1679 in poetry
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- December 18 – Rose Alley ambuscade: English poet John Dryden is set upon by three assailants in London, thought to have been instigated by the Earl of Rochester in retaliation for an attack on "want of wit" in his poetry in The Essay on Satire (nominally by Dryden's patron, the poet John Sheffield, Earl of Musgrave, but probably with input from Dryden).
- Abraham Cowley, A Poem on the late Civil War
- "Ephelia", a pen name, possibly Joan Philips, Female Poems on Several Occasions, published in an expanded edition in 1682 with new material — possibly all the new material — by other poets, including John Wilmot, earl of Rochester
- Benjamin Keach, Garnets Ghost
- John Oldham:
- John Phillips, Jockey's Downfall: A poem on the late total defeat given to the Scottish Covenanters
- John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester:
- Artemisa to Cloe. A Letter from a Lady in the Town, to a Lady in the Country; Concerning The Loves of the Town By a Person of Quality, a broadside, London
- A Letter from Artemiza in the Town, to Chloë in the Country, written anonymously "By a Person of Honour", a broadside, London
- A Satyr Against Mankind, written anonymously "By a Person of Honour", a broadside, London
- Upon Nothing. A Poem. By a Person of Honour, a broadside, London
- A Very Heroical Epistle from My Lord All-Pride to Dol-Common, London
Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- January 4 – Roger Wolcott (died 1767), English Colonial American, governor of Connecticut and poet
- September 11 – Thomas Parnell (died 1718), Irish poet and clergyman, member of the Scriblerus Club
- Approximate date – Penelope Aubin (died 1731), English novelist and translator
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- February 5 – Joost van den Vondel (born 1587), Dutch writer considered the most prominent Dutch poet and playwright of the 17th century
- May 19 – Jacques Cassagne (born 1636), French clergyman, poet and moralist.
- July 30 (bur.) – Robert Wild (born 1609), English clergyman and poet
- November 4 – Lucy Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon (born 1613), English poet
- Sutherland, John; Fender, Stephen (2011). "18 December – Dryden mugged". Love, Sex, Death & Words: surprising tales from a year in literature. London: Icon Books. pp. 479–80. ISBN 978-184831-247-0.
- Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
- Web page titled "John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647 - 1680)" at the Poetry Foundation website, retrieved April 11, 2009. Archived 2009-05-02 at WebCite 2009-05-02.
- Burt, Daniel S., The Chronology of American Literature: America's literary achievements from the colonial era to modern times, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004, ISBN 978-0-618-16821-7, retrieved via Google Books