Literature: Craft & Voice (Fiction, Poetry, Drama) : Three Volume Set

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Better readers make better writers. Today's students do readwe know that they read a significant amount of email, text messages, web pages, and even magazines. What many do not do is read in a sustained way. Many do not come to college prepared to read long texts, nor do they come with the tools necessary to analyze and synthesize what they read. Nick Delbanco and Alan Cheuse have proven in their own teaching that when you improve students' ability and interest in reading, you will help them improve their writing.Bringing writers to students, Bringing students to writing. Literature: Craft and Voiceis an innovative new Introductory Literature program designed to engage students in the reading of Literature, all with a view to developing their reading, analytical, and written skills. Accompanied by, and integrated with, video interviews of dozens of living authors who are featured in the text, conducted by authors Nick Delbanco and Alan Cheuse specifically for use with their textbook, the book provides a living voice for the literature on the page and creates a link between the student and the authors of great works of literature. The first text of its kind,Literature: Craft and Voiceoffers a more enjoyable and effective reading experience through its fresh, inviting design and accompanying rich video program.Take a virtual product tour

Table of Contents

detailed contents



Foreword to the Student video interview with the authors available online @ xxx



A Conversation on Writing with John Updike, video

interview available online @ xxx

John Updike, A&P

A summer job turns into a life-lesson when three girls in bathing suits walk in to a sea-side supermarket.

Kate Chopin, Story of an Hour

Love, and its burdens, can be dangerous for the heart.

Alice Munro, An Ounce of Cure

A Canadian high-school girl raids the liquor cabinet while babysitting, and the ceiling begins spinning like a great plate--as does her future.

CHAPTER 2: GOING FURTHER : An Interactive Reading

An Interactive Reading: Anton Chekhov, Rapture, translated by Patrick Miles and Harvey Pitcher

A young Russian man discovers alcohol, and the world discovers him.

A Student Critical Response

A Conversation on Writing with the Richard Ford, video interview available online @ xxx

Richard Ford, Optimists

A Montana family at the table, the father strikes a terrible blow against the future.

A Conversation on Writing with Amy Tan, video interview available online @ xxx

Amy Tan, Two Kinds

A young Asian-American woman in San Francisco wrestles with her identity.


A Conversation on Writing with Jamaica Kincaid, video interview available online @ xxx

Jamaica Kincaid, Girl

An island girl’s mother talks and talks—but does the girl listen?

A Student’s Critical Analysis Paper on Girl (three drafts)


A Conversation on Writing with T. Coraghessan Boyle, video interview available online @ xxx

T. Coraghessan Boyle, Greasy Lake

A place we’ve all visited, some never to return.

James Joyce, Araby

A young Dublin boy’s quest to please a girl changes his life.

Naguib Mahfouz, The Conjurer Made Off with the Dish, translated by Denys Johnson-Davies

His mother sends him into the streets of Cairo with a dish to fill with beans…and a meeting with a street magician knocks him off course.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Circumcision

An old religious custom alters the way one young Indonesian Muslim sees the world.

A Checklist: Reading for Plot

Suggestions for Writing about Plot


A Conversation on Writing with Gish Jen, video interview available online @ xxx

Gish Jen, Who’s Irish?

An immigrant mother turns her family, and her own life, inside out.

Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

A dying old woman relives her most memorable hour and days.

Willa Cather, Paul’s Case

Some money from the till, and a train ticket out of Pittsburgh to New York City make for a striving young man quite a dangerous escapade.

Jack London, A Wicked Woman

Loretta thought she was a wicked wicked woman, but did the world agree?

A Checklist: Reading for Character

Suggestions for Writing about Character


A Conversation on Writing with Barry Lopez, video interview available online @ xxx

Barry Lopez, The Location of the River

A modern westerner meets the strange truths of old maps and ancient traditions.

Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher

The cursed relationship of a brother and sister brings down the house.

Eudora Welty, Why I Live at the P.O.

Before TV sitcoms, there was Sister’s family down in Mississippi.

Bernard Malamud, The Magic Barrel

How to arrange love in immigrant New York—with complications a young fellow hadn’t figured on.

A Checklist: Reading for Setting

Suggestions for Writing about Setting


A Conversation on Writing with Z. Z. Packer, video interview available online @ xxx

Z. Z. Packer, Brownies

A troop of young black girls find togethernes and estrangement in the world of camps and badges.

Ernest Hemingway, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

An African safari yields dangerous results for animals and their hunters.

Lorrie Moore, How to Become a Writer Or, Have You Earned This Cliché?

Instructions on how to write, and how to live with what you write—a comedy of typing.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper

Diary of a woman confined to her room on rest cure—but is she alone?

A Checklist: Reading for Point of View

Suggestions for Writing about Point of View


A Conversation on Writing with Aimee Bender, video interview available online @ xxx

Aimee Bender, The Rememberer

Love alters not—though the beloved changes, and changes, and changes.

Thomas Wolfe, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn

A trip into the subway, and the world of urban mythology, all of it wid a Brooklin aksent…

Ha Jin, Saboteur

The Chius take a honeymoon trip to a provincial Chinese town, and an incident turns honey to ashes.

Junot Diaz, How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie

How to solve a wonderful multicultural dilemma for a young multicultural guy.

A Checklist: Reading for Language, Tone, and Style

Suggestions for Writing about Language, Tone, and Style


A Conversation on Writing with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, video interview available online @ xxx

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Cell One

Her brother gets arrested, and the family erupts, and a young Nigerian girl learns some new truths.

Stephen Crane, The Open Boat

Four men against the sea, in an adventure off the coast of Florida.

D. H. Lawrence, The Odour of Chrysanthemums

The news is not good in a small English coal-mining town as mother and son wrestle with a terrible event.

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Interpreter of Maladies

A clash of cultures in the Indian countryside, attended by monkeys.

A Checklist: Reading for Theme

Suggestions for Writing about Theme


A Conversation on Writing with Tim O’Brien, video interview available online @ xxx

Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

On patrol in the jungles of Vietnam, bearing the burden of the past and the terrors of the future…

Elizabeth Tallent, No One’s a Mystery

The end of her first love affair, over the speed limit, and under the age limit, in Wyoming…

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown

In old New England, the dark woods at night prove to be filled with dangers and temptations.

Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Gregor wakes up one morning to discover he’s been transformed into an insect. What’s worse—he’s late for work!

A Checklist: Reading for Symbol

Suggestions for Writing about Symbol


A Conversation on Writing with Joyce Carol Oates, video interview available online @ xxx

Three Girls

Is that…? Could it be…? Some girls at a used book store in NYC have a special celebrity sighting…

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

A teenage girl is courted by the worst possible suitor.

Getting Started: A Research Project

Further suggestions for Writing and Research

Some Sources for Research


Two Case Studies


A Conversation on Writing with William Kittredge, video interview available online @ xxx

William Kittredge, Thirty-Four Seasons of Winter

Two Montana brothers, and thirty-four years of work, fights, and thwarted love.

A Conversation on Writing with Dagoberto Gilb, video interview available online @ xxx

Dagoberto Gilb, Romero’s Shirt

For love of an old wool shirt, an El Paso man comes to terms with his difficult life.

John Steinbeck, The Chrysanthemums

When a visitor arrives to sharpen her knives, a California farm wife sharpens her understanding of herself and her marriage.

Leslie Marmon Silko, The Man to Send Rain Clouds

How to bury an old Indian rain maker—with the help of the local priest or not?

Sylvia Watanabe, Talking to the Dead

One generation of Hawaiians passes the knowledge to the next generation—but how to receive it?


Flannery O’Connor

A Good Man Is Hard to Find

Granny is trying to be a good woman, but how good do she or her family have to be to avoid death at the hands of the Kid and his gang?


Insights into the Power and Glory of things come in the strangest places.

William Faulkner

A Rose for Emily

A proud old woman, a small Mississippi town, and a terrible secret revealed.

Barn Burning

A father and son struggle about the question of a fire.

Ralph Ellison

Battle Royal

This graduation day one black student discovers his hopes, and some awful truth about the powers that be.

A Party Down at the Square

A young visitor from Kentucky witnesses horror in a Southern town square.

Getting Started: A Research Project

Further suggestions for Writing and Research

Some Sources for Research


Gareth Hinds, Beowulf: The Graphic Novel [Grendel’s Defeat]

Beowulf [Grendel’s Approach and Demise], translated by CB Tinker

Two Novel Adaptations:

John Gardner, Grendel [Grendel’s first glimpse of Beowulf; Grendel’s demise]

Michael Crichton, Eaters of the Dead [Ibn Fadlan’s first glimpse of Buliwyf; battle with the Wendol]

Two Film Adaptations:

The 13th Warrior (film stills of Grendel’s defeat)

Beowulf: The Movie (film stills of Grendel’s defeat)

Getting Started: A Research Project

Further suggestions for Writing and Research

Some Sources for Research


A Conversation on Writing with Amy Hempel, video interview available online @ xxx

Amy Hempel, San Francisco

Who has mama’s watch? A tumultuous wake after an earthquake of a death.

Sherman Alexie, What You Pawn I Will Redeem

An alcoholic street Indian rescues his grandmother’s dancing regalia—and himself—from near-certain oblivion.

Margaret Atwood, Happy Endings

How many happy endings can one story have?

James Baldwin, Sonny’s Blues

A black man from New York tries to be his musician brother’s keeper, but the brother won’t be kept.

J.L. Borges, The Circular Ruins, translated by Anthony Bonner

You may be dreaming, but who is dreaming you?

Raymond Carver, Cathedral

A blind man leads a sighted man to new insights about life and love.

Anton Chekhov, The Lady with the Pet Dog, translated by Avrahm Yarmolinsky

Adultery, and its aftermath, at a Russian sea-side resort.

Zora Neale Hurston, The Gilded Six-Bits

The costs of a carefree life among black Georgia workers turn out to be more expensive than anyone thought.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World, translated by Gregory Rabassa

An encounter with death leads a Columbian village to a celebration of life.

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Kerastion

She had made that instrument, the kerastion, the flute that is played only at a funeral. But can she hear its tune?

Katherine Mansfield, Miss Brill

Every Sunday in the park, Miss Brill wears her fur—except an overheard remark makes this Sunday her last.

Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

One man’s determined campaign to defy his employer, a city, and the world.

Ana Menendez, Traveling Madness

A Cuban visionary takes off for the skies and his troubles balloon.

R. K. Narayan, An Astrologer’s Day

He was as much a stranger to the stars as were his innocent customers, but one particular day his luck began to shine.

Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude

Matters of life and death, in old Russia, impinging on our own lives and time.

Alice Walker, Everyday Use

For a Southern black country family, the times they are a-changing…but how much change does a family need?



A Conversation on Writing with Carolyn Forché, video interview available

online @ www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e

An Interactive Reading: Carolyn Forche, The Museum of Stones

The Craft of Poetry

Robert Burns, O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose

Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays

Sappho, A Fragment [“The moon has set”]

William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Mary Oliver, At Blackwater Pond

William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium

Stephen Dunn, Poem for People That Are Understandably Too Busy to

Read Poetry


An Interactive Reading: William Shakespeare My Mistress’ Eyes Are

Nothing like the Sun

Leonard Cohen, For Anne



Song of Solomon 4:1-7 [“Behold thou art fair, my love”]

D. H. Lawrence, Piano

William Butler Yeats, Leda and the Swan


George Gordon, Lord Byron, Don Juan [“Bob Southey, you’re a poet”]

George Gordon, Lord Byron, Don Juan [“I want a hero”]


Robert Browning, My Last Duchess

A Conversation on Translation with Stephen Mitchell, video interview

available online @ www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e

Bhagavad Gita [The Secret of Life], translated by Stephen Mitchell

Rumi, Some Kiss We Want, translated by Coleman Parks

Pablo Neruda, Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You, translated by

Gustavo Escobedo

For Review and Further Study

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Go From Me

Robert Browning, Love Among the Ruins

William Dickey, Therefore

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Not In A Silver Casket Cool With Pearls

Adrienne Rich, Living In Sin

Rainer Maria Rilke, Archaic Torso of Apollo, translated by Stephen Mitchell


A Conversation on Writing with Li-Young Lee, video interview available

online @ www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e

Li-Young Lee, Eating Alone

Li-Young Lee, Eating Together

An Interactive Reading of Eating Alone

A Student’s Critical Analysis Paper on Eating Alone (three drafts)


A Conversation on Writing with Marie Howe, video interview available online

@ www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e

Marie Howe, What the Living Do

Word Choice: Varieties of Diction

John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn

W. H. Auden, Funeral Blues

Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool

General vs. Specific Language

William Shakespeare, Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach


Anthony Hecht, The Dover Bitch

Philip Larkin, Aubade

Denotation vs. Connotation

Elizabeth Bishop, The Fish

James Wright, A Blessing

Word Order

Robert Frost, Stopping by woods on a snowy evening

Wallace Stevens, The Emperor of Ice-Cream

Lucille Clifton, Homage to my hips

Walt Whitman, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

For Review and Further Study

Wanda Coleman, The ISM

Billy Collins, The Names

E.E. Cummings, in Just –

John Donne, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

Alan Dugan, Love Song: I and Thou

Louise Gluck, Song of Obstacles

Samuel Hazo, Just Words

Naomi Shihab Nye, The World In Translation

A Checklist: Reading for Words

Suggestions for Writing about Words

CHAPTER 19: VOICE: Persona, Tone, and Irony

A Conversation on Writing with Stephen Dunn, video interview available

online @ www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e

Stephen Dunn, After


Randall Jarrell, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

Theodore Roethke, My Papa’s Waltz

Wallace Stevens, Sunday Morning

Anne Bradstreet, The Author to Her Book

For Review and Further Study

Charlotte Mew, I So Liked Spring

Gary Soto, Mexicans Begin Jogging

William Stafford, Traveling Through the Dark

William Carlos Williams, This Is Just To Say


Ben Jonson, On My First Son

Sylvia Plath, Daddy

Rita Dove, Flash Cards

Mark Doty, Golden Retrievals

Ai, Riot Act, April 29, 1992

William Butler Yeats, Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop

For Review and Further Study

Frank Bidart, Herbert White

Juan Felipe Herrera, Autobiography of a Chicano Teen Poet

Natasha Trethewey, Letter Home—New Orleans, November 1910


Paul Laurence Dunbar, To a Captious Critic

Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est

Kenneth Fearing, AD

Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Corey

Thomas Hardy, The Convergence of the Twain

Stephen Dunn, To a Terrorist

For Review and Further Study

E. E. Cummings, next to of course god America I

Dorothy Parker, Sonnet for the End of a Sequence

A Checklist: Reading for Voice

Suggestions for Writing about Voice


A Conversation on Writing with Jane Hirshfield, video interview available

online @ www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e

Jane Hirshfield, Tree Button

Kobayashi Issa, On a branch, translated by Jane Hirshfield

Matsuo Basho, A caterpillar, translated by Robert Hass

Ezra Pound, In a Station of the Metro

H. D., Sea Poppies

William Carlos Williams, The Red Wheelbarrow

Wallace Stevens, Anecdote of the Jar

Jane Kenyon, The Blue Bowl

Poems and Paintings

W. H. Auden, Musee des Beaux Arts with Breughel’s Fall of Icarus

Anne Carson, Automat with Edward Hopper’s Automat

Cathy Song, Girl Powdering Her Neck with Kitagawa Utamaro’s Ukiyo-e

print of Girl Powdering Her Neck

For Review and Further Study

Robert Bly, Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter

John Dryden, Song for Saint Cecelia’s Day, 1687

Paul Laurence Dunbar, Farm House By the River

John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale

Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Scavenging on a Double Bluff

Amy Lowell, Patterns

Robert Lowell, The Quaker Graveyard In Nantucket

Cleopatra Mathis, Lilacs

Howard Nemerov, The Blue Swallows

Pablo Neruda, The Stolen Branch, translated by Donald D. Walsh

Octavio Paz, Motion

Carole Satyamarti, I Shall Paint My Nails Red

Sara Teasdale, I Am Not Yours

A Checklist: Reading for Images and Symbols

Suggestions for Writing about Images and Symbols


A Conversation on Writing with Robert Pinsky, video interview available

online @ www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e

Robert Pinsky, Shirt

Michael Ondaatje, Sweet Like a Crow

Robert Pinsky, To Television

Simile and Metaphor

Margaret Atwood, You fit into me

Jane Kenyon, The Suitor

Sylvia Plath, Metaphors

Linda Pastan, Jump Cabling

Paul Muldoon, Symposium

Hyperbole and Understatement

Synechdoche and Metonymy

Czeslaw Milosz, Encounter, translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Lillian Vallee

Diane Wakoski, Inside Out

Personification and Apostrophe

William Wordsworth, Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3,


William Blake, Ah! Sunflower

Gabriella Mistral, Fugitive Woman, translated by Randall Couch

Parodox and Oxymoron

Matsuo Basho, Kyoto, translated by Robert Hass

William Butler Yeats: The Fisherman


A. R. Ammons, Their Sex Life


Julie Sheehan, I Hate You

For Further Review and Study

John Keats, To Autumn

Marge Piercy, The Secretary Chant

Theodore Roethke, Root Cellar

Walt Whitman, A Noiseless, Patient Spider

Nancy Willard, Saint Pumpkin

A Checklist: Reading for Figures of Speech

Suggestions for Writing about Figures of Speech


Conversation on Writing with Thomas Lynch, video interview available

online @ www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e

Thomas Lynch, Iambs for the day of burial


Seamus Heaney, Digging

For Further Review and Study

John Keats, Bright Star – Would I Were As Steadfast As Thou Art

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Only Until This Cigarette Is Ended

Christina Rossetti, A Birthday


Alexander Pope, True ease in writing comes from art, not chance [excerpt

from “An Essay on Criticism”]

Marianne Moore, The Fish

Emily Dickinson, The difference between Despair

For Further Review and Study

Julia Alvarez, Women’s Work

Kelly Cherry, The Raiment We Put On

Marilyn Nelson, Chopin


Stresses and Pauses

Gwendolyn Brooks, Sadie and Maud



Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Trochee trips from long to short

Metrical Variation

Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty

For Further Review and Study

Anonymous, Bonnie Barbara Allen

Amy Clampitt, John Donne in California

John Donne, Hymn to God, My God, In My Sickness

Sonia Sanchez, Poem at Thirty

Kevin Young, Jook

A Checklist: Reading for Sound, Rhyme, and Rhythm

Suggestions for Writing about Sound, Rhyme, and Rhythm


A Conversation on Writing with Edward Hirsch, video interview available

online @ www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e

Edward Hirsch, My First Theology Lesson

Form, Fixed Form, Open Form

Stanzas, Couplets, Tercets, Quatrains

The Building Blocks of Form

The Sonnet

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman's Homer

William Shakespeare, When, in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes

Maxine Kumin, Saga


Dylan Thomas, Do not go gentle into that good night

Elizabeth Bishop, One Art


Elizabeth Bishop, Sestina


Donald Justice, Pantoum of the Great Depression

Erica Funkhouser, First Pantoum of Summer


Matsuo Basho, Deep autumn—, translated by Robert Hass

Yosa Buson, Tethered horse, translated by Robert Hass

Kobayashi Issa, Don’t worry, spiders, translated by Robert Hass


Samuel Taylor Coleridge, What Is an Epigram?

Langston Hughes, Prayer

J. V. Cunningham, Two Epigrams

A. R. Ammons, Small Song


Edward Lear, There was an Old Man with a gong

J. D. Landis, Starvation Diet

Laurence Perrine, The limerick’s never averse


A. E. Housman, To an Athlete Dying Young

W. H. Auden, In Memory of W. B. Yeats

Theodore Roethke, Elegy for Jane


Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind

For Review and Further Study

Louise Bogan, Changed Woman

Nikki Giovanni, Knoxville, Tennessee

Marilyn Hacker, Elektra on Third Avenue

Seamus Heaney, Mid-Term Break

Andrew Hudgins, Elegy for My Father

Dorianne Laux, The Shipfitter’s Wife

Jacqueline Osherow, Sonnet for the Music in the Warsaw Ghetto

Robert Pinsky, Sonnet

Mary Jo Salter, Video Blues

Gjertrud Schnackenburg, Snow Melting

David Wojahn, The Assassination of John Lennon as Depicted by the

Madame Tussaud Wax Museum Niagara Falls, Ontario, l987

A Checklist: Reading for Fixed Poetic Forms

Suggestions for Writing about Fixed Poetic Forms


A Conversation on Writing with Robert Hass, video interview available

online @ www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e

Robert Hass, Meditation at Lagunitas

Open Form Poetry

Walt Whitman, Song of Myself [I Celebrate myself, and sing myself]

Sherman Alexie, Defending Walt Whitman

E. E. Cummings, Since Feeling Is First

Galway Kinnell, After Making Love We Hear Footsteps

C. K. Williams, Tar

Sharon Olds, Sex without Love

Robert Hass, Dragonflies Mating

Visual Poetry

George Herbert, Easter Wings

John Hollander, Swan and the Shadow

Chen Li, War Symphony

Dylan Thomas, Vision and Prayer (i)

Prose Poems

Carolyn Forche, The Colonel

Louis Jenkins, Football

Ray Gonzalez, Corn Face Mesilla

For Further Review and Study

Marilyn Chin, Turtle Soup

Sandra Cisneros, Pumpkin Eater

Mari Evans, Spectrum

Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California

Lorna Goodison, On Becoming a Tiger

D. H. Lawrence, Snake

Denise Levertov, Ache of Marriage

Alberto Alvaro Rios, Nani

Robert Sward, God Is In the Cracks

James Wright, Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

A Checklist: Reading for Open Forms

Suggestions for Writing about Open Forms


A Conversation on Writing with Al Young, video interview available online @


Al Young, Doo-Wop: The Moves

The Power of Rhythm

Anonymous, Western Wind

Story in Brief Song: Ballads

Anonymous, Sir Patrick Spence

Songs of the Countryside: Pastoral Poetry

Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Shakespeare in Song

William Shakespeare, Feare no more the heat of the sun

Language as Melody

John Donne, Song: Go and catch a falling star

Native American Poetry

Joy Harjo, Morning Song

Spoken Word Pioneers

The Last Poets, My People

Marc Smith, Dusty Blues

Three Spoken Word Poems

Kenneth Carroll, So What! (for the White Dude who said this ain’t poetry)

Lawson Fusao Inada, Grandmother

Emily XYZ, Ship of State of Fools

For Further Review and Study

Miguel Algarin, HIV

Jimmy Santiago Baca, Choices

Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky

Gil Scott Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Langston Hughes, The Blues

Audre Lorde, The Electric Slide Boogie

Willie Perdomo, Postcards of El Barrio

Quincy Troupe, Poem Reaching for Something

A Checklist: Reading Song and Spoken Word

Suggestions for Writing about Song and Spoken Word


A Case Study on Langston Hughes and his Contemporaries

Difficult Beginnings

A Turning Point

The Harlem Renaissance

Blues and Jazz

Hughes’s Poetry

Facts of Life

Langston Hughes

Ballad of the Landlord

Dream Boogie

The Dream Keeper


Theme for English B

Let America Be America Again

The Negro Speaks Of Rivers

I, Too

Minstrel Man

Mother to Son



A New Song

Night Funeral In Harlem

Po’ Boy Blues


Song for a Dark Girl

The Weary Blues

Essay: “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain”

Hughes’ Contemporaries

Countee Cullen, Incident

Helene Johnson, Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem

Claude McKay, White City

Jean Toomer, Reapers

Jesse Redmon Fauset, Touche

Angelina Weld Grimke, Fragment

Getting Started: A Research Project

Further Suggestions for Writing and Research

Some Sources for Research



William Blake’s Art and Poetry

An Unconventional Mind

Blake in Context: Eighteenth Century London

From Songs of Innocence

Introduction to Songs of Innocence

The Echoing Green with Illustrations

The Little Lamb

The Little Black Boy

The Chimney Sweeper

The Little Boy Lost

The Little Boy Found

Holy Thursday

The Divine Image with Illustration

From Songs of Experience

Holy Thursday with Illustration

The Chimney Sweeper

The Sick Rose

The Tyger


The Human Abstract

A Little Boy Lost

A Little Girl Lost

The Voice of the Ancient Bard

The Clod & the Pebble

Garden of Love with Illustration

Making Connections: Songs of Innocence and Experience

Making Connections: Reading Text and Image

Getting Started: A Research Project

Learning to Read Images: William Blake’s The Fly with Illustration

Further Suggestions for Writing and Research

Some Sources for Research


Two Case Studies: Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost

Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost

The Roots of American Plain Style

The Plain Style

Emily Dickinson

Success is counted sweetest

I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church

Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers

I like a look of Agony

Wild Nights—Wild Nights

There’s a Certain Slant of Light

I felt a Funeral in my Brain

I’m Nobody! Who are You

The Soul Selects Her Own Society

After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

Much Madness Is Divinest Sense

I died for Beauty—but was scarce

I Heard a Fly Buzz—When I Died

The Brain—Is Wider Than the Sky

I started early, took my dog

Because I Could Not Stop for Death

One Need Not Be A Chamber – To Be Haunted

A narrow Fellow in the Grass

The Bustle in a House

Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant

There is no Frigate like a Book

Robert Frost


After Apple-Picking

Mending Wall


"Out, Out—"

The Oven Bird

The Road Not Taken

Fire and Ice

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Acquainted with the Night

Desert Places


Come In

The Gift Outright

The Silken Tent

Getting Started: A Research Project

Further Suggestions for Writing and Research

Some Sources for Research


Kim Addonizio, First Poem for You

Gloria Anzaldua, To live in the Borderlands means you

W. H. Auden, The Unknown Citizen

Anne Bradstreet, To My Dear and Loving Husband

Emily Bronte, Come Walk with Me

Robert Browning, Meeting at Night

Robert Browning, Parting at Morning

George Gordon, Lord Byron, She Walks in Beauty

John Ciardi, Most Like An Arch This Marriage

Judith Ortiz Cofer, Quinceañera

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan

E.E. Cummings, l(a

E.E. Cummings, anyone lived i

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