1762 in poetry
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- James Bowdoin, four poems in the anthology Harvard Verses presented to George III in an attempt to gain royal support for Harvard College
- Thomas Godfrey, "The Court of Fancy: A Poem", English, Colonial America
- Francis Hopkinson:
- James Boswell, The Cub at Newmarket, published by James Dodsley
- Elizabeth Carter, Poems on Several Occasions
- Charles Churchill, The Ghost, Books I-III (followed by Book IV in 1763)
- Mary Collier, Poems, on Several Occasions
- John Cunningham, The Contemplatist
- Thomas Denton, The House of Superstition, prefixed to William Gilpin's Lives of the Reformers, written in imitation of Edmund Spenser
- William Falconer, The Shipwreck (revised in 1764 and 1769)
- Edward Jerningham, The Nunnery: An elegy in imitation of the Elegy in a Churchyard, an imitation of Thomas Gray
- James Macpherson, Fingal, an Ancient Epic Poem [...] Together with several other poems translated from the Galic language (see also Fragment of Ancient Poetry 1760, and Temora 1763)
- John Ogilvie, Poems on Various Subjects
- William Whitehead, A Charge to the Poets
- Edward Young, Resignation, published anonymously; first privately printed 1761
Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- February 25 (bapt.) – Susanna Rowson (died 1824), English-American novelist, playwright, poet, lyricist, religious writer, stage actress and educator
- c. March or October – Thomas Russell (died 1788), English poet
- September 11 – Joanna Baillie (died 1851), Scottish poet and dramatist
- September 24 – William Lisle Bowles (died 1850), English poet and critic
- October 21 – George Colman the Younger (died 1837), English dramatist and miscellaneous writer
- October 30 – André Chénier (guillotined 1794), French poet
- November 30 – Samuel Egerton Brydges (died 1837), English bibliographer, writer, poet, genealogist and politician
- Approximate date – James Bisset (died 1832), Scottish-born artist, manufacturer, writer, collector, art dealer and poet
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (2003). The Trials of Phillis Wheatley: America's First Black Poet and Her Encounters With the Founding Fathers. New York: Basic Civitas Books. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-465-01850-5.
- Ludwig, Richard M.; Nault, Clifford A. Jr. (1986). Annals of American Literature: 1602–1983. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- Davis, Cynthia J.; West, Kathryn (1996). Women Writers in the United States: A Timeline of Literary, Cultural, and Social History. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-509053-6. Retrieved 2009-02-07.