Writing Assignments for Each Class:

Write a brief (1-2-sentence) summary of the main idea of each assigned poem.

11. Tues. Mar. 30: 14 Poems

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Poetry: Reading, Responding, Writing


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Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "How Do I Love Thee?"

Jarold Ramsey, "The Tally Stick"

Ezra Pound, "The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter


Howard Nemerov, "The Vacuum"

Rita Dove, "Fifth Grade Autobiography"

Practice Reading: Some Poems on Love

W. H. Auden, "Stop All the Clocks, Cut off the Telephone

William Shakespeare, "Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds"

William Shakespeare, "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?"

Understanding the Text

1. Tone

William Blake, "London"

2. Speaker: Whose Voice Do We Hear?

Robert Browning, "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister"

William Wordsworth, "She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways"

Sir Thomas Wyatt, "They Flee from Me"

Gwendolyn Brooks, "We Real Cool"

Sylvia Plath, "Mirror"

12. Tue. Apr. 6: 20 Poems

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3. Situation and Setting: What Happens? Where? When?

John Donne, "The Flea"

Rita Dove, "Daystar"

John Milton, "On the Late Massacre in Piedmont"

Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach"


Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"

William Blake, "Holy Thursday" from Songs of Innocence

William Blake, "Holy Thursday" from Songs of Experience


John Donne, "The Good-Morrow"

Jonathan Swift, "A Description of the Morning"


John Ashbery, "City Afternoon"

4. Language

Precision and Ambiguity

Yvor Winters, "At the San Francisco Airport

Walter De La Mare, "Slim Cunning Hands"

William Carlos Williams, "The Red Wheelbarrow"

William Carlos Williams, "This Is Just to Say"

Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Pied Beauty"

e. e. cummings, "in Just-"

Ben Jonson, "Still to Be Neat"

Robert Herrick, "Delight in Disorder"

13. Tue. Apr. 13: 23 Poems

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Metaphor and Simile

William Shakespeare, "That Time of Year"

Robert Burns, "A Red, Red Rose"

John Donne, "Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God"

Randall Jarrell, "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner?"

Sharon Olds, "Leningrad Cemetery, Winter of 1941"

Dorothy Parker, "One Perfect Rose"

William Blake, "The Sick Rose"

5. The Sounds of Poetry

Helen Chasin, "The Word Plum"

Alexander Pope, "Sound and Sense"

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Metrical Feet"

Sir John Suckling, "Song" ("Why so Pale and Wan, Fond Lover?")

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Break, Break, Break"

Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Spring and Fall"

Words and Music

William Shakespeare, "Spring"

6. Internal Structure

Edwin Arlington Robinson, "Mr. Flood's Party"

Anonymous, "Sir Patrick Spens"

Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ode to the West Wind"

7. External Form

The Sonnet

John Keats, "Nuns Fret Not"

John Milton, "On His Blindness" ("When I Consider How My Light Is Spent")

William Wordsworth, "London, 1802"

William Shakespeare, "My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing like the Sun"

Stanza Forms

Dylan Thomas, "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"

Archibald Macleish, "Ars Poetica"

14. Tue. Apr. 20: 24 Poems

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The Way a Poem Looks

e. e. cummings, "Buffalo Bill's"

George Herbert, "Easter Wings"

Robert Herrick, "The Pillar of Fame"

8. The Whole Text

Anonymous, "Western Wind"

Robert Herrick, "Upon Julia's Clothes"

W. H. Auden, "Musée des Beaux Arts"

George Herbert, "The Collar"

Robert Frost, "Design"

Dickinson, Emily, "My Life Had Stood-a Loaded Gun"

Exploring Contexts

9. The Author's Work as Context: John Keats

John Keats, "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"

John Keats, "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles"

John Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale"

John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

John Keats, "To Autumn"

10. The Author's Work as Context: Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich, "At a Bach Concert"

Adrienne Rich, "Living in Sin"

11. Literary Tradition as Context

Echo and Illusion

William Blake, "The Lamb"

Poetic "Kinds"

Christopher Marlow, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"

Imitating and Answering;

Sir Walter Ralegh, "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd"

William Carlos Williams, "Raleigh Was Right"

Cultural Belief and Tradition

Langston Hughes,"The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

12. Cultural and Historical Context

Times, Places, and Events

Langston Hughes, "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)"

Wilfred Owen, "Dulce et Decorum Est"

Dudley Randall, "Ballad of Birmingham"

15. Tue Apr. 27: 32 Poems

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Constructing Identity, Exploring Gender

Richard Lovelace, "Song: To Lucasta, Going to the Wars"

Robert Browning, "My Last Duchess"

Marge Piercy, "What's That Smell in the Kitchen?"

13. Critical Contexts: A Poetry Casebook

Sylvia Plath, "Daddy"

14. The Process of Creation

Anonymous, "Sir Patrick Spens" ("O Where Ha' Your Been?")

Emily Dickinson, "Safe in their Alabaster Chambers"

William Blake, "The Tyger"

Evaluating Poetry

William Shakespeare, "Th'Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame

John Donne, "Song" ("Go, and Catch a Falling Star")

Wallace Stevens, "Anecdote of the Jar"

John Crowe Ransom, "Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter"

Reading More Poetry

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Kubla Khan: or, a Vision in a Dream"

Emily Dickinson, "Because I Could Not Stop for Death"

Emily Dickinson, "My Life Closed Twice before its Close"

John Donne, "The Canonization"

John Donne, "Death, Be Not Proud"

John Donne, "The Sun Rising"

John Donne, "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"

T. S. Eliot, "Journey of the Magi"

T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Thomas Hardy, "The Darkling Thrush"

T. S. Eliot, "Journey of the Magi"

T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

Thomas Hardy, "The Darkling Thrush"

Gerard Manley Hopkins, "God's Grandeur"

Gerard Manley Hopkins, "The Windhover"

Alfred Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses"

William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming"

William Butler Yeats, "Leda and the Swan"

William Butler Yeats, "Sailing to Byzantium"


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