1772 in poetry

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Samuel Johnson by Sir Joshua Reynolds, painted about this time
  • February 29, March 14 and April 18 - Susanna Wheatley attempts to get subscribers for a book of poems by her slave, Phillis Wheatley, by advertising in the Boston Censor, but the effort fails, largely because not enough readers believed that a black person had enough talent to write poetry.

Works published[edit]

Colonial America[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

  • Mark Akenside, The Poems of Mark Akenside, posthumous[4]
  • Thomas Chatterton, The Execution of Sir Charles Bawdin, posthumously and anonymously published; attributed in another 1772 edition to "Thomas Rowlie", a fictional author invented by Chatterton[4]
  • Charles Jenner, Town Eclogues[4]
  • Sir William Jones, Poems from Asiatic Languages, published anonymously[4]
  • William Kenrick, Love in the Suds: A Town Eclogue[4]
  • William Mason, The English Garden, Volume 1 (an early draft privately printed for Mason in about 1771, all copies of which he later tried to destroy; Book the Second privately printed in 1776, trade edition 1777)[4]
  • Musae Seatonianae: A complete collection of the Cambridge prize poems, from the first institution of that premium by the Rev. Mr. Tho. Seaton, in 1750, to the present time. To which are added two poems, likewise written for the prize, Mr. [G.] Bally and Mr [J.] Scott, anthology of poems that won the annual Seatonian Prize at Cambridge University
  • Christopher Smart, Hymns, for the Amusement of Children, published anonymously[4]
  • George Alexander Stevens, Songs, Comic and Satyrical[4]



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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ellis Cashmore, review of The Norton Anthology of African-American Literature, Nellie Y. McKay and Henry Louis Gates, eds., New Statesman, April 25, 1997.
  2. ^ Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience by Henry Louis Gates and Anthony Appiah, Basic Civitas Books, 1999, page 1171.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Ludwig, Richard M., and Clifford A. Nault, Jr., Annals of American Literature: 1602–1983, 1986, New York: Oxford University Press
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
  5. ^ Thomas, Calvin, A History of German Literature, New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1909, retrieved December 14, 2009
  6. ^ Web page titled [ "American Poetry Full-Text Database / Bibliography" at University of Chicago Library website, retrieved March 4, 2009