Literature: A Portable Anthology

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  • Copyright: 2016-09-07
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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Combining classic and contemporary fiction, poetry, and drama, Literature: A Portable Anthology is an affordable collection of writing from a variety of authors, including Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Díaz, Joy Harjo, and Rita Dove.

Table of Contents

[*Indicates new to this edition]

Selections by Theme and Form


*Questions for Active Reading: Short Fiction

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown

Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado

*Sui Sin Far (Edith Maud Eaton), The Land of the Free

*Stephen Crane, The Open Boat

Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour

Anton Chekhov, The Lady and the Little Dog

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper

*Willa Cather, A Wagner Matinée

James Joyce, Araby

Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

*Sherwood Anderson, Death in the Woods

Zora Neale Hurston, Sweat

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Winter Dreams

William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants

*Richard Wright, The Man Who Was Almost a Man

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

*John Cheever, Reunion

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, The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

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

*Tobias Wolff, Bullet in the Brain

Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

*T.Coraghessan Boyle, After the Plague

Jamaica Kincaid, Girl

*Dagoberto Gilb, Shout

*Louise Erdrich, The Red Convertible

*Leila Aboulela, The Museum

Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

*Jhumpa Lahiri, A Temporary Matter

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

*Yiyun Li, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers



*Questions for Active Reading: Poetry

*Anonymous, Barbara Allen

*Sir Thomas Wyatt, Whoso list to hunt,

*Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, The soote season

*Queen Elizabeth, On Monsieur’s Departure

*Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 1 ("Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show")

Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

*Walter Raleigh, The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd

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")

*Aemilia Lanyer, Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women

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

John Milton, When I consider how my light is spent

*Anne Bradstreet, Verses upon the Burning of Our House

Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress

*Katherine Philips’ Friendship’s Mystery: To My Dearest Lucasia

Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

*Phillis Wheatley, On Being Brought from Africa to America

William Blake, The Lamb

William Blake, The Tyger

*William Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey

*Samuel Taylor Coleridge, This Lime Tree Bower My Prison

*George Gordon, Lord Byron, Prometheus

*Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind

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

*John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale

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

Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses

Robert Browning, My Last Duchess

Walt Whitman, from Song of Myself

*Walt Whitman, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed

Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach

Emily Dickinson, Wild Nights — Wild Nights!

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

*Emily Dickinson, There’s a Certain Slant of Light

*Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky

*Thomas Hardy, The Darkling Thrush

Gerard Manley Hopkins, God's Grandeur

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

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, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost, Acquainted with the Night

*Wallace Stevens, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Wallace Stevens, Emperor of Ice Cream

*Georgia Douglas Johnson, Common Dust

*Mina Loy, Moreover, the Moon—

William Carlos Williams, The Red Wheelbarrow

William Carlos Williams, This Is Just to Say

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

*Ezra Pound, In a Station of the Metro

*H.D., Helen

Marianne Moore, Poetry

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

Claude McKay, America

*Edna St. Vincent Millay, What lips . . .

Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est

*Dorothy Parker, Resume

E. E. cummings, in Just

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

*Langston Hughes, Theme for English B

*Langston Hughes, The Negro Speaks of Rivers

*Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues

Langston Hughes, Harlem

*Stevie Smith, Not Waving But Drowning

Countee Cullen, Incident

W. H. Auden, Stop All the Clocks

W. H. Auden, Musée des Beaux Arts

Theodore Roethke, My Papa's Waltz

*George Oppen, Psalm

Elizabeth Bishop, The Fish

Elizabeth Bishop, One Art

Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays

*Muriel Rukeyser, "Waiting for Icarus"

Dudley Randall, Ballad of Birmingham

William Stafford, Traveling through the Dark

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 Mother

Robert Lowell, Skunk Hour

*Philip Larkin, High Windows

*Denise Levertov, The Ache of Marriage

*Maxine Kumin, Morning Swim

*Kenneth Koch, To Stammering

*Gerald Stern, I Remember Galileo

*Emmett Williams, like attracts like

Frank O’Hara, The Day Lady Died

Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California

*W. S. Merwin, One of the Butterflies

*Galway Kinnell, Prayer

*Galway Kinnell, When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone

*James Wright, Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota

*John Ashbery, They Knew What They Wanted

Philip Levine, What Work Is

Anne Sexton, Cinderella

Adrienne Rich, Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Adrienne Rich, Diving Into the Wreck

Linda Pastan, love poem

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

Sylvia Plath, Morning Song

Sylvia Plath, Daddy

Audre Lorde, Coal

Mary Oliver, First Snow

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

*Lucille Clifton, homage to my hips

*C.K. Williams, On the Métro

*Charles Simic, Eyes Fastened with Pins

Michael S. Harper, Nightmare Begins Responsibility

Seamus Heaney, Mid-Term Break

*Seamus Heaney, Digging

*Ted Kooser, Abandoned Farmhouse

Quincy Troupe, A Poem for "Magic" 

Al Young, A Dance for Ma Rainey

James Welch, Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat

*Martha Collins, #14 from White Papers

Robert Pinsky, Shirt

*Billy Collins, Forgetfulness

Toi Derricotte, A Note on My Son's Face

Richard Garcia, Why I Left the Church

Sharon Olds, I Go Back to May 1937

Marilyn Hacker, Villanelle

*James Tate, The Lost Pilot

*Louise Glück, Mock Orange

Eavan Boland, The Pomegranate

*Bernadette Meyer, Sonnet ("You jerk you didn’t call me up")

*Kay Ryan, Drops in the Bucket

*Wendy Cope, Reading Scheme

*Larry Levis, My Story in a Late Style of Fire

*Marilyn Nelson, from A Wreath for Emmett Till ("Emmett Till’s name still catches in my throat,")

Linda Hogan, Crow Law

Yusef Komunyakaa, Facing It

*Ai, Hoover, Edgar J.

*Jane Kenyon, Happiness

Heather McHugh, What He Thought

Leslie Marmon Silko, Prayer to the Pacific

Sekou Sundiata, Blink Your Eyes

*Agha Shahid Ali, Even the Rain

Victor Hernandez Cruz, Problems with Hurricanes

Carolyn Forché, The Colonel

Ray A. Young Bear, From the Spotted Night

*Jorie Graham, Prayer

*Marie Howe, Death: The Last Visit

Joy Harjo, She Had Some Horses

*Cherrie Moraga, Loving in the War Years

Ray González, Praise the Tortilla, Praise Menudo, Praise Chorizo

*Mary Ruefle, Rain Effect

Alberto Rios, Nani

Gary Soto, Moving Away

Jimmy Santiago Baca, Family Ties

*Naomi Shihab Nye, Gate A4

Rita Dove, Fifth Grade Autobiography

Tony Hoagland, A History of Desire

*Harryette Mullen, Elliptical

*Jane Hirshfield, My Species

*Mark Doty, A Display of Mackerel

*Kim Addonizio, First Kiss

Lorna Dee Cervantes, Freeway 280

Thylias Moss, The Lynching

*Cornelius Eady, I’m a Fool to Love You

*Patricia Smith, Skinhead

Marilyn Chin, How I Got That Name

Kimiko Hahn, Mother's Mother

Cathy Song, Heaven

Li-Young Lee, Eating Alone

*Martin Espada, Alabanza

*Denise Duhamel, Kinky

*Elizabeth Alexander, The Venus Hottentot

*Claudia Rankine, You are in the dark, in the car…

*Taylor Mali, What Teachers Make

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

*Brian Turner, What Every Soldier Should Know

*Eduardo Corral, In Colorado My Father Scoured and Stacked Dishes

Terrance Hayes, Talk

*Jen Bervin, from Nets [erasure of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 64]

*Ross Gay, a small needful fact

*Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s "Dear Amy Nehzooukammayatootill,"

*Jericho Brown, Host

*Natalie Diaz, When My Brother was an Aztec

*Amit Majmudar, Arms and the Man

*Tarfia Faizullah, En Route to Bangladesh

*Patricia Lockwood, Rape Joke

*Solmaz Sharif, from Reaching Guantanamo


*Questions for Active Reading: Drama

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (Translated by David Grene)
William Shakespeare, Othello the Moor of Venice
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House (Translated by R Farquharson Sharp)
*Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Susan Glaspell, Trifles
*Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
August Wilson, Fences
*Lynn Nottage, Ruined
*Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced


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


The Thesis
Organizing Your Paper
Drafting the Paper
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
Manuscript Form

      STUDENT ESSAY: Tom Lyons, "A Boy's View of 'Girl'"
      ROBERT HERRICK, "Upon Julia's Clothes"
      STUDENT ESSAY: Jessica Barnes, "Poetry in Motion: Herrick's 'Upon Julia's Clothes'"
      STUDENT ESSAY: Adam Walker, Possessed by the Need for Possession: Browning's 'My Last Duchess'"
Comparison and Contrast
      CHRISTINA ROSSETTI, "After Death" 
      STUDENT ESSAY: Todd Bowen, "Speakers for the Dead: Narrators in 'My Last Duchess' and 'After Death'"
Essay Exams
       STUDENT ESSAY EXAM: Midterm Essay


Elements of Fiction
Stories for Analysis
       KATE CHOPIN, "The Story of an Hour" (Annotated Story)
Questions on the Stories
       STUDENT ESSAY: An Essay that Compares and Contrasts: Melanie Smith, "Good Husbands in Bad Marriages"

Elements of Poetry
Two Poems for Analysis
       WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, "Sonnet 116" (Annotated Poem)
Questions on the Poem
       T.S. ELIOT, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (Annotated Poem)
Questions on the Poem
        STUDENT ESSAY: An Explication: Patrick Mccorkle, "Shakespeare Defines Love"

Elements of Drama
How to Read a Play
Director's Questions for Play Analysis
        STUDENT ESSAY: 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 
       STUDENT ESSAY: Research Paper: Jarrad S. Nunes, "Emily Dickinson'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 Critical and Literary Terms
Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines

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