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1908 in poetry

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1908 in poetry

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  • March – Ezra Pound leaves America for Europe. In April, he moves to Venice, where in July he self-publishes his first collection of poems, A Lume Spento (dedicated to his friend Philadelphia artist William Brooke Smith, who has just died of tuberculosis). In August he settles in London, where he will remain until 1920 and in December publish A Quinzaine for this Yule.
  • Summer – The Marlowe Society stages a production at the New Theatre, Cambridge (England), of Milton's masque Comus directed by Rupert Brooke.
  • Renée Vivien attempts suicide by overdose of laudanum at the Savoy Hotel in London.
  • The Poets' Club

  • Founding in London of the Poets' Club, a group comprised mainly amateurs which met monthly for most of the year.
  • Late in the year – T. E. Hulme reads to the Poets' Club his paper, A Lecture on Modern Poetry, a concise statement of his influential advocacy of free verse.
  • Canada

  • William Wilfred Campbell, Poetical Tragedies including "Mordred", "Daulac", "Morning" and "Hildebrand
  • William Henry Drummond, The Great Fight: Poems and Sketches. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
  • United Kingdom

  • Lascelles Abercrombie, Interludes and Poems
  • Hilaire Belloc, Cautionary Tales for Children
  • William Henry Davies, Nature Poems and Others
  • Edmund Gosse, The Autumn Garden
  • Thomas Hardy, The Dynasts: Part 3
  • Minnie Louise Haskins, The Desert, including the poem The Gate of the Year
  • Edith Nesbit, Ballads and Lyrics of Socialism
  • Stephen Phillips, New Poems
  • Ezra Pound, American poet published in the United Kingdom:
  • A Quinzaine for this Yule, London
  • Katharine Tynan, Experiences, Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • William Butler Yeats, The Collected Works in Verse and Prose, Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • United States

  • William Stanley Braithwaite, The House of Falling Leaves with Other Poems
  • Ezra Pound, American poet published in the United Kingdom and Italy:
  • A Lume Spento, Pound's first poetry collection (the title translates as "a dim light") published at his own expense in Venice
  • A Quinzaine for this Yule, London
  • Other in English

  • John Le Gay Brereton, Sea and Sky, Australia
  • Katharine Tynan, Experiences, Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • Albert D. Watson, The Wing of the Wild-Bird
  • William Butler Yeats, The Collected Works in Verse and Prose, Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • France

  • Francis Jammes:
  • Poèmes mesurés
  • Rayons de miel, Paris: Bibliothèque de l'Occident
  • Valery Larbaud, Les Poésies de A. O. Barnabooth
  • Canada, in French

  • Louis-Joseph Doucet, La Chanson du Passant, French language, Canada
  • Albert Ferland, Le Canada Chante, French language, Canada
  • Other

  • C. Subrahamania Bharati, Cutecakitankal, Indian, Tamil-language
  • José Santos Chocano, Fiat Lux, Peru
  • Louis-Joseph Doucet, Chanson du passant; French language;, Canada
  • Albert Ferland, Le Canada chanté, in four volumes, published from this year to 1910; French language;, Canada
  • Maria Konopnicka, Rota ("Oath"), Polish
  • Births

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

  • February 4 – Julian Bell (killed 1937), English poet, and a member of a family whose notable members include his parents, Clive and Vanessa Bell; his aunt, Virginia Woolf; his younger brother, the writer Quentin Bell; and the writer and painter Angelica Garnett, his half-sister
  • March 8 – Ebrahim Al-Arrayedh (إبراهيم العريّض) (died 2002), Indian-born Bahraini poet
  • April 2 – Ronald McCuaig (died 1993), Australian
  • April 15 – Denis Devlin (died 1959), Irish modernist poet and a career diplomat
  • April 24 – George Oppen (died 1984), American poet; winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize in poetry
  • May 25 – Theodore Roethke (died 1963), American poet
  • June 14 – Kathleen Jessie Raine (died 2003), English poet, critic and scholar
  • August 19 – Josephine Jacobsen (died 2003), American poet, short story writer, and critic
  • September 1 – Eve Langley (died 1974), Australian novelist and poet
  • September 9 – Cesare Pavese (died 1950), Italian poet, novelist, literary critic and translator
  • October 9 – Harry Hooton (died 1961), Australian poet and anarchist
  • October 12 – Paul Engle (died 1991), American poet, writer, editor, and novelist
  • November 30
  • Buddhadeb Bosu (died 1974), Bengali poet
  • Eric Irvin (died 1992), Australian
  • Deaths

  • January 15 – James Ryder Randall (born 1839), American journalist and poet
  • January 16 – Edmund Clarence Stedman (born 1833), American poet, critic, essayist, banker and scientist
  • May 27 – Alexander Posey (born 1873), Native American poet, humorist, journalist and politician
  • June 23 – Kunikida Doppo 國木田 獨歩 (born 1871), Japanese Meiji period romantic poet and one of the novelists who pioneered naturalism in Japan
  • September 21 – Ernest Fenollosa (born 1853), American orientalist
  • October 21 – Charles Eliot Norton (born 1827), American scholar and man of letters
  • References

    1908 in poetry Wikipedia

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