Poets in History (Part 14)

Poetry: Poetesses

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1301 - 1,400 of 1,601

  • 1925-04-04 Emmett Williams, American poet, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1925-05-04 Peter Blum, Afrikaan poet (Capricorn), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1925-06-15 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (Tarumba, Maltiempes)
  • 1925-08-10 Alastair Webster Mackie, poet/teacher
  • 1925-10-10 Ivan Sviták, Czech philosopher and poet, born in Hranice na Moravě, Czechoslovakia (d. 1994)
  • 1925-10-28 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener, born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 2006)
  • 1925-12-12 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (The Book of Alley), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2000)
  • 1926-01-05 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet, born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1926-01-20 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet & writer, born in New Delhi, India (d. 2015)
  • 1926-01-26 José María Valverde, Spanish philosopher, poet and translator (La espera, Historia de la literatura universal), born in Valencia de Alcántara, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1926-02-21 Hans Andreus [Johan W van der Zant], Dutch poet (Animal Language)
  • 1926-03-03 James Ingram Merrill, American poet/author (Scripts for the Pageant)
  • 1926-03-27 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1926-05-21 Robert Creeley, Mass, poet/novelist (Island)

Person of interestAllen Ginsberg

1926-06-03 Allen Ginsberg, American beat poet (Howl, The Fall of America) and 1960s counterculture icon, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1926-06-25 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian author and poet (Gott von Manhattan), born in Klagenfurt, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1926-08-06 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1926-09-26 Buland al-Haidary, Iraqi poet (Passages to Exile) (d. 1996)
  • 1926-11-23 Christopher Logue, British poet/stage writer (Trials)
  • 1926-12-23 Robert Bly, American poet & essayist (Loving a Woman in 2 Worlds), born in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota
  • 1927-01-08 Charles Tomlinson, British poet & 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, born in Curacao, Costa Rica (d. 1994)
  • 1927-06-07 Martin Carter, Guyanese poet and political activist, born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 1997)
  • 1927-06-15 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humourist and Urdu poet (d. 1978)
  • 1927-07-28 John Ashbery, American poet (Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1927-08-08 Elis Juliana, Antillian writer/poet (Lady of the Night: A flower)
  • 1927-09-27 Boris Porena, Italian composer, poet, and writer, born in Rome
  • 1927-09-30 W. S. Merwin, American poet
  • 1928-01-08 Gaston Miron, Quebec poet & editor, born in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Canada (d. 1996)
  • 1928-01-10 Philip Levine, American poet, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)

Person of interestMaya Angelou

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 Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • 1928-04-23 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1928-06-28 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1989)
  • 1928-07-03 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1977)
  • 1928-07-08 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1928-07-18 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)
  • 1928-07-26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet, born in Allahabad, India (d. 1980)
  • 1928-08-21 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), born in Golungo Alto, Portuguese Angola (d. 1990)
  • 1928-09-20 Donald Hall, American writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1928-09-29 Ankie [Johanna A Hoving-]Peypers, Dutch author/poet
  • 1928-10-07 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter, born in Kashan, Iran (d. 1980)
  • 1928-10-21 Yú Guāngzhōng [Yu Kwang-chung], Taiwanese poet, essayist, and translator (Nostalgia), born in Nanjing, Republic of China (d. 2017)
  • 1928-11-04 Hannah Weiner, American experimental poet, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1997)
  • 1928-11-09 Anne Sexton, American poet (Live or Die; Pulitzer 1967), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 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
  • 1929-03-25 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, born in Corona, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1929-04-01 Milan Kundera, Czech poet and writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1929-04-25 José Ángel Valente, Spanish poet (A modo the esperanza), born in Orense, Spain (d. 2000)
  • 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 writer, poet, son of Jan Campert
  • 1929-08-21 X. J. Kennedy, American poet and author (Nude Descending a Staircase), born in New Jersey, Iowa
  • 1929-08-29 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), born in Kent, England (d. 2004)
  • 1929-10-28 John Hollander, American poet and literary critic, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1930-01-23 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2017)
  • 1930-02-28 Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
  • 1930-03-26 Gregory Corso, American beat poet (Happy Birthday of Death, Long Live Man), born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • 1930-03-28 Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet, born in Rome (d. 1996)
  • 1930-05-03 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, born in Buenos Aires (d. 2014)
  • 1930-05-08 Gary Snyder [Japhy Ryder], beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)
  • 1930-05-11 Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Caribbean poet (Born to Slow Horses) and academic, born in Bridgetown, Barbados (d. 2020)
  • 1930-05-23 Friedrich Achleitner, German poet

Person of interestTed Hughes

1930-08-17 Ted Hughes, English Poet and translator (British Poet Laureate 1984-98), born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire (d. 1998)

  • 1930-09-23 Sehba Akhtar, poet of Pakistan (d. 1996)
  • 1930-09-24 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (Marsz żałobny), born in Skarbanowo, Poland (d. 1998)
  • 1930-10-10 Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani Urdu poet, born in Allahabad, India (d. 1970)
  • 1930-11-13 Nico Scheepmaker, Dutch columnist and poet, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1930-12-25 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1986)
  • 1931-01-06 P J Kavanagh [Patrick Joeseph], British poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), born in Worthing, Sussex (d. 2015)
  • 1931-01-25 Paavo Haavikko, Finnish poet & writer, born in Helsiniki, Finland (d. 2008)
  • 1931-02-10 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1931-04-10 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet and playwright, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1931-04-12 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter, born in Moscow (d. 1995)
  • 1931-04-15 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)
  • 1931-04-17 Ruth Etchells, English poet and principal (St John's College-Durham), born in Liverpool
  • 1931-05-16 Peter Levi, poet/writer
  • 1931-06-08 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, born in Belgrade (d. 1996)
  • 1931-09-25 Manouchehr Atashi, Persian poet, born in Dashtestan, Iran (d. 2005)
  • 1931-12-03 Franz Josef Degenhardt, German poet and author, born in Schwelm, Westphalia, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1931-12-14 Jaun Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher, born in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, British India (d. 2002)
  • 1932-03-09 Simon Heere Heeresma, Dutch writer and poet (Han de Wit goes in development aid), born in Amsterdam (d. 2011)
  • 1932-03-18 John Updike, Shillington Pa, poet/novelist (Rabbit Run)
  • 1932-04-10 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1932-06-18 Geoffrey Hill, English poet, born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire (d. 2016)
  • 1932-06-20 Robert Rozhdestvensky, Soviet poet, born in Kosikhinsky District, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1932-10-15 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, born in Rotterdam (d. 1977)

Person of interestSylvia Plath

1932-10-27 Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (Colossus, 3 Women, Bell Jar), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • 1932-11-28 Terence Frisby, English actor and playwright (There's a Girl in My Soup), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1932-12-05 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, born in Khunzakhsky District, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 1932-12-28 Clem Schouwenaars, Flemish poet/writer
  • 1933-02-23 Donna J. Stone, American poet (Wielder of Words), born in Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1933-02-27 Edward Lucie-Smith, British poet and poetry critic, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1933-03-15 Cecil Percival Taylor, American pianist and poet (University of Wisconsin)
  • 1933-03-20 Alexander Gorodnitsky, Russian geologist and poet
  • 1933-03-29 Jacques Brault, French Canadian poet (Quand nous serons heureux - When we are happy), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1933-03-31 Nichita Stănescu, Romanian poet (d. 1983)
  • 1933-04-29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)
  • 1933-05-12 Andrey Voznesensky, Russian poet

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1301 - 1,400 of 1,513

  • 1994-10-26 Rudi van Vlaenderen, Flemish actor/dir/poet (Thyestes), dies at 64
  • 1994-11-19 Julian Gustave Symons, British crime writer and poet, dies at 82
  • 1994-11-20 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian poet and journalist, dies at 64
  • 1994-11-22 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), dies at 68
  • 1994-11-28 Franfo Fortini [Franco Lattes], Italian poet, dies at 77
  • 1994-12-12 Donna J. Stone, American poet, dies of heart failure at 61
  • 1994-12-23 Sebastian Shaw, British actor, director, playwright and poet (High Season, Ace of Spades, Caste), dies of natural causes at 89
  • 1994-12-27 Hans Berghuis, author/poet (Kleitabletten), dies at 70
  • 1994-12-31 Harri Webb, Welsh poet and nationalist, dies at 74
  • 1995-01-05 Somerset de Chair, British writer, politician and poet, dies at 83
  • 1995-01-13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet and publisher (Critics), dies at 73
  • 1995-02-06 James Ingram Merrill, American poet (Braving the Elements), dies at 68
  • 1995-04-14 Brian Coffey, Irish poet (Advent), dies at 89
  • 1995-05-11 David Avidan, Israeli poet, dies at 62
  • 1995-05-30 Philip Owen A Sherrard, scholar theologian poet/translator, dies at 72
  • 1995-06-03 Alastair Webster Mackie, poet/teacher, dies at 69
  • 1995-07-06 Helene Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, dies at 87
  • 1995-07-16 Stephen Spender, English poet and critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness), dies at 86
  • 1995-07-23 Bob Rundick, poet/DJ, dies at 52
  • 1995-08-07 Tom Scott, Scottish poet (Sea Dirge: A Mither's Keenin), dies at 77
  • 1995-09-03 Earle Birney, Canadian poet and novelist who twice won the Governor General's Award, dies at 91
  • 1995-09-08 Halldis Moren Vesaas, Norwegian author and poet (Harp and Dagger), dies at 87
  • 1995-09-18 Donald Davie, English poet and critic, dies at 73
  • 1995-09-28 Lynette Roberts, British poet, dies at 86
  • 1995-10-21 Linda Goodman, Morgantown, West Virginia, American astrologer and poet, dies from complications of diabetes at 70
  • 1995-12-05 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (The Lion's Bride), dies at 75
  • 1995-12-10 Mary Madge Lascelles, literary critic/poet, dies at 95
  • 1996-01-11 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist, dies at 87
  • 1996-01-17 Charles Henry Madge, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, dies at 83
  • 1996-01-23 Norman MacCaig, Scottish poet, dies at 85
  • 1996-01-28 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and writer (Less than One, Nobel 1987), dies at 55
  • 1996-02-11 Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet, commits suicide at 65
  • 1996-03-18 Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet (Nobel Prize 1979) dies at 84
  • 1996-03-31 Dario Bellezza, Italian poet, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1996-04-13 George Mackay Brown, Scottish poet, dies at 74
  • 1996-04-17 Eva Jones, German poet and novelist (Taboo), dies at 82
  • 1996-04-18 Piet Hein, Danish polymath, dies at 80
  • 1996-04-29 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist, dies at 71
  • 1996-05-05 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, dies at 86
  • 1996-06-07 José María Valverde, Spanish philosopher, poet and translator (La espera, Historia de la literatura universal), dies at 70
  • 1996-06-09 Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), dies at 77
  • 1996-06-16 David Mourao-Ferreira, poet/politician, dies at 69
  • 1996-06-30 Hugh Henry Home Popham, aviator/writer/poet, dies at 76
  • 1996-07-21 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet, dies at 79
  • 1996-07-27 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, dies at 65
  • 1996-08-06 Buland al-Haidary, Iraqi poet (Passages to Exile), dies at 69
  • 1996-08-08 Herbert Huncke, American writer and poet, dies at 80
  • 1996-08-18 Geoffrey Dearmer, poet, dies at 103
  • 1996-11-24 Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (Poems to Eimhir and Other Poems), dies at 85
  • 1996-12-08 Marin Sorescu, Romanian poet, playwright and artist (Iona, House under surveillance), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1996-12-29 William Thomas Pennar Davies, poet author/theologian, dies at 85
  • 1997-01-19 James Dickey, American poet, novelist and lecturer (Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice), dies at 73
  • 1997-03-07 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), dies at 73

Person of interestAllen Ginsberg

1997-04-05 Allen Ginsberg, American beat poet (Howl, The Fall of America) and 1960s counterculture icon, dies of liver cancer via complications of hepatitis at 70

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1997-05-13 Laurie Lee, English poet and author (I Can't Stay Long), dies at 82
  • 1997-07-16 Dora Maar, French photographer, painter and poet, lover of Picasso, dies at 89
  • 1997-09-11 Hannah Weiner, American experimental poet, dies at 68
  • 1997-11-12 William Matthews, poet, dies at 55
  • 1997-12-13 Martin Carter, Guyanese poet and political activist, dies at 70
  • 1997-12-20 Denise Levertov, American poet and essayist (Joy Beneath the Skin), dies at 74
  • 1998-04-30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • 1998-07-28 Zbigniew Herbert, Polish poet and writer, dies at 73
  • 1998-09-01 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (Marsz żałobny), dies at 67

Person of interestTed Hughes

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

  • 1999-01-11 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (The Corn King and the Spring Queen), dies at 101
  • 1999-03-19 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • 1999-05-10 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter (A Boy Named Sue; The Cover Of The Rolling Stone), dies at 68
  • 1999-06-11 DeForest Kelley, American actor (Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy-Star Trek), dies of stomach cancer at 79
  • 1999-06-21 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, dies at 84
  • 1999-09-08 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet, dies at 83
  • 2000-01-22 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (Kamouraska), dies at 83
  • 2000-05-08 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • 2000-06-09 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer and poet (Otto's Pug), dies at 74
  • 2000-06-14 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer, dies at 88
  • 2000-07-11 Pedro Mir, Dominican poet (b. 1913)
  • 2000-07-18 José Ángel Valente, Spanish poet (A modo the esperanza), dies at 71
  • 2000-07-24 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (The Book of Alley), dies at 74
  • 2000-08-05 Dudley Randall, African-American poet who founded the pioneering publishing house "Broadside Press", dies at 84
  • 2000-09-14 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 80
  • 2000-09-22 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (Now and in Other Days), dies at 76
  • 2000-09-25 R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet, dies at 87
  • 2000-11-11 Hugo Pos, Surinamese-Dutch poet and writer, dies at 86
  • 2000-12-03 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950), dies at 83
  • 2000-12-07 Vladimir Gotovac, Croatian poet and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2000-12-20 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), dies at 68
  • 2001-01-17 Gregory Corso, American beat poet, dies of prostate cancer at 70
  • 2001-02-14 Alan Ross, British poet and editor (London Magazine), dies at 78
  • 2001-12-20 Léopold Sédar Senghor, Senegalese poet and 1st President of Senegal (1960-80), dies at 95
  • 2002-06-14 June Jordan, Caribbean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), dies at 65
  • 2002-11-08 Jaun Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher, dies at 70
  • 2002-12-09 Stan Rice, American painter, educator, and poet (b. 1942)
  • 2002-12-23 Tatamkhulu Afrika, South African poet and writer, dies at 82
  • 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 (The Wound), dies at 74
  • 2004-06-22 Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
  • 2004-07-02 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese poet and children's author (The Sea Girl), dies at 84
  • 2004-08-24 Kees [Cornelis Johannes] Ouwens, Dutch writer and poet (Intimate Acts), dies at 60
  • 2004-09-23 Tabish Dehlvi, Pakistani poet, dies at 90

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