1944 in poetry

in?=in poetry
in2?=in literature
cp=19th century
c=20th century
cf=21st century



Works published in English

=United Kingdom=

* W. H. Auden, "For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio"
* Sir John Betjeman, "New Bats in Old Belfries"
* Walter De la Mare, "Collected Rhymes and Verses"
* T. S. Eliot, "Four Quartets

United States

* H.D., "The Walls Do Not Fall", first part of "Trilogy" (1944–46) on the blitz in war-time London
* Robert Lowell, "Land of Unlikeness", Cummington, Massachusetts: Cummington PressM. L. Rosenthal, "The New Poets: American and British Poetry Since World War II", New York: Oxford University Press, 1967, "Selected Bibliography: Individual Volumes by Poets Discussed", pp 334-340]
* William Meredith, "Love Letter from an Impossible Land"
* Kenneth Rexroth, "The Phoenix and the Tortoise"
* William Carlos Williams, "The Wedge"
* "Crown and Sickle" poetry anthology in Britain, featuring poets in the New Apocalyptics movement

Other in English

* James K. Baxter, "Beyond the Palisade", his first volume of poetry, New Zealand
* E. K. Brown, "On Canadian Poetry", revised edition (scholarship), Canada [Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, "The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics", 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "Canadian Poetry" article, English "History and Criticism" section, p 164]

Works published in other languages

* Nathan Alterman, "Plague Poems" (Israel)
* Giorgos Seferis, "Ημερολόγιο Καταστρώματος ΙΙ" ("Deck Diary II"), Greece

Awards and honors

* Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (later the post would be called "Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress"): Robert Penn Warren appointed this year. He would serve until 1945.


* February 9 — Alice Walker, African-American novelist, poet, writer and feminist
* March 21 — Pedro Pietri, (died in 2004) a Puerto Rican and Nuyorican poet and playwright who co-founded the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
* August 31 — Lorenzo Thomas, American poet
* September 24 — Eavan Boland, Irish poet
* September 25 — bpNichol, Canadian poet
* October 10 — Linda Rogers, Canadian poet and children's writer
* December 18 — Michael Davidson, American poet
* date not known:
** Sandra Alcosser
** John Donlan, Canadian poet and editor
** Paul Duncan
** Susan Ioannou, Canadian poet
** Penn Kemp, Canadian poet, novelist, playwright, and sound poet
** Mary Kinzie, American poet
** Craig Anthony Raine
** John Reibetanz
** Jergen Theobaldy, German [Hofmann, Michael, editor, "Twentieth-Century German Poetry: An Anthology", Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006]


* January 7 — Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek
* March 5 — Alun Lewis, Anglo-Welsh school poet and war poet killed in Burma
* March 28 — Stephen Leacock, Canadian writer and economist
* April 4 — John Peale Bishop, American poet and man of letters
* June 9 — Keith Douglas, war poet died in the D-Day invasion of Normandy; he was killed by enemy mortar fire while his regiment was advancing from Bayeux and is buried at the war cemetery at Tilly-sur-Seuilles.
* July 3 — A. H. Reginald Buller, a British/Canadian mycologist mainly known as a researcher of fungi and wheat rust who also wrote limericks, some of which were published in "Punch"
* July 18 — Thomas Sturge Moore, English poet, author and artist
* date not known:
** Olivia Bush
** Joseph Campbell, Irish poet and lyricist
** Olive Custance, poet
** Keith Castellain Douglas, killed in World War II at Normandy;
** Robert Nichols, poet and dramatist
** Frederick George Scott

ee also

* Poetry
* List of poetry awards
* List of years in poetry


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