- 1943 in poetry
* Ottawa native Elizabeth Smart moves permanently to England.
Philip Larkingraduates from Oxford and obtains his first post as a librarian.
* Nazi Propaganda Minister
Josef Goebbelscloses theaters and publishers in Germany
Ezra Pound, still in Italy, is indicted for treason by the United States Attorney General. [Ackroyd, Peter, "Ezra Pound", Thames and Hudson Ltd., London, 1980, "Chronology" chapter, p 118]
September 12— Abraham Sutzkever, a Polish Jew who wrote is poetry in Yiddish, escaped the Vilna Ghettowith his wife and hid in the forests. Sutzkever and fellow Yiddish poet Shmerke Kaczerginsky, fought against the Nazisas a partisan. During the Nazi era, Sutzkever wrote more than 80 poems, whose manuscripts he managed to save for postwar publication.
Allen Curnow, "Sailing or Drowning" (Progressive Publishing Society), New Zealand [ [http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writers/curnowa.html Allen Curnow Web page] at the New Zealand Book Council website, accessed April 21, 2008]
Odysseus Elytis, "Sun the First"
Weldon Kees, "The Last Man"
Rudyard Kipling, "A Choice of Kipling's Verse", edited by T. S. Eliot
Dylan Thomas, "New Poems"
Lawrence Durrell, "A Private Country"
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"):
Allen Tateappointed this year. He would serve until 1943.
Frost Medal: Edna St. Vincent Millay
April 22— Louise Glück, American poet
May 11— Michael Palmer, American poet, translator, and winner of 2006 Wallace Stevens Award.
July 21— Tess Gallagher, American poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright.
September 12— Michael Ondaatje, Canadian-Sri Lankan novelist and poet whose Booker Prizewinning novel, "The English Patient", was adapted into an Academy-Award-winning "film"
December 8— James Tate, American poet, educator, and man of letters and a winner of the Pultizer Prize, National Book Award
December 8- Jim Morrison
*date not known:
Alan Bold, Scottish
Emanuel di Pasquale
Michael Kruger, German [Hofmann, Michael, editor, "Twentieth-Century German Poetry: An Anthology", Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006]
** Ron Smith, Canadian poet, author, playwright and publisher
February 27— Kostis Palamas, Greek
March 10— Lawrence Binyon, 72, English poet, dramatist and art scholar
March 13— Stephen Vincent Benét, 44, American poet
October 7— Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall, 63, English poet and author of the lesbiannovel " The Well of Loneliness"
November 26— Charles G. D. RobertsCanadian poet and prose writer
*date not known:
F. M. Cornford, English classical scholar and poet
Sidney A. K. Keyes, killed in Tunisia in World War II
** Guido Mazzoni, Italian poet
William Soutar, leading poet of the Scottish Literary Renaissance. Bedridden from 1930, he eventually contracted and died of tuberculosis.
List of poetry awards
List of years in poetry
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