- 1972 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (for The Loiners 1970)
- 1983 European Poetry Translation Prize (Aeschylus's The Oresteia 1981)
- 1982 Whitbread Prize for Poetry (The Gaze of the Gorgon 1992)
- 2004 Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Award
- 2007 Wilfred Owen Poetry Award
- 2009 PEN/Pinter prize, inaugural award.
- 2010 European Prize for Literature
- 2014 European Poetry Prize
- 2015 David Cohen Prize
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