sonnet of Venus and Cupid), dies at 39
  • 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