Poets in History (Part 3)

Poetry: Poetesses

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,601

  • 1697-01-16 Richard Savage, English poet and playwright (d. 1743) date not proven
  • 1697-11-25 Gerhard Tersteegen, German evangelist and poet (wrote in blood), born in Moers, Germany (d. 1769)
  • 1698-01-03 Pietro Metastasio, Italian poet (d. 1782)
  • 1699-04-17 Robert Blair, Scottish poet (The Grave), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1746)
  • 1699-08-13 John Dyer, British poet, born in Aberglasney, Wales (Baptism date)
  • 1700-09-11 James Thomson, Scottish poet (Rule Britannia), born in Ednam, Scotland (d. 1748)
  • 1703-03-05 Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky, Russian poet (d. 1768)
  • 1708-04-23 Friedrich von Hagedorn, German poet (Versuch einiger Poem), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1754)
  • 1710-02-21 Willem van Haren, Frisian nobleman/poet (Human Life)
  • 1711-10-17 Jupiter Hammon, Lloyd Harbor NY, slave and poet, 1st African American to publish poetry
  • 1711-11-19 Mikhail Lomonosov, Russian scholar and poet, born in Mishaninskaya, Archangelgorod Governorate, Tsardom of Russia (d. 1765)
  • 1713-04-02 Onno Zwier van Haren, Frisian poet (Fatherland), born in St. Annaparochie, Netherlands (d. 1779)
  • 1714-01-01 Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lutheran pastor, Lithuanian poet (The Seas)
  • 1714-11-13 William Shenstone, English poet, born in Leasowes, England (d. 1763)
  • 1714-12-24 Rainieri de' Calzabigi, Italian poet & librettist, born in Livorno, Italy (d. 1795)
  • 1715-03-07 Ewald Christian von Kleist, German poet (d. 1759)
  • 1715-07-04 Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, German poet and novelist (Fables & Tales), born in Hainchen, Germany (d. 1769)
  • 1715-07-25 Immanuel J. Pyra, German poet (Temple of Real Poetry), born in Kottbus, Brandenburg, Germany(d. 1744)
  • 1715-12-08 John Althuysen, Frisian vicar and poet (Frisianche rymlery)
  • 1716-12-26 Thomas Gray, English poet (Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard)
  • 1716-12-26 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (d. 1803)
  • 1717-12-16 Elizabeth Carter, English poet, bluestocking and translator (All the Works of Epictetus Which Are Now Extant), born in Deal, England (d. 1806)
  • 1719-01-28 Johann Elias Schlegel, German critic and poet (d. 1749)
  • 1720-10-03 Johann Peter Uz, German poet (Lyrische Poem), born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1796)
  • 1721-07-09 Johann Nikolaus Götz, German poet (Die Mädcheninsel), born in Worms, Germany (d. 1781)
  • 1721-08-21 Lucretia Wilhelmina van Merken, Dutch poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 1789)
  • 1721-11-09 Mark Akenside, English poet and physician, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1770)
  • 1721-12-25 William Collins, Chichester England, (Mayor-Chichester)/poet
  • 1722-04-11 Christopher Smart, English poet & journalist (Ceremony of Carols), born in Shipbourne, England (d. 1771)
  • 1722-12-01 Anna Louisa Karsch "Die Karschin", German poet, born in Hammer, Silesia (d. 1791)
  • 1722-12-03 Hryhorii Skovoroda, Ukrainian poet and philosopher, born in Chernukhi, Lubny Regiment, Cossack Hetmanate (d. 1794)
  • 1723-01-27 Johann A Cramer, prime minister/poet
  • 1724-07-02 Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet (Der Messias), born in Quedlinburg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1803)
  • 1724-10-31 Christopher Anstey, English poet (The New Bath Guide), born in Brinkley, England (d. 1805)
  • 1725-02-25 Karl Wilhelm Ramler, German poet (Geistliche Kantaten)
  • 1728-01-06 Domingos dos Reis Quita, Portuguese playwright & poet, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1770)
  • 1728-01-09 Thomas Warton, critic and poet (Pleasures of Melancholy) British Poet Laureate (1785-90), born in Basingstoke (d. 1790)
  • 1729-05-23 Giuseppe Parini, Italian prose writer and poet (Il Giorno), born in Bosisio, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1799)
  • 1729-06-05 Cláudio Manuel da Costa, Brazilian poet, born in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Portuguese Colony of Brazil (d. 1789)
  • 1729-09-27 Michael Denis, Austrian poet, bibliographer and lepidopterist, born in Schärding, Austria (d. 1800)
  • 1731-11-26 William Cowper, English pre-romantic poet (His Task), born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1800)
  • 1731-12-12 Erasmus Darwin, influential English physician, poet, philosopher, and botanist (grandfather of Charles Darwin), born in Newark-on-Trent, England (d. 1807)
  • 1735-10-25 James Beattie, Scottish poet and philosopher (Essay on Truth), born in Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, Scotland (d. 1803)
  • 1738-05-09 John Wolcot, English satirist (Peter Pindar), baptized in Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Devon (d. 1819)
  • 1738-06-22 Jacques Delille, French poet and translator (d. 1813)
  • 1738-07-24 Elizabeth "Betje" Wolff-Bekker, Dutch author and poet (Sara Burgerhart), born in Flushing, Netherlands (d. 1804)
  • 1740-03-06 Giovanni Meli, Siclian poet (Buccolica)
  • 1740-08-15 Matthias Claudius, German poet, born in Reinfeld, Duchy of Holstein (d. 1815)
  • 1741-04-10 Basílio da Gama, Portuguese poet (O Uraguai), born in Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Colony of Brazil (d. 1795)
  • 1742-03-19 Zacharias H Alewijn, Dutch literary/poet
  • 1743-06-20 Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and writer of hymns (Life! I Know Not What Thou Art), born in Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, England (d. 1825)
  • 1743-07-14 Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin, Russian poet (d. 1816)
  • 1743-12-23 Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian author (Dushenka), born in Perevolochna, Cossack Hetmanate (d. 1803)
  • 1744-08-25 Johann G von Herder, German philosopher, theologist and poet, born in Morąg, Poland (d. 1803)
  • 1745-02-20 Henry James Pye, English poet, British Poet Laureate (1790-1813), born in London (d. 1813)
  • 1746-03-27 Michael Bruce, Scottish poet (Elegy written in Spring), born in Portmoak, Kinross-shire, Scotland (d. 1767)
  • 1746-08-08 Hieronymus van Alphen, Dutch attorney/poet (church songs)
  • 1746-09-04 Bernardus Bosch, Dutch vicar and poet, born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1803)
  • 1749-01-16 Vittorio Alfieri, Italian count, dramatist and poet (Maria Stuarda) who is considered the founder of Italian tragedy, born in Asti, Italy (d. 1803)
  • 1750-09-05 Robert Fergusson, Scottish poet (Scottish poems), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1774)
  • 1750-10-31 Leonor de Almeida marquesa de Alorna, Portuguese poet, born in São Jorge de Arroios, Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1839)
  • 1750-11-07 Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg, German poet, lawyer and translator, born in Bad Bramstedt, Germany (d. 1819)
  • 1751-02-20 Johann Heinrich Voß, German poet (d. 1826)
  • 1752-01-02 Philip Freneau, poet of American Revolution (The American Village)
  • 1752-11-20 Thomas Chatterton, English poet (Christabel), born in Bristol, England (d. 1770)
  • 1753-02-06 Évariste de Parny, French poet, born in Saint-Paul, France (d. 1814)

Person of interestPhillis Wheatley

1753-05-08 Phillis Wheatley, American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman, born in West Africa (d. 1784)

  • 1754-02-19 Vincenzo Monti, Italian poet/translator (Al Signor di Montgolfier)
  • 1754-06-16 Salawat Yulayev, Bashkir national hero, poet (d. 1800)
  • 1754-12-24 George Crabbe, English poet (Everlasting Mercy), born in Aldeburgh, England (d. 1832)
  • 1756-09-07 Willem Bilderdijk, Dutch poet and literature (Disease of Scientists), born in Amsterdam (d. 1831)
  • 1757-03-16 Bengt Lidner, Swedish poet (Medea, Yttersa Domen)
  • 1757-04-03 Ferenc Verseghy, Hungarian poet and composer, born in Szolnok, Hungary (d. 1822)
  • 1757-11-12 Jacobus Bellamy [Zelandus], Dutch poet, born in Vlissingen, Netherlands (d. 1786)

Person of interestWilliam Blake

1757-11-28 William Blake, English poet and artist (Songs of Innocence & Experience), born in London, England (d. 1827)

Poet and Artist William Blake
Poet and Artist
William Blake

Person of interestRobert Burns

1759-01-25 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne) considered the national poet of Scotland, born in Alloway, Scotland (d. 1796)

Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns
Poet and Lyricist
Robert Burns
  • 1759-11-10 Frederich von Schiller, German poet and lyricist (Ode to Joy), born in Marbach am Neckar, Germany (d. 1805)
  • 1760-09-21 Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman and poet, born in Simbirsk, Russian Empire (d. 1837)
  • 1761-01-23 Friedrich von Matthison, German poet (Adelaide), born in Hohendodeleben, Germany (d. 1831)
  • 1761-12-24 Selim III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1789-1808), born in Topkapı Palace, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1808)
  • 1762-09-11 Joanna Baillie, Scottish poet and playwright, born in Bothwell, Scotland (d. 1851)
  • 1762-09-24 William Lisle Bowles, English poet (14 Sonnets), born in Kings Sutton, England (d. 1850)
  • 1762-10-30 André Chénier, French poet killed during French Revolution, born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1794)
  • 1762-11-16 Petronella Moens, Frisian author and feminist, born in Kûbaard, Netherlands (d. 1843)
  • 1763-05-11 János Batsányi, Hungarian poet (d. 1845)
  • 1763-07-30 Samuel Rogers, English poet (Italy, a poem), born in Newington Cross, Islington, England (d. 1855)
  • 1764-01-01 John Kinker, Dutch linguist/philosopher/poet (Minderjarige Zangster)
  • 1764-02-11 Marie-Joseph de Chénier, French poet (Caïus Gracchus), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1811)
  • 1765-06-06 Cornelis Loots, Dutch accountant and poet (Dwingelandij), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1834)
  • 1767-01-24 Antony CW Staring, Dutch lawyer/poet (Jaromir)
  • 1767-09-08 August Wilhelm Schlegel, German poet, translator and critic, born in Hannover, Germany (d. 1845)
  • 1769-02-09 Susette Gontard, the beloved of the poet Friedrich Hölderlin (d. 1802)

Person of interestWilliam Wordsworth

1770-04-07 William Wordsworth, English poet laureate (The Prelude), born in Cockermouth, Cumberland (d. 1850)

  • 1771-08-15 Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet (The Lady of the Lake, Rob Roy), born in College Wynd, Edinburgh Scotland (d. 1832)
  • 1771-12-25 Dorothy Wordsworth, English poet, diarist and sister of William Wordsworth, born in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England (d. 1855)
  • 1771-12-26 Heinrich J von Collin, Austria dramatist/poet (Regulus)
  • 1772-04-11 Manuel Jose Quintana, Spanish author and poet (El Duque de Viseo), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1857)

Person of interestSamuel Taylor Coleridge

1772-10-21 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English romantic poet (Rime of Ancient Mariner), born in Ottery St Mary, Devon (d. 1834)

Poet, Critic and Philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poet, Critic and Philosopher
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • 1774-08-12 Robert Southey, English writer (The Story of the Three Bears), Poet Laureate (1813-43) and biographer (Nelson), born in Bristol, England (d. 1843)
  • 1775-01-30 Walter Savage Landor, English poet & writer (Imaginary Conversations), born in Warwick, England (d. 1864)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 1,513

  • 1674-10-15 Robert Herrick, English poet ('Gather ye rosebuds while ye may'), dies at 83
  • 1674-10-27 Hallgrímur Pétursson, Icelandic poet (b. 1614)

Person of interestJohn Milton

1674-11-08 John Milton, English poet and puritan (Paradise Lost), dies at 65

  • 1675-07-25 Nicolas Saboly, French composer and poet, dies at 61
  • 1676-10-25 Justus G Schottel [Schottelius], German linguistic/poet, dies at 64
  • 1677-07-09 Angelus Silesius [Johann Scheffer], German medical/mystic poet, dies
  • 1677-10-29 Charles Coypeau Dassoucy, French poet and singer, dies at 72
  • 1678-05-05 Anna M van Schurman, Dutch poet/spoke 10 languages, dies at about 70
  • 1678-08-16 Andrew Marvell, English poet (Definition of Love), overdoses at 57
  • 1679-02-05 Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet and dramatist (Jephtha), dies at 91
  • 1679-04-18 Christian Hoffmann von Hoffmannswaldau, German poet, dies at 62
  • 1679-07-08 Samuel J Columbus, Swedish poet (Odae Sveticae), dies
  • 1679-07-11 William Chamberlayne, English poet (b. 1619)
  • 1680-07-26 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, poet/courtier, dies
  • 1680-09-25 Samuel Butler, poet/satirist, dies
  • 1681-05-25 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, dies at 81
  • 1681-07-08 Georg Neumark, German composer and poet, dies at 60
  • 1683-12-07 John Oldham, English satirical poet, dies of smallpox at 30
  • 1684-09-18 Joannes Antonides van der Goes, Dutch poet (Ystroom), dies at 37
  • 1684-10-01 Pierre Corneille, French poet and dramatist (El Cid, Polyeucte), dies at 42
  • 1685-10-12 Geeraerdt Burns, theologist/poet/historian, dies at 59
  • 1685-10-12 Gerard Brandt, Dutch theologist, poet and historian, dies at 59
  • 1687-02-16 Charles Cotton, English poet and writer, dies at 56
  • 1687-03-28 Constantijn Huygens, Dutch diplomat and poet, dies at 90
  • 1687-04-16 George Villiers, 2nd duke of Buckingham, English statesman and poet, dies at 59
  • 1687-10-21 Edmund Waller, English poet/plotter (Waller's plot), dies
  • 1687-10-27 Renatus Rapinus [René Rapin], French Jesuit theologian and poet (Hortorum libri IV), dies at 65
  • 1689-08-21 William Cleland, Scottish poet and soldier
  • 1689-11-13 Philipp von Zesen, German poet and historian (Bescheibung of Amsterdam), dies at 70
  • 1691-10-10 Isaac de Benserade, French poet, dies at 77
  • 1692-11-19 Thomas Shadwell, English poet and playwright (2nd Poet Laureate 1689-92), dies at about 50
  • 1694-10-12 Matsuo Basho, greatest Japanese haiku poet, dies
  • 1695-04-13 Jean de la Fontaine, French poet (Fables), dies at 73
  • 1695-04-23 Henry Vaughan, English poet (Silex Scintillans), dies at 72
  • 1695-04-27 Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexican philosopher & poet, dies at 44
  • 1696-07-09 Waclaw Potocki, Polish poet (Wojna Chocimska), dies
  • 1697-11-02 Constantine Huygens Jr., Dutch Poet, painter and cartoonist, dies at 69 (burial date)
  • 1699-04-22 Hans A baron von Abschatz, Silesian poet, dies at 53
  • 1700-05-01 John Dryden, English poet and playwright, first Poet Laureate (1668-1688), dies at 68
  • 1701-03-15 Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer and poet, dies at 76
  • 1702-01-13 Peter Rabus, Dutch poet and translator (Great Name Book), dies at 41
  • 1703-10-14 Thomas Hansen Kingo, Danish poet (b. 1634)
  • 1706-01-29 Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet and courtier (b. 1638)
  • 1707-05-03 Michiel de Swaen, South Netherlands physician/poet, dies at 53
  • 1707-06-24 Kaspar von Stieler, German poet (Teutsche Wolredner), dies at 74
  • 1707-09-15 George Stepney, English poet and diplomat (b. 1663)
  • 1707-09-24 Vincenzo da Filicaja, Italian poet (b. 1642)
  • 1708-10-07 Guru Gobind Singh, Tenth Guru of Sikhism, founder and General of Khalsa Army, social reformist and poet, dies following an assassination attempt at 41
  • 1709-09-04 Jean-Francois Regnard, French comedic poet/slave in Algeria, dies
  • 1711-02-10 Lukas Fencer, Dutch poet (Meleager & Atalante), dies at 22
  • 1711-03-13 Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, French poet and critic, dies at 74
  • 1711-06-08 Katharina Lescaille [Netherlands Sappho], poetess, dies at 61
  • 1712-04-05 John Luyken, Dutch poet and etcher (species company), dies at 63
  • 1712-04-10 Yusuf Nabi, Turkish poet (Hayriye), dies at about 77
  • 1713-06-01 Johan Runius, Swedish poet (Dudaim), dies at 34
  • 1714-03-27 Anton Ulrich, German duke of Brunswick/poet, dies at 80
  • 1715-05-19 Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, English poet and statesman, dies at 54
  • 1715-08-12 Nahum Tate, English poet/playwright/poet laureate, dies
  • 1715-09-02 Constantin Christian Dedekind, German composer and poet, dies at 87
  • 1716-02-19 Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (b. 1634)
  • 1716-09-30 Heinrich Georg Neuss, composer, theologian and poet, dies at 62
  • 1717-07-21 Niccolo Amenta, Italian poet (La Gostanza), dies
  • 1718-12-06 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and dramatist (Tamerlane) Poet Laureate (1715-18), dies at 45
  • 1719-06-17 Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (co-founder of The Spectator), dies at 47
  • 1720-06-27 Guillaume Amfrye de Chaulieu, French poet (b. 1639)
  • 1721-02-24 John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English statesman and poet (b. 1648)
  • 1721-09-18 Matthew Prior, English poet and diplomat, dies at 57
  • 1721-10-04 Abraham Alewijn, Dutch poet and playwright (Beslikte Swaantje), dies at 36
  • 1722-01-07 Antoine Coypel, French painter and poet, dies at 60
  • 1723-03-15 Johann C. Gunther, German poet, dies at 27
  • 1726-05-14 John B Wellekens, poet/painter (Wedding Guests), dies
  • 1727-05-02 Paul Aler, French jesuit and poet (Gradus ad Parnassum), dies at 70
  • 1729-01-04 Meir Bacharach, Hebrew poet, dies
  • 1729-08-15 Benjamin Neukirch, German poet (Herrn von Hofmannswaldau), dies at 64
  • 1730-07-16 Elijiah Fenton, poet, dies
  • 1730-09-27 Laurence Eusden, English poet, Poet Laureate (1718-30), dies at 42
  • 1732-12-04 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), dies at 47
  • 1733-12-31 Hubert K Poot, Dutch poet (Akkerleven), dies at 44
  • 1735-04-05 Samuel Wesley, English poet (b. 1662)
  • 1736-07-16 Thomas Yalden, poet/fable writer, dies
  • 1737-02-20 Elizabeth Rowe, poet, dies
  • 1740-04-23 Thomas Tickell, English writer and poet, dies at 54
  • 1741-03-17 Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French poet (b. 1671)
  • 1741-11-20 Melchior de Polignac, French diplomat, Cardinal and poet, dies at 80
  • 1742-07-19 William Somervile, English poet (b. 1675)
  • 1743-04-30 Pedro de Peralta y Barnuevo, Peruvian poet (Obras Dramaticas), dies at 79
  • 1743-08-01 Richard Savage, English poet and playwright, dies at about 46

Person of interestAlexander Pope

1744-05-30 Alexander Pope, English poet (The Rape of the Lock), dies at 56

  • 1744-07-14 Immanuel J. Pyra, German poet (Temple of True Poetry), dies at 28
  • 1746-02-04 Robert Blair, Scottish poet (The Grave), dies at 46
  • 1747-01-16 Barthold Heinrich Brockes, German poet (b. 1680)
  • 1748-08-27 James Thomson, Scottish poet (Rule, Britannia), dies at 47
  • 1749-06-18 Ambrose Philips, English poet (b. 1674)
  • 1751-05-24 William Hamilton, of Gilbertsfield, poet, dies
  • 1754-10-28 Friedrich von Hagedorn, German poet (Versuch einiger Poem), dies at 46
  • 1757-11-12 Colley Cibber, English actor, dramatist and Poet Laureate (1730-57), dies at 86
  • 1758-01-07 Allan Ramsay, Scottish poet (Gentle Shepherd), dies at 71
  • 1758-07-24 John Dyer, British poet, dies at 58
  • 1759-06-12 William Collins, English poet (Ode to Simplicity), dies at 37
  • 1759-08-24 Ewald C von Kleist, German poet, dies at 44

Famous Poets