by George J. Dance

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This Timeline of British poetry contains the significant events in the history of EnglishScottish, and Welsh poetry in the English language – mostly original publications of books – from the beginning until 2010. Due to the long history, books listed (not counting anthologies) have been limited to 2 per year.

16th centuryEdit

1509: Stephen Hawes, The Pastime of Pleasure
1557: Tottel's Miscellany published
1562: Arthur Brooke, The Tragicall History of Romulus and Juliet
1563: Barnabe Googe, Eglogs, Epytaphes, and Sonettes
1567: Ovid, Metamorphoses (translated by Arthur Golding)

1575: George Gascoigne, Posies
1579: Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender
1584: Thomas Hudson, The Historie of Judith
1590: Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Books I-III
1592: Henry Constable, Diana: The praises of his mistresse

1593: Michael Drayton, Idea

1596: John Davies, Orchestra
1599: Samuel Daniel appointed Poet Laureate

  • John Davies, Nosce Teipsum

17th centuryEdit

1605: Michael Drayton, Poems
1609: William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets
1611: Homer, The Iliad (translated by George Chapman)
1616: William Browne, Britannia's Pastorals
1631: Francis Lenton, Characterismi
1633: John Donne, Poems

1634: William Habington, Castara
1642: John Denham, Cooper's Hill
1648: Robert Herrick, Hesperides
1649: Richard Lovelace, Lucasta
1651: William Davenant, Gondibert
1655: John Denham, Cooper's Hill
1656: Abraham Cowley, Poems
1661: Alexander Brome, Songs and Poems
1663: James Howell Poems on Severall Choice and Various Subjects
1667: John Milton, Paradise Lost
1671: John Milton, Paradise Regain'd

18th centuryEdit

1718: Laurence Eusden appointed Poet Laureate
1737: Matthew Green, The Spleen
1744: Mark Akenside, The Pleasures of Imagination
1749: Samuel Johnson, The Vanity of Human Wishes
1750: Mary Jones, Miscellanies in Prose and Verse
1755: A Collection of Poems; by several hands (edited by Robert Dodsley)
1768; Thomas Gray, Poems
1772: Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Poems
1777: Thomas Chatterton, Poems ... by Thomas Rowley and others
1783: George Crabbe, The Village
1785: William Cowper, The Task
1789: William Blake, Songs of Innocence

1791: Erasmus Darwin, The Botanic Garden
1794: William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience
1795: Ann Batten Cristall, Poetical Sketches
1798: William Wordsworth & Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads

19th centuryEdit

1812: Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Eighteen Hundred and Eleven
1815: Lord Byron, Hebrew Melodies
1817: John Keats, Poems
1818: John Keats Endymion
1819: Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (complete)
1820: John Keats, Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems
1839: Philip James Bailey, Festus
1843: William Wordsworth appointed Poet Laureate
1849: Robert Browning, Poems: A new edition
1850: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese, in Poems: New edition

1855: Robert Browning, Men and Women
1856: Sydney Dobell, England in Time of War
1859: H.C. Beeching, In a Garden, and other poems
1862: Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market, and other poems
1863: Jean Ingelow, Poems (3rd edition)
1864: Robert Browning, Dramatis Personae
1865: Algernon Charles Swinburne, Atalanta in Calydon
1879: Edwin Arnold, The Light of Asia
1883: Austin Dobson, Old World Idylls
1889: Mathilde Blind, The Ascent of Man

  • Amy Levy, A London Plane-Tree, and other verse

1892: Alfred Austin appointed Poet Laureate
1896: Robert Bridges, Shorter Poems (Books I-V)
1897: Austin Dobson, Collected Poems

20th centuryEdit

1909: Richard Watson Dixon, Poems
1911: Rupert Brooke, Collected Poems
1912: Walter de la Mare, The Listeners, and other poems
1920: Ezra Pound, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley
1922: T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
1930: Robert Bridges appointed Poet Laureate

See alsoEdit

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