Literature : A Portable Anthology

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With a handy size and a very affordable price, this collection offers a well-balanced selection of classic and contemporary literature 40 stories, 200 poems, 9 plays for the introductory literature course. The literature is chronologically arranged by genre and supported by informative and concise editorial matter, including a complete guide to writing about literature which features significantly more reading coverage in this edition. This volume in the popular Bedford/St. Martin's series of Portable Anthologies and Guides offers a trademark combination of high quality and great value.This anthology is now available with video! Learn more about VideoCentral for Literature.

Author Biography

Janet E. Gardner (PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is Associate Professor of English at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where she teaches courses in drama, British and world literature, and writing. She has published numerous articles, reviews, and chapters on contemporary drama, especially modern British drama and the work of Caryl Churchill. She has received several grants and awards for research into current teaching technologies, and is at work on a study of drama and theatre pedagogy.
Beverly Lawn (PD, SUNY-Stony Brook), Professor of English Emerita, taught introductory fiction courses at Adelphi University for almost three decades. She is editor or coeditor several literature anthologies, including Literature: A Portable Anthology, and is also the author of Throat of Feathers, a book of poems.
Jack Ridl is Professor Emeritus of English at Hope College where he taught courses in literature, essay writing, poetry writing, and the nature of poetry for thirty-five years. He has published six volumes of poetry and more than two hundred poems in some fifty literary magazines; his most recent collection, Broken Symmetry, was selected by the Society of Midland Authors as one of the two best volumes of poetry published in 2006. His chapbook Against Elegies received the 2001 Letterpress Award from the Center for Book Arts. His recognitions for teaching excellence include the Hope Outstanding Professor-Educator award at Hope College for 1976, the Michigan Teacher of the Year award from the Carnegie Foundation in 1996, and the Favorite Faculty/Staff Member award at Hope College in 2003. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, with Peter Schakel he coedited Approaching Poetry (1997) and 250 Poems (2003); and he is coeditor with Janet Gardner, Beverley Lawn, and Peter Schakel of Literature: a Portable Anthology (2004).
Peter Schakel, Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English at Hope College, has published numerous scholarly and pedagogical studies on Jonathan Swift and C. S. Lewis; with Jack Ridl, he has coedited Approaching Poetry (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1997) and Approaching Literature (Second Edition, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008).

Table of Contents


Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown

Edgar Allan Poe, A Cask of Amontillado

Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener

*Sarah Orne Jewett, A White Heron

Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour

*Anton Chekhov, The Lady and the Little Dog

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper

Willa Cather, Paul's Case

James Joyce, Araby

Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

D. H. Lawrence, The Rocking-Horse Winner

*Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party

*Zora Neale Hurston, Sweat

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Winter Dreams

*William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants

Eudora Welty, A Worn Path

*Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing

Ralph Ellison, Battle Royal

Shirley Jackson, The Lottery

James Baldwin, Sonny's Blues

Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find

*Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

John Updike, A & P

Raymond Carver, Cathedral

Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

*Margaret Atwood, Happy Endings

Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson

Alice Walker, Everyday Use

Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

*T.C. Boyle, Balto

*Leslie Marmon Silko, Man to Send Rain Clouds

Jamaica Kincaid, Girl

Amy Tan, Two Kinds

Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street

*Ha Jin, Saboteur

*Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

*Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies

*Junot Diaz, Drown

*Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Bird Song


Anonymous, Lord Randal

Sir Thomas Wyatt, They flee from me

*Edmund Spenser, what guile is this, that those her golden tresses

Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?")

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73 ("That time of year thou mayst in me behold")

*William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116 ("Let me not to the marriage of true minds")

John Donne, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

John Donne, Death, be not proud

Ben Jonson, On My First Son

*Lady Mary Wroth, Am I Thus Conquered?

Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

George Herbert, Easter-wings

*George Herbert, The Collar

John Milton, When I consider how my light is spent

Anne Bradstreet, To My Dear and Loving Husband

Richard Lovelace, To Lucasta, Going to the Wars

Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress

Jonathan Swift, A Description of the Morning

Alexander Pope, from An Essay on Criticism, Part 2

Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

William Blake, The Lamb

William Blake, The Tyger

*William Blake, A Poison Tree

Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose

William Wordsworth, I wandered lonely as a cloud

William Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality

*William Wordsworth, It is a beauteous evening

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan

George Gordon, Lord Byron, She walks in beauty

Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias

*Percy Bysshe Shelley, To a Skylark

John Keats, When I have fears that I may cease to be

John Keats, La Belle Dame sans Merci

*John Keats, To Autumn

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott

Robert Browning, My Last Duchess

Walt Whitman, from Song of Myself

Walt Whitman, A Noiseless Patient Spider

Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach

Emily Dickinson, Wild Nights — Wild Nights!

*Emily Dickinson, It sifts from Leaden Sieves

Emily Dickinson, I like to see it lap the Miles

Emily Dickinson, Much Madness is divinest sense

Emily Dickinson, I heard a Fly buzz — when I died

Emily Dickinson, Because I could not stop for Death

Thomas Hardy, The Convergence of the Twain

Gerard Manley Hopkins, God's Grandeur

Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring and Fall

A. E. Housman, Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

A. E. Housman, To an Athlete Dying Young

William Butler Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree

William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming

William Butler Yeats, Leda and the Swan

William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium

Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory

Paul Laurence Dunbar, We Wear the Mask

Robert Frost, After Apple-Picking

Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost, Birches

Robert Frost, "Out, Out — "

Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

*Robert Frost, Acquainted with the Night

*Wallace Stevens, Anecdote of the Jar

Wallace Stevens, Emperor of Ice Cream

William Carlos Williams, The Red Wheelbarrow

William Carlos Williams, Spring and All

*William Carlos Williams, This Is Just to Say

Ezra Pound, The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

Marianne Moore, Poetry

T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

T.S. Eliot, Preludes

John Crowe Ransom, Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter

Claude McKay, America

Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est

E. E. cummings, in Just —

*E. E. cummings, next to of course god america i

*Jean Toomer, Face

*Langston Hughes, Mother to Son

Langston Hughes, Harlem

Countee Cullen, Incident

Lorine Niedecker, My Life by Water

*Stanley Kunitz, The War Against the Trees

W. H. Auden, As I Walked Out One Evening

W. H. Auden, Musee des Beaux Arts

Theodore Roethke, My Papa's Waltz

*Theodore Roethke, Elegy for Jane

Elizabeth Bishop, The Fish

*Elizabeth Bishop, In the Waiting Room

Elizabeth Bishop, One Art

John Frederick Nims, Love Poem

Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays

Dudley Randall, Ballad of Birmingham

William Stafford, Traveling through the Dark

Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill

Dylan Thomas, Do not go gentle into that good night

Randall Jarrell, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool

Gwendolyn Brooks, The Bean Eaters

Robert Lowell, Skunk Hour

Robert Duncan, The Torso

Richard Wilbur, Love Calls Us to the Things of This World

*Denise Levertov, Talking to Grief

*Maxine Kumin, The Sound of Night

Gerald Stern, The Dog

Frank OÕHara, The Day Lady Died

Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California

*W. S. Merwin, Yesterday

Galway Kinnell, The Bear

James Wright, A Blessing

Philip Levine, What Work Is

Conrad Hilberry, Player Piano

Samuel Hazo, For Fawzi in Jerusalem

Anne Sexton, Cinderella

*Adrienne Rich, Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Adrienne Rich, Diving Into the Wreck

Gary Snyder, Hitch Haiku

*Linda Pastan, love poem

Sylvia Plath, Metaphors

*Sylvia Plath, Morning Song

Sylvia Plath, Daddy

Etheridge Knight, Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane

*Jim Barnes, Return to La Plata, Missouri

*Wendell Berry, The Peace of Wild Things

Audre Lorde, Coal

*Mark Strand, Eating Poetry

*Paul Zimmer, The Poets' Strike

Charles Wright, March Journal

Mary Oliver, First Snow

Lucille Clifton, at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989

Nancy Willard, Questions My Son Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Him

Marge Piercy, Barbie Doll

Charles Simic, Begotten of the Spleen

Michael S. Harper, Nightmare Begins Responsibility

*Seamus Heaney, Mid-Term Break

Margaret Atwood, True Stories

*Ted Kooser, Student

Al Young, A Dance for Ma Rainey

James Welch, Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat

Robert Pinsky, Shirt

*Billy Collins, I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey's Version of "Three Blind Mice"

Richard Garcia, Why I Left the Church

Simon J. Ortiz, Speaking

Toi Derricotte, A Note on My Son's Face

Sharon Olds, I Go Back to May 1937

Marilyn Hacker, Villanelle

James Tate, The Wheelchair Butterfly

*Quincy Troupe, A Poem for "Magic" 

Eavan Boland, The Pomegranate

*Larry Levis, The Poem You Asked For

*Marilyn Nelson, Minor Miracle

Ai, Why Can't I Leave You?

*Linda Hogan, Crow Law

Yusef Komunyakaa, Facing It

*Jane Kenyon, A Boy Goes Into the World

Heather McHugh, What He Thought

Leslie Marmon Silko, Prayer to the Pacific

Sekou Sundiata, Blink Your Eyes

Victor Hernandez Cruz, Problems with Hurricanes

*Agha Shahid Ali, I Dream It Is Afternoon When I Return to Delhi

*Olga Broumas, Cinderella

Ray A. Young Bear, From the Spotted Night

Carolyn Forche, The Colonel

*Julia Alvarez, How I Learned to Sweep

Joy Harjo, She Had Some Horses

Garrett Kaoru Hongo, Yellow Light

*Rita Dove, Fifth Grade Autobiography

Naomi Shihab Nye, The Small Vases from Hebron

*Alberto R’os, Nani

*Mary Ruefle, Barbarians

*Gary Soto, Moving Away

Jimmy Santiago Baca, Family Ties

Judith Ortiz Cofer, Cold as Heaven

Anita Endrezze, The Girl Who Loved the Sky

Ray Gonz‡lez, Praise the Tortilla, Praise Menudo, Praise Chorizo

Mark Doty, Tiara

*Tony Hoagland, A History of Desire

Richard Jones, Cathedral

*Jane Hirshfield, To Drink

Lorna Dee Cervantes, Freeway 280

Thylias Moss, The Lynching

Cornelius Eady, My Mother, If She Had Won Free Dance Lessons

*Marilyn Chin, How I Got That Name

*Cathy Song, Heaven

Kimiko Hahn, Mother's Mother

*Li-Young Lee, Eating Alone

*Li-Young Lee, Visions and Interpretations

*Mart’n Espada, Latin Night at the Pawnshop

*Bob Hicok, In the Loop

Virgil Su‡rez, Tea Leaves, Caracoles, Coffee Beans

*A. Van Jordan, From

Sherman Alexie, Postcards to Columbus

*Natasha Tretheway, History Lesson

*Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, Unidentified Female Student, Former Slave

Allison Joseph, On Being Told I Don't Speak Like a Black Person

*Terrance Hayes, Talk


Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (Translated by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald)

*William Shakespeare, Othello

Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House (Translated by Rolf Fjelde)

Susan Glaspell, Trifles

Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

*Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

August Wilson, Fences

David Ives, The Sure Thing

*Lynn Nottage, POOF!

Part Four: Writing About Literature


*Why Read Literature?

*Why Write about Literature?

*What to Expect in a Literature Class

*Literature and Enjoyment


The Value of Rereading

Critical Reading

The Myth of "Hidden Meaning"

Active Reading

*EMILY DICKINSON, "Because I could not stop for Death" (Annotated Poem)

Asking Critical Questions of Literature

BEN JONSON, "On My First Son" (Annotated Poem)

Checklist for Good Reading



Gathering Support for Your Thesis

*Drafting the Paper

Introductions, Conclusions, and Transitions

Revising and Editing

*Global Revision Checklist

*Local Revision Checklist

Final Editing Checklist

Peer Editing and Workshops

Tips for Writing about Literature

Using Quotations Effectively

Quoting from Stories

Quoting from Poems

Quoting from Plays

Tips for Quoting

Manuscript Form




*TOM LYONS, "A Boy's View of 'Girl'"


ROBERT HERRICK, "Upon Julia's Clothes"

JESSICA BARNES, "Poetry in Motion: Herrick's 'Upon Julia's Clothes'"


ADAM WALKER, Possessed by the Need for Possession: Browning's 'My Last Duchess'"

Comparison and Contrast


TODD BOWEN, "Speakers for the Dead: Narrators in 'My Last Duchess' and 'After Death'"

Essay Exams

*Midterm Essay


Elements of Fiction

KATE CHOPIN, "The Story of an Hour" (Annotated Story)

Sample Paper: An Essay That Compares and Contrasts

MELANIE SMITH, "Good Husbands in Bad Marriages"


Elements of Poetry

*Sound and Sense

Two Poems for Analysis

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, "Sonnet 116" (Annotated Poem)

*T.S. ELIOT, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (Annotated Poem)

Sample Paper: An Explication

PATRICK MCCORKLE, "Shakespeare Defines Love"


*Elements of Drama

*How to Read a Play

*Director's Questions for Play Analysis

Sample Paper: An Analysis

SARAH JOHNSON, "Moral Ambiguity and Character Development in Trifles"


Finding Sources

Evaluating Sources

Working with Sources

Writing the Paper

Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

What to Document and What Not to Document

Documenting Sources: MLA Format

In-Text Citations

Preparing Your Works Cited List

*General Guidelines on Preparing a Works Cited Page

Sample Research Paper

JARRAD S. NUNES, "Emily Dickinso's 'Because I could not stop for Death': Challenging Readers' Expectations"


Formalism and New Criticism

Feminist and Gender Criticism

*Queer Theory

Marxist Criticism

Cultural Studies

*Postcolonial Criticism

Historical Criticism and New Historicism

Psychological Theories

Reader-Response Theories


Poststructuralism and Deconstruction

Biographical Notes on the Authors

*Glossary of Literary Terms

Index of Authors, Titles, First Lines, and Terms


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