1797 in poetry
- June 5 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, living at Nether Stowey in the Quantock Hills, renews his friendship with William Wordsworth and Wordsworth's sister, Dorothy, who take a house nearby.
- August – The British Home Office sends an agent to Nether Stowey to investigate Coleridge and Wordsworth who are suspected of being French spies.
- October – Coleridge composes Kubla Khan in an opium-induced dream and writes down only a fragment of it on waking.
- William Blake illustrates Edward Young's Night-Thoughts.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Poems ... Second Edition
- William Drennan, The Wake of William Orr
- George Dyer, The Poet's Fate
- Alexander Pope, The Works of Alexander Pope, edited by Joseph Warton, posthumous
- Charlotte Smith, Elegaic Sonnets, and Other Poems, Volume 2, sequel to Elegaic Sonnets 1784
- Elizabeth Sophia Tomlins and Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins, Tributes of Affection by a Lady and her Brother
- Mary Wollstonecraft, "On Poetry, and Our Relish for the Beauties of Nature", Monthly Magazine (April 1797), criticism
- Sarah Wentworth Morton, publishing under the name "Philenia", Beacon Hill: A Local Poem, Historic and Descriptive, on the American Revolution; conventional verse in neoclassical form
- Robert Treat Paine Jr. "The Ruling Passion", the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa poem for this year
Works wrongly dated this year
Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- January 10 – Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (died 1848), German
- March 27 – Alfred de Vigny (died 1863), French poet, playwright and novelist
- August 30 – Mary Shelley, née Godwin (died 1851), English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer and poet
- October 13 – William Motherwell (died 1835), Scottish
- December 13 – Heinrich Heine (died 1856), German
- December 27 – Mirza Ghalib (died 1869), Indian classical Urdu and Persian poet
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- March 18 – Friedrich Wilhelm Gotter (born 1746), German poet and dramatist
- April 7 – William Mason (born 1724), English poet, editor and gardener
- June 28 – George Keate (born 1729), English poet and writer
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- McBride, I. R. (2004). "Drennan, William (1754–1820)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/8046. Retrieved 2013-08-19. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- Burt, Daniel S., The Chronology of American Literature: : America's literary achievements from the colonial era to modern times, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004, ISBN 978-0-618-16821-7, retrieved via Google Books
- Web page titled "American Poetry Full-Text Database / Bibliography" at University of Chicago Library website, retrieved March 4, 2009. [https://www.webcitation.org/5hj0MKjXH Archived 2009-06-22.