21L.004 | Spring 2009 | Undergraduate
Reading Poetry


Required Texts

[HV] = Vendler, Helen. Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2002. ISBN: 9780312257064. [Preview a version of this work in Amazon.]

Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 2005 (paperback). ISBN: 9780877796367.

Strunk, William, and E. B. White. Elements of Style. New York, NY: Penguin, 2007. ISBN: 9780143112723. [Preview this book in Amazon.]

Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference. 6th ed. New York, NY: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009. ISBN: 9780312593322.

1 Yeats, W. B. To A Young Girl, When You Are Old, To Ireland In The Coming Times, The Song of Wandering Aengus, The Second Coming, Easter 1916, Never Give All The Heart. (PDF)

Poetry animations. “Yeats, W. B. “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.” Poem movie animation.” April 18, 2008. YouTube. Accessed July 9, 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUfuG8ZaAzc

4 Stevens, Wallace. The House Was Quiet And The World Was Calm.

Rich, Adrienne. “Mother-in-Law.” [HV]

Hopkins, Gerard Manley. “Pied Beauty.” [HV]

Chapter 3. “Poems as Pleasures.” [HV]


Donne, John. “Holy Sonnet 14.” [HV]

———. “Holy Sonnet 10.” [HV]

Stevens, Wallace. The House Was Quiet And The World Was Calm. (cont.)

Hopkins, Gerard Manley. As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Dragonflies Draw Flame. [Includes poem text and audio]

Keats, John. “Letter on Negative Capability, 1818” (PDF)

Chapter 6. “Constructing A Self.” [HV]

Whitman, Walt. Beginning My Studies. (PDF)

———. Song of Myself.

7 Coleman, Wanda. “Wanda Why Aren’t You Dead.” In Heavy Daughter Blues: Poems and Stories, 1968-1986. Boston, MA: Black Sparrow Press, 1987. ISBN: 9780876857014.

Whitman, Walt. “Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night.” [HV]

Eliot, T. S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” [HV]

Bishop, Elizabeth. “At the Fishhouses.” [HV]

———. “One Art.” [HV]

———. “In the Waiting Room.” New York, NY: Library of America, 2008. ISBN: 9781598530179. [HV]

———. “Sestina.” [HV]

9 Eliot, T. S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” (cont.) [HV]
10 Eliot, T. S. “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” In The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism. Stonesfield, UK: Dodo Press, 2009. ISBN: 9781409961703.
12 Wallace Stevens journal note (PDF)
Course Info
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Spring 2009
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