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Literature: A Pocket Anthology, 4th Edition

By R. S. Gwynn

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 17, 2008


Always a good price with quality selections, the Fourth Edition of Gwynn's Literature:  A Pocket Anthology  continues that tradition.  Organized chronologically with a thematic appendix and streamlined apparatus, this anthology can be taylored to however the course is taught.  Individual Fiction, Poetry, and Drama introductions provide an overview for reading and analyzing each genre, defining key terms in context.  More than a third of the selections overall represent voices of women, people of color, and writers from cultures outside the United States, and a strong effort has been made to include work that reflects contemporary social questions and will stimulate classroom discussion.  New poems, stories, and plays are among the changes to the Fourth Edition. 

Table of Contents


Experience, Experiment, Expand: Three Reasons to Study Literature



Introduction to Fiction

The Telling of the Tale

The Short Story Genre

Reading and Analyzing Short Fiction

Nathanel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

           * The Minister’s Black Veil

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

            * Ligeia

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)

            A White Heron

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

            Mother Savage

Kate Chopin  (1851-1904)

            The Story of an Hour

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

            The Yellow Wallpaper

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

            Roman Fever

Willa Cather (1876-1947)

            Paul’s Case

James Joyce (1882-1941)


Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)


William Faulkner (1897-1962)

            A Rose for Emily

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

            * Up in Michigan

John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

            The Chrysanthemums

Richard Wright (1908-1960)

            The Man Who Was Almost a Man

John Cheever (1912-1982)


Ralph Ellison (1914-1995)

            A Party Down at the Square

Shirley Jackson (1919-1965)

            The Lottery

* Hisaye Yamamoto (b. 1921)

            Seventeen Syllables

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)

            * Everything That Rises Must Converge

Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928)

            A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Chinua Achebe (b. 1930)

            Dead Men’s Path

Alice Munro (b. 1931)

            * The Bear Came Over the Mountain

Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

            Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Raymond Carver (1938-1988)


Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

            Happy Endings

Bobbie Ann Mason (b. 1940)


Alice Walker (b. 1944)

            Everyday Use

* Tim O’Brien

            The Things They Carried

Tim Gautreaux (b. 1947)

            Died and Gone to Vegas

Sandra Cisneros (b. 1954)

            Woman Hollering Creek

Louise Erdrich (b. 1954)

            The Red Convertible

Gish Jen (b. 1955)

            In the American Society

Daniel Orozco (b. 1957)


* Sherman Alexie

            This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona



Introduction to Poetry

An Anecdote: Where Poetry Starts 

Speaker, Listener, and Context 

“The Star-Spangled Banner” 

Lyric, Narrative, Dramatic 

The Language of Poetry 

 Figurative Language 

Allegory and Symbol 

Tone of Voice 

Repetition: Sounds and Schemes 

Meter and Rhythm 

Free Verse and Open Form

Stanza Forms 

Fixed Forms 

Literary History and Poetic Conventions 



            Western Wind

            Bonny Barbara Allan

            Sir Patrick Spens

Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503?-1542)

            They Flee from Me 

            Whoso List to Hunt

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

            Amoretti: Sonnet 75

Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

            Astrophel and Stella: Sonnet 1

Robert Southwell (1561?-1595)

            The Burning Babe

Michael Drayton (1563-1631)

            Idea: Sonnet 61

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

            Sonnet 18

            Sonnet 20

            Sonnet 29

            Sonnet 73

            Sonnet 116

            Sonnet 130

            When Daisies Pied (Spring and Winter)

Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

            There Is a Garden in Her Face

John Donne (1572-1631)

            The Flea

            Holy Sonnet 10

            Holy Sonnet 14

            * The Sun Rising

            A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

Ben Jonson (1573-1637)

            On My First Son

            Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount

Mary Wroth (1587?-1651?)

            In this Strange Labyrinth How Shall I Turn

Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

            To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

George Herbert (1593-1633)

            Easter Wings

            Love (III)

            The Pulley


Edmund Waller (1606-1687)


John Milton (1608-1674)

            How Soon Hath Time

            On the Late Massacre in Piedmont

            When I Consider How My Light Is Spent

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

            The Author to Her Book

Richard Lovelace (1618-1658)

            To Lucasta, Going to the Wars

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

            To His Coy Mistress

John Dryden (1631-1700)

            To the Memory of Mr. Oldham

Edward Taylor (1642-1729)


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

            A Description of a City Shower

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

            from An Essay on Criticism

            Ode on Solitude

Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

            Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

William Blake (1757-1827)

            The Chimney Sweeper

            The Little Black Boy 

            A Poison Tree

            The Tyger

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

            A Red, Red Rose

            John Barleycorn

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

            I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

            It Is a Beauteous Evening

            Ode: Intimations of Immortality

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

            Frost at Midnight

            Kubla Khan

            Work Without Hope

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)

            She Walks in Beauty


            When We Two Parted

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

            Ode to the West Wind


William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

            To the Fringed Gentian

John Keats (1795-1821)

            La Belle Dame sans Merci

            Ode to a Nightingale

            On First Looking into Chapman's Homer

            When I Have Fears

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

            Sonnets from the Portuguese, 18

            Sonnets from the Portuguese, 43

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

            The Arsenal at Springfield

            The Cross of Snow

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

            The Haunted Palace

            The Raven

            * Sonnet to Science

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

            The Lady of Shallot

            Tears, Idle Tears


Robert Browning (1812-1889)

            My Last Duchess

            Porphyria's Lover

            * Prospice

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

            A Noiseless Patient Spider

            O Captain, My Captain

            * A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Grey and Dim

            Song of Myself, 6

            Song of Myself, 11

            When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

            Dover Beach

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

            After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

            Because I Could Not Stop for Death

            The Brain Is Wider than the Sky

            A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

            Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church

            The Soul Selects Her Own Society

            Tell All the Truth but Tell It Slant

            Wild Nights--Wild Nights

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

            Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?

            * Chanel Firing

            * The Man He Killed 

            Neutral Tones

            The Ruined Maid

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

            God's Grandeur

            Pied Beauty

            Spring and Fall: To a Young Child

Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)

            The New Colossus

A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

            Eight O'Clock

            Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now

            Stars, I Have Seen Them Fall

            “Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff . . .”

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

            The Lake Isle of Innisfree

            Leda and the Swan

            Sailing to Byzantium

            The Second Coming

            The Song of Wandering Aengus

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)


            The Mill

            Richard Cory

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

            The Trees in the Garden Rained Flowers

            The Wayfarer

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

            We Wear the Mask

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

            Acquainted with the Night

            After Apple-Picking


            Home Burial

            The Road Not Taken

            Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1034)


            Languor after Pain


Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

            Anecdote of the Jar

            Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock

            The Emperor of Ice-Cream

            The Snow Man

            Sunday Morning

            * The Worms at Heaven’s Gate

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

            The Last Words of My English Grandmother

            The Red Wheelbarrow

            Spring and All

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

            In a Station of the Metro

            Portrait d'une Femme

            The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

Elinor Wylie (1885-1928)

            Let No Charitable Hope


H. D. (Hilda Doolittle) (1886-1961)

            Pear Tree

            Sea Rose

Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)


Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)

            The Purse-Seine

Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

            The Fish


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

            Journey of the Magi

            The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974)

            Piazza Piece

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

            If I Should Learn, in Some Quite Casual Way

            Oh, Oh, You Will Be Sorry for that Word

            What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

            Dulce et Decorum Est

e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

            nobody loses all the time

            pity this busy monster,manunkind

            * plato told


Jean Toomer (1894-1967)

            Georgia Dusk

Louise Bogan (1897-1970)


Hart Crane (1899-1933)


Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

            Dream Boogie

            Theme for English B

            The Weary Blues

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)


            Yet Do I Marvel

A. D. Hope (1907-2000)

            Imperial Adam

W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

            As I Walked Out One Evening

            Musée des Beaux Arts

            The Unknown Citizen

Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)


            My Papa's Waltz

            Root Cellar

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

            The Fish

            One Art


Robert Hayden (1913-1980)

            Those Winter Sundays

Dudley Randall (b. 1914)

            Ballad of Birmingham

William Stafford (1914-1993)

            Traveling through the Dark

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

            Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

            Poem in October

Weldon Kees (1914-1955)

            For My Daughter

Randall Jarrell (1914-1965)

            * 8th Air Force

            The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

Margaret Walker (b. 1915)

            For Malcolm X

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

            the ballad of chocolate Mabbie

            the mother

            We Real Cool

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

            For the Union Dead

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)

            A Coney Island of the Mind, #15

May Swenson (1919-1989)

            How Everything Happens

Howard Nemerov (1920-1991)

            A Primer of the Daily Round

Richard Wilbur (b. 1921)

            * Altitudes

            The Writer

            Year's End

Philip Larkin (1922-1985)

            Next, Please

           This Be the Verse

            * The Whitsun Weddings

James Dickey (1923-1997)

            The Heaven of Animals

Alan Dugan (b. 1923)

            Love Song: I and Thou

Anthony Hecht (b. 1923)

            * The Dover Bitch

            Third Avenue in Sunlight

Denise Levertov (1923-1999)

            The Ache of Marriage

Louis Simpson (b. 1923)

            American Classic

            My Father in the Night Commanding No

Vassar Miller (1924-1997)


Donald Justice (b. 1925)

            Counting the Mad

Carolyn Kizer (b. 1925)

            The Ungrateful Garden

Maxine Kumin (b. 1925)

            Noted in the New York Times

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

            A Supermarket in California

James Merrill (1926-1995)

            Casual Wear

W. D. Snodgrass (b. 1926)

            Mementos, I

Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)

            The Day Lady Died

John Ashbery (b. 1927)

            Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape

            Paradoxes and Oxymorons

W. S. Merwin (b. 1927)

            For the Anniversary of My Death

            The Last One

James Wright (1927-1980)

            Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

            Saint Judas

Philip Levine (b. 1928)

            You Can Have It

Anne Sexton (1928-1974)


Thom Gunn (b. 1929)

            From the Wave


X. J. Kennedy (b. 1929)

            In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus One Day

            * Little Elegy

Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

            Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

            Diving into the Wreck


Ted Hughes (b. 1930)


Gary Snyder (b. 1930)

            A Walk

Derek Walcott (b. 1930)

            Central America

Miller Williams (b. 1930)

            The Book

Linda Pastan (b. 1932)


Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)




Gerald Barrax (b. 1933)

            Strangers like Us: Pittsburgh, Raleigh, 1945-1985

Mark Strand (b. 1934)

            The Tunnel

Russel Edson (b. 1935)


Mary Oliver (b. 1935)

            The Black Walnut Tree

Fred Chappell (b. 1936)

            Narcissus and Echo

Lucille Clifton (b. 1936)

            homage to my hips

            wishes for sons

Marge Piercy (b. 1936)

            What’s That Smell in the Kitchen?

Betty Adcock (b. 1938)


Gary Gildner (b. 1938)

            First Practice

Robert Phillips (b. 1938)

            * The Stone Crab: A Love Poem

Dabney Stuart (b. 1938)

            Discovering My Daughter

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

            Siren Song

Stephen Dunn (b. 1939)

            The Sacred

Seamus Heaney (b. 1939)


* Clive James  (b. 1959)

            After the Storm

Ted Kooser (b. 1939)

           Abandoned Farmhouse

Tom Disch (b. 1940)

            Ballade of the New God

Florence Cassen Mayers (b. 1940)

            All American Sestina

Pattiann Rogers (b. 1940)


Billy Collins (b. 1941)


Robert Hass (b. 1941)

            * Meditation at Lagunitas

Simon J. Ortiz (b. 1941)

            The Serenity in Stones

Gibbons Ruark (b. 1941)

            The Visitor

Gladys Cardiff (b. 1942)


B.H. Fairchild (b. 1942)

            Body and Soul

Charles Martin (b. 1942)


Sharon Olds (b. 1942)

            The One Girl at the Boys Party

Diane Lockward (b. 1943)

            My Husband Discovers Poetry

Ellen Bryant Voight (b. 1943)


Robert Morgan (b. 1944)

            Mountain Bride

Craig Raine (b. 1944)

            A Martian Sends a Postcard Home

Enid Shomer (b. 1944)

            Women Bathing at Bergen-Belsen

Wendy Cope (b. 1944)

            Rondeau Redoublé

Dick Davis (b. 1945)

            A Monorhyme for the Shower

Kay Ryan (b. 1945)


Leon Stokesbury (b. 1945)

            The Day Kennedy Died  

* John Whitworth (b. 1945)

            The Examiners

Marilyn Nelson (b. 1946)

            The Ballad of Aunt Geneva

Ai (b. 1947)

            Child Beater

Jim Hall (b. 1947)

            Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too

Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)

            Facing It

Timothy Steele (b. 1948)

            Sapphics Against Anger

James Fenton (b. 1949)

            God, a Poem

Sarah Cortez (b. 1950)

            Tu Negrito

Carolyn Forché (b. 1950)

            The Colonel

Dana Gioia (b. 1950)

            Planting a Sequoia

Rodney Jones (b. 1950)

            Winter Retreat: Homage to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Timothy Murphy (b. 1950)

            Case Notes

Joy Harjo (b. 1951)

            She Had Some Horses

Andrew Hudgins (b. 1951)

            Air View of an Industrial Scene

Judith Ortiz Cofer (b. 1952)

            The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica

Rita Dove (b. 1952)

            * American Smooth

Mark Jarman (b. 1952)

            After Disappointment

Julie Kane (b. 1952)

            Alan Doll Rap

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952)

            The Traveling Onion

Alberto Ríos (b. 1952)

            The Purpose of Altar Boys

Julia Alvarez (b. 1953)

            Bilingual Sestina

Harryette Mullen (b. 1953)

            Dim Lady

Kim Addonizio (b. 1954)

            * Sonnenizio on a Line from Michael Drayton

David Mason (b. 1954)

            * Fog Horns

Mary Jo Salter (b. 1954)

            Welcome to Hiroshima

Cathy Song (b. 1955)

            Stamp Collecting

Ginger Andrews (b. 1956)

            Primping in the Rearview Mirror

* Joseph Harrison (b. 1957)

            Air Larry

Catherine Tufariello (b. 1963)

            Useful Advice

Sherman Alexie (b. 1966)

            The Exaggeration of Despair

Natasha Trethewey (b. 1966)

            Domestic Work, 1937

* Brian Turner (b. 1967)

            Here, Bullet

Suji Kwock Kim (b. 1968)


* Allison Joseph (b. 1967)

            The Athlete

A. E. Stallings (b. 1968)

            * First Love: A Quiz

Beth Ann Fennelly (b. 1971)

            Asked for a Happy Memory of Her Father, She Recalls Wrigley Field

* Sophie Hannah (b. 1971)

              The Guest Speaker

* Emily Moore (b. 1977)

            Auld Lang Syne



Introduction to Drama

The Play’s the Thing

Origins of Drama

Aristotle on Tragedy

Brief History and Description of Dramatic Conventions


Sophocles  (496?-406 B.C.)

            * Antigone

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


Henrik Ibsen  (1828-1906)

            * An Enemy of the People

Susan Glaspell (1882-1948)


Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)

            The Glass Menagerie

Athold Fugard (b. 1932)

            “Master Harold” . . . and the boys

August Wilson  (b. 1945)

            The Piano Lesson

David Ives (b. 1950)

            * Sure Thing

* Milcha Sanchez-Scott (b. 1953)

            The Cuban Swimmer

* Arlene Hutton (b. 1958)

            A Dream Before I Take the Stand

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