1951 in poetry
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- Poet Cid Corman began Origin magazine in response to the failure of a magazine that Robert Creeley had planned. The magazine typically featured one writer per issue and ran, with breaks, until the mid-1980s. Poets featured included Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Larry Eigner, Denise Levertov, William Bronk, Theodore Enslin, Charles Olson, Louis Zukofsky, Gary Snyder, Lorine Niedecker, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams and Paul Blackburn. The magazine also led to the establishment of Origin Press, which published books by a similar range of poets.
- Bad Lord Byron, a film directed by David MacDonald about the Romantic poet
- Czesław Miłosz, Polish poet, translator, literary critic, future (1980) winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, becomes an exile this year.
- The Dolmen Press is founded in Dublin, Ireland by Liam and Josephine Miller to provide a publishing outlet for Irish poetry, (the publisher also featured the work of Irish artists). The Press operated in Dublin from 1951 until Liam Miller's death in 1987.
Works published in English
Listed by nation where the work was first published and again by the poet's native land, if different; substantially revised works listed separately:
- Irving Layton, The Black Huntsmen: Poems. Montreal.
- Tom MacInnes, In the Old of my Age
- Duncan Campbell Scott, Selected Poems, edited by E. K. Brown
- A. J. M. Smith, The Worldly Muse
- Kay Smith[disambiguation needed], Footnote to the Lord's Prayer and Other Poems
- Raymond Souster, City Hall Street. Toronto: Ryerson.
- Anne Wilkinson, Counterpoint to Sleep
- James K. Baxter, Recent Trends in New Zealand Poetry, scholarship
- Allen Curnow, editor, A Book of New Zealand Verse 1923-50, anthology
- Denis Glover, Sings Harry, New Zealand
- M. H. Holcroft, Discovered Isles, scholarship
- Louis Johnson:
- Charles Spear, Twopence Coloured
- Hubert Witheford, The Falcon Mark
- W. H. Auden, Nones, including the poem "In Praise of Limestone"
- E. C. Bentley, Clerihews Complete
- Basil Bunting, Seeds, a long poem, published by Poetry magazine
- Roy Campbell, Light on a Dark Horse, autobiography
- Charles Causley:
- Jack Clemo, The Clay Verge
- Keith Douglas, Collected Poems
- Robert Graves, Poems and Satires
- James Kirkup, The Submerged Village, and Other Poems
- John Lehmann, The Age of the Dragon
- Iona and Peter Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes
- Poems of Today, British poetry anthology, fourth series
- Enoch Powell, The Wedding Gift & Dancer’s End (London: Falcon Press,) .
- Anne Ridler, The Golden Bird, and Other Poems
- Alan Ross, Poetry, 1945–1950
- John Wain, Mixed Feelings
- W. H. Auden, Nones, English-born poet living and published in the United States
- John Malcolm Brinnin, The Sorrows of Cold Stone
- John Ciardi, From Time to Time, including "My Father's Watch"
- Langston Hughes, Montage of a Dream Deferred, including "Harlem"
- Randall Jarrell:
- Hugh Kenner, The Poetry of Ezra Pound, highly influential in causing a re-assessment of Pound's poetry (New Directions), criticism
- Robert Lowell, The Mills of the Kavanaughs, New York: Harcourt, Brace
- James Merrill, First Poems
- Marianne Moore, Collected Poems, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for poetry in 1952
- Ogden Nash, Parents Keep Out
- Adrienne Rich, A Change of World, her first volume, selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets
- Theodore Roethke, Praise to the End!, 13 long poems about a child's sensibility and developing consciousness
- Louis Simpson, Good News of Death and Other Poems, Jamaican-born poet living in the United States
- Clark Ashton Smith, The Dark Chateau
- Jean Toomer, Cane
- Theodore Weiss, The Catch
- William Carlos Williams:
Other in English
- Nagendranath Gupta, editor and translator, Eastern Poetry, Allahabad: Indian Press, second edition, Bombay: Hind Kitabs (first edition 1929), anthology; Indian poetry in English
- Louis Simpson, ''Good News of Death and Other Poems, Jamaican-born poet living in the United States
- Rex Ingamells, The Great South Land, Melbourne, a history of Australia from primordial times, Australia
Works published in other languages
- Pierre Jean Jouve, Ode
- Alphonse Métérié, Proella
- Jacques Prévert:
- Jules Supervielle, Naissances
In each section, listed in alphabetical order by first name:
- Rajendra Shah, Andolan, Gujarati language
- Binod Chandra Nayak, Oriya:
- Hem Barua, Balichandra, Indian, Assamese
- Mangalacharan Chattopadhyay, Mergh Brsti Jar, Bengali
- Sumitra Kumari Sinha, Panthini, Hindi-language
- Sundaram, Yatra Gujarati language
- V. A. Anandakkuttan, Dipavali, Malayalam
- Naresh Guha, Duranta Dupur, Bengali
- Ajneya, editor, Dusara Saptak, Hindi, influential anthology in the Nai Kavita ("New Poetry") movement, which has been said to have started with this book, which contains poetry from Bhavani Prasad Misra, Sakunta Mathur, Hari Narayan Vyas, Shamasher Bahadur Singh, Naresh Mehta, Raghuvir Sahay and Dharamvir Bharati (see also Tar Saptak 1943)
- Uri Zvi Greenberg, Reḥovot Hanahar ("The Streets of the River"), poems lamenting the loss of Jews in Europe; Hebrew-language, Israel
- Cesare Pavese, Verrà la morte ed avrà i tuoi occhi ("Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes"), Turin: Einaudi; Italy
Awards and honors
- Nobel Prize in Literature: Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish poet, author, playwright and writer
- Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to E.E. Cummings
- National Book Award for Poetry: Wallace Stevens, The Auroras of Autumn
- Pulitzer Prize for poetry: Carl Sandburg, Complete Poems
- Bollingen Prize: John Crowe Ransom
- Canada: Governor General's Award, poetry or drama: The Mulgrave Road, Charles Bruce 
Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- January 29 – Neil Shepard, American poet, essayist, professor of creative writing, and literary magazine editor
- March 12 – Susan Musgrave, Canadian poet and children's author
- March 21 – Lesley Choyce, Canadian novelist, writer, children's book writer, poet, and academic who founded Pottersfield Press and hosts the television program "Choyce Words" and "Off the Page"; born in the United States and immigrated to Canada in 1979
- April 5 – Lillian Allen, Canadian dub poet
- April 21 – Brigit Pegeen Kelly, American poet and academic, daughter of author Robert Glynn Kelly and married to poet Michael Madonick
- May 9:
- June 20:
- September 13 – Suzanne Lummis, American poet, teacher and co-founder of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival
- October 12 – Peter Goldsworthy, Australian poet, novelist, short-story writer, opera librettist and medical practitioner
- November 13 – Robert Hilles, Canadian poet and novelist
- December 13 – Anne-Marie Alonzo (died 2005), Canadian playwright, poet, novelist, critic and publisher
- Ralph Angel, American poet and translator
- Abul Bashar, Bengali poet and writer
- Robin Becker, American
- Jenny Boult, also known as "MML Bliss" (died 2005), Australian
- Peter Boyle, Australian
- Charles Buckmaster (died 1972), Australian
- Ron Charach, Canadian
- Peter Christensen (poet), Canadian
- Stephen Edgar, Australian poet, editor and indexer
- James Galvin, American poet, novelist and writer
- Robert Harris (died 1993), Australian
- Joy Harjo, American poet, musician, and author
- Garrett Hongo, American poet and academic, born in Volcano, Hawaii
- Andrew Hudgins, American poet, essayist and academic
- Angela Jackson, African American
- Peter Johnson (poet), American
- Jill Jones, Australian poet and writer
- Anne Kellas, South African poet, critic and editor who immigrated to Australia
- Betsy Struthers, Canadian poet and novelist
- Pi O, "П O", Australian poet and anarchist
- Robert Priest, Canadian poet and children's author
- Ania Walwicz, Australian poet, writer and artist
- Afaa M. Weaver, American
- Robert Wrigley, American poet and academic
- Eddy Yanofsky, American
- Ray A. Young Bear, American
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- January 31 – Seemab Akbarabadi سیماب اکبرآبادی (born 1882) Urdu poet from India
- April 3 – Henrik Visnapuu (born 1890), Estonian
- June 18 – Angelos Sikelianos (born 1884), Greek
- June 28 – Fumiko Hayashi 林 芙美子 (born 1903 or 1904; sources disagree), novelist, writer and poet (a woman; surname: Hayashi)
- September 18 – Gelett Burgess (born 1866), American artist, art critic, poet, author, and humorist
- December 4 – Pedro Salinas (born 1891), Spanish
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- Gustafson, Ralph, The Penguin Book of Canadian Verse, revised edition, 1967, Baltimore, Maryland: Penguin Books
- "Notes on Life and Works," Selected Poetry of Raymond Souster, Representative Poetry Online, UToronto.ca, Web, May 7, 2011.
- Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "New Zealand Poetry" article, "History and Criticism" section, p 837
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- Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
- "Works by Enoch Powell". enochpowell.net. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- Ludwig, Richard M., and Clifford A. Nault, Jr., Annals of American Literature: 1602–1983, 1986, New York: Oxford University Press ("If the title page is one year later than the copyright date, we used the latter since publishers frequently postdate books published near the end of the calendar year." — from the Preface, p vi)
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- Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, editors, The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, W. W. Norton & Company, 1973, ISBN 0-393-09357-3
- M. L. Rosenthal, The New Poets: American and British Poetry Since World War II, New York: Oxford University Press, 1967, "Selected Bibliography: Individual Volumes by Poets Discussed", pp 334-340
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- Bree, Germaine, Twentieth-Century French Literature, translated by Louise Guiney, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1983
- Mohan, Sarala Jag, Chapter 4: "Twentieth-Century Gujarati Literature" (Google books link), in Natarajan, Nalini, and Emanuel Sampath Nelson, editors, Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996, ISBN 978-0-313-28778-7, retrieved December 10, 2008
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