1908 in poetry

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


* Ezra Pound leaves America for Europe. After spending several months in Venice he settles in London, where he will remain until 1920.

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

Works published

* William Stanley Braithwaite, "The House of Falling Leaves with Other Poems"
* William Henry Davies, "Nature Poems and Others"
* Thomas Hardy, "" [Part three of Hardy's epic trilogy of the Napoleonic War]
* Ezra Pound:
** "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 [Ackroyd, Peter, "Ezra Pound", Thames and Hudson Ltd., London, 1980, "Bibliography" chapter, p 121]
* William Butler Yeats, "Collected Works in Verse and Prose"Mac Liammoir, Michael, and Eavan Boland, "W. B. Yeats", Thames and Hudson (part of the "Thames and Hudson Literary Lives" series), London, 1971, p. 82]

Awards and honors


* April 24 - George Oppen, American poet. Won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize in poetry (d. 1984)
* May 25 - Theodore Roethke, American poet (d. 1963)
* Julian Bell
* Denis Devlin (Ireland)
* Paul Engle (US)
* Josephine Jacobsen (Canada)
* Kathleen Jessie Raine


* October 21 - Charles Eliot Norton, 80, scholar and man of letters
* Ernest Fenollosa
* Alexander L. Posey
* James Ryder Randall
* Edmund Clarence Steadman


ee also

* Poetry
* List of years in poetry

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