1704 in poetry
Now the Assembly [the Kit-Kat Club] to adjourn prepar'd,
When Bibliopolo from behind appear'd
As well describ'd by th' old Satyrick Bard,
With leering Looks, Bull-fac'd , and Freckled fair,
With two left Legs; and Judas-colour'd [red] Hair,
With Frowzy Pores, that taint the ambient Air.
Sweating and Puffing for a-while he stood.
And then broke forth in this insulting Mood:
- I am the Touchstone of all Modern Wit,
Without my Stamp in vain your Poets write.
Those only purchase everliving Fame,
That in my Miscellany plant their Name.
-- From William Shippen's, Faction Display'd, the work of a Tory poet on the powerful Whig publisher Jacob Tonson (Bibliopolo, or "book-seller") whose series of anthologies, known as Dryden's Miscellanies or Tonson's Miscellanies used the work of poets paid at low rates to create profitable income for Tonson and, sometimes, recognition and fame for the poets. Shippen incorporated three lines (in italics) written about Tonson by John Dryden, one of the most prominent of Tonson's low-paid poets.
- Joseph Addison, The Campaign, published this year, although dated "1705"
- Edmund Arwaker, An Embassy from Heav'n; or, The Ghost of Queen Mary
- Daniel Defoe:
- John Dennis, The Grounds of Criticism in Poetry, (criticism in prose)
- Bernard Mandeville, Typhon; or, The Wars Between the Gods and Giants
- Mary Pix, Violenta; or, The Rewards of Virtue, published anonymously; based on the eighth tale of the second day of Boccaccio's Decameron
- Matthew Prior, A letter to Monsieur Boileau Depreaux, published anonymously; about the Battle of Blenheim (August 13, 1704), and satirizing Boileau's Fourth Epistle to the King of France, 1672
- William Wycherley, Miscellany Poems
Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- January 1 – Soame Jenyns (died 1787), English writer and poet
- February 13 – Robert Dodsley (died 1764), English bookseller, poet, dramatist and anthologist
- April 30 – Jean Adam (died 1765), Scottish poet
- August 11 – James Miller (died 1744), English playwright, librettist, poet, satirist and clergyman
- December 17 (bapt.) – Moses Browne (died 1787), English poet and clergyman
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- Mack, Maynard, Alexander Pope: A Life, Chapter 6, p 123, 1985 (but copyright 1986), first New York edition (also published simultaneously in London): W. W. Norton & Company "in association with Yale University Press / New Haven - London" ISBN 0-393-02208-0; Mack cites Poems on Affairs of State: Augustan Satirical Verse, 1660-1774, ed., G. DeF. Lord et al., Yale University Press, in seven volumes 1963-1974, Volume 6, p 667
- Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
- Paul, Harry Gilbert, John Dennis: His Life and Criticism, p 50, New York: Columbia University Press, 1911, retrieved via Google Books on February 11, 2010
- Clark, Alexander Frederick Bruce, Boileau and the French Classical Critics in England (1660-1830), p 23, Franklin, Burt, 1971, ISBN 978-0-8337-4046-5, retrieved via Google Books on February 13, 2010
- 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. Retrieved via Google Books.
-  "A Timeline of English Poetry" Web page of the Representative Poetry Online Web site, University of Toronto