Poets in History (Part 13)

Poetry: Poetesses

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1201 - 1,300 of 1,601

  • 1916-12-17 Antoine G T "Toon" Hermans, Dutch entertainer/poet (Kolderliedjes)
  • 1917-01-22 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish poet/playwright
  • 1917-03-01 Robert Lowell, American poet/pacifist (Lord Weary's Castle, Near the Ocean), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1917-03-14 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet
  • 1917-04-09 Johannes Bobrowski, German poet and writer, born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 1965)
  • 1917-06-07 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 2000)
  • 1917-07-15 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), born in Great Malvern, Worcestershire (d. 2015)
  • 1917-09-10 Franfo Fortini [Franco Lattes], Italian poet, born in Florence (d. 1994)
  • 1917-10-01 René A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillian poet (Juancho Picaflor)
  • 1918-01-16 Nel Benschop, Dutch poet (d. 2005)
  • 1918-01-30 Jarl Andre Bjerke [Bernhard Borge], Norwegian poet & writer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1985)
  • 1918-05-30 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (d. 2000)
  • 1918-06-06 Tom Scott, Scottish poet (Sea Dirge: A Mither's Keenin), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1918-06-18 Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), born in Glanerbrug, Overijssel (d. 1996)
  • 1918-07-06 Bert Voeten, Dutch journalist and poet (Crossing), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1918-08-07 C. Buddingh', Dutch poet, born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • 1918-11-10 Oda Blinder [Yolanda Corsen], Antillean poetess (Doorstep)
  • 1919-01-30 Nikolay Glazkov, Russian poet, born in Lyskovo, Russia (d. 1979)
  • 1919-03-24 Lawrence Ferlinghetti, American beat poet (Coney Island of the Mind), born in Bronxville, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1919-07-25 Hubert Booi, Bonairian poet (Golgotha, Muchila), born in Bonaire
  • 1919-07-29 Miltos Sachtouris, Greek poet (d. 2005)
  • 1919-08-31 Amrita Preetam, Indian poet and author, born in Gujranwala, Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • 1919-09-26 Matilde Camus, Spanish poet and researcher, born in Santander, Cantabria, Spain (d. 2012)
  • 1919-11-02 Jorge de Sena, Portuguese novelist and poet (Reino da Estupidez), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1978)
  • 1919-11-06 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese poet and children's author (The Sea Girl), born in Oporto, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • 1919-11-30 Jan Elburg [Joannes G], Dutch poet (Through the Night)
  • 1920-01-20 DeForest Kelley, American actor (Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy-Star Trek), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1920-02-10 Alexander Comfort, English poet/writer (Wreath for the Living)
  • 1920-02-23 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • 1920-03-01 Howard Nemerov, American 3rd US poet laureate/novelist (Blue Swallows)
  • 1920-03-11 D J Enright, England, poet/novelist (Some Men are Brothers)
  • 1920-04-17 Bengt Anderberg, Swedish poet and writer (Kain), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • 1920-04-22 Jos de Haes, Flemish philological and poet (Misery of the Word), born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • 1920-04-27 Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet (At Eighty), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2010)
  • 1920-05-15 Hugh Henry Home Popham, aviator/writer/poet
  • 1920-06-08 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (The Lion's Bride), born in Taringa, Brisbane, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1920-06-15 Amy Clampitt, American poet (The Kingfisher), born in Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1920-07-02 Eliseo Diego, latin American poet
  • 1920-07-12 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1920-08-22 Pierre A. Lauffer, Antillian poet (Patria), born in Curacao, Venezuela (d. 1981)
  • 1920-08-30 Ben Cami, Flemish writer and poet (Rose from Mud), born in Durham, England (d. 2004)
  • 1920-09-07 Harri Webb, Welsh poet and nationalist, born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1994)
  • 1920-09-12 Jan W. Schulte Nordholt, Dutch poet and historian (Blossoming Stone), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1920-09-14 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist and poet, born in Paso de los Toros, Uruguay (d. 2009)
  • 1920-10-09 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet and writer (Dikt, Jonas), born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1976)
  • 1920-11-23 Paul Celan [Antschell], German/Romanian poet (Collected Prose)
  • 1920-11-26 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and author (Stolen Lover), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • 1920-12-07 Tatamkhulu Afrika, South African poet and writer, born in As Sallum, Egypt (d. 2002)
  • 1921-03-01 Richard Wilbur, 2nd US Poet Laureate (Ceremony, Walking to Sleep)
  • 1921-04-13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet and publisher (Gift of Blood), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1921-04-25 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1921-05-09 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1921-08-03 Hayden Carruth, American poet (The Crow and the Heart), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • 1921-09-25 Remy C. van de Kerckhove, Flemish poet, born in Mechelen, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 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, Danish poet/resistance fighter
  • 1922-01-22 Howard Moss, poet/editor (New Yorker)
  • 1922-05-06 Alan Ross, British poet and editor (London Magazine), born in Calcutta, India (d. 2001)
  • 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), born in Grebenac, Vojvodina, Yugoslavia (d. 1991)
  • 1922-07-17 Donald Alfred Davie, poet/critic
  • 1922-08-09 Philip Larkin, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), born in Radford, Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1985)
  • 1922-09-12 Jackson Mac Low, American poet and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1922-09-17 Agostinho Neto, 1st President of Angola (1975-79), born in Ícolo e Bengo, Portuguese Angola (d. 1979)
  • 1922-09-23 Philip Owen Arnould Sherrard, scholar theologian poet/translator
  • 1922-12-11 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1923-01-15 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1923-01-16 Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1923-01-25 Eva Zeller, German poet & novelist, born in Eberswalde, Brandenburg
  • 1923-02-02 James Dickey, American poet, novelist and lecturer (Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1997)

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1923-02-09 Brendan Behan, Irish author and poet (Borstal Boy, The Hostage), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1964)

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
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  • 1923-02-23 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet
  • 1923-03-27 Louis Simpson, Jamaican-American poet (Good News of Death), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2012)
  • 1923-03-30 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (d. 1986)
  • 1923-04-23 James Kirkup, English travel writer, poet and novelist (African in Greenland), born in England (d. 2009)
  • 1923-07-02 Wislawa Szymborska, Prowent, Polish poet referred to as the 'Mozart of Poetry' (Nobel 1996), (d. 2012)
  • 1923-08-09 Gerrit Kouwenaar, Dutch journalist and poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 2014)
  • 1923-09-20 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), born in Northern Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1923-09-22 Dannie Abse, Welsh poet and writer
  • 1923-10-24 Denise Levertov, American poet and essayist (Joy Beneath the Skin), born in Ilford, Essex, England (d. 1997)
  • 1924-01-01 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (Home Alone, Deranged, The Great Gatsby), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1924-02-12 Hans Berghuis, Dutch author/poet (3 Women, Adam)
  • 1924-05-03 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (Now and in Other Days), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1924-05-15 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist
  • 1924-06-19 Sybren Polet [Sijbe Minnema], Dutch writer and poet (Mannekino), born in Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1924-07-20 Hans Lodeizen [Johannes A Frederik], Dutch poet (Inner Self)
  • 1924-08-17 John A Emmens, Dutch art historian and poet (Kunst & Vliegwerk) (d. 1971)
  • 1924-08-27 David Rowbotham, Australian poet and journalist, born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia (d. 2010)
  • 1924-09-15 Lucebert, Dutch poet/painter/cartoonist (Boozz, PC Hooft prize 1967)
  • 1924-09-28 Antonio Jacinto, Portuguese West Africa, Angolan poet
  • 1924-10-29 Zbigniew Herbert, Polish poet and writer, born in Lwów, Poland (d. 1998)
  • 1924-11-25 Takaaki Yoshimoto, Japanese poet, critic, and philosopher.
  • 1925-01-20 Eugen Gomringer, Bolivian-born German poet, born in Cachuela Esperanza, Bolivia
  • 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, British poet and author (Flashman at the Charge), born in Carlisle, England (d. 2008)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1201 - 1,300 of 1,513

  • 1984-07-27 Guillermo Díaz-Plaja, Spanish literary and poet (Lorca), dies at 75
  • 1984-09-16 Paul Neuhuys, Belgian playwright and poet (Le Canari et le Cerise), dies at 87
  • 1984-10-19 Henri Michaux, Belgian-born French poet and writer (Miserable Miracle), dies at 85
  • 1984-10-31 Eduardo De Filippo, Italian playwright, director, actor and poet (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), dies at 84
  • 1985-01-16 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, dies at 74
  • 1985-02-22 Salvador Espriu, Spanish poet (b. 1913)
  • 1985-05-11 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch writer & poet (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • 1985-05-25 Robert Nathan, American writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • 1985-07-01 Pauli Murray, African American poet and civil rights activist, dies at 74
  • 1985-10-08 Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian playwright and 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, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), dies at 63
  • 1985-12-07 Robert Graves, English writer and 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, American 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, dies at 55
  • 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 (Versos humanos), dies at 90
  • 1987-08-17 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (Claro Enigma), dies at 84
  • 1987-09-11 Mahadevi Varma, Indian poet and freedom fighter, dies at 80
  • 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)
  • 1988-02-19 René Char, French poet and painter, dies at 80
  • 1988-04-15 Han G. 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)
  • 1988-06-27 Léonie Adams, American poetess (High Falcon), dies at 88
  • 1988-08-02 Raymond Carver, American poet and short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50
  • 1988-08-09 Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer and surrealist poet, dies at 83
  • 1988-09-22 Rais Amrohvi, Pakistani poet and psychoanalyst, dies at 74
  • 1989-01-03 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, dies at 60
  • 1989-01-17 Sterling A Brown, American poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87
  • 1989-02-08 Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • 1989-02-12 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", dies at 58
  • 1989-02-28 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, dies at 46
  • 1989-03-15 Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • 1989-05-24 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
  • 1989-05-27 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • 1989-09-15 Robert Penn Warren, American poet and novelist (All the King's Men, Pulitzer 1946), dies at 84
  • 1989-11-18 Henry de Vries, painter/poet (Toovertuin), dies
  • 1990-04-05 Nico Scheepmaker, Dutch columnist and poet, dies at 59
  • 1990-07-07 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, dies at 32
  • 1990-07-10 Hans Faverey, Dutch poet, dies at 55
  • 1990-08-06 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), dies at 62
  • 1990-08-28 Patience Strong [Winifred Emma May], English poet and journalist, dies at 83
  • 1990-11-12 Yannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, dies at 81
  • 1990-12-07 Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban poet and novelist (Pentagonia), dies at 47
  • 1991-01-05 Vasko Popa, Yugoslavia-Serbian poet (Heaven is a Side Issue), dies at 68
  • 1991-01-22 Robert Choquette, French Canadian novelist, poet and diplomat, dies at 85
  • 1991-01-26 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46
  • 1991-03-03 Clara Eggink, Dutch poet (Life with J C Bloem), dies at 84
  • 1991-03-07 Greta Schoon, German poet, dies at 81
  • 1991-03-22 Paul Engle, American poet and writer (Worm Earth, American Song), dies at 82
  • 1991-03-23 Elisaveta Bagriana, Bulgarian poet (The Eternal and the Holy), dies at 97
  • 1991-04-12 James Schuyler, American poet (Pulitzer 1980), dies
  • 1991-04-17 Jack Yellen, American poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
  • 1991-04-27 Marcus Heeresma, Dutch author (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies at 55
  • 1991-05-10 Armand HF Boni [Armand the Good], Flemish poet/writer, dies
  • 1991-06-23 Antonio Jacinto, Angolan poet, dies at 66
  • 1991-07-05 Howard Nemerow, American poet laureate (Pulitzer), dies
  • 1991-07-14 Nic van Bridges, Flemish poet, dies
  • 1991-08-04 Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek poet (Hodyne), dies at 80
  • 1991-09-11 Ernst Herbeck, German Poet (b. 1920)
  • 1991-09-12 Jacques Benoit [JJM Bayer], poet, dies
  • 1991-10-11 Steven Jesse Bernstein, American underground poet (suicide) (b. 1950)
  • 1991-10-27 George Barker, English poet, dies at 78
  • 1992-01-26 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, dies at 63
  • 1992-02-16 George Mann MacBeth, Scottish journalist/poet (A War Quartet), dies
  • 1992-02-29 Ruth Pitter, British poet and 1st woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1955, dies at 94
  • 1992-03-18 Cornelis Bastiaan Vaandrager, Dutch writer & poet (Giant of Rotterdam), dies at 56
  • 1992-04-11 Eve Merriam [Moskovitz], American writer and poet (Inner City Mother Goose), dies of liver cancer at 75
  • 1992-08-01 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), dies at 76
  • 1992-08-13 Jan Elburg [Joannes G], poet (Geen letterheren), dies
  • 1992-12-26 Bert Voeten, Dutch journalist and poet (Antipodes), dies at 74
  • 1993-02-08 Casper van den Berg, Dutch poet (Fashionable inconvenience), dies
  • 1993-03-02 Floortje Peneder, Dutch poet (Diary), dies at 15
  • 1993-04-23 Bertus Aafjes, poet/writer (World is a Muze), dies at 78
  • 1993-05-15 Salah Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudanese writer, poet, and diplomat (b. 1933)
  • 1993-06-26 Willy C of Hemert, director/(text)poet (Small Truth), dies at 81
  • 1993-08-28 William Stafford, American poet (b. 1914)
  • 1993-12-13 Charles JB Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer: Ogentroost, dies at 87
  • 1993-12-27 Youssef Sebti, Algerian scholar/poet, murdered at 50
  • 1994-03-01 Eliseo Diego, Cuban poet, dies at 74
  • 1994-03-17 Arthur C. Jacobs, Scottish poet, dies at 57
  • 1994-03-19 Jose Coronel Urtecho, poet, dies at 87
  • 1994-05-10 Lucebert [J Swaanswijk], poet/cartoonist (PC Hooft 1967), dies at 69
  • 1994-06-04 Toto Bissainthe, voodoo poet, dies at 59
  • 1994-07-04 Juan Gil-Albert, Spanish poet and writer, dies at 90
  • 1994-08-19 Robert Rozhdestvensky, Soviet poet, dies at 64
  • 1994-08-28 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1994-09-02 Harry Vincent Kemp, poet, dies at 82
  • 1994-09-10 Amy Clampitt, American poet (Silence Opens), dies at 74
  • 1994-10-12 Gérald Godin, French-Canadian poet and politician, dies at 55
  • 1994-10-20 Ivan Sviták, Czech philosopher and poet, dies at 69

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