Chronology of Poetic Landmarks (1660-1800)

1660

Daniel Defoe born (d. 1731)
Dryden, Astraea Redux

1661

1662

Richard Bentley born (d. 1742)
Samuel Butler, Hudibras (part 1)

1663

Joseph Stennett born (d. 1713)
Butler, Hudibras (part 2)

1664

Matthew Prior born (d. 1721)

1666

Mary Pix born (d. 1709)

1667

Jonathan Swift born (d. 1745)
John Pomfret born (d. 1702)
John Arbuthnot born (d. 1735)
Dryden, Annus Mirabilis
Milton, Paradise Lost (10-book version)
Abraham Cowley dies (b. 1618)

1668

Sarah Fyge Egerton born (d. 1723)
John Dryden made Poet Laureate

1670

Anthony Alsop born (d. 1726)

1671

Milton, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes

1672

Joseph Addison born (d. 1719)

1673

Jabez Earle born (?) (d. 1768)
William Taylor born (d. 1750)

1674

Nicholas Rowe born (d. 1718)
Isaac Watts born (d. 1748)
John Milton dies (b. 1608)
Milton, Paradise Lost (12-book version)

1675

Samuel Cobb born (d. 1713)
William Somervile born (d. 1742)
Abel Evans born (d. 1737)

1676

John Philips born (d. 1709)

1677

John Winstanley born (?) (d. 1750)
Mary Monck (née Molesworth) born (?) (d. 1715)

1678

Andrew Marvell dies (b. 1621)
Butler, Hudibras (part 3)

1679

Jacob Tonson begins business relationship with Dryden
Thomas Parnell born (d. 1718)

1680

Benjamin Ibbot born (d. 1725)
Samuel Butler dies (b. 1613)
John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, dies (b. 1647)

1681

Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel (part 1)

1682

Thomas Newcomb born (?) (d. 1765)
Dryden, The Medal, Religio Laid, and Mac Flecknoe

1683

Edward Young born (d. 1765)

1684

Allan Ramsay born (d. 1758)
Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress (part 2)
Dryden's poem on the death of John Oldham
Series of Dryden-Tonson Miscellanies begins

1685

Aaron Hill born (d. 1750)
Thomas Tickell born (d. 1740)
William Diaper born (d. 1717)
Patrick Delany born (?) (d. 1768)
George Berkeley born (d. 1753)
Mary Barber born (?) (d. 1755)
William Harrison born (d. 1713)
Dryden, Threnodia Augustalis
John Gay born (d. 1732)

1686

Anne Killigrew, Poems, includes Dryden's ode

1687

John Straight born (d. 1736)
Dryden, The Hind and the Panther

1688

Alexander Pope born (d. 1744)
Leonard Welsted born (d. 1747)
Bunyan dies (b. 1628)

1689

Shadwell made Poet Laureate

1690

Moses Mendez born (?) (d. 1758)

1691

1692

John Byrom born (d. 1763)
Dryden, Satires of Juvenal and Persius
Tate made Poet Laureate

1693

Hildebrand Jacob born (?) (d. 1739)
Sir William Yonge born (?) (d. 1755)

1694

Thomas Fitzgerald born (d. 1752)
Vincent Bourne born (d. 1747)
James Bramston born (?) (d. 1743)

1695

Blackmore, Prince Arthur

1696

Matthew Green born (d. 1737)

1697

Richard Savage born (?) (d. 1743)
Nicholas Amhurst born (d. 1742)
Dryden, The Works of Virgil
Blackmore, King Arthur

1698

John Ellis born (d. 1791)
Edward Littleton born (d. 1733)
Walter Titley born (d. 1768)

1699

Thomas Edwards born (d. 1757)
Christopher Pitt born (d. 1748)
Joseph Spence born (d. 1768)
John Dyer born (d. 1757)
Garth, The Dispensary

1700

James Thomson born (d. 1748)
Robert Shiels born (?) (d. 1753)
Dryden, Fables
John Pomfret, The Choice
John Dryden dies (b. 1631)
Blackmore, A Satire upon Wit

1701

David Mallet born (?) (d. 1765)
Henry Hervey Aston born (d. 1748)
John Philips, The Splendid Shilling
Chudleigh, The Ladies Defence
Anne Finch, The Spleen

1702

Judith Cowper Madan born (d. 1781)
Glocester Ridley born (d. 1774)
John Pomfret dies (b. 1667)
Benjamin Stillingfleet born (d. 1771)

1703

Gilbert West born (d. 1756)
Edward Rolle born (d. 1791)
Chudleigh, Poems On Several Occasions

1704

Robert Dodsley born (d. 1764)
Soame Jenyns born (d. 1787)
Pix, Violenta; or, The Rewards of Virtue

1705

Nathaniel Cotton born (?) (d. 1788)
Stephen Duck born (?) (d. 1756)
Nicholas Herbert born (d. 1775)
Thomas Scott born (d. 1775)
William Hall born (d. 1767)
John Philips, Blenheim
Mandeville, The Grumbling Hive
Addison, The Campaign

1706

Isaac Hawkins Browne born (d. 1760)
William Dunkin born (?) (d. 1765)
Philip Fletcher born (d. 1765)
Benjamin Hoadly born (d. 1757)
Watts, Horae Lyricae
James Miller born (d. 1744)
William Pattison born (d. 1727)

1707

Mary Jones born (d. 1778)
Henry Fielding born (d. 1754)
Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

1708

William Ward born (?) (d. 1772)
Thomas Seward born (d. 1790)
John Philips, Cyder
Ozell, Boileau's Lutrin
Samuel Boyse born (d. 1749)

1709

James Harris born (d. 1780)
John Philips dies (b. 1676)
John Dalton born (d. 1763)
Sneyd Davies born (d. 1769)
Walter Harte born (?) (d. 1774)
Samuel Johnson born (d. 1784)
Thomas Lisle born (d. 1767)
Thomas Hudson born (d. 1784)
Poetical Miscellanies (includes Pastorals by Pope and Ambrose Philips)
Ambrose Philips, A Winter-Piece
John Armstrong born (d. 1779)
Mary Pix dies (b. 1666)

1710

Robert Lowth born (d. 1787)
William Melmoth born (d. 1799)
James Hammond born (d. 1742)
Richard Roderick born (d. 1756)
Mary Chudleigh dies (b. 1656)
Edmund Smith dies (b. 1672)

1711

John Hoadly born (d. 1776)
Henry Taylor born (d. 1785)
Charles Sackville born (d. 1769)

1712

William Thompson born (d. 1766?)
Richard Glover born (d. 1785)
John Sican born (d. 1753)
Edward Moore born (d. 1757)
Pope, Rape of the Lock (two cantos)
Diaper, Nereides
Blackmore, The Creation

1713

Charles Parrott born (d. 1787)
Samuel Cobb dies (b. 1675)
William Harrison dies (b. 1685)
John Perry born (d. 1780)
Jonathan Shipley born (d. 1788)
Joseph Stennett dies (b. 1663)
Lewis Thomas born (d. 1762)
Diaper, Dryades
Gay, The Fan

1714

William Shenstone born (d. 1763)
Constantine Barber born (d. 1783)
Ralph Schomberg born (d. 1792)
Elizabeth Thomas born (d. 1779)
Anthony Whistler born (d. 1754)
Gay, The Shepherd's Week
Pope, Rape of the Lock (five cantos)
Edmund Smith, Works

1715

John Brown born (d. 1766)
Richard Jago born (d. 1781)
William Whitehead born (d. 1785)
Richard Graves born (d. 1804)
Pope's translation of the Iliad (completed 1720), Temple of Fame
Watts, Divine Songs for the Use of Children
Nicholas Rowe made Poet Laureate

1716

Thomas Gray born (d. 1771)
Richard West born (d. 1742)
Joseph Trapp born (?) (d. 1769)
Gay, Trivia
Montagu, Court Poems

1717

William Diaper dies (b. 1685)
Richard Owen Cambridge born (d. 1802)
Horace Walpole born (d. 1797)
Fulke Greville born (d. 1806)
Elizabeth Carter born (d. 1806)
David Garrick born (d. 1779)
Pope, Works
Giles Jacob, The Rape of the Smock

1718

Prior, Poems on Several Occasions
Blackmore, The Kit-Cats
Thomas Parnell dies (b. 1679)
Nicholas Rowe dies (b. 1674)
Eusden becomes Poet Laureate

1719

Joseph Addison dies (b. 1672)
James Cawthorn born (d. 1761)
Richard Berenger born (d. 1782)
William Markham born (d. 1807)
Watts, The Psalms of David Imitated
Arbuckle, Snuff Hardyknute
Samuel Garth dies (b. 1661)

1720

James Fordyce born (d. 1796)
Francis Fawkes born (d. 1777)
John Hawkesworth born (d. 1773)
Richard Hurd born (d. 1808)
James Merrick born (d. 1769)
Robert Bedingfield born (?) (d. 1768)
Gay, Poems on Several Occasions
Hughes, The Ecstasy
John Hughes dies (b. 1677)

1721

Mark Akenside born (d. 1770)
Thomas Blacklock born (d. 1791)
William Collins born (d. 1759)
Robert Potter born (d. 1804)
Tobias Smollett born (d. 1771)
Samuel Foote born (d. 1777)
James Grainger born (?) (d. 1766)
Thomas Parnell, A Night Piece on Death
Hill, The Judgment-Day
Arbuckle, Glotta
Tickell (ed.), Works of Addison
Matthew Prior dies (b. 1664)
Montagu, Epistle from Arthur Gray

1722

Mary Leapor born (d. 1746)
Christopher Smart born (d. 1771)
Joseph Warton born (d. 1800)
John Gilbert Cooper born (d. 1769)
John Nourse born (d. 1757)
Parnell, Poems on Several Occasions (ed. Pope)
W. Thomson, Orpheus Caledonius

1723

Sarah Fyge Egerton dies (b. 1668)
Thomas Denton born (d. 1777)
Richard Onely born (d. 1787)
Sir William Blackstone born (d. 1780)
Edward Lovibond born (d. 1775)
A Collection of Old Ballads

1724

Christopher Anstey born (d. 1805)
Ramsay, The Ever Green
Haywood, Poems

1725

Bonnell Thornton born (d. 1768)
John Delap born (?) (d. 1812)
William Mason born (d. 1797)
Francis Coventry born (d. 1754)
Benjamin Ibbot dies (b. 1680)
Pope's translation of the Odyssey (completed 1726)
Young, The Universal Passion (completed 1727)

1726

Anthony Alsop dies (b. 1670)
Thomas Cole born (d. 1796)
John Scott Hylton born (d. 1793)
Thomson, Winter
Savage, Miscellaneous Poems

1727

Hester Mulso Chapone born (d. 1801)
Dr Henry Harington born (d. 1816)
John Hoole born (d. 1803)
Jerome Stone born (d. 1756)
Arthur Murphy born (d. 1805)
Gay, Fables
Pope, Swift, Arbuthnot, Miscellanies (till 1735)
Broome, Poems
William Pattison dies (b. 1706)
Swift, Stella's Birthday (last poem)

1728

Robert Vansittart born (d. 1789)
Thomas Warton born (d. 1790)
Oliver Goldsmith born (?) (d. 1774)
Pope, Dunciad (three books)
Thomson, Spring
Savage, The Bastard

1729

William Dodd born (d. 1777)
John Duncombe born (d. 1786)
George Keate born (d. 1797)
Thomas Percy born (d. 1811)
Philip Parsons born (d. 1812)
John Cunningham born (?) (d. 1773)
William Gerard Hamilton born (d. 1796)
Pope, Dunciad Variorum
Savage, The Wanderer
Thomson, Britannia
Sir Richard Blackmore dies (b. 1650)

1730

John Scott born (d. 1783)
Sir James Marriott born (d. 1803)
Joseph Giles born (?) (d. 1771?)
Thomson, The Seasons (includes Autumn)
Duck, Poems on Several Subjects
George Woodward, Poems
Young, Imperium Pelagi
Laurence Eusden dies (b. 1688)
Colley Cibber appointed Poet Laureate

1731

William Cowper born (d. 1800)
Beilby Porteus born (d. 1809)
Isaac Thompson, Poems
Charles Beckingham dies (b. 1699)
Daniel Defoe dies (b. 1660)

1732

Charles Churchill born (d. 1764)
William Woty born (d. 1791)
Richard Shepherd born (d. 1809)
John Ogilvie born (d. 1813)
William Falconer born (d. 1770)
Elizabeth Pennington born (d. 1759)
Pope, Epistle to Bathurst
Swift, The Lady's Dressing Room
John Gay dies (b. 1685)

1733

Robert Lloyd born (d. 1764)
James Scott born (d. 1814)
Samuel Whyte born (d. 1811)
Benjamin Hutchinson born (d. 1804)
Edward Littleton dies (b. 1698)
Pope, Essay on Man (completed 1734) and Imitation of Horace Satire II.1
Montagu, Verses to the Imitator of Horace

1734

Charles Emily born (d. 1762)
William Hayward Roberts born (d. 1791)
James Arbuckle dies (?) (b. 1700)
Swift, A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed

1735

James Beattie born (d. 1803)
John Langhorne born (d. 1779)
William Julius Mickle born (?) (d. 1788)
John Arbuthnot dies (b. 1667)
Pope, Epistle to Arbuthnot and Epistle to a Lady
Thomson, Liberty (completed 1736)

1736

Thomas Powys born (d. 1809)
George Canning born (d. 1771)
John Straight dies (b. 1687)
Wesley, Psalms and Hymns
Armstrong, Oeconomy of Love
Harte, Essay on Reason
James Macpherson born (d. 1796)
Elizabeth Rowe, The History of Joseph

1737

Abel Evans dies (b. 1675)
Myles Cooper born (d. 1785)
Matthew Green dies (b. 1696)
Edward Jerningham born (d. 1812)
Pope, Horace's Epistles, I. i, vi, II. i, ii
Shenstone, Poems

1738

Johnson, London
Pope, Epilogue to Satires

1739

Cuthbert Shaw born (?) (d. 1771)
Hildebrand Jacob dies (b. 1693?)
Swift, Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift
Collier, The Woman's Labour

1740

Thomas Tickell dies (b. 1685)
Samuel Henley born (d. 1815)
Michael Wodhull born (d. 1816)
Hew Dalrymple born (?) (d. 1774)
Joseph Cockfield born (?) (d. 1816)
Thomson and Mallet, Alfred. A Masque
Sarah Dixon, Poems

1741

Arbuthnot and others, Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus (first published in the 1741 edition of Pope’s works, but largely written as early as 1714)
James Miller, Of Politeness

1742

Richard Bentley dies (b. 1662)
William Somervile dies (b. 1675)
Richard West dies (b. 1716)
Nicholas Amhurst dies (b. 1697)
James Hammond dies (b. 1710)
Collins, Persian Eclogues
Pope, New Dunciad (i.e. Book IV)
Young, The Complaint, or Night Thoughts (completed 1746)
Shenstone, The School-mistress
Anna Seward born (d. 1809)
Gray, Ode on the Spring (published 1748)

1743

Richard Savage dies (b. 1697?)
James Bramston dies (b. 1694?)
Blair, The Grave
Pope, Dunciad (four books)

1744

Alexander Pope dies (b. 1688)
Armstrong, The Art of Preserving Health
Thomson, The Seasons (rev.)
Joseph Warton, The Enthusiast
James Miller dies (b. 1706)

1745

Jonathan Swift dies (b. 1667)
Hannah More born (d. 1833)
Akenside, Odes on Several Subjects
Thomas Warton, Five Pastoral Eclogues
John Brown, An Essay on Satire
William Broome dies (b. 1689)
Henry James Pye born (d. 1813)
William Crowe born (d. 1829)

1746

Mary Leapor dies (b. 1722)
Collins, Odes [1747 imprint]
Joseph Warton, Odes
William Thompson, Hymn to May

1747

Leonard Welsted dies (b. 1688)
Vincent Bourne dies (b. 1694)
James Barclay born (?) (d. 1774)
Mason, Musaeus

1748

Christopher Pitt dies (b. 1699)
James Thomson dies (b. 1700)
Henry Hervey Aston dies (b. 1701)
Leapor, Poems
Dodsley (ed.), Collection of Poems (completed 1758)
Isaac Watts dies (b. 1674)
Laetitia Pilkington, Memoirs

1749

Gilbert West, Odes of Pindar
Ambrose Philips dies (b. 1674)
Samuel Boyse dies (b. 1708)
Charlotte Smith born (d. 1806)

1750

John Winstanley dies (b. 1677?)
Aaron Hill dies (b. 1685)
William Taylor dies (b. 1673)
Peter Cunningham born (?) (d. 1805)

1751

Leapor, Poems (2nd volume)
Gilbert West, Education

1752

Thomas Fitzgerald dies (b. 1694)
Thomas Chatterton born (d. 1770)

1753

George Berkeley dies (b. 1685)
John Sican dies (b. 1712)
Robert Shiels dies (b. 1700?)
Aaron Hill, Works (4 vols.)
Dodsley, Agriculture

1754

Henry Fielding dies (b. 1707)
Francis Coventry dies (b. 1725)
Anthony Whistler dies (b. 1714)
George Crabbe born (d. 1832)
Elizabeth Tollet, Poems
Samuel Bowden, Poems
Elizabeth Tollet dies (b. 1694)

1755

Mary Barber dies (b. 1685?)
Sir William Yonge dies (b. 1693?)
George Colman and Bonnell Thornton, eds. Poems by Eminent Ladies

1756

Gilbert West dies (b. 1703)
Jerome Stone dies (b. 1727)
Stephen Duck dies (b. 1705?)
Richard Roderick dies (b. 1710)

1757

Thomas Edwards dies (b. 1699)
John Dyer dies (b. 1699)
Benjamin Hoadly dies (b. 1706)
John Nourse dies (b. 1722)
Mary Robinson (née Darby) born (?) (d. 1800)
Edward Moore dies (b. 1712)
Dyer, The Fleece
Gray, Odes
Colley Cibber dies (b. 1671)
William Blake born (d. 1827)
William Whitehead appointed Poet Laureate

1758

Allan Ramsay dies (b. 1684)
Moses Mendez dies (b. 1690?)
Dodsley (ed.), Collection of Poems (6 vols.: vol. i., ii., iii., iv., v., vi.)

1759

William Collins dies (b. 1721)
Elizabeth Pennington dies (b. 1732)
Robert Burns born (d. 1796)

1760

Isaac Hawkins Browne dies (b. 1706)
Lloyd, Shakespeare. An Epistle
Macpherson, Fragments of Ancient Poetry

1761

James Cawthorn dies (b. 1719)
Macpherson, Fingal [imprint 1762]
Churchill, The Rosciad, The Apology, and Night

1762

Charles Emily dies (b. 1734)
Lewis Thomas dies (b. 1713)
Lloyd, Poems
Churchill, The Ghost
Collier, Poems
Elizabeth Carter, Poems
Mary Collier dies (b. 1690?)
William Lisle Bowles born (d. 1850)
Joanna Baillie born (d. 1851)

1763

John Dalton dies (b. 1709)
William Shenstone dies (b. 1714)
John Byrom dies (b. 1692)
Macpherson, Temora
Percy, Five Pieces of Runic Poetry

1764

Robert Dodsley dies (b. 1704)
Charles Churchill dies (b. 1732)
Robert Lloyd dies (b. 1733)
Evans, Specimens of Ancient Welsh Bards
Goldsmith, The Traveller
Churchill, Gotham (book I, II, III)
Grainger, The Sugar-Cane

1765

Thomas Newcomb dies (b. 1682?)
David Mallet dies (b. 1701?)
Edward Young dies (b. 1683)
William Dunkin dies (b. 1706?)
Philip Fletcher dies (b. 1706)
Macpherson, The Works of Ossian
Percy, Reliques of Ancient English Poetry
Smart, The Psalms of David
Sarah Dixon dies (b. 1672)

1766

William Thompson dies (?) (b. 1712)
John Brown dies (b. 1715)
James Grainger dies (b. 1721?)
Anstey, The New Bath Guide

1767

Thomas Lisle dies (b. 1709)
William Hall dies (b. 1705)
Jago, Edge-Hill

1768

Bonnell Thornton dies (b. 1725)
Joseph Spence dies (b. 1699)
Robert Bedingfield dies (b. 1720?)
Patrick Delany dies (b. 1685?)
Jabez Earle dies (b. 1673?)
Walter Titley dies (b. 1698)
Gray, Poems

1769

Sneyd Davies dies (b. 1709)
James Merrick dies (b. 1720)
John Gilbert Cooper dies (b. 1722)
Joseph Trapp dies (b. 1716?)
Charles Sackville dies (b. 1711)
Barbauld, Corsica (published 1773)

1770

Mark Akenside dies (b. 1721)
William Falconer dies (b. 1732)
Chatterton, An Excelente Balade of Charitie
Thomas Chatterton dies (b. 1752)
William Wordsworth born (d. 1850)

1771

Thomas Gray dies (b. 1716)
Tobias Smollett dies (b. 1721)
Christopher Smart dies (b. 1722)
Cuthbert Shaw dies (b. 1739?)
George Canning dies (b. 1736)
Benjamin Stillingfleet dies (b. 1702)
Joseph Giles dies (?) (b. 1730?)
Beattie, The Minstrel (completed 1774)
Cawthorn, Poems
King, The Frequented Village
Walter Scott born (d. 1833)
Dorothy Wordsworth born (d. 1855)

1772

William Ward dies (b. 1708?)
Mason, The English Garden (completed 1781)
S.T. Coleridge born (d. 1834)

1773

John Hawkesworth dies (b. 1720)
John Cunningham dies (b. 1729?)
Barbauld, Poems

1774

Glocester Ridley dies (b. 1702)
Walter Harte dies (b. 1709?)
Oliver Goldsmith dies (b. 1728?)
James Barclay dies (b. 1747?)
Hew Dalrymple dies (b. 1740?)
Pye, Faringdon Hill
Lloyd, Poetical Works
Robert Southey born (d. 1843)

1775

Nicholas Herbert dies (b. 1705)
Edward Lovibond dies (b. 1723)
Thomas Scott dies (b. 1705)
Mary Robinson, Poems
Charles Lamb born (d. 1834)

1776

John Hoadly dies (b. 1711)
Hannah More, Sir Eldred of the Bower

1777

Francis Fawkes dies (b. 1720)
Thomas Denton dies (b. 1723)
William Dodd dies (b. 1729)
Samuel Foote dies (b. 1721)
Chatterton, Poems, supposed to have been written at Bristol, by Thomas Rowley, and others (posthumous)
Thomas Warton, Poems

1778

Mary Jones dies (b. 1707)
Anne Wilson, Teisa

1779

John Langhorne dies (b. 1735)
Elizabeth Thomas dies (b. 1714)
David Garrick dies (b. 1717)
Cowper, Olney Hymns
John Armstrong dies (b. 1709)
Samuel Johnson, “Prefaces” to The Works of the English Poets (1779–81)

1780

James Harris dies (b. 1709)
Sir William Blackstone dies (b. 1723)
John Perry dies (b. 1713)
Seward, Elegy on Captain Cook

1781

Judith Cowper Madan dies (b. 1702)
Richard Jago dies (b. 1715)
Crabbe, The Library

1782

Richard Berenger dies (b. 1719)
Cowper, Poems
Thomas Warton, Verses on Reynolds's Window

1783

John Scott dies (b. 1730)
Constantine Barber dies (b. 1714)
Crabbe, The Village
Blake, Poetical Sketches

1784

Samuel Johnson dies (b. 1709)
Thomas Hudson dies (b. 1709)
Charlotte Smith, Elegiac Sonnets
Leigh Hunt born (d. 1859)

1785

William Whitehead dies (b. 1715)
Myles Cooper dies (b. 1737)
Richard Glover dies (b. 1712)
Henry Taylor dies (b. 1711)
Cowper, The Task
Thomas Warton the younger becomes Poet Laureate on the death of Whitehead

1786

John Duncombe dies (b. 1729)
Burns, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect
Helen Maria Williams, Poems

1787

Charles Parrott dies (b. 1713)
Robert Lowth dies (b. 1710)
Richard Onely dies (b. 1723)
Soame Jenyns dies (b. 1704)
Yearsley, Poems on Various Subjects
James Johnson (ed.), Scots Musical Museum (till 1803)

1788

Nathaniel Cotton dies (b. 1705?)
William Julius Mickle dies (b. 1735?)
Jonathan Shipley dies (b. 1713)
Crowe, Lewesdon Hill
Yearsley, A Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave-Trade
Hannah More, Slavery, a Poem
Lord Byron born (d. 1824)

1789

Robert Vansittart dies (b. 1728)
Blake, Songs of Innocence and The Book of Thel
Charlotte Smith, Elegiac Sonnets (5th ed.)
Charlotte Brooke, Reliques of Irish Poetry
William Lisle Bowles, Fourteen Sonnets, Elegiac and Descriptive

1790

Thomas Warton dies (b. 1728)
Thomas Seward dies (b. 1708)
Henry James Pye becomes Poet Laureate on the death of Thomas Warton the younger

1791

Thomas Blacklock dies (b. 1721)
William Woty dies (b. 1732)
William Hayward Roberts dies (b. 1734)
John Ellis dies (b. 1698)
Edward Rolle dies (b. 1703)
Burns, Tam o' Shanter

1792

Ralph Schomberg dies (b. 1714)
Cowper, Yardley Oak
Percy Shelley born (d. 1822)

1793

John Scott Hylton dies (b. 1726)
Blake, Visions of the Daughters of Albion and America: A Prophecy
Wordsworth, An Evening Walk and Descriptive Sketches

1794

Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience, Europe: A Prophecy, and The Book of Urizen
Coleridge, “Monody on the Death of Chatterton”

1795

John Keats born (d. 1821)
Southey, Poems

1796

James Fordyce dies (b. 1720)
Thomas Cole dies (b. 1726)
William Gerard Hamilton dies (b. 1729)
Macpherson dies (b. 1736)
Burns dies (b. 1759)
Coleridge, Poems on Various Subjects

1797

Horace Walpole dies (b. 1717)
William Mason dies (b. 1725)
George Keate dies (b. 1729)
Wordsworth and Coleridge become neighbours in Somerset, begin their collaboration
Coleridge, Poems (2nd edition)

1798

Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads

1799

William Melmoth dies (b. 1710)
Barbauld, To Mr Coleridge
Cowper's last poems

1800

Joseph Warton dies (b. 1722)
William Cowper dies (b. 1731)
Mary Robinson, Lyrical Tales
Wordsworth and Coleridge, much expanded second edition of Lyrical Ballads

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