1749 in poetry
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- John Brown, On Liberty
- William Collins:
- Thomas Cooke, An Ode on Beauty, published anonymously
- Joseph Dumbleton, "A Rhapsody on Rum", a popular, solemn poem by a Southern newspaper versifier describing how rum destroys a drinker; first published in the ' 'South Carolina Gazette' ' and reprinted in newspapers throughout English Colonial America
- Aaron Hill, Gideon; or, The Patriot
- Samuel Johnson, The Vanity of Human Wishes: The tenth satire of Juvenal, imitated
- Henry Jones, Poems on Several Occasions
- William Mason, Isis: An elegy
- Gilbert West, Odes of Pindar
- Joseph Green, "Entertainment for a Winter's Evening," a satirical poem about Boston's first Masonic procession; published in Boston, Colonial America
- Ewald von Kleist, Spring; Germany
- Anonymous, Fuqek Nitħaddet Malta ("I am talking about you, Malta"), Malta, approximate date
Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- April 19 – Ōta Nanpo (大田 南畝), the most oft-used pen name of Ōta Tan, whose other pen names include Yomo no Akara, Yomo Sanjin, Kyōkaen, and Shokusanjin 蜀山人 (died 1823), late Edo period Japanese poet and fiction writer
- May 4 – Charlotte Turner Smith (died 1806), English poet and novelist
- August 28 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (died 1832), German writer
- December 15 – James Graeme (died 1772), Scottish poet
- December 25 – Samuel Jackson Pratt (died 1814), English poet and writer
- Undated – Wang Yun (died 1819), Chinese poet and playwright during the Qing dynasty
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- January 22 – Matthew Concanen (born 1701), Irish-born English poet and writer
- May – Samuel Boyse (born 1702/3), Irish poet
- June 18 – Ambrose Philips (born 1674), English poet and politician
- August 13 – Johann Elias Schlegel (born 1719), German critic and poet
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- Burt, Daniel S. (2004). The Chronology of American Literature: America's literary achievements from the colonial era to modern times. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-618-16821-7.
- Gates, Henry Louis Jr (2003). The Trials of Phillis Wheatley: America's First Black Poet and Her Encounters With the Founding Fathers. New York: Basic Civitas Books. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-465-01850-5.
- Thomas, Calvin (1909). A History of German Literature. New York: D. Appleton & Company. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
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