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            List of years in poetry       (table)
 1948 .  1949 .  1950 .  1951  . 1952  . 1953  . 1954 
1955 1956 1957 -1958- 1959 1960 1961
 1962 .  1963 .  1964 .  1965  . 1966  . 1967  . 1968 
   In literature: 1955 1956 1957 -1958- 1959 1960 1961     
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  • Brazilian manifesto for concrete poetry, which focuses on visual and other sensory qualities
  • April 18 — Ezra Pound's indictment for treason is dismissed.[1] He is released from St. Elizabeths Hospital, an insane asylum in Maryland, after spending 12 years there (starting in 1946). He returns to Italy.[1]

Works published in English

Listed by nation where the work was first published and again by the poet's native land, if different; substantially revised works listed separately:



Criticism, scholarship and biography in Canada

  • L.M. Lande, Old Lamps Aglow
  • R.E. Rashley, Poetry in Canada


United Kingdom

United States

Other in English

Works published in other languages

Listed by language and often by nation where the work was first published and again by the poet's native land, if different; substantially revised works listed separately:

Spanish language

Latin America


Portuguese language


French language

French Canada

  • Ollivier Mercier-Gouin, Poèmes et Chansons
  • Ronald Després, Silences à nourrir de sang
  • Roger Brien, Vols et plongées
  • Alain Grandbois, L'Étoile pourpre
  • Roland Giguère, Le défaut des ruines est d'avoir des habitants



  • Sh. Shalom:
    • Ben Tehelet ve-Lavan ("Amidst the Blue and White")
    • Shirai Kommiut Israel ("Poems on the Rise of Israel")
  • Yehoshua Rabinow, Shirat Amitai ("Amitai's Song")
  • I. Shalev, Eloha Hanoshek Lohamim
  • P. Elad, Mizrah Shemesh ("East of the Sun")
  • David Rokeah, Kearar Aleh Shaham ("Juniper on Granite")
  • T. Carmi, ha-Yam ha-Aharon ("The Last Sea")
  • Y. Amihai, be-Merhak Shtai Tikvot ("At a Distance of Two Hopes")
  • Ephraim Lisitzky, Anshai Midot ("Virtuous Men")

Indian subcontinent

Including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Listed alphabetically by first name, regardless of surname:


  • Meyer Shtiker, Yidishe landshaft ("Yiddish Landscape"), his second book of poems (Yiddish)[3]
  • Lo Fu (poet) (Luo Fu) River of the Soul Chinese (Taiwan)[13]

Awards and honors

United Kingdom

United States

American Academy of Arts and Letters

Poetry Magazine

Poetry Society of America


  • Grand Prix Littéraire de la Ville de Paris: Maurice Fonbeure for poetry
  • Grand Prix de Poésie de l'Académie Française: Mme. Gérard d'Houville


  • Mondadori, Viareggio poetry prize (Italy): S. Quasimodo, La terra impareggiabile


Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:


Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:

See also


  1. ^ a b Ackroyd, Peter, Ezra Pound, Thames and Hudson Ltd., London, 1980, "Chronology" chapter, p 118
  2. ^ a b c Gustafson, Ralph, The Penguin Book of Canadian Verse, revised edition, 1967, Baltimore, Maryland: Penguin Books
  3. ^ a b Britannica Book of the Year 1960, covering events of 1959, published by Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1960; "Canadian Literature" article mentioned this book as a "late 1958 anthology"
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i M. L. Rosenthal, The New Poets: American and British Poetry Since World War II, New York: Oxford University Press, 1967, "Selected Bibliography: Individual Volumes by Poets Discussed", pp 334-340
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Ludwig, Richard M., and Clifford A. Nault, Jr., Annals of American Literature: 1602–1983, 1986, New York: Oxford University Press ("If the title page is one year later than the copyright date, we used the latter since publishers frequently postdate books published near the end of the calendar year." — from the Preface, p vi)
  7. ^ a b Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, editors, The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, W. W. Norton & Company, 1973, ISBN 0393093573
  8. ^ Web page titled "The Contemporary Scene" in An Encyclopedia of New Zealand, 1966 website, accessed April 21, 2008
  9. ^ "Chile National Literature Prize Winner Alfonso Calderon Dies", obituary, August 8, 2009, Latin American Herald Tribune, retrieved September 4, 2009. Archived 2009-09-07.
  10. ^ a b c d Auster, Paul, editor, The Random House Book of Twentieth-Century French Poetry: with Translations by American and British Poets, New York: Random House, 1982 ISBN 0394521978
  11. ^ Bree, Germaine, Twentieth-Century French Literature, translated by Louise Guiney, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1983
  12. ^ a b c Das, Sisir Kumar and various, History of Indian Literature: 1911-1956: struggle for freedom: triumph and tragedy, Volume 2, 1995, published by Sahitya Akademi, ISBN 9788172017989, retrieved via Google Books on December 23, 2008
  13. ^ Balcom, John, "Lo Fu", article on Poetry International website, retrieved November 22, 2008
  14. ^ Audre Lorde, 'A burst of light: Living with cancer', A Burst of Light, Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books, 1988, page 73


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