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Simon Armitage
Simon Armitage

Credit: Paul Wolfgang Webster

Professor of Poetry

Simon Armitage is the current Professor of Poetry. He was elected in Trinity Term 2015 to serve for four years. The next election is therefore expected to be held in Trinity Term 2019.

Past Professors of Poetry

18th CenturyDate of Professorship
Joseph Trapp (1679–1747)
Thomas Warton (1688[?]–1745)
Joseph Spence (1699–1768)
John Whitfield ([?])
Robert Lowth (1710–87)
William Hawkins (1722–1801)
Thomas Warton (1728–90)
B. Wheeler ([?])
John Randolph (1749–1813)
Robert Holmes (1748–1805)
James Hurdis (1763–1801)

1708–18
1718–28
1728–38
1738–41
1741–51
1751–6
1756–66
1766–76
1776–83
1783–93
1793–1802

19th Century 
Edward Copleston (1776–1849)
John Josias Conybeare (1779–1824)
Henry Hart Milman (1791–1868)
John Keble (1792–1866)
James Garbett (1802–79)
Thomas Legh Claughton (1808–92)
Matthew Arnold (1822–88)
Sir Francis Hastings Charles Doyle (1810–88)
J C Shairp (1819–85)
Francis Turner Palgrave (1824–97)
William John Courthorpe (1842–1917)
1802–12
1812–21
1821–31
1831–42
1842–52
1852–7
1857–67
1867–77
1877–85
1885–95
1895–1900
20th Century 
A C Bradley (1851–1935)
J W Mackail (1859–1945)
Sir Thomas Herbert Warren (1853–1930)
[Vacancy]
W P Ker (1855–1923)
H W Garrod (1878–1960)
E. de Selincourt (1870–1943)
George Gordon (1881–1942)
Adam Fox (1883–1977)
[Vacancy]
Sir Maurice Bowra (1898–1971)
Cecil Day-Lewis (1904–72)
W H Auden (1907–73)
Robert Graves (1895–1985)
Edmund Blunden (1896–1974)
Roy B Fuller (1912–91)
John Wain (1925–94)
John Jones (1924– )
Peter Levi (1931–2000)
Seamus Heaney (1939–2013 )
James Fenton (1949– )
Paul Muldoon (1951– )
1901–6
1906–11
1911–16
[Vacancy 1917–19]
1920–3
1923–8
1928–33
1933–8
1938–43
[Vacancy 1944–5]
1946–51
1951–5
1956–61
1961–6
1966–8
1968–73
1973–8
1979–84
1984–9
1989–94
1994–9
1999–2004
21st Century 

Christopher Ricks (1933– )
Sir Geoffrey Hill (1932– )

2004–9
2010–15