1862 in poetry
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- Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
- He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
- He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
- His truth is marching on.
- February 11 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti, on returning home with Algernon Charles Swinburne after a night on the town, finds his wife, Elizabeth Siddal, dead on the floor from an overdose of laudanum. At her funeral, he places a sheaf of poems (a few years later retrieved) in the coffin.
- Emily Dickinson's year of greatest poetic productivity.
Works published in English
- Matthew Arnold, On Translating Homer: Last Words, a reply to F. W. Newman's Homeric Translation in Theory and Practice 1861, itself a reply to Arnold's On Translating Homer, published that year
- William Barnes, Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect: Third Collection (see also 1844, 1869, 1868)
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Last Poems, edition prepared by her husband, Robert Browning; posthumously published
- Charles Calverley, published anonymously, Verses and Translations
- A. H. Clough, Last Poems, published posthumously with a memoir by F. T. Palgrave
- Thomas De Quincey, Recollections of the Lakes and the Lake Poets, first publication of the author's series of biographical essays on the Lake Poets, including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey (originally published separately in Tait's Edinburgh Magazine in 1834, 1835, 1839 and 1840; see also Selections Grave and Gay 1854, which includes some of the essays)
- Charles Hindley, writing as Mother Shipton, Mother Shipton's Prophecy, dated 1448
- George Meredith, Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside
- Coventry Patmore, Victories of Love
- Adelaide A. Procter, A Chaplet of Verses, illustrated by Richard Doyle
- Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market and Other Poems (see also Poems 1890)
- Joseph Skipsey, Poems, Songs and Ballads
- Oliver Wendell Holmes:
- Julia Ward Howe, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", published in The Atlantic Monthly, February
- William Ross Wallace, The Liberty Bell
- John Greenleaf Whittier, The Furnace Blast
Other in English
- Charles Harpur, A Poet's Home, verse pamphlet, Australia
- Henry Kendall, Poems and Songs, Australia
Works published in other languages
- Aleardo Aleardi, Canto politico ("Political Songs"), Italy
- Charles Baudelaire, Petits poèmes en prose, France
- Dalpatram, editor, Kavhadohan, an anthology of Gujarati-language poetry (India)
- Leconte de Lisle, Poèmes barbares, France
- Henrik Ibsen, Terje Vigen, Norway
Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- January 10 – Hoshino Tenchi 星野天知 (died 1950), Japanese Meiji period poet and martial arts master; a co-founder of Bungakukai literary magazine; 8th Grand Master and a teacher of the Yagyu Shinkage-ryu martial-arts school (surname: Hoshino)
- January 12 – Edith Emma Cooper, half of "Michael Field" (died 1913), English
- January 24 – Edith Wharton (died 1937), American fiction writer
- February 17 – Mori Ōgai 森 鷗外 / 森 鴎外 (died 1922) Japanese physician, translator, novelist and poet (surname: Mori)
- March 2 – John Jay Chapman (died 1923), American writer
- April 24 – A. C. Benson (died 1925), English
- May 22 – John Kendrick Bangs (died 1922), American
- June 6 – Sir Henry Newbolt (died 1938), English
- June 18 – Carolyn Wells (died 1942), American novelist and poet
- August 2 – Duncan Campbell Scott (died 1947), Canadian
- September 28 – W. T. Goodge (died 1909), Australian
- October 29 – John Bernard O'Hara (died 1927), Australian
- November 4 – Jean Blewett (died 1934), Canadian
- November 5 – Thomas William Heney (died 1928), Australian
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- February 11 – Elizabeth Siddall (born 1829), English artist, artist's model and poet, wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti; from an opium overdose
- February 21 – Justinus Kerner (born 1786), German poet of the Swabian school and physician
- February 24 – Bernhard Severin Ingemann (born 1789), Danish poet, playwright and historical novelist
- March 13 – Roderick Flanagan (born 1828), Australian
- May 6 – Henry David Thoreau (born 1817), American author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher and leading transcendentalist; from tuberculosis
- August 23 – Friedrich Julius Hammer (born 1810), German poet
- date not known – Gopala Krishna Pattanayak (born 1785), Indian, Oriya-language poet
- 19th century in poetry
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- Victorian literature
- French literature of the 19th century
- Jones, Neal T., ed. (1984). A Book of Days for the Literary Year. New York; London: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0-500-01332-2.
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- Notes and Queries 26 April 1873.
- Ludwig, Richard M.; Nault, Clifford A. Jr. (1986). "Preface". Annals of American Literature: 1602–1983. New York: Oxford University Press. p. vi.
If the title page is one year later than the copyright date, we used the latter since publishers frequently postdate books published near the end of the calendar year.
- Wagenknecht, Edward (1967). John Greenleaf Whittier: A Portrait in Paradox. New York: Oxford University Press.
- "Charles Harpur". Dictionary of Australian Biography Angus and Robertson, 1949, Project Gutenberg Australia website. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
- Joshi, Svati (2004). "Chapter 11: Dalpatram and the Nature of Literary Shifts in Nineteenth-Century Ahmedabad". In Blackburn, Stuart H.; Dalmia, Vasudha. India's Literary History. Orient Blackswan. pp. 338–357. ISBN 978-81-7824-056-5.
- Das, Sisir Kumar (1995). "A Chronology of Literary Events, 1911–1956". In Das, Sisir Kumar; et al. History of Indian Literature, 1911–1956: struggle for freedom: triumph and tragedy. 2. Sahitya Akademi. ISBN 978-81-7201-798-9. Retrieved 2008-12-23.