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Simon Armitage
Simon Armitage
Credit: Paul Wolfgang Webster

Professor of Poetry

Nominations have now closed for the election of Oxford’s next Professor of Poetry. Voting will open on Thursday 23 May and close on Thursday 20 June. The result will be announced on Friday 21 June. To view the list of candidates or register to vote, please visit the Professor of Poetry election webpage. Voting will be open to members of Convocation and requires registration via the election webpage.

Simon Armitage is the current Professor of Poetry. He was elected in Trinity Term 2015 to serve for four years.

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 (1932–2016)

2004–9
2010–15