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1886 in poetry

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  • Frederick James Furnivall founds the Shelley Society
  • September 18 – The "Symbolist Manifesto" (Le Symbolisme) is published in French newspaper Le Figaro by Greek-born poet Jean Moréas, who announces that Symbolism is hostile to "plain meanings, declamations, false sentimentality and matter-of-fact description," and that its goal instead is to "clothe the Ideal in a perceptible form" whose "goal was not in itself, but whose sole purpose was to express the Ideal"
  • December 10 – American poet Emily Dickinson dies aged 55 of Bright's disease at the family home in Amherst, Massachusetts with fewer than a dozen of her poems published and is buried under the self-penned epitaph "Called Back". She will later be regarded (with Walt Whitman) as one of the two quintessential nineteenth-century American poets
  • Canada

  • Charles Mair, Tecumseh: A Drama, a closet drama in blank verse; published in Toronto.
  • Charles G. D. Roberts, In Divers Tones. (Boston: Lothrop).
  • United Kingdom

  • William Alexander, St. Augustine's Holiday, and Other Poems
  • Rudyard Kipling, Departmental Ditties, and Other Verse
  • Edith Nesbit, Lays and Legends, first series (see also second series 1892)
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Collected Works, posthumously published
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson, Locksley Hall Sixty Years After
  • William Butler Yeats, Mosada: A Dramatic Poem a short verse play in three scenes, published as a pamphlet of 100 copies paid for by his father (Yeats' first published work outside a journal), Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • United States

  • Charles Follen Adams, Cut, Cut Behind!
  • William Ellery Channing, John Brown and the Heroes of Harpers Ferry
  • Celia Thaxter, Idyls and Pastorals
  • Jones Very, Poems and Essays
  • John Greenleaf Whittier, St. Gregory's Guest
  • Other in English

  • William Butler Yeats, Mosada: A Dramatic Poem a short verse play in three scenes, published as a pamphlet of 100 copies paid for by his father (Yeats' first published work outside a journal), Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • Works published in other languages

  • François Coppée, Poemes et recits; France
  • Naim Frashëri, Bagëti e bujqësia ("Shepherds and Farmers"), Albania
  • Jens Peter Jacobsen, Digte og Udkast ("Poems and Sketches"), Denmark, published posthumously (died 1885)
  • Charles G. D. Roberts, In Divers Tones, Canada
  • Births

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

  • January 1 – Kinoshita Rigen 木下利玄, pen-name of Kinoshita Toshiharu (died 1925), Japanese, Meiji- and Taishō-period tanka poet
  • January 3 – John Gould Fletcher (died 1950), American Imagist poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
  • February 2 – William Rose Benêt (died 1950), American poet, writer, and editor; older brother of Stephen Vincent Benét
  • February 13 – Ricardo Güiraldes (died 1927), Argentine gauchesque poet and author
  • February 22 – Hugo Ball (died 1927), German poet and Dada artist
  • March 30 – Frances Cornford (died 1960), English
  • May 7 – Gottfried Benn (died 1956), German essayist, novelist and expressionist poet
  • May 15 – Helen Cruickshank (died 1975), Scottish
  • May 16 – Vladislav Khodasevich (died 1939), Russian poet and critic
  • May 20 – Chieko Takamura (died 1938), Japanese
  • July – Misao Fujimura, 藤村操 (died 1903), Japanese philosophy student and poet, largely remembered for the poem he carves into a tree before committing suicide as a teenager over an unrequited love; the boy and the poem are sensationalized by Japanese newspapers after his death
  • September 8 – Siegfried Sassoon (died 1967), English poet and author
  • September 10 – Hilda Doolittle, aka H.D., (died 1961) American poet
  • September 20 – Charles Williams (died 1945), English writer and poet, and a member of the loose literary circle called the Inklings
  • October 8 – Yoshii Isamu 吉井勇 (died 1960), Japanese, Taishō and Showa period tanka poet and playwright
  • October 12 – Abd Al-Rahman Shokry (died 1958), Egyptian poet, member of the Divan school of poetry
  • October 24 – Delmira Agustini (died 1914), Uruguayan
  • October 30 – Zoë Rumbold Akins (died 1958), American playwright, poet, and author
  • November 1 – Sakutarō Hagiwara 萩原 朔太郎 (died 1942), Japanese, Taishō and early Showa period literary critic and free-verse poet called the "father of modern colloquial poetry in Japan"
  • December 6 – Joyce Kilmer (died 1918 near Seringes, France), American journalist and poet whose best-known work is "Trees" (1913)
  • Deaths

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

  • February 26 – Narmadashankar Dave, also known as "Narmad" (born 1833), Indian, Gujarati-language poet
  • March 27 – Sir Henry Taylor (born 1800), English dramatist, poet and public official
  • April 15 – Abram Joseph Ryan, American poet, active proponent of the Confederate States of America, and a Roman Catholic priest called the "Poet-Priest of the Confederacy"
  • July 6 – Paul Hamilton Hayne, 56, American poet, critic, and editor
  • August 11 (July 30 O.S.) – Lydia Koidula, 42, Estonian poet
  • October 7 – William Barnes, 86, English writer, poet, minister, and philologist
  • December 10 – Emily Dickinson, 55, American poet
  • References

    1886 in poetry Wikipedia

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