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Secondary Sources

Brooks, Cleanth. “What Does Poetry Communicate?” From The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1947.

Primary Sources

Excerpts from The Alliterative Morte Arthure.

Ashbery, John. “Voyage in the Blue” from Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.

Auden, W. H. IX (“Funeral Blues”) from “Twelve Songs”, and “The Shield of Achilles”.

Excerpts from Beowulf.

Blake, William. “The Ecchoing Green”, “The Lamb”, “The Blossom”, and “Holy Thursday” from Songs of Innocence; “Holy Thursday”, “The Sick Rose”, “The Tyger”, and “The Garden of Love” from Songs of Experience.

Browning, Robert. “Evelyn Hope” and “My Last Duchess”.

Burns, Robert. “To a Mouse” and “To a Louse” from Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect.

Byron, George Noel Gordon. “She Walks in Beauty”, “If That High World”, and
“All Is Vanity, Saith the Preacher”
from Hebrew Melodies.

Cædmon. “Cædmon’s Hymn”.

Carroll, Lewis. “You Are Old, Father William”, “Jabberwocky”, and “The Walrus and the Carpenter”.

Chaucer, Geoffrey. “To Rosemounde”, “Chaucers Wordes unto Adam, His Own Scriveyn”, and “The Complaint of Chaucer to His Purse”.

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”.

Crane, Hart. “Voyages” from White Buildings.

Crane, Stephen. Excerpts from War Is Kind.

Cummings, E. E. “i sing of Olaf glad and big” from W [ViVa].

Cynewulf. “The Dream of the Rood”.

Dickinson, Emily. “I Felt a Funeral in My Brain” and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”.

Donne, John. Elegies XVIII-XIX.

Dryden, John. Astræa Redux.

Eliot, T. S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” from Prufrock and Other Observations, and The Waste Land.

Frost, Robert. “My November Guest”, “Home Burial”, “The Road Not Taken”, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, “The Need of Being Versed in Country Things”, “Acquainted with the Night”, and “The Gift Outright”.

Gibran, Khalil. “On Love”, “On Beauty”, and “On Death” from The Prophet.

Ginsberg, Allen. “Howl” from Howl and Other Poems.

Graves, Robert. “A Dead Boche” from Goliath and David.

Goldsmith, Oliver. The Deserted Village.

Hughes, Langston. “I, Too”.

Joyce, James. “A Prayer” from Poems Penyeach.

Keats, John. “Ode to a Nightingale”, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, and “Ode on Melancholy” from Lamia, Isabella, &c.

Kipling, Rudyard. “If”.

Larkin, Philip. “Toads” from The Less Deserted, “Days” and “MCMXIV” from The Whitsun Weddings, “This Be the Verse” and “Annus Mirabilis” from High Windows, and “Aubade”.

Lawrence, D. H. “Only Man” and “Kissing and Horrid Strife” from Last Poems.

Lear, Edward. “At Dingle Bank”, “Mrs. Jaypher”, Limericks from The Book of Nonsense, “The Owl and the Pussy-cat”, “The Jumblies”, “The Dong with a Luminous Nose”, and “The Quangle Wangle’s Hat”.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Hiawatha’s Friends from The Song of Hiawatha.

Marlowe, Christopher. Hero and Leander.

Marvell, Andrew. “The Nymph complaining for the death of her Faun”, “To his Coy Mistress”, and “The Garden”.

Masefield, John. “Sea-Fever”.

Melville, Hermann. “The Portent” and “Stonewall Jackson” from Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War.

Millay, Edna St. Vincent. Sonnet XLI (“I, being born a woman and distressed”) from The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems.

Milton, John. Excerpts from Paradise Lost.

Momaday, N. Scott. “The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee” and “The Monoliths” from Angle of Geese, and “Rings of Bone” from In the Presence of the Sun.

O’Hara, Frank. “Why I Am Not a Painter”.

Owen, Wilfred. “Dulce Et Decorum Est”.

Plath, Sylvia. “Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus” from Ariel.

Poe, Edgar Allan. “Dream-Land”, “The Bells”, and “Annabel Lee”.

Pope, Alexander. Excerpts from The Dunciad.

Pound, Ezra “In a Station at the Metro”, “The Return” from Ripostes, and “XVI” from The Cantos.

Roethke, Theodore “My Papa’s Waltz” and “Dolor” from The Lost Son and Other Poems.

Shakespeare, William. Sonnets.

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. Adonais.

Sidney, Philip. Excerpts from Astrophil and Stella.

Excerpts from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Spenser, Edmund. Excerpts from The Faerie Queene.

Excerpts from The Stanzaic Morte Arthur.

Stein, Gertrude. “A Purse”, “A Fire”, and “Book” from Tender Buttons.

Stevens, Wallace. “The Emperor of Ice-Cream”, “Tea at the Palaz of Hoon”, “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock”, and “Anecdote of the Jar” from Harmonium.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Excerpts from Songs of Travel.

Tennyson, Alfred. “The Passing of Arthur” from Idylls of the King.

Thomas, Dylan “And Death Shall Have No Dominion” and “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”.

Tolkien, J. R. R. Excerpts from The Lays of Beleriand.

Whitman, Walt. Excerpts from “Song of Myself”.

Williams, William Carlos. “The Red Wheelbarrow”, “This Is Just to Say”, and “War, the Destroyer!”

Wordsworth, William. “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey”, and “Beggars”.

Wroth, Mary. Excerpts from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.

Yeats, W. B. “Sailing to Byzantium” from The Tower.


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