Writing Assignments for Each Class:

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

W Apr 11 Selected Poems--8 Poems

Appropriate critical apparatus for each section

Poetry: Reading, Responding, Writing


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"

Understanding the Text

1. Tone

William Blake, "London"

F Apr 13 Selected Poems--10 Poems

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"

Sylvia Plath, "Mirror"

Gwendolyn Brooks, "We Real Cool"

Appropriate critical apparatus for each section for each section

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"

M Apr 16 Selected Poems--11 Poems


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"

Appropriate critical apparatus for each section

W Apr 18 Selected Poems--9 Poems

Metaphor and Simile

William Shakespeare, "That Time of Year"

Robert Burns, "A Red, Red Rose"

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

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

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

Sharon Olds, "Leningrad Cemetery, Winter of 1941"

Edmund Waller, "Song" ("Go, Lovely Rose")

Dorothy Parker, "One Perfect Rose"

William Blake, "The Sick Rose"

F Apr 20 Selected Poems--10 Poems

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"

M Apr 23 Selected Poems--9 Poems

7. External Form

The Sonnet

William Wordsworth, "Nuns Fret Not"

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

Stanza Forms

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

Archibald Macleish, "Ars Poetica"

Appropriate critical apparatus for each section

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 Apr 25 Selected Poems--11 poems

W. H. Auden, "Musée des Beaux Arts"

George Herbert, "The Collar"

Robert Frost, "Design"

Exploring Contexts

9. Reading Poetry in Context

Times, Places, and Events

Wilfred Owen, "Dulce et Decorum Est"

Dudley Randall, "Ballad of Birmingham"

Constructing Identity, Exploring Gender

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

Robert Browning, "My Last Duchess"

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

John Keats

John Keats, "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles"

John Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale"

John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

John Keats, "To Autumn"

F Apr 27 Selected Poems--10 Poems

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"

Poets on Poets: Imitation, Homage, Doubt

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

William Carlos Williams, "Raleigh Was Right"

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

William Wordsworth, "London, 1802"

12. Cultural and Historical Contexts: The Harlem Renaissance

Langston Hughes, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

13. Critical Contexts: A Poetry Casebook

Sylvia Plath, "Daddy"

M Apr 30 Selected Poems--10 Poems

Appropriate critical apparatus for each section

4. The Process of Creation

Anonymous, ("O Where Ha' Your Been, Lord Randall, My Son?")

Emily Dickinson, "Safe in their Alabaster Chambers"

William Blake, "The Tyger"

Evaluating Poetry

William Shakespeare, "Th'Expense of Spirit Is 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

William Blake, "Holy Thursday" from Songs of Innocence

William Blake, "Holy Thursday" from Songs of Experience

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

W May 2 Selected Poems--10 Poems

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

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"

F May 4 Selected Poems--6 Poems; Review

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"


English 201 2007 Schedule

Explication de Texte for Poems

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