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The Bedford Introduction to Literature is a best-seller for a reason: It brings literature to life for students — helping to make them lifelong readers and better writers. Classic works drawn from many periods and cultures exist alongside a hefty representation of today’s authors, including women, writers of color, and voices that reflect the quirkiness and humor of modern life.
There is plenty of support for students, with a dozen chapters of critical reading and writing support, helpful sample close readings, writing assignments, and student papers. And, because everyone teaches and learns a little differently, there are lots of options for working with the literature, including in-depth chapters on major authors and case studies on individual works and themes that everyone can relate to.
This is a perfect introduction to Literature, especially for AP kids preparing for college level English studies, or for college kids who are only planning to take one literature course.
Table of Contents
Robert Francis, Catch
photo: Tim Taylor, I shake the delicate apparatus
Poems for Further Study
Elizabeth Bishop, Manners
Sharon Olds, Last Night
Joanne Diaz, On My Father’s Loss of Hearing
*Herbert Lomas, The Fly’s Poem about Emily
Pablo Neruda, Verbo (original Spanish version)
Pablo Neruda, Verbo (translated by Ben Belitt)
Pablo Neruda, Verbo (translated by Kristin Linklater)
H. D. [Hilda Doolittle], Heat
Mary Robinson, London’s Summer Morning
Margaret Atwood, February
William Wordsworth, London, 1802
Jane Kenyon, Surprise
William Stafford, Traveling through the Dark
Robert Browning, My Last Duchess
Gary Soto, Behind Grandma’s House
Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), Jabberwocky
*Andrew Hudgins, The Cow
Rita Dove, Fox Trot Fridays
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Charge of the Light Brigade
Wendy Cope, Lonely Hearts
Theodore Roethke, Elegy for Jane
Galway Kinnell, After Making Love We Hear Footsteps
Gary Gildner, First Practice
Robert Morgan, Overalls
Anonymous, The Frog
Emily Dickinson, "Hope" is the thing with feathers
Emily Dickinson, What Soft—Cherubic Creatures—
Emily Dickinson, O Sumptuous moment
Emily Dickinson, There is no Frigate like a Book
*Emily Dickinson, Fame is the one that does not stay—
Richard Wilbur, On Dickinson’s Sense of Privation
Suggested Topics for Longer Papers
Robert Frost, My November Guest
Robert Frost, Storm Fear
Robert Frost, Unharvested
Perspectives on Robert Frost
Langston Hughes, Esthete in Harlem
Langston Hughes, Ballad of the Landlord
Langston Hughes, 125th Street
Langston Hughes, Harlem
Karen Jackson Ford, Hughes’ Aesthetics of Simplicity
David Rampersad, On the Persona in "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"
Adrian Oktenberg, Memory in "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"
Julia Alvarez, On Writing "Queens, 1963"
Passport Photo: Julia Alvarez, age 10
perspective: Marny Requa, From an Interview with Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez, Dusting
Julia Alvarez, On Writing "Ironing Their Clothes"
Julia Alvarez, Ironing Their Clothes
perspective: Kelli Lyon Johnson, Mapping an Identity
* Michael Ryan, Bunny
M. Carl Holman, Mr. Z
Gary Soto, Mexicans Begin Jogging
Bob Hicok, Spam Leaves an Aftertaste
*X.J. Kennedy, On a Young Man’s Remaining an Undergraduate for Twelve Years
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Sandra M. Gilbert, Mafioso
photo: Baggage Examined Here, Ellis Island
Soundtrack cover: Rawal Films, Ladki Pasano Hai (I Like this Girl)
photo: Alex MacLean, Somerville, Massachusetts
Rachel Loden, Locked Ward, Newtown, Connecticut
Alberto Ríos, The Gathering Evening
Mahmoud Darwish (Palestine) Identity Card
Pablo Neruda (Chile), The United Fruit Co.
Frances E. W. Harper, Learning to Read
Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hurrahing in Harvest
Christina Georgina Rossetti, Some Ladies Dress in Muslin Full and White
Christina Georgina Rossetti, The World
Wallace Stevens, The Emperor of Ice-Cream
William Wordsworth, It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free