1540 in poetry
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- Klemens Janicki is appointed poeta laureatus by the Pope
- Lazare de Baif travels with Pierre de Ronsard (both eventually French poets) to Alsace, where they meet many northern humanists.
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- Sir Thomas More, Lady Fortune, publication year uncertain
- Girolamo Schola, Capituli di M. Girolamo Schola sopra varii suggetti, publication year uncertain, Italian poems on various subjects, including hats, gypsies, geese, horses, mustard caps and sausages
- Tontada Siddhesavara, Shatsthala Jnanamrita
Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- January 26 – Florent Chrestien (died 1596), French satirist and Latin poet
- June 11 – Barnabe Googe (died 1594), English
- Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme, born about this year (died 1614), French soldier, historian, biographer and poet
- Francisco de Terrazas, born about this year (died c. 1600), Mexican
- Rhys Cain (died 1614), Welsh language poet
- Frei Agostinho da Cruz (died 1619), brother of Diogo Bernardes, Portuguese
- Mathias Holtzwart born about this year (died sometime after 1589), German
- Jacob Regnart born sometime from this year to 1545 (died 1599), Flemish composer
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- 16th century in poetry
- 16th century in literature
- Dutch Renaissance and Golden Age literature
- French Renaissance literature
- Renaissance literature
- Spanish Renaissance literature
- Weinberg, Bernard, ed., French Poetry of the Renaissance, Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, Arcturus Books edition, October 1964, fifth printing, August 1974 (first printed in France in 1954), ISBN 0-8093-0135-0, "Pierre de Ronsard" p 70
- Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
- Web page titled "Poems on everyday things" at the Bodleian Library website, retrieved June 20, 2009. [https://www.webcitation.org/5iSWRnI3o?url=http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/rarebooks/italian_poems_1540.htm Archived Archived 2009-07-22 at WebCite 2009-07-22.
- Sastri, K. A. Nilakanta (2002) . A history of South India from prehistoric times to the fall of Vijayanagar. New Delhi: Indian Branch, Oxford University Press. p. 362. ISBN 0-19-560686-8.
- Preminger, Alex; Brogan, T. V. F.; et al. (1993). The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. New York: MJF Books/Fine Communications.