February – A year after the death of poet John Philips, Edmund Smith prints a "Poem to the Memory of Mr John Philips". Other memorials to the poet this year include "A Poem to the Memory of the Incomparable Mr Philips" by Leonard Welsted, and a monument in his memory is erected by Lord Harcourt in Westminster Abbey, between those to Chaucer and Drayton, with the motto "Honos erit huic quoque pomo" from the title page of Philips' work Cyder.
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, Poems on Several Occasions: with Valentinian; a Tragedy. To which is added, Advice to a Painter. Written by the Right Honourable John, late Earl of Rochester, London: Printed by H. Hills & sold by the booksellers of London & Westminster, posthumous
November 27 – Robert Lowth (died 1787), English Bishop of the Church of England, poet, professor of poetry at the University of Oxford, grammarian who wrote one of the most influential textbooks on English grammar