1577 in poetry
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- December 4 – John of the Cross (Juan de Yepes) is imprisoned in Toledo, Spain. During his imprisonment he composes his Spiritual Canticle (Cántico Espiritual).
- Nicholas Breton:
- John Grange, The Golden Aphroditis, poetry and prose
- Philippe Desportes, an edition of his works; France
- Guillaume Du Bartas, La Semaine, ou Création du Monde, France
- March – George Sandys (died 1644), English traveller, colonist and poet
- November 10 – Jacob Cats (died 1660), Dutch poet
- March 6 – Rémy Belleau (born 1528), French poet and member of La Pléiade
- April 21 – Girolamo Parabosco (born c. 1524), Italian poet and musician
- August 12 – Sir Thomas Smith (born 1513), English scholar, diplomat and poet
- October 7 – George Gascoigne (born c. 1535), English poet who died while a guest at George Whetstone's family manor of Walcot at Barnack, near Stamford, Lincolnshire; Whetstone commemorated his friend in a long elegy.
- 16th century in poetry
- 16th century in literature
- Dutch Renaissance and Golden Age literature
- Elizabethan literature
- French Renaissance literature
- Renaissance literature
- Spanish Renaissance literature
- Chevalier, Dom Philippe (October–December 1922). "Le Cantique spirituel de saint Jean de la Croix: a-t-il été interpolé?". Bulletin Hispanique (in French): 307–342.
- Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
- 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, "Phillipe Desportes" p 157
- 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, "Guillaume Du Bartas" p 169
- Web page titled "Tra Medioevo en rinascimento" at Poeti di Italia in Lingua Latina website (in Italian), retrieved May 14, 2009. Archived 2009-05-27.