Nationality words link to articles with information on the nation's poetry or literature (for instance, Irish or France).
- Elizabeth I ascends the throne of England
- Joachim du Bellay, France:
- Friedrich Dedekind, Grobianus et Grobiana: sive, de morum simplicitate, libri tres, a poem written by a German in Latin elegiac verse; enormously popular across Continental Europe (an enlarged version of Grobiana of 1554, which was in turn an enlarged version of Grobianus 1549)
- Giovanni Della Casa; Italy:
- Abdurrahman Mushfiqi, Diviani Mataibat, satires, Persian
Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- October 24 – Szymon Szymonowic born (died 1629), Polish humanist, poet and playwright, called "the Polish Pindar"
- Abraham Fraunce, born this year or 1560, (died 1593), English poet
- Robert Greene (died 1592), English author best known today for his pamphlet containing a polemic attack on William Shakespeare
- Thomas Kyd (died 1594), English dramatist and poet
- Thomas Lodge (died 1625), English dramatist and writer of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods
- Chidiock Tichborne (died 1586), English conspirator and poet
- William Warner (died 1609), English poet
- Dinko Zlatarić (died 1613), Croatian poet and translator
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- Mellin de Saint-Gelais (born 1491), French poet of the Renaissance and Poet Laureate of Francis I of France
- Francisco Sa de Miranda (born 1495), Portuguese
- Cassandra Fedele, (born 1465), Italian, Latin-language poet
- ^ "La vie de Louise Labé", a chronology, retrieved May 17, 2009. 2009-05-20.
- ^ a b Kurian, George Thomas, Timetables of World Literature, New York: Facts on File Inc., 2003, ISBN 0-8160-4197-0
- ^ a b Preminger, Alex and T. V. F. Brogan, et al., The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 1993. New York: MJF Books/Fine Communications
- ^ a b Bondanella, Peter, and Julia Conaway Bondanella, co-editors, Dictionary of Italian Literature, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1979