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Pulitzer Prize for Poetry


1918
Love Songs, Sara Teasdale
1919
Old Road to Paradise, Margaret Widdemer; Corn Huskers, Carl Sandburg
1922
Collected Poems, Edwin Arlington Robinson
1923
The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver; A Few Figs from Thistles; eight sonnets in American Poetry, 1922, A Miscellany, Edna St. Vincent Millay
1924
New Hampshire: A Poem With Notes and Grace Notes, Robert Frost
1925
The Man Who Died Twice, Edwin Arlington Robinson
1926
What's O'Clock, Amy Lowell
1927
Fiddler's Farewell, Leonora Speyer
1928
Tristram, Edwin Arlington Robinson
1929
John Brown's Body, Stephen Vincent Benét
1930
Selected Poems, Conrad Aiken
1931
Collected Poems, Robert Frost
1932
The Flowering Stone, George Dillon
1933
Conquistador, Archibald MacLeish
1934
Collected Verse, Robert Hillyer
1935
Bright Ambush, Audrey Wurdemann
1936
Strange Holiness, Robert P. T. Coffin
1937
A Further Range, Robert Frost
1938
Cold Morning Sky, Marya Zaturenska
1939
Selected Poems, John Gould Fletcher
1940
Collected Poems, Mark Van Doren
1941
Sunderland Capture, Leonard Bacon
1942
The Dust Which Is God, William Rose Benét
1943
A Witness Tree, Robert Frost
1944
Western Star, Stephen Vincent Benét
1945
V-Letter and Other Poems, Karl Shapiro
1947
Lord Weary's Castle, Robert Lowell
1948
The Age of Anxiety, W. H. Auden
1949
Terror and Decorum, Peter Viereck
1950
Annie Allen, Gwendolyn Brooks
1951
Complete Poems, Carl Sandburg
1952
Collected Poems, Marianne Moore
1953
Collected Poems, 1917–1952, Archibald MacLeish
1954
The Waking, Theodore Roethke
1955
Collected Poems, Wallace Stevens
1956
Poems—North & South, Elizabeth Bishop
1957
Things of This World, Richard Wilbur
1958
Promises: Poems, 1954–1956, Robert Penn Warren
1959
Selected Poems, 1928–1958, Stanley Kunitz
1960
Heart's Needle, William Snodgrass
1961
Times Three: Selected Verse From Three Decades, Phyllis McGinley
1962
Poems, Alan Dugan
1963
Pictures From Breughel, William Carlos
Williams
1964
At the End of the Open Road, Louis Simpson
1965
77 Dream Songs, John Berryman
1966
Selected Poems, Richard Eberhart
1967
Live or Die, Anne Sexton
1968
The Hard Hours, Anthony Hecht
1969
Of Being Numerous, George Oppen
1970
Untitled Subjects, Richard Howard
1971
The Carrier of Ladders, William S. Merwin
1972
Collected Poems, James Wright
1973
Up Country, Maxine Winokur Kumin
1974
The Dolphin, Robert Lowell
1975
Turtle Island, Gary Snyder
1976
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, John Ashbery
1977
Divine Comedies, James Merrill
1978
Collected Poems, Howard Nemerov
1979
Now and Then: Poems, 1976–1978, Robert Penn Warren
1980
Selected Poems, Donald Rodney Justice
1981
The Morning of the Poem, James Schuyler
1982
The Collected Poems, Sylvia Plath
1983
Selected Poems, Galway Kinnell
1984
American Primitive, Mary Oliver
1985
Yin, Carolyn Kizer
1986
The Flying Change, Henry Taylor
1987
Thomas and Beulah, Rita Dove
1988
Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems, William Meredith
1989
New and Collected Poems, Richard Wilbur
1990
The World Doesn't End, Charles Simic
1991
Near Changes, Mona Van Duyn
1992
Selected Poems, James Tate
1993
The Wild Iris, Louise Gluck
1994
Neon Vernacular, Yusef Komunyakaa
1995
Simple Truth, Philip Levine
1996
The Dream of the Unified Field, Jorie Graham
1997
Alive Together: New and Selected Poems, Lisel Mueller
1998
Black Zodiac, Charles Wright
1999
Blizzard of One, Mark Strand
2000
Repair, C. K. Williams
2001
Different Hours, Stephen Dunn
2002
Practical Gods, Carl Dennis
2003
Moy Sand and Gravel, Paul Muldoon
2004
Walking to Martha's Vineyard, Franz Wright
2005
Delights & Shadows, Ted Kooser
2006
Late Wife, Claudia Emerson
2007
Native Guard, Natasha Trethewey
2008
Time and Materials, Robert Hass
Failure, Philip Schultz
2009
The Shadow of Sirius, W. S. Merwin
2010
Versed, Rae Armantrout
2011
The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, Kay Ryan
2012
Life on Mars, Tracy K. Smith
1. The poetry prize was established in 1922. The 1918 and 1919 awards were made from gifts provided by the Poetry Society.

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