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1821 in poetry

— words chiselled onto the tombstone of John Keats, at his request


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


  • The Saturday Evening Post founded in Philadelphia
  • Lord Byron writes Sardanapalus, The Two Foscari and Cain
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley's Queen Mab: a philosophical poem (1813) is distributed by an unauthorized publisher in London leading to prosecution by the Society for the Prevention of Vice.
  • At about this date Sunthorn Phu is imprisoned and begins his epic poem Phra Aphai Mani.
  • United Kingdom

  • Edwin Atherstone, The Last Days of Herculaneum
  • Joanna Baillie, Metrical Legends of Exalted Characters
  • John Banim, The Celt's Paradise
  • Thomas Lovell Beddoes, The Improvisatore, in Three Fyttes, with Other Poems
  • Lord Byron:
  • Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice; The Prophecy of Dante, Marino Faliero performed April 25
  • Don Juan, cantos 3–5, published anonymously, see also Don Juan 1819, 1823, 1824
  • Sardanapalus; The Two Foscari; Cain, verse drama
  • The Vision of Judgment (spelling is correct)
  • Heaven and Earth
  • The Prophecy of Dante
  • John Clare, The Village Minstrel, and Other Poems
  • William Gifford, The Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus, in Latin and English
  • Felicia Dorothea Hemans, Dartmoor
  • William Hone, The Political Showman — At Home!, illustrated by George Cruikshank; those lampooned include Wellington, Lord Liverpool, George IV, Lord Castlereagh and John Stoddart, editor of The Times
  • Leigh Hunt, The Months
  • Letitia Elizabeth Landon ("L.E.L."), The Fate of Adelaide, and Other Poems
  • Robert Millhouse, Vicissitude, a poem in four books and other pieces
  • Thomas Moore, Irish Melodies, the first authorized edition of the author's lyrics; 10 editions by 1832
  • Hannah More, Bible Rhymes
  • John Henry Newman and John William Bowden, St. Bartholomew's Eve, published anonymously
  • Bryan Waller Procter, writing under the pen name "Barry Cornwall", Mirandola: A tragedy, verse drama
  • J. H. Reynolds, The Garden of Florence
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley:
  • Epipsychidion, published anonymously
  • Adonais: An elegy on the death of John Keats
  • A Defence of Poetry
  • Horatio Smith, Amarynthus, the Nympholept, published anonymously
  • Robert Southey, A Vision of Judgement, in which Southey criticizes Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, labeling them members of what Southey calls the "Satanic School" of poetry; Byron later decides he likes the name, and responds with his own work, A Vision of Judgment (with slightly different spelling in the title)
  • United States

  • Paul Allen, Noah, about the Bible story, but also discusses slavery and America's place in God's providence; revised by John Neal
  • William Cullen Bryant, Poems, eight poems, including "The Ages", a poem in Spenserian stanzas on the history of mankind and expressing a positive outlook on the future, delivered at the Harvard commencement; also the last significant revision of "Thanatopsis"; the book, issued by Richard Henry Dana, Edward Channing and Willard Phillips, is a critical success which promotes Bryant's reputation, but it does not sell well
  • James Gates Percival, Poems, including the first part of "Prometheus"
  • Works published in other languages

  • Alexander Pushkin denies it but is widely thought to be the author this April of The Gabrieliad (Гавриилиада, Gavriiliada), Russian, a sexually explicit, blasphemous work
  • Heinrich Heine, Gedichte, German, his first published collection
  • Wilhelm Müller, German
  • Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten ("Poems from the posthumous papers of a travelling horn-player"), begins publication
  • Lieder der Griechen ("Songs of the Greeks"), begins publication
  • Births

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

  • February 4 - Frederick Goddard Tuckerman (died 1873), American sonneteer
  • March 19 - Richard Francis Burton (died 1890), English geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, Egyptologist and diplomat
  • March 25 - Isabella Banks, née Varley (died 1897), English
  • April 9 - Charles Baudelaire (died 1867), French
  • May 29 - Frederick Locker-Lampson (died 1895), English
  • July 8 - Maria White Lowell (died 1853), American poet and abolitionist
  • November 28 - Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov (died 1877), Russian
  • Deaths

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

  • January 14 – Jens Zetlitz, Norwegian
  • February 23 – John Keats, English, in Rome from tuberculosis. He was buried in the Protestant Cemetery, Rome. His last request was followed, and so he was buried under a tomb stone without his name appearing on it but instead the words "Here lies one whose name was writ in water."
  • March 17 – Louis-Marcelin de Fontanes, French
  • April 15 – Johann Christoph Schwab (born 1743), German
  • May 11 – George Howe (born 1769), the first Australian editor, poet and early printer
  • Also:
  • Anne Hunter (born 1742), Scots poet and songwriter who wrote the lyrics to many of Haydn’s songs
  • Lucy Terry (born circa 1730 in Africa) first known African American poet, author of "Bars Fight, August 28, 1746", a ballad first printed in 1855
  • Sukey Vickery (born 1799), American novelist and poet (a woman)
  • References

    1821 in poetry Wikipedia

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