Poets in History (Part 12)

Poetry: Poetesses

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1101 - 1,200 of 1,601

  • 1907-12-23 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (d. 2005)
  • 1908-05-25 Theodore Roethke, American poet (Words for the Wind), born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 1963)
  • 1908-10-09 Harry Hooton, Australian poet, born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England (d. 1961)
  • 1908-10-12 Paul Engle, American poet and writer (Worm Earth, American Song), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1991)
  • 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, Canadian 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)
  • 1909-03-07 Greta Schoon, German poet, born in Spetzerfehn (d. 1991)
  • 1909-05-01 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • 1909-05-05 Miklós Radnóti, Hungarian poet (Clouded Sky), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1909-05-24 Guillermo Díaz-Plaja, Spanish literary and poet (Lorca), born in Manresa, Barcelona (d. 1984)
  • 1909-06-30 Juan Bosch, 43rd President of the Dominican Republic (1962-63) and writer, born in La Vega, Dominican Republic (d. 2001)
  • 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 and erotic poet, born in Lokoren, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1909-12-12 Armand Boni, Flemish poet and writer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1991)
  • 1909-12-28 Nikola J Vaptsarov, Bulgaria poet (Subrani Sutsjinenija)
  • 1910-01-02 Srirangam Srinivasarao [Sri Sri], Telugu Poet, born in Visakhapatnam, India (d. 1983)
  • 1910-01-07 Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistani poet (d. 1984)
  • 1910-03-09 Ed Hoornik, Dutch writer and poet (Survivor), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1970)
  • 1910-03-27 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, born in Jinhua, Zhejiang province (d. 1996)
  • 1910-05-16 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
  • 1910-06-08 Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Russian poet and editor in chief (Novyj Mir), born in Zagorye, Russian Empire (d. 1971) [NS=June 21]
  • 1910-06-21 Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Russian poet and editor in chief (Novyj Mir), born in Zagorye, Russian Empire (d. 1971) [OS=June 8]
  • 1910-08-05 [Johan] Erik Lindegren, Swedish poet/librettist (Aniara)
  • 1910-09-14 Yi Sang, Korean author and poet (Dying Words, Wings, Child’s Bone), born in Jongro, Seoul (d. 1937)
  • 1910-10-12 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1910-10-30 Miguel Hernadez Gilabert, Spanish poet (Viento del Pueblo), born in Orihuela, Spain (d. 1942)
  • 1910-11-14 Norman MacCaig, Scottish poet, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • 1910-11-20 Pauli Murray, African American poet and civil rights activist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1985)
  • 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, American poet (North & South)/Pulitzer Prize (1956)
  • 1911-02-28 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Njanji Sunji)
  • 1911-08-22 Somerset de Chair, British writer, MP and poet, born in Somerset (d. 1995)
  • 1911-09-09 Paul Goodman, American poet and writer (d. 1972)
  • 1911-10-26 Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (Poems to Eimhir and Other Poems), born in Osgaig, Raasay, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1911-11-02 Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet (Nobel Prize 1979), born in Heraklion, Greece (d. 1996)
  • 1911-11-09 Tabish Dehlvi, Pakistani poet, born in Delhi, India (d. 2004)
  • 1911-11-12 William Thomas Pennar Davies, poet author/theologian
  • 1911-11-18 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer, born in San Lazzaro Parmense, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1911-11-28 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator, born in Vodochody, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • 1911-12-08 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist, born in Asea, Greece (d. 1992)

Person of interestKenneth Patchen

1911-12-13 Kenneth Patchen, American poet and novelist (Cloth of the Tempest), born in Niles, Ohio (d. 1972)

Poet and Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet and Novelist
Kenneth Patchen
  • 1912-02-11 Roy Fuller, Failsworth, Lancashire, English poet/novelist (Lost Season)
  • 1912-03-12 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (d. 2006)
  • 1912-05-29 Jan Hanlo, Dutch poet (Go to the Mosque), born in Bandung, Dutch East Indies (d. 1969)
  • 1912-06-13 Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, French Canadian poet (Regards et jeux dans l'espace), born in Sainte-Catherine de Fossanbault, Canada (d. 1943)
  • 1912-07-27 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, born in Cologne (d. 2006)
  • 1912-09-10 William Oliver Everson, American poet, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1994)
  • 1912-10-10 Charles Henry Madge, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • 1913-01-19 Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (d. 1955)
  • 1913-02-14 Ab [Albert] Visser, Dutch poet/writer (Man Without a Head)
  • 1913-02-26 George Barker, English poet (Calamiterror, Anno Domini), born in Loughton, England (d. 1991)
  • 1913-03-13 Sergey Mikhalkov, Soviet writer and poet, born in Moscow (d. 2009) [NS]
  • 1913-03-29 R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2000)
  • 1913-06-03 Pedro Mir, Dominican Poet Laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1913-06-26 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician, born in Basse-Pointe, Martinique (d. 2008)
  • 1913-07-10 Salvador Espriu, Spanish poet, born in Santa Coloma de Farners, Spain (d. 1985)
  • 1913-07-15 Abraham Sutzkever, Yiddish language poet and memoirist.
  • 1913-07-27 Eva Jones, German poet and novelist (Taboo), born in Berlin (d. 1996)
  • 1913-07-27 Vittorio Sereni, Italian poet (Diario d'Algeria), born in Luino, Italy (d. 1983)
  • 1913-08-04 Robert Hayden, African-American poet (Those Winter Sundays), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1980)
  • 1913-10-19 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and songwriter (d. 1980)
  • 1913-11-28 Hugo Pos, Surinamese-Dutch poet and writer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 2000)
  • 1913-12-08 Delmore Schwartz, American poet, short story writer and critic (Shenandoah), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1913-12-15 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (The Book of the Dead), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1914-01-14 Dudley Randall, African-American poet who founded the pioneering publishing house "Broadside Press", born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2000)
  • 1914-02-07 David Ignatow, American poet (Tread the Dark, Rescue the Dead)
  • 1914-02-17 Albert Westerlinck [Jose J M Aerts pseudoym], Flemish poet, writer and priest, born in Geel, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • 1914-04-22 C. H. Sisson, British author (Christopher Homm), born in Bristol, England (d. 2003)
  • 1914-05-12 Bertus Aafjes, Dutch poet/writer
  • 1914-06-26 Laurie Lee, English poet and author (I Can't Stay Long), born in Slad, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1914-09-05 Nicanor Parra, Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist (Defense of Violeta Parra), born in San Fabián de Alico, Chile (d. 2018)
  • 1914-09-12 Rais Amrohvi, Pakistani poet and psychoanalyst, born in Amroha, India (d. 1988)
  • 1914-10-25 John Berryman, American poet (The Dream Songs), born in McAlester, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • 1914-10-27 Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet (Child's Christmas in Wales), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1953)
  • 1915-01-29 Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet/WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)
  • 1915-02-26 Elisabeth Eybers, South African Dutch poetess (That Woman & Other Verses)
  • 1915-03-11 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, born in Hannover (d. 1999)
  • 1915-03-23 Francis Berry, poet/Shakespearean scholar
  • 1915-04-10 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist and poet, born in Gouda, Netherlands (d. 2014)
  • 1915-04-18 Joy Davidman, American poet, writer and wife of C. S. Lewis, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1915-07-02 Bert Decorte, Flemish poet, born in Retie, Flanders, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1915-07-04 Christine Lavant, Austrian poet and writer (Das Kind), born in Lavant Valley, Carinthia, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1915-07-07 Margaret Walker Alexander, poet/novelist (For My People)
  • 1915-09-24 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1992) [OS]
  • 1915-10-04 Koos Schuur, Dutch writer, poet (Novemberland), translator, and editor (Het Woord), born in Veendam, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1915-10-07 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1992) [NS]
  • 1915-12-09 Herbert Huncke, American writer and poet, born in Greenfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1916-01-22 Harilal Upadhyay, Gujarati Author, Poet, Astrologist (Gujarat is a State of India) (d. 1994)
  • 1916-02-02 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (d. 1985)
  • 1916-02-04 Gavin Buchanan Ewart, English poet (Pleasures of the Flesh)
  • 1916-05-03 Pierre Emmanuel [Noël Mathieu], French poet (Sodome), born in Gan, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 1984)
  • 1916-05-26 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet, born in Marysville, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • 1916-06-24 John Ciardi, poet/critic (translated Dante)
  • 1916-08-01 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (Kamouraska), born in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fossambault, Quebec, Canada (d. 2000)
  • 1916-08-03 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, born in Badayun, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India (d. 1970)
  • 1916-09-17 Ove Abildgaard, Danish poet (Uglegylp), born in Lemvig, Denmark (d. 1990)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1101 - 1,200 of 1,513

  • 1972-12-10 Mark van Doren, American poet and author (Happy Critic, Transients), dies at 78
  • 1972-12-11 Semjon I. Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • 1973-04-30 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator, dies at 61
  • 1973-05-14 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet, dies at 67

Person of interestArna Bontemps

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

  • 1973-06-07 Christine Lavant, Austrian poet and writer (Das Kind), dies at 57
  • 1973-08-17 Conrad Aiken, American poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74

Person of interestPablo Neruda

1973-09-23 Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (Residence on Earth-Nobel 1971), dies at 69

  • 1973-09-26 Anton Schnack, German writer and poet, dies at 81
  • 1973-09-29 W H Auden, Vienna poet, dies
  • 1973-10-17 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian author and poet (Gott von Manhattan), dies at 47
  • 1974-01-13 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet, dies at 69
  • 1974-01-20 Edmund Blunden, English poet and critic (Undertones of War) dies at 77
  • 1974-01-21 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author, dies at 48
  • 1974-01-27 Paula Ludwig, Austrian German poet, dies at 74
  • 1974-03-01 Jos de Haes, Flemish philologist & poet (Azuren Holte), dies at 53
  • 1974-03-08 Christian van Geel, Dutch poet/sculptor (Spinroc), dies at 56

Person of interestMiguel Ángel Asturias

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 Crowe Ransom, American poet and critic (God Without Thunder), dies at 86
  • 1974-07-21 Willem F. K. Hussem, Dutch painter and poet (Steltlopen on Sea), dies at 74
  • 1974-08-07 Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet (b. 1925)
  • 1974-10-02 Ina Seidel, German poet and novelist, dies at 89
  • 1974-10-04 Anne Sexton, American poet (Live or Die; Pulitzer 1967), dies at 45
  • 1974-10-17 René A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillean poet, dies at 57
  • 1974-10-29 Victor E. van Vriesland, Dutch poet (Mirror of Dutch Poetry), dies at 82
  • 1974-11-07 Eric Linklater, British novelist and poet (Blue Swallows), dies at 75
  • 1974-12-16 Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet, dies at 90
  • 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, French Canadian poet (Né à Québec: Louis Jolliet), dies at 74
  • 1975-09-20 Saint-John Perse, French diplomat and 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)
  • 1976-05-04 Henri Bosco, French author and poet (Gogol), dies at 87
  • 1976-05-09 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet & writer (Dikt, Jonas), dies at 55
  • 1976-06-09 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and writer (Never Marry a Witch), dies at 55
  • 1976-07-04 Antoni Słonimski, Polish poet (b. 1895)
  • 1976-08-05 Adrian Roland Holst, Dutch 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, dies at 77
  • 1977-01-21 Sandro Penna, Italian poet, dies at 70
  • 1977-04-11 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1977-04-14 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
  • 1977-04-19 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • 1977-05-12 Luc van Brabant, Flemish writer and erotic poet, dies at 67
  • 1977-06-09 Hans Andreus [Johan W van de Zant], Dutch poet, dies at 51
  • 1977-09-12 Robert Lowell, American poet/pacifist (Near the Ocean), dies at 60)
  • 1977-11-30 Miloš Crnjanski, Serbian poet (Seobe), dies at 84
  • 1977-12-18 Louis Untermeyer, American poet and critic (Immortal Poems, Story Poems), dies at 92
  • 1978-01-11 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • 1978-02-11 Harry Martinson, Swedish novelist and poet (Trade Wind-Nobel 1974), dies at 73
  • 1978-02-22 Phyllis McGinley, American poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
  • 1978-05-11 John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist & poet, dies at 93
  • 1978-06-04 Jorge de Sena, Portuguese novelist and poet (Reino da Estupidez), dies at 58
  • 1978-07-02 Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist, poet and translator (b. 1922)
  • 1978-09-09 Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet (b. 1892)
  • 1978-10-09 Pavel Antokolsky, Russian poet and theatre director (Syn), dies at 82
  • 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 (The Three Children (Near Clonmel)), dies at 77
  • 1979-02-08 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet and writer (against Pasternak), dies at 82
  • 1979-02-09 Allen Tate, American poet (Mr Pope & Other Poems), dies at 79
  • 1979-09-10 Agostinho Neto, 1st President of Angola (1975-79), dies at 56
  • 1979-10-06 Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68
  • 1980-02-12 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (The Book of the Dead), dies at 66
  • 1980-03-10 Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer and poet (Making a Poem), dies at 100
  • 1980-03-25 James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • 1980-03-31 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet, dies at 74
  • 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, French-Belgian painter and 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, dies at 52
  • 1980-09-08 Hermann Claudius, German folk poet (Meister Bertram), dies at 101
  • 1980-09-25 Marie Under, Estonian author and poet, dies at 97
  • 1981-04-30 Peter Huchel, German poet, dies at 78
  • 1981-09-12 Eugenio Montale, Italian poet and translator (Xenia-Nobel 1975), dies at 84
  • 1981-09-23 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), dies from heart failure at 82
  • 1981-10-19 Paul Snoek [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • 1982-02-22 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan, dies at 83
  • 1982-03-11 Horace Gregory, American poet, dies at 83
  • 1982-03-25 Hugo Huppert, Austrian writer and poet, dies at 79
  • 1982-06-06 Kenneth Rexroth, American poet (b. 1905)
  • 1982-07-20 Okot p'Bitek, Ugandan poet (b. 1931)
  • 1982-11-13 Babette Deutsch, American poet (Honey out of the Rock), dies at 87
  • 1982-12-24 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), dies at 85
  • 1983-02-10 Vittorio Sereni, Italian poet (Diario d'Algeria), dies at 69
  • 1983-04-15 Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author & poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • 1983-06-15 Srirangam Srinivasarao [Sri Sri], Indian Telugu poet, dies at 73
  • 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
  • 1984-04-15 William Empson, English poet & critic (Milton's God), dies at 77
  • 1984-05-19 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77

Famous Poets