1877 in poetry

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The Annus mirabilis of poetastery[edit]

In the annals of poetasting, 1877 stands out as a historic year.

The most startling incident in my life was the time I discovered myself to be a poet, which was in the year 1877.

So wrote William Topaz McGonagall (1825 –1902) a Scottish weaver, "actor", and "poet" who would become comically renowned as one of the worst poets in the English language.

Also this year Poetaster Julia A. Moore, following up on the renown of her first book of verse, The Sweet Singer of Michigan Salutes the Public of 1876, decided to appear before her public. She gave a reading and singing performance, with orchestral accompaniment, at a Grand Rapids, Michigan, opera house.

Moore managed to interpret the jeering as criticism of the orchestra.

Works published in English[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

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Works published in other languages[edit]


Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:

  • March 16 – Nanalal Dalpatram Kavi (નાનાલાલ દલપતરામ કવિ), full name: Nanalal Dapatram Kavi, (died 1946), Indian, Gujarati-language author and poet; son of Kavishwar Dalpatram (1820-1898)
  • November 9 – Sir Muhammad Iqbal (aka "Allama Iqbal" [Urdu], and "Iqbal-e-Lahori" [Persian]; died 1938) Indian Muslim poet, philosopher and politician, who wrote in Persian and Urdu, praised as Muffakir-e-Pakistan ("The Thinker of Pakistan"), Shair-i-Mashriq ("The Poet of the East"), and Hakeem-ul-Ummat ("The Sage of Ummah"); his birthday is annually commemorated in Pakistan as "Iqbal Day", a national holiday


Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:

See also[edit]


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