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Longman Anthology of Poetry, The

By Lynne McMahon, Averill Curdy

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 30, 2005


This major new poetry anthology blends the best selections from the poetic tradition with a wide range of contemporary works, thematic casebooks, and engaging essays that contextualize poetry century by century. Featuring a breathtaking scope of poetry from the English-speaking world, this diverse collection brings unparalleled historical and cultural background to the study of poetry including discussions of the poetic conventions of the time and the poetic “fingerprints” of particular poets. Introductions by respected scholars provide historical context and thematic casebooks provide insight into key literary movements to demonstrate to students how to write effectively about poetry.

Table of Contents


Introduction to Poetry of the Medieval Period

-Old English Verse (650-1100 A.D.)

The Warrior Culture

The Influence of Christianity

The Oral Tradition

Caedmon’s Hymn and Old English Elegies

The Epic of Beowulf

-Middle English Verse (1100-1500 A.D.)

The Norman Invasion

French Court Culture and the Code of Chivalry

The Influence of Christianity

 Gawain and the Green Knight

Geoffrey Chaucer

English Poetry After Chaucer

-Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading

The Lord’s Prayer in Old English

Caedmon’s Hymn (two versions)

from Beowulf


-Lament of the Last Survivor




5, “Shield”

26,”Gospel Book”

45, “Dough”


-The Wife’s Lament


-The Wanderer

from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

-The Green Knight’s Entry into Camelot

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400)

-The Miller’s Tale

-The Parliament of Fowles

-To Adam, His Scribe

Anonymous Lyrics

-Earth Upon Earth

-Now Goeth Sun Under Wood

-The Cuckoo’s Song

-All Too Late

-The Song of Lewes

-Jesus, My sweet Lover Spring

-Jesus Comforts His Mother

-I Have a Young Sister

-I Sing of a Maiden

-Ubi Sunt Qui Ante Nos Fuerunt

Charles of Orleans (mid 15th c.)

-Confession of a Stolen Kiss

Dafydd ap Gwilym (1320-1370)


-The Winter

William Dunbar (ca. 1460-ca.1525)

-Lament for the Makars


Introduction to Sixteenth-Century Poetry

-History and Culture of the Sixteenth Century

The Early Tudors

The English Reformation

Economic and Cultural Overview

The Female Prince

-Poetry and Public Life

The Sonnet

Poetry and National Identity

Female Authorship

The Final Decade

-Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading

John Skelton (1460-1529)

-Mannerly Margery Milk and Ale

-From Colin Clout

Anonymous Ballads

-Sir Patrick Spens

-The Unquiet Grave

Anonymous Lyrics

-Weep You No More, Sad Fountains

-The Silver Swan

Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542)

-The Long Love, That in My Thought Doth Harbor

-Petrarch, Sonnet 140

-Whoso List to Hunt

-Petrarch, Sonnet 190

-My Galley

-They Flee From Me

-My Lute, Awake!

-Stand Whoso List

-Mine Own John Poyns

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517-1547)

-Love That Doth Reign and Live within My Thought

-The Soote Season

-So Cruel Prison

-Wyatt Resteth Here

Queen Elizabeth (1533-1603)

-The Doubt of Future Foes

-On Monsieur’s Departure

George Gascoigne (1535-1573)

-For That He Looked Not upon Her

Isabella Whitney (fl. 1567-1573)

-The Manner of Her Will

Chidiock Tichborne (d. 1586)

-Tichborne’s Elegy

Sir Walter Ralegh (ca. 1552-1618)

-A Vision upon the Fairy Queen

-The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd

-The Passionate Man’s Pilgrimage

-[Fortune has taken thee away, my love]

Edmund Spenser (ca. 1552-1599)

-from Amoretti:

1    Happy ye leaves when as those lily hands

4    New yeare forth looking out of Janus gate

13  In that proud port, which her so goodly graceth

22  This holy season fit to fast and pray

62  The weary yeare his race now having run

66  To all those happy blessings which ye have

68  Most glorious Lord of lyfe that on this day

75  One day I wrote her name upon the strand



-from The Faerie Queene

Book III, Canto II

Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

-Ye Goat-herd Gods

-Ring Out Your Bells

-from Astrophil and Stella

1  Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show

2  Not at first sight; nor with a dribbed shot

5  It is most true, that eyes are formed to serve

14  Alas, have I not pain enough, my friend

25    The wisest scholar of the wight most wise

31    With how sad steps, O moon, thou climb’st the skies

39    Come sleep, O sleep, the certain knot of peace

47    What, have I thus betrayed my liberty?

49    I on my horse, and love on me, doth try

63    O grammar rules, O now your virtues show

71    Who will in fairest book of nature know

90    Stella, think that not I by verse seek fame

101  Stella is sick, and in that sick-bed lies

102  Where be the roses gone, which sweetened so our eyes?

106  O absent presence, Stella is not here

107  Stella, since thou so right a princess art

Samuel Daniel (ca. 1562-1619)

-from Delia

1 Unto the boundless Ocean of thy beauty

6 Fair is my love, and cruel as she’s fair

31 Look, Delia, how we ‘steem the half-blown rose

32 But love whilst that thou mayst be loved again

33 When men shall find thy flower, thy glory pass

50  Let others sing of knights and paladins

Michael Drayton (1563-1631)

-from Idea

6 How many paltry, foolish, painted things

61 Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

-The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


2 When forty winters shall besiege thy brow

12 When I do count the clock that tells the time

18  Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

20  A woman’s face, with nature’s own hand painted

29 When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes

30 When to the sessions of sweet silent thought

40 Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all

53 What is your substance, whereof are you made

55 Not marble nor the gilded monuments

71 No longer mourn for me when I am dead

73 That time of year thou mayst in me behold

94 They that have power to hurt and will do none

116 Let me not to the marriage of true minds

129  Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame

130  My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun

146 Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth

-Songs from the Plays

When That I Was and a Little Tiny Boy

Fear No More the Heat o’ the Sun

Full Fathom Five

Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

-My Sweetest Lesbia

-When to Her Lute Corinna Sings

-There Is a Garden in Her Face

Mary Sidney (1568-1621)

-Psalm 45: Eructavit Cor Meum

-Psalm 148: Laudate Dominum

Aemilia Lanyer (1569-1645)

-from Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum [Pilate’s Wife Apologizes for Eve]

Richard Barnfield (1574-1620)

-from “Cynthia: With Certaine Sonnets”

16 Long have I long’d to see my Love againe

17 Cherry-lipt Adonis in his snowie shape

Casebook:  The Need to Please: Poetry and Patronage at the Court of Queen Elizabeth


Introduction to Seventeenth-Century Poetry

-Political Turmoil: Puritans and Monarchs

James I: 1603-1625

Charles I: 1625-1649

-Literary and Intellectual Society

The Poetry of Retirement

Donne and the Conceit

Jonson’s Craftmanship

The Sons of Ben: Cavalier Poetry

Seduction and Contemplation

Religious Lyric

Miltonic Epic

America, the New Land

Dryden and Satire

-Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading


-Tom o’Bedlam’s Song

John Donne (1572-1631)

-The Good-Morrow

-Song (Go and catch a falling star)

-The Sun Rising

-The Canonization

-The Flea

-Air and Angels

-The Apparition

-A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

-A Valediction: Of Weeping

-Elegy 19: To His Mistress Going to Bed

-Satire 3, Religion

-from Holy Sonnets

1 Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay?

7 At the round earth’s imagined corners, blow

10  Death, be not proud, though some have called thee

14 Batter my heart, three-personed God; for You

-The Relic

-Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward

-Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness

Ben Jonson (1572-1637)

-On Something That Walks Somewhere

-On My First Daughter

-On My First Son

-My Picture Left in Scotland

-Inviting a Friend to Supper

-To Penshurst

-Song to Celia

-To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of that Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir H. Morison

-A Fit of Rhyme Against Rhyme

-Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount

-To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, and What He Hath Left Us

-Ode to Himself

Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

-The Argument of His Book

-The Vine

-To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

-The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home

-Delight in Disorder

-Upon Julia’s Clothes

George Herbert (1593-1633)

-The Altar


-Easter Wings

-Affliction (I)

-Jordan (I)

-Jordan (II)

-Church Monuments

-The Windows

-The Collar

-The Forerunners


-The Pulley

-Love (III)

Thomas Carew (ca. 1598- ca. 1639)

-A Rapture

Lady Katherine Dyer (ca. 1600-1654)

-Epitaph on the Monument of Sir William Dyer at Colmworth, 1641

John Milton (1608-1674)

-On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity


-Il Penseroso


-How Soon Hath Time

-When I Consider How My Light Is Spent

-On the Late Massacre in Piedmont

-Methought I saw My Late Espousèd Saint

-from Paradise Lost

Book One, lines 1-334

Book Three, lines 1-99

Book Four, lines 1-775

Book Nine, lines 1-47

Sir John Suckling (1609-1642)

-Song (Why so pale and wan, fond lover?)

Anne Bradstreet (ca. 1612-1672)

-The Author to Her Book

-To My Dear and Loving Husband

-Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666

Richard Crashaw (1613-1649)

-A Hymn to the Name and Honor of the Admirable Saint Teresa

Richard Lovelace (1618-1658)

-The Grasshopper

Lucy Hutchinson (b. 1620)

-Translation from “On the Nature of the Universe” (De rerum natura) by Lucretius

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

-The Coronet

-A Dialogue Between the Soul and Body

-The Nymph Complaining for The Death of Her Fawn

-Damon the Mower

-The Mower’s Song

-The Garden

-An Horatian Ode

-The Picture of Little T. C. in a Prospect of Flowers

-To His Coy Mistress

Henry Vaughan (1622-1695)

-They Are All Gone Into the World of Light!

-The Night

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673)

-Of Many Worlds in This World

John Dryden (1631-1700)

-from Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem

-Mac Flecknoe

-A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day

Katherine Philips (1632-1664)

-To My Excellent Lucasia, on Our Friendship

-To the truly noble Mr. Henry Lawes

Thomas Traherne (1637-1674)

-My Spirit


John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647-1680)

-Against Constancy


Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

-A Poetry in Transition

The Political Frame of Writers’ Allegiances

A Changing Native Landscape and an Expanding Empire

The Eighteenth-Century Reader

The Milieu of Emerging Women Writers

-Poetic Theory and Practice

The Influence of Science, Philosophy, and Religion

The Sister Arts

Measures and Forms

-Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading

Edward Taylor (1642-1729)

-Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea (1661-1720)

-from The Spleen

A Pindarick

-The Lion and the Gnat

-A Nocturnal Reverie

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

-A Description of the Morning

-A Description of a City Shower

-A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General

-Stella’s Birthday, March 13, 1726-27

-The Lady’s Dressing Room

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

-Against Idleness and Mischief

-Man Frail, and God Eternal

Thomas Parnell (1679-1718)

-A Night-Piece on Death

Edward Young (1683-1765)

-Night the First from The Complaint, or Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality

John Gay (1685-1732)

-The Goat without a Beard

-Airs from The Beggar’s Opera

A Fox may steal your hens, sir

Were I laid on Greenland’s coat

Since laws were made for ev’ry degree

Henry Carey (1687?-1743)

-The Ballad of Sally in our Alley

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

-Prologue to Mr. Addison’s Tragedy of Cato

-Windsor Forest

-The Rape of the Lock

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

-The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. To write a Poem

-The Lover: A Ballad

-Saturday from Six Town Eclogues

-Epistle [to Lord Bathurst]

-Epistle from Mrs. Yonge to Her Husband

Mary Collier (1690?-c. 1762)

-From The Woman’s Labour. An Epistle of Mr. Stephen Duck

James Thomson (1700-1748)

-Rule, Britannia

-Summer from The Seasons

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

-Prologue Spoken by Mr. Garrick at the Opening of the Theater in Drury Lane, 1747

-The Vanity of Human Wishes

-On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet

Jupiter Hammon (1711-1806?)

-An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly

Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

-Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes

-Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

-Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Richard West

William Collins (1721-1759)

-Eclogue the Second: Hassan; or, the Camel-driver.

-Ode to Evening

-Ode on the Poetical Character

-An Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands of Scotland, Considered as the Subject of Poetry

Christopher Smart (1722-1771)

-from Jubilate Agno, lines 697-770

Thomas Percy (1729-1811) and Allan Ramsay (1686-1758), eds.

-Sweet William’s ghost

Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)

-When Lovely Woman Stoops to Folly

William Cowper (1731-1800)

-Walking with God

-Light Shining out of Darkness

-From The Task:  Book III: The Garden

-The Castaway

-Hatred and Vengeance, My Eternal Portion

Warren Hastings (1732-1818)

-Ode to His Wife (Written in Patna, 1784)

Thomas Morris (1732-1806?)

-Sapphics: At the Mohawk-Castle, Canada. To Lieutenant Montgomery

Charlotte Smith (1749-1806)

-From The Emigrants: A Poem [Disillusion with the French Revolution]

-Sonnet: On Being Cautioned against Walking on an Headland Overlooking the Sea, Because it Was Frequented by a Lunatic

Philip Freneau (1752-1832)

-The Indian Burying Ground

-To Sir Toby

Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770)

-An Excelente Balade of Charitie

Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)

-A Hymn to Humanity

-On Being Brought from Africa to America

George Crabbe (1754-1796)

-Book I, from The Village

Mary Robinson (1758-1800)

-London’s Summer Morning

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

-To a Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady’s Bonnet at Church

-John Anderson, My Jo

-Tam O’Shanter

-Afton Water

-To a Mouse

-Comin’ Thro’ the Rye (1)

-Comin’ Thro’ the Rye (2)

-A Red, Red Rose

-Auld Lang Syne

Mary Jones (d. 1778)

-Soliloquy on an Empty Purse

Elizabeth Hands (fl. 1789)

-A Poem, on the Supposition of an Advertisement appearing in a Morning Paper, of the

-Publication of a Volume of Poems by a Servant-Maid

Casebook: Eighteenth-Century London: Poetry and the City


Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Poetry

-Romanticism in England: 1798-1830


The French Revolution

The Industrial Revolution and Laissez-Faire

The Imagination

Platonic Idealism

Poetic Defenses, Poetic Forms

-The Victorian Age in England: 1837-1900

Poetry as a “Criticism of Life”

Later Victorian Poetry

-American Romanticism: 1820-1865


Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman

-Women and Minorities

On Both Sides of the Atlantic, the “Woman Question”

Women’s Poetry

Slavery and the Black Aesthetic

-Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading

Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825)

-To the Poor


William Blake (1757-1827)

-From Songs of Innocence


The Ecchoing Green

The Lamb

The Little Black Boy

The Chimney Sweeper

The Divine Image

Holy Thursday

-FromSongs of Experience


The Clod & the Pebble

Holy Thursday

The Chimney Sweeper

The Sick Rose

The Tyger

The Garden of Love


A Divine Image

-The Book of Thel

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

-We Are Seven

-Lines Written in Early Spring

-Expostulation and Reply

-The Tables Turned

-Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey

-She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways

-A Slumber did my Spirit Seal


-Resolution and Independence

-My Heart Leaps Up

-Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

-It Is a Beauteous Evening

-The world Is Too Much With us

-Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent’s Narrow Room

-London, 1802

-Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

-Surprised by Joy

-FromThe Prelude, Book Fourteenth, from Conclusion:  lines 1-129

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)


-Proud Maisie

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

-The Eolian Harp

-The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

-Frost at Midnight

-This Lime Tree Bower My Prison


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864)

-Rose Aylmer

-Past Ruined Ilion

-Dying Speech of an Old Philosopher

-Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low

-Death of the Day

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)

-She Walks in Beauty

-Stanzas for Music


-January 22nd.  Missolonghi

-Don Juan (from Canto I)

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)


-To Wordsworth


-Mont Blanc

-England in 1819

-A Song: “Men of England”

-Ode to the West Wind


Felicia Hemans (1793-1835)

-Evening Prayer, at a Girls’ School

John Clare (1793-1864)



-I Am

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)


John Keats (1795-1821)

-On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

-On Seeing the Elgin Marbles

-When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be

-The Eve of St. Agnes

-La Belle Dame Sans Merci: A Ballad

-Ode to Psyche

-Ode to a Nightingale

-Ode on a Grecian Urn

-To Autumn

George Moses Horton (1798?-1883?)

-On Liberty and Slavery

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

-Concord Hymn

-The Rhodora

-The Snow-Storm





Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

-FromSonnets from the Portugese

                        1 “I thought once how Theocritus had sung”

22 “When our two souls stand up erect and strong”

28 “My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!”

43 “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”

-A Musical Instrument

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

-The Jewish Cemetery at Newport



Edward FitzGerald (1809-1848)

-FromThe Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, 1-24

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

-The Chambered Nautilus

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1848)

-Sonnet--To Science

-To Helen

-Annabel Lee

-The Raven

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)


-The Kraken

-The Lotos-Eaters


-Tears, Idle Tears

-Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

-From In Memoriam A. H. H.

1 (“I held it truth, with him who sings”)

2 (“Old yew, which graspest at the stones”)

7 (“Dark house, by which once more I stand”)

11 (“Calm is the morn without a sound”)

19 (“The Danube to the Severn gave”)

50 (“Be near me when my light is low”)

54 (“O, yet we trust that somehow good”)

56 (“’So careful of the type?’ but no”)

67 (“When on my bed the moonlight falls”)

88 (“Wild bird, whose warble, liquid sweet”)

95 (“By night we lingered on the lawn”)

119 (“Doors, where my heart was used to beat”)

121 (“Sad Hesper o’er the buried sun”)

130 (“Thy voice is on the rolling air”)

-From Epilogue

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Crossing the Bar

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

-My Last Duchess

- Home-Thoughts, From Abroad

-The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed’s Church

-Love Among the Ruins

-Fra Lippo Lippi

-Caliban upon Setebos

-To Edward FitzGerald

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

-I Am the Only Being Whose Doom

-Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910)

-Battle-Hymn of the Republic

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

-The Portent


-The March into Virginia

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

-From Song of Myself: 1,3,6,11,24,31,32,45,52

-Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

-Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking

-When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

-When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

-Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night

Frances Jane Crosby Van Alstyne (1820-1915)

-Blessed Assurance

Alice Cary (1820-1871)

-The West Country

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

-To Marguerite--Continued

-Memorial Verses

-The Buried Life

-Dover Beach

-Growing Old

James M. Whitfield (1822-1871)


Phoebe Cary (1825-1871)


Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911)

-The Slave Mother

-Bible Defence of Slavery

-The Slave Auction

George Meredith (1828-1909)

-From Modern Love

1 (“By this he knew she wept with waking eyes”)

17 (“At dinner, she is hostess, I am host”)

48 (“Their sense is with their senses all mixed in”)

 (“He found her by the ocean’s moaning verge”)

50 (“Thus piteously Love closed what he begat”)

-Lucifer in Starlight

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)

-FromThe House of Life

The Sonnet

Nuptial Sleep

63. Inclusiveness

97. A Superscription

101. The One Hope

Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

-Poppies on the Wheat

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

-49         I never lost as much but twice

-130       These are the days when Birds come back

-214       I taste a liquor never brewed

-216       Safe in their Alabaster Chambers

-241       I like a look of Agony

-249       Wild Nights--Wild Nights!

-254       “Hope” is the thing with feathers

-258       There’s a certain Slant of light

-280       I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

-303       The Soul selects her own Society

-327       Before I got my eye put out

-341       After great pain, a formal feeling comes

-435       Much Madness is divinest Sense

-441       This is my letter to the World

-449       I died for Beauty--but was scarce

-465       I heard a Fly buzz--when I died--

-510       It was not Death, for I stood up

-569       I reckon–when I count at all–

-613       They shut me up in Prose–

-632       The Brain–is wider than the sky--

-640       I cannot live with You--

-690       Victory comes late--

-712       Because I could not stop for Death--

-754       My Life had stood--a Loaded Gun--

-986       A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

-1072     Title divine–is mine!

-1078     The Bustle in the House

-1129     Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--

-1243     Safe Despair it is that raves--

-1624     Apparently with no surprise

-1732     My life closed twice before its close--

-1736     Proud of my broken heart, since thou didst break it

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)


-After Death


-In an Artist’s Studio

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)


William Morris (1834-1894)

-The Haystack in the Floods

Sarah M. B. Piatt (1836-1919)

-The Palace-Burner

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)

-When the Hounds of Spring

-The Garden of Proserpine

-The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell

Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894)

-The Florida Beach

Sidney Lanier (1842-1881)

-The Marshes of Glynn

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

-God’s Grandeur

-The Windhover

-Pied Beauty

-Hurrahing in Harvest

-Spring and Fall

-Binsey Poplars

-As Kingfishers Catch Fire

-[Carrion Comfort]

-No Worst, There is None

-I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day

-Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

-Friendship After Love

Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856-1935)

-April in Town

Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920)

Casebook: Criticism, the Canon, and the Case for Emily Dickinson.


Introduction to Early Twentieth-Century Poetry

-Modernism, Romanticism, and Plain Language

-Small Worlds: Symbolism and Imagism

-Wider Worlds: War, Epic, and Mythic Methods

-The Thirties and Beyond: Poetry, Politics, and Ideas of Order

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

-The Ruined Maid*


-Neutral Tones

-The Darkling Thrush*

-The Self-Unseeing*

-The Convergence of the Twain

-The Workbox*

-The Voice

-Channel Firing

-During Wind and Rain

A.E. Housman (1859-1936)

-Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now

-To an Athlete Dying Young

-Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries

-They Say My Verse Is Sad: No Wonder

-Here Dead We Lie Because We Did Not Choose

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1930)


-The Hyenas*

-from Epitaphs of the War

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

-The Lake Isle of Innisfree

-When You Are Old

-Adam’s Curse

-September 1913

-Easter, 1916

-The Wild Swans at Coole

-An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

-The Second Coming

-Leda and the Swan

-Sailing to Byzantium

-Among School Children


-Lapis Lazuli

-Under Ben Bulben*

-The Circus Animals’ Desertion

Ernest Dowson (1867-1900)

-Vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam

-Non sum quails eram bonae sub regno Cynarae*

Charlotte Mew (1869-1928)

-On the Road to the Sea

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

-Richard Cory

-Walt Whitman*

-The Pity of the Leaves*

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

-We Wear the Mask

-Little Brown Baby


-The Colored Soldiers*

John McCrae (1872-1918)

-In Flanders Fields

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

-Mending Wall

-Home Burial

-After Apple-Picking

-The Road Not Taken

-The Oven Bird


-Putting in the Seed

-“Out, Out–“

-To E.T. *

-Nothing Gold Can Stay*

-Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

-For Once, Then, Something*

-Acquainted with the Night

-Desert Places*

-The Silken Tent

-The Most of It

-Never Again Would Birds’ Song Be the Same*


Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

-Venus Transiens*

-A Decade

-Shore Grass

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)



A carafe, that is a blind glass.

A waist.

A little bit of a tumbler.

A dog.

Peeled pencil, choke.

-from Stanzas in Meditation: LXXXIII*

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)



Edward Thomas (1878-1917)


-The Gypsy

-In Memoriam [Easter 1915]


Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

-Sunday Morning

-Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

-Anecdote of the Jar*

-The Emperor of Ice-Cream

-The Snow Man

-The Idea of Order at Key West

-The Man on the Dump

-from Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction*

I.I (“Begin, ephebe, by perceiving the idea”) *

II.IV (“Two things of opposite natures”) *

-From The Auroras of Autumn

I (“This is where the serpent lives . . .”)

II (“Farewell to an idea . . .A cabin stands”)

-Of Mere Being*

Mina Loy (1882-1966)

-Gertrude Stein*

-The Widow’s Jazz

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

-Danse Russe*

-The Widow’s Lament in Springtime*

-Spring and All

-The Red Wheelbarrow

-This Is Just To Say

-Burning the Christmas Greens



Landscape with the Fall of Icarus*

-fromAsphodel, That Greeny Flower

Book I

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

-Portrait d’une Femme

-In a Station of the Metro

-The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter*


(Life and Contacts)

I (“For three years, out of key with his time”) *

V (“There died a myriad”) *

XII (“Daphne with her thighs in bark”) *


I (“And then went down to the ship”)

XLV (“With Usura”)

CXX (“I have tried to write Paradise”) *

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

-Love on the Farm



H.D. (1886-1961)

-Sea Rose



Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)


-Glory of Women*

-On Passing the New Menin Gate*

Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

-The Soldier*

Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)

-Shine, Perishing Republic

-Hurt Hawks

-Carmel Point

Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

-The Fish



-A Grave

-The Steeple-Jack

-The Paper Nautilus

-What Are Years? *

Edwin Muir (1887-1959)

-The Absent

-The Horses*

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

-The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


-Sweeney Among the Nightingales


-The Waste Land


Little Gidding*

John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974)

-Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter

-Dead Boy

Ivor Gurney(1890-1937)

-The Silent One

Claude McKay (1890-1948)

-If We Must Die*

-The Lynching*


Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918)

-Break of Day in the Trenches

Hugh MacDiarmid (1892-1978)

-Parley of Beasts

-British Leftist Poetry, 1930-40

Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)

-Ars Poetica

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

-First Fig


-[I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed]

-[Gazing upon Him Now, Severe and Dead]

-[Love Is Not All:  It Is Not Meat nor Drink] *

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

-Anthem for Doomed Youth


-Dulce et Decorum Est

-Strange Meeting



-Spring Offensive*

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)


-Oscar Wilde*

E.E. Cummings (1894-1962)

-[in Just-]

-[the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls] *

-[next to of course god america ]

-[anyone lived in a pretty how town]

-[pity this busy monster, manunkind]

Jean Toomer (1894-1967)


-from CANE


Georgia Dusk

Robert Graves (1895-1985)

-Love Without Hope

-Recalling War

-The White Goddess*

Edmund Blunden (1896-1974)

-1916 seen from 1921

Louise Bogan (1897-1970)



-Roman Fountain

-Song for the Last Act

Melvin Tolson (1898-1966)

-Dark Symphony

Hart Crane (1899-1932)

-At Melville’s Tomb*



Proem:  To Brooklyn Bridge

-The Broken Tower

-To Emily Dickinson

Allen Tate (1899-1979)

-Ode to the Confederate Dead

Basil Bunting (1900-1985)


                 I (“Brag, sweet tenor bull”)

Sterling Brown (1901-1989)

-Ma Rainey

-Slim Greer

-Slim in Hell*

Laura Riding (1901-1991)

-The Map of Places

-With the Face*

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

-The Negro Speaks of Rivers

-When Sue Wears Red

-The Weary Blues

-Lament over Love


Dream Boogie

Theme for English B

Dream Boogie: Variation


-Put One More S in the USA*

Stevie Smith (1902-1971)

-No Categories!

-Mr. Over

-The Death Sentence

-Not Waving but Drowning

-A House of Mercy

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)

-Yet Do I Marvel


Richard Eberhart (b. 1904)

-The Groundhog

-The Fury of Aerial Bombardment

Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967)

-Inniskeen Road: July Evening

-Spraying the Potatoes*

-Stony Grey Soil


II (“Maguire was faithful to death”) *

C. Day Lewis (1904-1972)

-Two Songs

-Almost Human

Louis Zukofsky (1904-1978)



Fifth Movement: Autobiography

Stanley Kunitz (b. 1905)

-The War against the Trees

-Touch Me

Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982)

-The Bad Old Days*

-Delia Rexroth*

Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)


I.Was Not the Lost Dauphin

-There’s a Grandfather’s Clock in the Hall

-Muted Music

-Patriotic Tour and Postulate of Joy*

John Betjeman (1906-1984)

-The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel


William Empson (1906-1984)


-Ignorance of Death

W. H. Auden (1907-1973)


-As I Walked Out One Evening


IX. [Funeral Blues]

-Musee des Beaux Arts

-In Memory of W.B. Yeats

-September 1, 1939*

-In Praise of Limestone*

-The Shield of Achilles

A.D. Hope (1907-2000)

-Observation Car

-Advice to Young Ladies*

Louis MacNeice (1907-1963)


-Bagpipe Music

-The Sunlight on the Garden


George Oppen (1908-1984)

-Survival: Infantry*



Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)

-Root Cellar

-My Papa’s Waltz

-Elegy for Jane

-The Waking

-I Knew a Woman

-The Far Field*

-In a Dark Time

A.M. Klein (1909-1972)

-Indian Reservation: Caughnawaga

Stephen Spender (1909-1995)

-What I Expected

-The Landscape near an Aerodrome

-The Pylons


Introduction to Post-World War II Poetry

-Nationalism and Internationalism

-Opening the Canon to New Voices

-Old and New Poetic Practices and Styles

-The New Criticism and its Effects on Post-War Poets

-Experimental Poetry

The Beats

Black Mountain

The “New York School”

-Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, James Merrill

Charles Olson (1910-1970)

-Pacific Lament*


Maximus, To Himself*

-[Sun / Right in My Eye] *

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

-The Fish


-At the Fishhouses

-Over 2000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance


-The Armadillo*

-In the Waiting Room

-One Art

Robert Hayden (1913-1980)

-Middle Passage

-Those Winter Sundays

-Mourning Poem for the Queen of Sunday

-Paul Laurence Dunbar

-Bone-Flower Elegy

-Monet’s “Waterlilies” *

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)

-Boy with His Hair Cut Short

-Ballad of Orange and Grape

Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966)

-The Heavy Bear Who Goes with Me

Karl Shapiro (1913-2000)

-The First Time*

May Swenson (1913-1989)


-In Love Made Visible*

R.S. Thomas (1913-2000)

-Welsh Landscape*


John Berryman (1914-1972)


1 (“Huffy Henry hid the day”)

14 (“Life, friends, is boring.  We must not say so.”)

29 (“There sat down, once, a thing on Henry’s heart”) *

37 Three around the Old Gentleman

40 (“I’m scared a lonely. Never see my son”)

155(“I can’t get him out of my mind, out of my mind)

384 (“The marker slants, flowerless, )

-Henry’s Understanding

Owen Dodson (1914-1983) *

-Sorrow is the Only Faithful One*

-Open Letter*

Randall Jarrell (1914-1965)

-90 North

-The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

-A Front

-Next Day

-The Truth*

Weldon Kees (1914-1955) *

-For My Daughter*


-The Upstairs Room*

Henry Reed (1914-1986) *


1.  Naming of Parts*

William Stafford (1914-1993)

-Traveling through the Dark

-At the Bomb Testing Site

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

-The Force That through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower*

-And Death Shall Have No Dominion*

-Poem in October

-A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London

-Fern Hill

-In My Craft or Sullen Art

-Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Alun Lewis (1915-1944)

-All Day It Has Rained

Margaret Walker (1915-2000)


Judith Wright (1915-2000)

-Eve to Her Daughters*

David Gascoyne (1916-2001)

-Ecce Homo

P.K. Page (b. 1916)

-Deaf-Mute in the Pear Tree

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

-Langston Hughes

-kitchenette building

-my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell*

-The Bean Eaters

-We Real Cool

-The Lovers of the Poor

-Medgar Evers

Charles Causley (1917-2003)

-At the British War Cemetery, Bayeux*

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

-The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket

-Memories of West Street and Lepke

-“To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage”

-Skunk Hour

-For the Union Dead

-Reading Myself


-Two Walls*

Patricia Beer (1919-1999)

-Noises from the School

Louise Bennett (b. 1919)

-Colonization in Reverse*

Robert Duncan (1919-1988)

-Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow*

-Passage over Water*

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)


William Meredith (b. 1919)

-The Illiterate*

Amy Clampitt (1920-1994)

-What The Light Was Like*

-Real Estate*

-On the Disadvantages of Central Heating*

Keith Douglas (1920-1944)

-Simplify Me When I’m Dead


Barbara Guest (b. 1920)


Howard Nemerov (1920-1991)


-The Goose Fish

-Storm Windows*


-The Blue Swallows*

George Mackay Brown (1921-1996)

-The Old Woman

-Haddock Fishermen


Mona Van Duyn (1921-2004)

-Falling in Love at Sixty-Five

Richard Wilbur (b. 1921)

-Praise in Summer*

-First Snow in Alsace

-Boy at the Window*


-Love Calls Us to the Things of This World*

-Advice to a Prophet*

-The Writer*

Donald Davie (1922-1995)

-Time Passing, Beloved

Sidney Keyes (1922-1943)

-War Poet

Philip Larkin (1922-1985)

-The Whitsun Weddings*

-Talking in Bed


-High Windows*

-Sad Steps

-The Explosion*

-This Be The Verse*

-Going, Going


Howard Moss (1922-1987)

-Elegy for My Sister*


James Dickey (1923-1997)

-The Hospital Window*

-The Heaven of Animals

-The Sheep Child*

Alan Dugan (1923-2003)

-Love Song: I and Thou*

-Poem (“The person who can do”) *

-For Euthanasia and Pain-Killing Drugs

Anthony Hecht (1923-2004)

-A Hill*

-The Man Who Married Magdalene (Variations on a Theme By Louis Simpson) *

-“More Light! More Light!”

-The Odds*

-The Deodand

-Application for a Grant*

-The Book of Yolek

Richard Hugo (1923-1982)

-The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir

-Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg*

-The Freaks at Spurgin Fields Road*

Denise Levertov (1923-1997)

-Scenes from the Life of the Peppertrees


-September 1961



James Schuyler (1923-1991)

-A Grave*

-from The Payne Whitney Poems




Heather and Calendulas*





Louis Simpson (b. 1923)

-The Man Who Married Magdalene*

-The Window*

-In California*

Ian Hamilton Finlay (b. 1925)

-Orkney Interior

Donald Justice (1925-2004)

-Variations on a Text by Vallejo

-After a Phrase Abandoned by Wallace Stevens

-Dance Lessons of the 30s

Kenneth Koch (1925-2002)

-The Circus

-The Railway Stationery

-Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams

-To the Roman Forum

Maxine Kumin (b. 1925)

-How It Is

-Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief*

A. R. Ammons (1926-2001)

-Corson’s Inlet

-The City Limits

-Easter Morning

-from GARBAGE [garbage has to be the poem of our time because]

Robert Bly (b. 1926)

-Waking from Sleep

-Snowbanks North of the House

Robert Creeley (1926-2005)

-I Know a Man

-Love Comes Quietly

-The World


-from LIFE & DEATH:   [When It Comes]

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

-from Howl: Part I

-A Supermarket in California


-Last Night in Calcutta

Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001)

-One Flesh

James Merrill (1926-1995)

-The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace

-After Greece

-Lost in Translation


from The Book of Ephraim: Z

-An Upward Look

-b o d y

Frank O’Hara (1926-1966)

-The Day Lady Died

-Memorial Day 1950

-A Step Away from Them

-Why I Am Not a Painter

W. D. Snodgrass (b. 1926)

-April Inventory


2. (“Late April and you are three: today”)

8. (“I thumped on you the best I could”)

 John Ashbery (b. 1927)

-The Instruction Manual

-Soonest Mended

-Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

-Melodic Trains

-Of the Light

Galway Kinnell (b. 1927)

-First Song

-The Correspondence School Instructor Says Goodbye to His Poetry Students

-Sheffield Ghazal 4: Driving West

W. S. Merwin (b. 1927)

-The Drunk in the Furnace

-Departure’s Girl-Friend

-Some Last Questions

-When the War Is Over

-A Given Day

Charles Tomlinson (b. 1927)

-Swimming Chenango Lake*



James Wright (1927-1980)

-A Note Left in Jimmy Leonard’s Shack

-Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

-Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota

-The Minneapolis Poem

Philip Levine (b. 1928)

-They Feed They Lion

-Belle Island, 1949


Thomas Kinsella (b. 1928)

-Mirror in February


Anne Sexton (1928-1974)

-Her Kind

-The Truth the Dead Know

L. E. Sissman (1928-1976)

-Sweeney to Mrs. Porter in the Spring

Ed Dorn (1929-1999)

-from Gunslinger:   Book I

Thom Gunn (1929-2004)

-From the Wave

-A Blank

-The Dump

-The Man with Night Sweats

John Hollander (b. 1929)

-Swan and Shadow

-Adam’s Task

Richard Howard (b. 1929)

-Nicholas Mardruz to His Master Ferdinand, Count of Tyrol, 1565

Peter Porter (b. 1929)

-The Delegate

John Montague (b. 1929)

-Soliloquy on a Southern Strand

-There are Days

A. K. Ramanujan (1929-1993)


-Chicago Zen*

Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

-Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers*

-Living in Sin

-Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law

-Face to Face


-A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

-Diving into the Wreck

-from Eastern War Time:   

1 (“Memory lifts her smoky mirror: 1943")

8 (“A woman wired in memories”)


Edward Kamau Brathwaite (b. 1930)

-from The Arrivants: A New World Trilogy:



Gregory Corso (1930-2001)


Ted Hughes (1930-1998)

-The Thought-Fox



-Crow’s First Lesson

-Examination at the Womb-Door

Gary Snyder (b. 1930)

-Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout

-The Bath

-Axe Handles

Derek Walcott (b. 1930)

-The Gulf

-The Sea Is History

-The Season of Phantasmal Peace

-Sea Grapes


-from Omeros:  

1.1.1 (“’This is how, one sunrise, we cut down them canoes.’”)

3.25.2-3 (“He remembered this sunburnt river with its spindly”)

6.49.1-2 (“She bathed him in the brew of the root.  The basin”)

Etheridge Knight (1931-1991)

-The Idea of Ancestry

-For Black Poets Who Think of Suicide

Okot p’Bitek (1931-1982)

-from Song of Lawino  

1. My Husband’s Tongue Is Bitter

Carter Revard (b. 1931)

-October, Isle of Skye

Rhina P. Espaillat (b. 1932)

-Weighing In

Geoffrey Hill (b. 1932)

-The Guardians

-Ovid in the Third Reich

-September Song*

-from Funeral Music: 

6 (“My little son, when you could command marvels”)

8 (“Not as we are but as we must appear,”)

-from Mercian Hymns:

VI (“The princes of Mercia were badger and raven. Thrall”)

VII (“Gasholders, russet among fields. Milldams, marlpools”)

XXV (“Brooding on the eightieth letter of Fors Clavigera,”)

XXX (“And it seemed, while we waited, he began to walk”)

-To the High Court of Parliament

Christopher Okigbo (1932-1967)

-I am standing above the Noon Tide*

-Come Thunder

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)


-Morning Song



-Poppies in October



-Lady Lazarus

Fleur Adcock (b.1934)

-Against Coupling

-For a Five-Year-Old

Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) (b.1934)

-A Poem for Black Hearts

-The New World

-Monk’s World*

Audre Lorde (1934-1992)

-Now that I Am Forever with Child

-Love Poem


-The Electric Slide Boogie

N. Scott Momaday (b. 1934)


-The Gift

-Two Figures

Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934)

-right on: white america*

-A Poem for my Brother

Wole Soyinka (b. 1934)

-Dragonfly at my Windowpane

Mark Strand (b. 1934)

-Keeping Things Whole

-The Prediction

-Chekhov: A Sestina

-The Idea

-Orpheus Alone

Mary Oliver (b.1935)


Charles Wright (b. 1935)

-Stone Canyon Nocturne

-Stray Paragraphs in February, Year of the Rat

Lucille Clifton (b. 1936)

-miss rosie

-poem to my uterus

June Jordan (1936-2002)

-July 4, 1984: For Buck

C. K. Williams (b. 1936)


-Snow: II


Tony Harrison (b. 1937)

-Them & [uz]

-Marked with D.

Susan Howe (b. 1937)

-from Thorow:

[Elegiac Western Imagination] *

[Cannot Be]

Eleanor Wilner (b. 1937)

-High Noon at Los Alamos

Michael S. Harper (b. 1938)


Les Murray (b. 1938)

-The Quality of Sprawl*

-The Milk Lorry

Ishmael Reed (b. 1938)

-Oakland Blues

Charles Simic (b. 1938)

-Watch Repair

-Charon’s Cosmology


Frank Bidart (b. 1939)

-A Coin for Joe, with the Image of a Horse; c. 350-325 BC*

-Another Life

Seamus Heaney (b. 1939)



-The Forge

-The Skunk


-A Ship of Death

-A Dream of Jealousy

Michael Longley (b. 1939)

-Gorse Fires*

-The Beech Tree

Robert Pinsky (b. 1940)

-From Essay on Psychiatrists:

IV. A Lakeside Identification

V. Physical Comparison With Professors and Others

-Poem About People



Eunice de Souza (b.1940) *


Billy Collins (b. 1941)

-Osso Buco

Robert Hass (b. 1941)

-Meditation at Lagunitas

-A Story about the Body*

-Sonnet (A man talking to his ex-wife on the phone)

Lyn Hejinian (b. 1941) *


-A Mask of Anger*

Derek Mahon (b. 1941)

-A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford*

-The Globe in North Carolina

Douglas Dunn (b. 1942)

-from Elegies:

Thirteen Steps and the Thirteenth of March

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (b. 1942)

-Studying the Language

Marilyn Hacker (b. 1942)

-Rondeau after a Transatlantic Telephone Call

Ann Lauterbach (b. 1942)

-Prom in Toledo Night

Sharon Olds (b. 1942)

-My Father Speaks to Me from the Dead

Nikki Giovanni (Yolande Cornelia Giovanni, Jr.) (b. 1943)


Louise Glück (b. 1943)

-Phenomenal Survivals of Death in Nantucket

-Gretel in Darkness

-The Garden

-Mock Orange*

Michael Palmer (b. 1943)

-This Time


James Tate (b. 1943)

-The Lost Pilot

-Land of Little Sticks, 1945

Eavan Boland (b. 1944)



-Daphne with Her Thighs in Bark*

Mary Kinzie (b. 1944)

-Strawberry Pipe

Craig Raine (b. 1944)

-The Onion, Memory*

-A Martian Sends a Postcard Home

Wendy Cope (b. 1945)

-Bloody Men

-Waste Land Limericks*

John Koethe (b. 1945)

-A Refrain

J. D. McClatchy (b. 1945)

-An Essay on Friendship

Bernard O’Donoghue (b. 1945)

-The Weakness

Thomas Lux (b. 1946)

-Can Tie Shoes but Won’t

Kay Ryan (b. 1946)

-That Vase of Lilacs*


Ai (Florence Anthony) (b. 1947)

-Sleeping Beauty

Lorna Goodison (b. 1947)

-Jamaica 1980

-On Becoming a Mermaid

Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)

-Facing It

-Hanoi Hannah

-My Father’s Love Letters

Richard Kenney (b. 1948)

-Driving Sleeping People

Heather McHugh (b. 1948)

-Spot in Space and Time

Sherod Santos (b. 1948) *

-The Art of the Landscape*

Leslie Marmon Silko (b. 1948)

-Indian Song: Survival*

-Toe’osh: A Laguna Coyote Story 

Agha Shahid Ali (b. 1949-2001)

-The Dacca Gauzes

-Ghazal: Where are you now? *

-Lenox Hill

James Fenton (b. 1949)

-A German Requiem

-God, A Poem

-For Andrew Wood

August Kleinzhaler (b. 1949)

-Watching Dogwood Blossoms Fall in a Parking Lot off Route 46*

Julia Alvarez (b. 1950) *

-Bilingual Sestina*

Charles Bernstein (b. 1950)


Anne Carson (b. 1950)

-Lazarus Standup: Shooting Script

Nicholas Christopher (b. 1950)

-Lake Como*

Carolyn Forché (b. 1950)

-The Colonel

Dana Gioia (b. 1950)

-California Hills in August*

Jorie Graham (b. 1950)

-Reading Plato

-What the End Is For*

-The Swarm

Linda Gregerson (b. 1950)

-Noah’s Wife

Edward Hirsch (b. 1950)

-Fast Break

-Orpheus Ascending

Medbh McGuckian (b. 1950)

-The War Ending

Grace Nichols (b. 1950)

-Wherever I Hang

Joy Harjo (b. 1951)

-The Creation Song*

-Mourning Song

Paul Muldoon (b. 1951)


-Why Brownlee Left

-Gathering Mushrooms


-The Sonogram

Rita Dove (b. 1952)

-The House Slave*




Weathering Out*


Alberto Ríos (b. 1952)

-Mi Abuelo

-Madre Sofia*

Gary Soto (b. 1952)


-Practicing Eulogies

Susan Stewart (b. 1952)

-The Forest*

Mark Doty (b. 1953)


-Homo Will Not Inherit

Jane Hirshfield (b. 1953)

-The Envoy

Gjertrud Schnackenberg (b. 1953)

-The Paperweight

-Angels Grieving over the Dead Christ*

Rosanna Warren (b. 1953) *

-Hellenistic Head*

David Baker (b. 1954)

-Snow Figure

Lorna Dee Cervantes (b. 1954)

-Cannery Town in August

Louise Erdrich (b. 1954)

-The Fence


Thylias Moss (b. 1954)

-Interpretation of a Poem by Frost

Mary Jo Salter (b. 1954)

-Reading Room

Carol Ann Duffy (b.1955)


-Warming Her Pearls*

Cathy Song (b. 1955)


Henri Cole (b. 1956)

-Harvard Classics

Martín Espada (b. 1957)

-Sleeping on the Bus

Li-Young Lee (b. 1957)

-The Gift


Lavinia Greenlaw (b. 1962)

-A World Where News Traveled Slowly


Glyn Maxwell (b. 1962) *

-from Letters to Edward Thomas*

Simon Armitage (b. 1963)

-from Killing Time

-The Stone Beach

Sherman Alexie (b. 1966)

-How to Write the Great American Indian Novel

Christian Wiman (b. 1966)

-The Funeral

-Reading Herodotus



Appendix A: Author Biographies

Appendix B: Why Pegasus Has Wings: Writing About Poetry

Appendix C:  Glossary of Poetry Terms


Longman Anthology of Poetry, The

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