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1821 in poetry

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

Contents

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

Events

  • 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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