1962 in poetry

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List of years in poetry (table)
In literature


  • May 30 – Composer Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, incorporating settings of Wilfred Owen's poems, is premièred for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral.
  • September – Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath separate.
  • October
    • Beginning this month, Sylvia Plath experiences a great burst of creativity, writing most of the poems on which her reputation will rest in what will be the last few months of her life, including many which will be published in Ariel and Winter Trees.
    • Dame Edith Sitwell reads from her poetry at a concert at Royal Festival Hall in London given in honor of her 75th birthday.[1]
  • Writers in the Soviet Union this year are allowed to publish criticism of Joseph Stalin and are given more freedom generally, although many are severely criticized for doing so. The poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, in the poem, The Heirs of Stalin, writes that more guards should be placed at Stalin's tomb, "lest Stalin rise again, and with Stalin the past". He also condemns anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union. His poetry readings attract hundreds and thousands of enthusiastic young people, to the point where police are often summoned to preserve order and disperse the crowds long after midnight. Other young poets also go beyond the previous limits of Soviet censorship: Andrei Voznesensky, Robert Rozhdestvensky, and Bella Akhmadulina (who has divorced Yevtushenko). Aleksandr Tvardovsky, editor of the literary monthly Novy Mir, supports many of the young writers. By the end of the year, the young writers have gained power in the official writers' unions which control much of the literary culture of the Soviet Union, and some publications which had attacked them are printing their work.[1] American poet Robert Frost visits Russian poet Anna Akhmatova in her dacha.
  • Michigan Quarterly Review is founded.

Works published in English[edit]

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, editor, Love Where the Nights Are Long[1]
  • Editors of the Tamarack Review, a selection from its past issues, The First Five Years, including poetry[1]

Biography, criticism and scholarship[edit]

India, in English[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]


United States[edit]

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United States[edit]

Other in English[edit]

Works published in other languages[edit]

Listed by language and often by nation where the work was first published and again by the poet's native land, if different; substantially revised works listed separately:

French language[edit]

Canada, in French[edit]


Criticism and scholarship[edit]



  • Anonymous author from the Soviet Union, Zion Halo Tishali, poems originally written in Russian and clandestinely sent to Israel, edited and translated by A. Shlonsky and M. Sharett[1]
  • Avigdor Hameiri, Belivnat ha-Sapir ("Clear-cut Sapphire"), collected poems[1]
  • Levi Ben-Amittai, Matana Mimidbar ("Gift of the Desert")[1]
  • Yitzahak Ogen, Shirim ("Poems")[1]
  • P. Elad-Lander, Ke'raiah ha-Sadeh ("As the Fragrance of the Field")[1]
  • A. Halfi, Mul Kohavim ve-Afar ("Against Stars and the Dust")[1]
  • A. Meyrowitz, Avnai Bait ("Stones of a House")[1]
  • D. Avidan, Shirai Lahatz ("Poems of Pressure")[1]
  • Uri Bernstein, Beoto ha-Heder Beoto ha-Or ("In the Same Room, In the Same Light")
  • T. Carmi, Nehash ha-Nehoshet ("Brass Serpent")[1]
  • J. Lichtenbaum, Shiratenu ("Our Poetry"), a two-volume anthology of Hebrew poetry from the end of the 18th century[1]
  • J. J. Schwartz, Kentucky, the only volume of Hebrew poetry published in the United States, according to The Britannica Book of the Year 1963 (covering events of 1962)[1]


Listed in alphabetical order by first name:


Spanish language[edit]

Latin America[edit]




Awards and honors[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

Awards in other nations[edit]



Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:

See also[edit]


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