1911 in poetry
- c. April 8 – English poet Lascelles Abercrombie and his family move to live near Dymock in rural Gloucestershire, first of the Dymock poets
- c. August – Wilhelm Apollinaris de Kostrowitzky, who writes under the pen name "Guillaume Apollinaire", is suspected in the theft of the Mona Lisa from The Louvre museum in Paris and imprisoned for six days
- December 16 – The Copyright Act in the United Kingdom consolidates copyright law in the British Empire and confirms the six libraries in each of which a copy of every book published in the U.K. must be deposited by the publisher: the British Museum Library (London); the Bodleian Library (Oxford); the Advocates Library (Edinburgh); the National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth); Trinity College, Dublin; and Cambridge University Library
Works published in English
- J. D. Logan, Songs of the Makers of Canada, and Other Homeland Lyrics
- Arthur Stringer, Irish Poems. New York: Mitchell Kennerley.
- Rupert Brooke, Poems 1911
- G. K. Chesterton, The Ballad of the White Horse
- Elizabeth Daryush, Charitesse
- E. V. Knox, The Brazen Lyre
- Patrick MacGill, Songs of a Navvy
- John Masefield, The Everlasting Mercy
- Harold Monro, Before Dawn (poems and impressions)
- Stephen Phillips, The New Inferno
- Ezra Pound, Canzoni, London; American author published in the United Kingdom
- Katharine Tynan, New Poems
- Anna Wickham, Songs of John Oland
- Franklin P. Adams, Tobogganing on Parnassus
- Ezra Pound, Canzoni, London; American author published in the United Kingdom
- George Sterling, The House of Orchids
- Sara Teasdale, Helen of Troy
Other in English
- Victor Daley, Wine and Roses, posthumously published, Australia
- J. N. Gupta, The Life and Works of Romesh Chunder Dutt, (Dutt (1848–1920) is an Indian poet writing in English), published in New York and London this year
Works published in other languages
- Guillaume Apollinaire, pen name of Wilhelm Apollinaris de Kostrowitzky, Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d'Orphée, Paris: Deplanche; his first book of poetry (see also "Events" section, above)
- Paul Claudel:
- Léon-Paul Fargue, Tancrède
- Francis Jammes, Les Géorgiques chrétiennes ("Christian Georgics"), three volumes, published from this year to 1912
- Oscar Vladislas de Lubicz-Milosz, also known as O. V. de L. Milosz, Les Éléments
- Saint-John Perse, Éloges, Paris: Editions de la Nouvelle Revue Française; France
Including all of the British colonies that later became India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Listed alphabetically by first name, regardless of surname:
- Devendranath Sen, Indian, Bengali-language poet:
- Gurajada Appa Rao, Lavanaraju Kala, Telugu-language narrative poem written in a new, four-line stanzaic form (surname: Gurajada)
- S. G. Narasimhachar, Presita Priya Samagama translation from the original English of The Hermit by Oliver Goldsmith, Indian, Kannada language
- Tirupati Venkata Kavulu, Pandavodyoga Vijayam, Telugu-language verse drama based on the Mahabharatha tales (surname: Tirupathi)
- Constantine P. Cavafy, Itaka and The Gods Abandon Antony, Greece
- José María Eguren, Simbólicas,, Peru
- Georg Heym, Der Krieg and Der ewige Tag, Germany
- Else Lasker-Schüler, Meine Wunder, Germany
Awards and honors
- American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Poetry: James Whitcomb Riley
- Nobel Prize for Literature: Count Maurice (Mooris) Polidore Marie Bernhard Maeterlinck, Belgian poet, playwright, and essayist
Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- January 1 – Audrey Wurdemann (died 1960), American poet, youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
- January 7 – Faiz Ahmed Faiz (died 1984), Pakistani poet
- February 1 – Robert Gittings (died 1992), English writer, biographer, radio producer, playwright and poet
- February 8 – Elizabeth Bishop (died 1979), American poet, Pulitzer Prize winner
- February 13 – Faiz Ahmad Faiz (died 1984), Indian, Urdu-language poet, teacher, army officer, journalist, trade unionist and broadcaster
- February 16 – Hal Porter (died 1984), Australian writer, novelist, playwright and poet
- February 28 – Amir Hamzah (died 1946), Indonesian poet styled a national hero
- March 1 – Ian Mudie (died 1976), Australian
- April 7 – Hervé Bazin, full name: Jean-Pierre Hervé-Bazin (died 1966), French novelist and poet
- May 2 – Ben Belitt (died 2003), American poet
- May 13 – N. V. Krishna Warrier (died 1989), Indian, Malayalam-language poet, critic and scholar who introduces new types of long narrative poems and satires; editor of weekly Mathrubhumi; director of Kerala Bhasa Institute
- May 29 – Leah Goldberg (died 1970), Israeli poet writing in Hebrew
- June 11 – Josephine Miles (died 1985), American poet and literary critic
- June 17 – Allen Curnow (died 2001), New Zealand poet
- June 20 – Sufia Kamal (died 1999), Bengali poet, writer, organizer, feminist and activist
- June 30 – Czesław Miłosz (died 2004), Polish poet, prose writer and translator.
- July 12 – Umashankar Joshi (died 1988), Indian, Gujarati-language novelist, poet, critic, short-story writer, playwright, travel writer and academic
- July 19 – Mervyn Peake (died 1968), writer, artist, illustrator and poet
- August 25 – J. V. Cunningham (died 1985), American poet, literary critic and teacher
- September 3 – Ernst Meister (died 1979), German
- September 9
- October 11 – Changampuzha Krishna Pillai (died 1948), Indian, Malayalam-language poet and translator
- October 13 – Millosh Gjergj Nikolla ('Migjeni') (died 1938), Albanian poet and writer
- October 26 – Sorley Maclean (died 1996), Scottish poet
- November 2 – Odysseus Elytis (died 1996), Greek
- November 5 – Vailoppilli Sreedhara Menon (died 1985), Indian, Malayalam-language poet
- November 23 – William Hart-Smith (died 1990), Australian
- December 13 – Kenneth Patchen (died 1972) American poet and novelist
- C. B. Christesen (died 2003), Australian
- Robert Clark, Australian
- Patrice de La Tour du Pin (died 1975), French
- Sreedhara Menon, Vailoppillil (died 1985), Indian, Malayalam-language poet
- Samsher Bahadur Singh (died 1993), Indian, Hindi-language poet, essayist and artist
- Tenneti Suri (died in 1959), Indian, Telugu-language poet, novelist, translator and journalist
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- February 22 – Frances Harper (born 1825), African-American abolitionist, poet and author
- April 11 – Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall (born 1835), English civil servant, literary historian and poet
- May 29 – W. S. Gilbert (born 1836), English comic poet and librettist
- July 16 – Amelia Denis de Icaza (born 1836), Panamanian romantic poet in Nicaragua
- August 7 – Elizabeth Akers Allen (born 1832), American author, journalist and poet
- December 29 – Rosamund Marriott Watson, writing as Graham R. Tomson (born 1860), English poet
- Jwala Prasad Barq (born 1863), Indian, Urdu-languagepoet and translator
- Eknath Ganesh Bhandare (born 1863), Indian, Marathi-language poet, translator and station-master
- Abdul Ahad Nadim (born 1840), Indian, Urdu-language poet, writer of "nats" (devotional lyrics addressed to the Prophet) in the traditional variety of the Kashmiri '"Vatsun"
- List of years in poetry
- Silver Age of Russian Poetry
- Acmeist poetry movement in Russian poetry
- Dymock poets
- Ego-Futurism movement in Russian poetry
- Expressionism movement in German poetry
- Young Poland (Polish: Młoda Polska) modernist period in Polish arts and literature
- Cooper, Jeff. "Timeline of the Dymock Poets". Friends of the Dymock Poets. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
- Auster, Paul, ed. (1982). The Random House Book of Twentieth-Century French Poetry: with Translations by American and British Poets. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-394-52197-8.
- Garvin, John William, ed. (1916). Canadian Poets. McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- Ackroyd, Peter (1980). "Bibliography". Ezra Pound. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd. p. 121.
- Ludwig, Richard M.; Nault, Jr, Clifford A. (1986). "Preface". Annals of American Literature: 1602–1983. New York: Oxford University Press. p. vi.
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.
- "Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 - 1918)" at the Poetry Foundation website, retrieved August 9, 2009
- Hartley, Anthony, ed. (1967). The Penguin Book of French Verse: 4: The Twentieth Century. Baltimore: Penguin Books.
- "Poet Francis Jammes (1868 - 1938)", at The Poetry Foundation website, retrieved August 30, 2009. Archived 2009-09-03.
- "Saint-John Perse: The Nobel Prize in Literature 1960: Bibliography" at the Nobel Prize Website, retrieved July 20, 2009. Archived 2009-07-23.
- Das, Sisir Kumar and various, History of Indian Literature: 1911-1956: struggle for freedom: triumph and tragedy, Volume 2, 1995, published by Sahitya Akademi, ISBN 978-81-7201-798-9, retrieved via Google Books on December 23, 2008
- Subbarayudu, G. K.; Vijayasree, C. "Chapter 11: Twentieth-Century Telugu Literature". In Natarajan, Nalini; Emmanuel Sampath Nelson. Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India. pp. 306–328. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- Fitts, Dudley, ed. (1947). Anthology of Contemporary Latin-American Poetry/Antología de la Poesía Americana Contemporánea. Norfolk, Conn.; London: New Directions; The Falcoln Press. p. 603.
- Hofmann, Michael, ed. (2006). Twentieth-Century German Poetry: An Anthology. Macmillan; Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- Paniker, Ayyappa (1992). "Modern Malayalam Literature". In George, K. M. Modern Indian Literature, an Anthology. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 231–255. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
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