1689 in poetry
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- May 26 – Matsuo Bashō begins the journey described in Oku no Hosomichi ("Narrow road to the interior") on which he visits Kisakata, and later composes a waka about Kisakata's islands.
- Thomas Shadwell becomes Poet Laureate of England.
- Aphra Behn, The History of the Nun; or, The Fair Vow-Breaker, Behn died on April 16 of this year
- Charles Cotton, Poems on Several Occasions
- Robert Gould, Poems
- Nathaniel Lee, On the Death of Mrs Behn, Aphra Behn died on April 16 of this year
- Michael Wigglesworth, Riddles Unriddled; or, Christian Paradoxes, a poem published in the 14th edition of Meat Out of the Eater, English Colonial America
Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- February 25 – Khushal Khattaktak (born 1613), Pashtun warrior, poet and tribal chief
- May 3 (bapt.) – William Broome (died 1745), English poet and translator
- May 15 – Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (died 1762), English aristocrat and writer
- November 18 – Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (died 1752), Sufi scholar and saint, poet of the Sindhi language
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- January – William Chamberlayne (born c.1619), English poet and playwright
- April 16 – Aphra Behn (born 1640), English woman playwright and poet
- August 21 – William Cleland (born 1661), Scottish poet and soldier, killed at Battle of Dunkeld
- October 4 – Quirinus Kuhlmann (born 1651), German Baroque poet and mystic
- December 13 – Zbigniew Morsztyn (born 1628), Polish poet
- date unknown – Gwilym Puw (born 1626), Welsh Catholic poet and Royalist officer
- The Hutchinson Factfinder. Helicon. 1999. ISBN 1-85986-000-1.
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- Ludwig, Richard M.; Nault, Clifford A., Jr. (1986). Annals of American Literature: 1602–1983. New York: Oxford University Press.