1950 in poetry

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List of years in poetry (table)
In literature

Nationality words link to articles with information on the nation's poetry or literature (for instance, Irish or France).


  • Charles Olson publishes his seminal essay, "Projective Verse". In this, he calls for a poetry of "open field" composition to replace traditional closed poetic forms with an improvised form that should reflect exactly the content of the poem. This form is to be based on the line, and each line is to be a unit of breath and of utterance. The content is to consist of "one perception immediately and directly (leading) to a further perception". This essay becomes a kind of de facto manifesto for the Black Mountain poets.
  • George Oppen and his wife, Mary, move from the United States to Mexico, where their links to Communism are less problematic.
  • The Beloit Poetry Journal is founded by Robert Glauber and Chad Walsh. It is intended to be a publication of Beloit College since Walsh is an English teacher there.[1]
  • Pioneer Press founded in Jamaica.[2]
  • Saint Lucia Arts Guild founded by Derek and Roderick Walcott.[2]

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:


India, in English

New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Other in English

Works published in other languages

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




  • Haim Gouri, Ad A lot Ha-Shahar ("Till Dawn"), poetry and war diary, Israeli writing in Hebrew[18]
  • Hillel Omer (who wrote under the name "Ayin Hillel"), Eretz Ha-Tzohorayim ("The Noon Country"), Publisher: Sifriat Poalim; Israel


Listed in alphabetical order by first name:

Other languages

Awards and honors


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


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

See also


  1. ^ Parmenter, Jim. "The BPJ Then and Now". Beloit Poetry Journal. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Williams, Emily Allen (2002). "Selected Timeline of Anglophone Caribbean Poetry". Anglophone Caribbean Poetry, 1970–2001: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. xvii ff. ISBN 978-0-313-31747-7. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  3. ^ Roberts, Neil, editor, A Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry, Part III, Chapter 3, "Canadian Poetry", by Cynthia Messenger, Blackwell Publishing, 2003, ISBN 978-1-4051-1361-8, retrieved via Google Books, January 3, 2009
  4. ^ "Of Time and the Lover Archived 2012-03-18 at the Wayback Machine. / James Wreford [Watson], 1950," Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing, McMaster.ca, Web, Apr. 21, 2011.
  5. ^ Vinayak Krishna Gokak, The Golden Treasury Of Indo-Anglian Poetry (1828-1965), p 313, New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi (1970, first edition; 2006 reprint), ISBN 81-260-1196-3, retrieved August 6, 2010
  6. ^ Lal, P., Modern Indian Poetry in English: An Anthology & a Credo, p 182 Calcutta: Writers Workshop, second edition, 1971 (however, on page 597 an "editor's note" states contents "on the following pages are a supplement to the first edition" and is dated "1972")
  7. ^ Joshi, Irene, compiler, "Poetry Anthologies", "Poetry Anthologies" section, "University Libraries, University of Washington" website, "Last updated May 8, 1998", retrieved June 16, 2009. Archived 2009-06-19.
  8. ^ Web page titled "Ursula Bethell / New Zealand Literature File" at the University of Auckland Library website, accessed April 30, 2008
  9. ^ a b Web page titled "The Contemporary Scene" in An Encyclopedia of New Zealand, 1966 website, accessed April 21, 2008
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ a b 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
  12. ^ Gittings, Robert William Victor (1911–1992), poet and writer in ODNB online (subscription required)
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k 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)
  14. ^ Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, editors, The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, W. W. Norton & Company, 1973, ISBN 0-393-09357-3
  15. ^ Web page titled "Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)" at the Poetry Foundation website, retrieved April 9, 2009. Archived 2009-05-04.
  16. ^ 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 0-394-52197-8
  17. ^ a b Bree, Germaine, Twentieth-Century French Literature, translated by Louise Guiney, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1983
  18. ^ ITHL.org.il Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine., Web page titled "Haim Gouri" at the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature Web site, accessed October 6, 2007
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i 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 978-81-7201-798-9, retrieved via Google Books on December 23, 2008
  20. ^ Debicki, Andrew P., Spanish Poetry of the Twentieth Century: Modernity and Beyond, University Press of Kentucky, 1995, ISBN 978-0-8131-0835-3, retrieved via Google Books, November 21, 2009
  21. ^ Shrayer, Maxim, "Aleksandr Mezhirov", p 879, An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature: Two Centuries of Dual Identity in Prose and Poetry, publisher: M.E. Sharpe, 2007, ISBN 0-7656-0521-X, ISBN 978-0-7656-0521-4, retrieved via Google Books on May 27, 2009
  22. ^ "Cumulative List of Winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards", Canada Council. Web, Feb. 10, 2011. http://www.canadacouncil.ca/NR/rdonlyres/E22B9A3C-5906-41B8-B39C-F91F58B3FD70/0/cumulativewinners2010rev.pdf
  23. ^ Schworm, Peter, "Tufts mourns acclaimed poet, professor", Boston Globe, April 14, 2009, retrieved April 16, 2009. Archived 2009-05-04.
  24. ^ "Anthony J. Bennett". Kardoorair Press. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-05-14.
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