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Literature: A Pocket Anthology (Penguin Academics Series) (with MyLab Literature), 2nd Edition

By R. S. Gwynn

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Nov 24, 2004


The perfect alternative to lengthy literature anthologies, this compact, inexpensive, and diverse collection of fiction, poetry, and drama provides a concise yet complete introduction to the study of literature.

Table of Contents

* Denotes new selection to this edition. This tentative table of contents is for early review purposes; the final contents may not include all of the selections listed here.



Explore, Experiment, Expand: Three Reasons to Study Literature.



Introduction to Fiction.

The Telling of the Tale.

The Short Story.

Reading and Analyzing Short Fiction.



Point of View.



Style and Symbol.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864).

Young Goodman Brown.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849).

The Fall of the House of Usher.

*Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909).

*A White Heron.

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893).

Mother Savage.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904).

*Désirée's Baby.

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904).

*The Lady with the Pet Dog.

*Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935).

*The Yellow Wallpaper.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937).

Roman Fever.

Willa Cather (1876-1947).

*Neighbor Rosicky.

James Joyce (1882-1941).


Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980).

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960).




William Faulkner (1897-1962).

A Rose for Emily.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986).

*The Library of Babel.

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961).

Hills Like White Elephants.

John Steinbeck (1902-1968).

The Chrysanthemums.

Richard Wright (1908-1960).

The Man Who Was Almost a Man.

John Cheever (1912-1982).


Albert Camus (1913-1960).

The Guest.

Ralph Ellison (1914-1995).

A Party Down at the Square.

Shirley Jackson (1919-1965).

The Lottery.

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964).

*Good Country People.

Gabriel Garcìa Márquez (B. 1928).

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.

Chinua Achebe (B. 1930).

Dead Men's Path.

Alice Munro (B. 1931).

*How I Met My Husband.

John Updike (B. 1932).

A & P.

Raymond Carver (1938-1988).




Joyce Carol Oates (B. 1938).

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Margaret Atwood (B. 1939).

Happy Endings.

Bobbie Ann Mason (B. 1940).


Alice Walker (B. 1944).

Everyday Use.

Tim Gautreaux (B. 1947).

Died and Gone to Vegas.

Dagoberto Gilb (B. 1950).

Look on the Bright Side.

Sandra Cisneros (B. 1954).

*Woman Hollering Creek.

Louise Erdrich (B. 1954).

The Red Convertible.

*Gish Jen (B. 1955).

*In the American Society.

Lorrie Moore (B. 1957).

How to Talk to Your Mother (Notes).



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, and Closed 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 129.

Sonnet 130.

When Daisies Pied (Spring and Winter).

Thomas Campion (1567-1620).

There Is a Garden in Her Face.

John Donne (1572-1631).

The Canonization.

The Flea.

Holy Sonnet 10.

Holy Sonnet 14.

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.

Christopher Smart (1722-1771).

From Jubilate Agno.

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.

Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent's Narrow Room.

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 on a Grecian Urn.

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 Raven.

To Helen.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892).

The Eagle.

*The Lady of Shallot.

Tears, Idle Tears.


Robert Browning (1812-1889).

My Last Duchess.

Porphyria's Lover.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892).

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.

A Noiseless Patient Spider.

*O Captain, My Captain.

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking.

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.

*I Felt a Funeral in My Brain.

*Much Madness is Divinest Sense.

A Narrow Fellow in the Grass.

*Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church.

The Soul Selects Her Own Society.

*There's a Certain Slant of Light.

*Wild Nights—Wild Nights.

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894).


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).

Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?

The Convergence of the Twain.

Neutral Tones.

The Ruined Maid.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889).

God's Grandeur.

Pied Beauty.

*Spring and Fall: To a Young Child.

*The Windhover.

*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).


Eros Turannos.

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 Need of Being Versed in Country Things.

*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.

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963).

The Last Words of My English Grandmother.

The Red Wheelbarrow.

Spring and All.

*This Is Just to Say.

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).

*The Equilibrists.

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.


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.

Fern Hill.

Weldon Kees (1914-1955).

For My Daughter.

Randall Jarrell (1914-1965).

90 North.

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).



The Writer.

Year's End.

Philip Larkin (1922-1985).

Next, Please.


This Be the Verse.

James Dickey (1923-1997).

The Heaven of Animals.

Alan Dugan (B. 1923).

Love Song: I and Thou.

Anthony Hecht (B. 1923).

*The Book of Yolek.

*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.

Charles on Fire.

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).

A Blessing.

Saint Judas.

Philip Levine (B. 1928).

*Animals Are Passing from Our Lives.

*You Can Have It.

Anne Sexton (1928-1974).


The Truth the Dead Know.

Thom Gunn (B. 1929).

From the Wave.


X. J. Kennedy (B. 1929).

In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus One Day.

*September Twelfth, 2001.

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).

Barbie Doll.

Betty Adcock (B. 1938).

Digression on the Nuclear Age.

Gary Gildner (B. 1938).

First Practice.

Robert Phillips (B. 1938).


Dabney Stuart (B. 1938).

Discovering My Daughter.

Margaret Atwood (B. 1939).

Siren Song.

Stephen Dunn (B. 1939).

The Sacred.

Seamus Heaney (B. 1939).



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).

*Paradelle for Susan.


Robert Hass (B. 1941).

Picking Blackberries with a Friend Who Has Been Reading Jacques Lacan.

Gibbons Ruark (B. 1941).

The Visitor.

Gladys Cardiff (B. 1942).



B.H. Fairchild (B. 1945).


Body and Soul.

Charles Martin (B. 1942).


Sharon Olds (B. 1942).

The One Girl at the Boys Party.

*Henry Taylor (B. 1942).

*From Brief Candles.

Ellen Bryant Voigt (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.

Alice Walker (B. 1944).

Even as I Hold You.

Wendy Cope (B. 1944).

Rondeau Redoublé.

*Dick Davis (B. 1945).

*A Monorhyme for the Shower.

*Kay Ryan (B. 1945).


Leon Stokesbury (B. 1945).

Evening's End.

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).

Adolescence III.

Mark Jarman (B. 1952).

After Disappointment.

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.

*Michael Donaghy (B. 1953).

*The River Spate.


*Kim Addonizio (B. 1954).


*Sonnenizio on a Line from Drayton.


David Mason (B. 1954).

Song of the Powers.

Mary Jo Salter (B. 1954).

Welcome to Hiroshima.

Cathy Song (B. 1955).

Stamp Collecting.

*Ginger Andrews (B. 1956).

*Primping in the Rearview Mirror.

Catherine Tufariello (B. 1963).

Useful Advice.

*Sherman Alexie (B. 1966).

*The Exaggeration of Despair.

Suji Kwock Kim (B. 1968).


*Morrie Creech (B. 1970).

*Broken Glass.



Introduction to Drama.

The Play's the Thing.

Origins of Drama.

Aristotle on Tragedy.







Brief History and Description of Dramatic Conventions.


Greek Tragedy


Medieval Drama


Elizabethan Drama


The Comic Genres


Realistic Drama, the Modern Stage, and Beyond

Sophocles (496?-406 B.C.).

*Oedipus the King (Translated by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald).

William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

*The Tragedy of Othello, Moor of Venice.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906).

A Doll House.

Susan Glaspell (1882-1948).


Tennessee Williams (1911-1983).

*Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

*Athold Fugard (B. 1932).

*“Master Harold”... and the boys.

*Corinne Jacker (B. 1933).

*Kathering Anne Porter's The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.

August Wilson (B. 1945).


David Ives (B. 1950).

Sure Thing.

Catherine Celesia Allen.

*Anything for You.

Appendix A: Writing about Literature.

First Considerations.

Topic into Thesis.

Explication, Analysis, Reviewing.


Critical Approaches.


Style and Content.

Writing about Fiction.

Writing about Poetry.

Writing about Drama.

The Process of Research: The Library and the Internet.

Quotation and Citation.

Sample Works Cited Entries.


The Annotated Bibliography.


Final Considerations.

Appendix B: Literature on Film and Video.


Appendix C: Literature: Thematic and Critical Approaches to Literature.




Index of Critical Terms.


Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines of Poems


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