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1774 in poetry

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1774 in poetry

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



  • During this year's harvest, 15-year-old Scottish farm labourer Robert Burns is assisted by his contemporary Nelly Kilpatrick who inspires his first attempt at poetry, "O, Once I Lov'd A Bonnie Lass".
  • Jacques Delille elected to membership in the Académie Française in large part due to his verse translation of the Georgics in 1769
  • Colonial America

  • Hugh Henry Brackenridge, "A Poem on Divine Revelation"
  • Samuel Occom, editor, A Choice Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs
  • John Trumbull, "An Elegy on the Times"
  • United Kingdom

  • James Beattie, The Minstrel; or, The Progress of Genius, Book 2 (Book 1 1771, both books published together with other verse in 1775)
  • William Dunkin, The Poetical Works of the Late William Dunkin, posthumously published; Volume 1 includes Latin and Ancient Greek poetry with English translations
  • Oliver Goldsmith, Retaliation; a poem, published April 19
  • Richard Graves, The Progress of Gallantry, published anonymously
  • Thomas Gray, The Poems of Mr Gray (posthumous)
  • William Mason, An Heroic Postscript to the Public, published anonymously
  • Hannah More, The Inflexible Captive: A tragedy
  • Samuel Jackson Pratt (as "Courtney Melmoth"), The Tears of A Genius, occasioned by the Death of Dr Goldsmith
  • Henry James Pye, Farringdon Hill
  • Mary Scott, The Female Advocate, a response to The Feminead 1754 by John Duncombe
  • Thomas Warton the Younger, History of English Poetry, in three volumes, published from 1774-1781
  • William Whitehead, Plays and Poems by William Whitehead, Esq. Poet Laureat (see also Poems 1788)
  • Other

  • Charles Batteux, Principes de la littérature, including Cours de belles lettres of 1765; criticism; France
  • Births

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

  • June 3 – Robert Tannahill (died 1810), Scottish "Weaver Poet"
  • August 12 – Robert Southey (died 1843), English poet
  • November 4 – Robert Allan (died 1841), Scottish "Weaver Poet"
  • Deaths

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

  • Early – Lady Dorothea Du Bois (born 1728), Irish poet and writer
  • c. January 29–February 5 – James Love, pseudonym of James Dance (born 1721), English poet, playwright and actor
  • May 11 – Charles Jenner (born 1736), English poet and writer
  • August 14 – Johann Jakob Reiske (born 1716), German scholar and physician
  • October 16 – Oliver Goldsmith (born 1728), English writer and poet
  • October 17 – Robert Fergusson (born 1750), Scottish poet
  • November 25 – Henry Baker (born 1698), English naturalist, poet, sign-language developer
  • December 20 – Paul Whitehead (born 1710), English satiric poet
  • Khwaja Muhammad Zaman (born 1713), Indian, Sindhi-language poet
  • References

    1774 in poetry Wikipedia

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