1609 in poetry
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Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
- May 20 – London publisher Thomas Thorpe issues Shake-speares Sonnets, with a dedication to "Mr. W.H.", and the poem A Lover's Complaint appended; it is uncertain whether this publication has Shakespeare's authority.
- October 12 – A version of the rhyme "Three Blind Mice" is published in Deuteromelia or The Seconde part of Musicks melodie (London). The editor, and possible author of the verse, is the teenage Thomas Ravenscroft.
Works in English
- Robert Armin:
- George Chapman, Homer Prince of Poets, translation of Homer's Iliad, published about this year
- Samuel Daniel completes the eighth and last book of his epic poem, The Civile Wars Betweene the Howses of Lancaster and Yorke Corrected and Continued (also known as Civil Wars)
- John Davies:
- Thomas Heywood, Troia Britanica; or, Great Britaines Troy, translated in part from Ovid
- Gervase Markham, The Famous Whore, or Noble Curtizan, based on Joachim Du Bellay's La vielle courtisane
- Samuel Rowlands, A Whole Crew of Kind Gossips, published anonymously, includes "Tis Merrie When Gossips Meete" (1602)
- William Shakespeare, Shake-speares Sonnets
- Edmund Spenser, Two Cantos of Mutabilitie published together with a reprint of The Fairie Queene
- John Wilbye, The Second Set of Madrigales
Works published in other languages
- Luis Belmonte Bermúdez, Vida del Padre Maestro Ignacio de Loyola ("Life of Father Ignatius of Loyola"), an epic poem on the saint's life Spain
- Marc Lescarbot, Les Muses de la Nouvelle-France, French Canada
- February 10 – John Suckling (died 1642), English
- August 19 – Jean Rotrou (died 1650), French poet and tragedian
- October 5 – Paul Fleming (died 1640), German
- March 9 – William Warner (born c. 1558), English
- December 4 – Alexander Hume (born c. 1560), Scottish
- December – Barnabe Barnes (born c. 1571) English
- date not known – Kanaka Dasa (born 1509), poet, philosopher, musician and composer from Karnataka
- Opie, Iona; Peter (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 306. ISBN 0-19-860088-7.
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- Hadfield, Andrew, The Cambridge Companion to Spenser, "Chronology", Cambridge University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-521-64199-3, p xx, retrieved via Google Books, September 24, 2009
- Comte, Deborah, "Belmonte Bermúdez, Luis de", article, p 183, Bleiberg, Germán, Dictionary of the literature of the Iberian peninsula, Volume 1, as retrieved from Google Books on September 6, 2011
- Preminger, Alex; Brogan, T. V. F.; et al. (1993). The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. New York: MJF Books/Fine Communications.