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  • Writers in the Soviet Union this year were allowed to publish criticism of Joseph Stalin and were given more freedom generally, although many were severely criticized for doing so. The poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, in the poem, The Heirs of Stalin, wrote that more guards should be placed at Stalin's tomb, "lest Stalin rise again, and with Stalin the past". He also condemns anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union. His poetry readings attracted hundreds and thousands of enthusiastic young people, to the point where police were often summoned to preserve order and disperse the crowds long after midnight. Other young poets also went beyond the previous limits of Soviet censorship: Andrei Voznesensky, Robert Rozhdestvensky, and Bella Akhmadulina (who had divorced Yevtushenko). Alexander Tvardovsky, editor of the literary monthly New World, supported many of the young writers. By the end of the year, the young writers had gained power in the official writers' unions which controlled much of the literary culture of the Soviet Union, and some publications which had attacked them were printing their work.[1]
  • American poet Robert Frost visits Russian poet Anna Akhmatova in her dacha
  • Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath separate
  • Michigan Quarterly Review is founded.
  • October — Dame Edith Sitwell read from her poetry at a concert at Royal Festival Hall in London given in honor of her 75th birthday.[1]
  • Composer Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, included settings for Wilfred Owen's poems

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:


English Canada


  • Irving Layton, editor, Love Where the Nights Are Long[1]
  • Editors of the Tamarack Review, a selection from its past issues, The First Five Years, including poetry[1]

Biography, criticism and scholarship

  • A translation of The Journal of St. Denys Garneau[1]
  • Canadian critics and poets, Masks of Poetry[1]

United Kingdom


United States

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the 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:

French language

French Canada


Criticism and scholarship


  • G. Benn, Lyrik des expressionistischen Jahrzehnts, anthology[13]
  • Marie-Luise Kaschnitz, Dein Schweigen-meine Stimmen
  • Hilde Domin, Rückkehr der Schiffe
  • Wilhelm Lehmann, Abschiedslust, Gedichte aus den Jahren 1957-1961, 37 poems
  • Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Viele schöne Kinderreime, 777 poems for children


  • Anonymous author from the Soviet Union, Zion Halo Tishali, poems originally written in Russian and clandestinely sent to Israel, edited and translated by A. Shlonsky and M. Sharett[1]
  • Avigdor Hameiri, Belivnat ha-Sapir ("Clear-cut Sapphire"), collected poems[1]
  • Levi Ben-Amittai, Matana Mimidbar ("Gift of the Desert")[1]
  • Yitzahak Ogen, Shirim ("Poems")[1]
  • P. Elad-Lander, Ke'raiah ha-Sadeh ("As the Fragrance of the Field")[1]
  • A. Halfi, Mul Kohavim ve-Afar ("Against Stars and the Dust")[1]
  • A. Meyrowitz, Avnai Bait ("Stones of a House")[1]
  • D. Avidan, Shirai Lahatz ("Poems of Pressure")[1]
  • Uri Bernstein, Beoto ha-Heder Beoto ha-Or ("In the Same Room, In the Same Light")
  • T. Carmi, Nehash ha-Nehoshet ("Brass Serpent")[1]
  • J. Lichtenbaum, Shiratenu ("Our Poetry"), a two-volume anthology of Hebrew poetry from the end of the eighteenth century[1]
  • J. J. Schwartz, Kentucky, the only volume of Hebrew poetry published in the United States, according to The Britannica Book of the Year 1963 (covering events of 1962)[1]

Indian subcontinent

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

  • Barnardino Evaristo Mendes, also known as B. E. Mendes, Goenchem Git, Konkani[14]
  • Maheswar Neog, Asamiya Sahityar Ruprekha, Assamese-language[14]
  • Ratnadhwaj Josi, Hamro Kavya Paramparama Usaiko Lagi ("Our Poetic Tradition"), criticism, Nepali[14]


Spanish language

Latin America



  • Eliyohu Bokher, Bovo-bukh ("Buovo d'Antona") (posthumous) a sixteenth-century epic poem translated into modern Yiddish by Moyshe Knaphes[1]
  • Yaykev Glatshteyn, Di freyd fun yidishn vort ("The Joy of the Yiddish World)[1]
  • N. I. Gotlib, a book of poetry[1]
  • Chaim Grade, Der mench fun fayer ("The Man of Fire")[1]
  • Rokhl Korn, a book of poetry[1]
  • Kadye Molodovsky, editor, Lider fun khurbn ("Poems of the Catastrophe"), an anthology in which emphasized the theme of the Holocaust[1]
  • Shloyme Shenhud, a book of poetry[1]
  • A. N. Shtensl, a book of poetry[1]
  • I. J. Shvarts, a book of poetry[1]
  • I. Taubes, a book of poetry[1]
  • Meyer Ziml Tkach, a book of poetry[1]
  • Shneyer Vaserman, a book of poetry[1]
  • Avrom Zak, a book of poetry[1]
  • Reyzl Zhykhlinsky, a book of poetry[1]


Awards and honors

United Kingdom

United States

Awards in other nations



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

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci Britannica Book of the Year 1963, covering events of 1962, published by The Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1963
  2. ^ a b c d Gustafson, Ralph, The Penguin Book of Canadian Verse, revised edition, 1967, Baltimore, Maryland: Penguin Books
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o 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
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
  5. ^ Allen Curnow Web page at the New Zealand Book Council website, accessed April 21, 2008
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n 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. ^ David Perkins, "Robert Creeley's Life and Career" at the Modern American Poetry website, accessed May 1, 2008
  8. ^ Naik, M. K., Perspectives on Indian poetry in English, p. 230, (published by Abhinav Publications, 1984, ISBN 0391032860, ISBN 9780391032866), retrieved via Google Books, June 12, 2009
  9. ^ a b c d e 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
  10. ^ a b c d e Bree, Germaine, Twentieth-Century French Literature, translated by Louise Guiney, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1983
  11. ^ Rigaud-Drayton, Margaret, Henri Michaux: Poetry, Painting and the Universal Sign, Bibliography, p 165, Oxford University Press, 2005, retrieved via Google Books on August 10, 2009
  12. ^ a b c Web page titled "Saint-John Perse: The Nobel Prize in Literature 1960: Bibliography" at the Nobel Prize Website, retrieved July 20, 2009. Archived 2009-07-24.
  13. ^ Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "German Poetry" article, "Anthologies in German" section, pp 473-474
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ Web page titled "Inger Christensen (b. 1935)" at Pegasos website, retrieved January 7, 2009
  16. ^ Web page titled "Elizabeth Alexander" at the Poetry Foundation website, accessed April 24, 2008
  17. ^ "Glyn Maxwell (1962 - )" at the Poetry Foundation website, accessed April 24, 2008


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