Tutt Library Research Guides
For a chronological list of poets awarded the Nobel Prize with recognition for their poetry, scroll down past this selection of books.
The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded 106 times to 110 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2013. The Literature prize is usually awarded for a writer's body of work, which may include fiction, essays, dramatic works, poetry, etc. For a more complete list of Nobel Laureates in Literature and information about its history and the numerous other awardees, go to the official Nobel Prize Website.
The 1992 Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature Derek Walcott reads his poem 'Sea Grapes' from "Collected Poems 1948-1984".
The 1986 Nobel Laureate in Literature Wole Soyinka reads his poem 'Lost Poems' from "Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known". The video was recorded at Harvard University in April, 2005.
"A Day so Happy" by 1980 Nobel Poet Laureate, Polish-American Czeslaw Milosz.. From The United States of Poetry episode "A Day in the Life."
Copyright Washington Square Arts, 1995.
Polish poet and 1996 Nobel Poet Laureate Wisława Szymborska (1923-2012) very rarely wrote the sentimental poetry common among her contemporaries. Even in a poem like "The End and the Beginning", however, she is not wholly cynical. Szymborska acknowledges both the horror of the speed at which the world forgets terrible events and is resigned to the idea the people, and generations must and do move on.
For a chronological list of winners of the National Book Award for Poetry, scroll down past this selection of books
Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. In order to be eligible for the Award, a book must be written by an American citizen and published by an American publisher between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year.
National Book Award: Poetry
1950: Paterson: Book III and Selected Poems by William Carlos Williams
1951: The Auroras of Autumn by Wallace Stevens
1952: Collected Poems by Marianne Moore
1953: Collected Poems, 1917-1952 by Archibald MacLeish
1954: Collected Poems by Conrad Aiken
1955: The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens by Wallace Stevens
1956: The Shield of Achilles by W.H. Auden
1957: Things of the World by Richard Wilbur
1958: Promises: Poems, 1954-1956 by Robert Penn Warren
1959: Words for the Wind by Theodore Roethke
1960: Life Studies by Robert Lowell
1961: The Woman at the Washington Zoo by Randall Jarrell
1962: Poems by Alan Dugan
1963: Traveling Through the Dark by William Stafford
1964: Selected Poems by John Crowe Ransom
1965: The Far Field by Theodore Roethke
1966: Buckdancer's Choice: Poems by James Dickey
1967: Nights and Days by James Merrill
1968: The Light Around the Body by Robert Bly
1969: His Toy, His Dream, His Rest by John Berryman
1970: The Complete Poems by Elizabeth Bishop
1971: To See, To Take by Mona Van Duyn
1972: Selected Poems by Howard Moss; Frank O'Hara
1973: Collected Poems, 1951-1971 by A. R. Ammons
1974: The Fall of America: Poems of these States, 1965-1971 by Allen Ginsberg
Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972 by Adrienne Rich
1975: Presentation Piece by Marilyn Hacker
1976: Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery
1977: Collected Poems, 1930-1976 by Richard Eberhart
1978: The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov by Howard Nemerov
1979: Mirabell: Books of Number by James Merrill
1980: Ashes by Philip Levine
1981: The Need to Hold Still by Lisel Mueller
1982: Life Supports: New and Collected Poems by William Bronk
1983: Selected Poems by Galway Kinnell
Country Music: Selected Early Poems by Charles Wright
1991: What Work Is by Philip Levine
1992: New & Selected Poems by Mary Oliver
1993: Garbage by A.R. Ammons
1994: A Worshipful Company of Fletchers by James Tate
1995: Passing Through: The Later Poems by Stanley Kunitz
1996: Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey, Poems 1991-1995 by Hayden Carruth
1997: Effort at Speech: New & Selected Poems by William Meredith
1998: This Time: New and Selected Poems by Gerald Stern
1999: Vice: New & Selected Poems by Ai
2000: Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 by Lucille Clifton
2001: Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry by Alan Dugan
2002: In the Next Galaxy by Ruth Stone
2003: The Singing by C.K. Williams
2004: Door in the Mountain byJean Valentine
2005: Migration: New and Selected Poems by W.S. Merwin
2006: Splay Anthem by Nathaniel Mackey
2007: Time and Materials by Robert Hass
2008: Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems by Mark Doty
2009: Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy by Keith Waldrop
2010: Lighthead by Terrance Hayes
2011: Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney
2012: Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations by David Ferry
Follow the links listed below to find out the details for Literature/Poetry/Arts Awards, including submission and judging criteria, and lists of past winners.
For a chronological list of poets awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their poetry, scroll down past this selection of books.
The Pulitzer Prize in Poetry is one of the six American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It has been presented since 1922 for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, published during the preceding calendar year.