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Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, Compact / Edition 1

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, Compact / Edition 1

by Edgar V. Roberts, Henry E. Jacobs, Henry E. Jacobs

ISBN-10: 0132759268

ISBN-13: 9780132759267

Pub. Date: 02/28/1998

Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference

  • Reference Modules contain Web Destinations and Net Search options that provide the opportunity to expand upon information presented in the text.
  • Study Guide Modules present a variety of exercises and features designed to help students with self-study for every fiction and drama selection and over


  • Reference Modules contain Web Destinations and Net Search options that provide the opportunity to expand upon information presented in the text.
  • Study Guide Modules present a variety of exercises and features designed to help students with self-study for every fiction and drama selection and over half of the poetry. These modules include:
    • Essay questions
    • Multiple choices
    • Built-in e-mail routing options that give students the ability to forward essay responses and computer-graded quizzes to their instructors
  • Communication Modules include tools such as Live Chat and Message Board to facilitate online collaboration and communication.
  • A "Writing about Literature" section offers students prompts for setting up an outline.
  • A "Living Timeline" for literature gives students perspectives on historical, political, and cultural information.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
The Necklace, Guy de Maupassant.

Responding to Literature: Likes and Dislikes.


2. Fiction: An Overview.

Stories for Study: Neighbors, Raymond Carver. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien. Everyday Use, Alice Walker.
3. Plot and Structure: The Development and Organization of Stories.

Stories for Study: The Three Strangers, Thomas Hardy. What I Have Been Doing Lately, Jamaica Kincaid. Blue Winds Dancing, Tom Whitecloud.
4. Characters: The People in Fiction.

Stories for Study: Barn Burning, William Faulkner. A Jury of Her Peers, Susan Glaspell. Shopping, Joyce Carol Oates. Two Kinds, Amy Tan.
5. Point of View: The Position or Stance of the Narrator or Speaker.

Stories for Study: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce. The Song of Songs, Ellen Gilchrist. The Lottery, Shirley Jackson. The Old Chief Mshlanga, Doris Lessing. How to Become a Writer, Lorrie Moore.
6. Setting: The Background of Place, Objects, and Culture in Stories.

Stories for Study: The Portable Phonograph, Walter Van Tilburg Clark. The Secret Sharer, Joseph Conrad. The Shawl, Cynthia Ozick. The Masque of the Red Death, Edgar Allan Poe.
7. Tone and Style: The Words That Convey Attitude in Fiction.

Stories for Study: The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin. Soldier's Home, Ernest Hemingway. The Found Boat, Alice Munro. First Confession, Frank O'Connor. Luck, Mark Twain.
8. Symbolism and Allegory: Keys toExtended Meaning.

Stories for Study: The Fox and the Grapes, Aesop. The Myth of Atalanta, Anonymous. Unfinished Masterpieces, Anita Scott Coleman. Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Loons, Margaret Laurence. The Parable of the Prodigal Son, St. Luke. The Hammon and the Beans, Américo Paredes. The Chrysanthemums, John Steinbeck. The Thimble, Michel Tremblay.
9. Idea or Theme: The Meanings and the Messages in Fiction.

Stories for Study: The Lesson, Tony Cade Bambara. Araby, James Joyce. The Horse Dealer's Daughter, D.H. Lawrence.
10. Five Stories for Additional Study and Enjoyment.
Snow, Robert Olen Butler. The Curse, Andre Dubus. The Point of It, E.M. Forster. The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The Jilting of Granny Weatherall, Katherine Anne Porter.


11. Meeting Poetry: An Overview.
Schoolsville, Billy Collins. Hope, Lisel Mueller. Here a Pretty Baby Lies, Robert Herrick.
Sir Patrick Spens, Anonymous.

Poems for Study: My Last Duchess, Robert Browning. Because I Could Not Stop for Death, Emily Dickinson. Catch, Robert Francis. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost. The Man He Killed, Thomas Hardy. Eagle Poem, Joy Harjo. The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner, Randall Jarrell. Ogichidag, Jim Northrup. Where Children Live, Naomi Shihab Nye. A Christmas Carol, Christina Rossetti. Sonnet 55: Not Marble, Nor the Gilded Monument, William Shakespeare. True Love, Judith Viorst. It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free, William Wordsworth.
12. Words: The Building Blocks of Poetry.
The Naked and the Nude, Robert Graves.

Poems for Study: The Lamb, William Blake. Green Grow the Rashes, O, Robert Burns. Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll. next to of course god america i, E.E. Cummings. Holy Sonnet 14: Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God, John Donne. The Fury of Aerial Bombardment, Richard Eberhart. Sonnet on the Death of Richard West, Thomas Gray. Loveliest of Trees, A.E. Houseman. Of Being, Denise Levertov. Richard Cory, Edwin Arlington Robinson. Dolor, Theodore Roethke. I Think Continually of Those Who Were Truly Great, Stephen Spender. Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock, Wallace Stephens. Eating Poetry, Mark Strand. Daffodils, William Wordsworth.
13. Imagery: The Poem's Link to the Senses.
Cargoes, John Masefield. Anthem for Doomed Youth, Wilfred Owen. The Fish, Elizabeth Bishop.

Poems for Study: The Tyger, William Blake. Sonnets from the Portuguese, No. 14: If Thou Must Love Me, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Kubla Khan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I Know I'm Not Sufficiently Obscure, Ray Durem. Preludes, T.S. Eliot. Channel Firing, Thomas Hardy. The Pulley, George Herbert. Spring, Gerard Manley Hopkins. A Time Past, Denise Levertov. The Voice You Hear When You Read Silently, Thomas Lux. Photos of a Salt Mine, P.K. Page. In a Station of the Metro, Ezra Pound. Sonnet 130: My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun, William Shakespeare. Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802, William Wordsworth.
14. Figures of Speech, or Metaphorical Language: A Source of Depth and Range in Poetry.
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, John Keats.
Bright Star, John Keats. Let Us Take the Road, John Gay.

Poems for Study: A Red, Red Rose, Robert Burns. A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, John Donne. The Iceberg Seven-eighths Under, Abbie Huston Evans. Harlem, Langston Hughes. To Autumn, John Keats. Sic Vita, Henry King. Conjoined, Judith Minty. A Work of Artifice, Marge Piercy. Metaphors, Sylvia Plath. Looking at Each Other, Muriel Rukeyser. Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?, William Shakespeare. Sonnet 30: When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought, William Shakespeare. On Monsieur s Departure, Elizabeth Tudor, Queen Elizabeth I. Earth's Tremors Felt in Missouri, Mona Van Duyn. Facing West from California's Shores, Walt Whitman. London, 1802 William Wordsworth. I Find No Peace, Sir Thomas Wyatt.
15. Tone: The Creation of Attitude in Poetry.
The First-Rate Wife, Cornelius Whur. Dulce et Decorum Est, Wilfred Owen.
The Workbox, Thomas Hardy.
Epigram from the French, Alexander Pope. Epigram, Engraved on the Collar of a Dog which I Gave to His Royal Highness, Alexander Pope.

Poems for Study: homage to my hips, Lucille Clifton. she being Brand, E.E. Cummings. I Am A Black Woman, Mari Evans. Theme for English B, Langston Hughes. The Planned Child, Sharon Olds. Late Movies with Skyler, Michael Ondaatje. Dying, Robert Pinsky. From Epilogue to the Satires, Dialogue I, Alexander Pope. Nothing Is Lost, Anne Ridler. My Papa's Waltz, Theodore Roethke. A Description of the Morning, Jonathan Swift. My Physics Teacher, David Wagoner. Dimensions, C.K. Williams.
16. Form: The Shape of the Poem.
The Eagle, Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Spun in High, Dark Clouds, Anonymous. Sonnet 116: Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds, William Shakespeare.
Reconciliation, Walt Whitman.
Easter Wings, George Herbert.

Poems for Study: One Art, Elizabeth Bishop. We Real Cool, Gwendolyn Brooks. Sonnet, Billy Collins. Buffalo Bill's, E.E. Cummings. To the Memory of Mr. Oldham, John Dryden. Desert Places, Robert Frost. Nikki-Rosa, Nikki Giovanni. Museum, Robert Hass. Virtue, George Herbert. Mantle, William Heyen. Swan and Shadow, John Hollander. God's Grandeur, Gerard Manley Hopkins. Ode to a Nightingale, John Keats. The Sound of the Sea, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In Bondage, Claude McKay. When I Consider How My Light Is Spent, John Milton. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe. Ballad of Birmingham, Dudley Randall. The Waking, Theodore Roethke. Sonnet 73: That Time of Year Thou May'st in Me Behold, William Shakespeare. Ode to the West Wind, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Women, May Swenson. Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas. Reapers, Jean Toomer. The Shape of History, Charles H. Webb. Poetics Against the Angel of Death, Phyllis Webb. The Dance, William Carlos Williams. The Solitary Reaper, William Wordsworth.
17. Symbolism and Allusion: Windows to Wide Expanses of Meaning.
Snow, Virginia Scott.

Poems for Study: Dover Beach, Matthew Arnold. Beach Glass, Amy Clampitt. The Poplar Field, William Cowper. in Just-, E.E. Cummings. The Canonization, John Donne. Collage of Echoes, Isabella Gardner. The Geese, Jorie Graham. In Time of "The Breaking of Nations" , Thomas Hardy. The Collar, George Herbert. Tears, Josephine Jacobsen. The Purse-Seine, Robinson Jeffers. La Belle Dame Sans Merci, John Keats. To His Coy Mistress, Andrew Marvell. Wild Geese, Mary Oliver. A Noiseless Patient Spider, Walt Whitman. Year's End, Richard Wilbur. Lines Written in Early Spring, William Wordsworth. The Second Coming, William Butler Yeats.
18. Myths: Systems of Symbolic Allusion in Poetry.
Leda and the Swan, William Butler Yeats.

Poems for Study: Penelope's Song, Louise Glück. Odysseus, W.S. Merwin. Penelope, Dorothy Parker. The Suitor, Linda Pastan. Ulysses, Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Odyssey: 20 Years Later, Peter Ulisse. Flight 063, Brian Aldiss. Musée des Beaux Arts, W.H. Auden. Icarus, Edward Field. Waiting for Icarus, Muriel Rukeyser. To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph, Anne Sexton. Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, William Carlos Williams. Berceuse, Amy Clampitt. Hunting the Phoenix, Denise Levertov. The Phoenix Again, May Sarton. Myth, Muriel Rukeyser. On the Way to Delphi, John Updike.
19. Two Poetic Careers: Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost.

Poems by Emily Dickinson: After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes (Poem 341). Because I Could Not Stop for Death (Poem 712). The Bustle in a House (Poem 1078). The Heart Is the Capital of the Mind (Poem 1354). I Cannot Live with You (Poem 640). I Died for Beauty-but Was Scarce (Poem 449). I Felt a Funeral in My Brain (Poem 280). I Heard a Fly Buzz-When I Died (Poem 465). I Like to See It Lap the Miles (Poem 585). I'm Nobody! Who Are You? (Poem 288). I Never Lost as Much But Twice (Poem 49). I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed (Poem 214). Much Madness Is Divinest Sense (Poem 435). My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close (Poem 1732). My Triumph Lasted Till the Drums (Poem 1227). One Need Not Be a Chamber-To Be Haunted (Poem 670). Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers (Poem 216). Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church (Poem 324). The Soul Selects Her Own Society (Poem 303). Success Is Counted Sweetest (Poem 67). Tell All the Truth but Tell It Slant (Poem 1129). There's a Certain Slant of Light (Poem 258). This World Is Not Conclusion (Poem 501). Wild Nights-Wild Nights! (Poem 249).

Selected Poems by Robert Frost: Mending Wall (1914). Birches (1915) The Road Not Taken (1915). 'Out, Out -' (1916). Fire and Ice (1920). Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (1923). Misgiving (1923). Nothing Gold Can Stay (1923). Acquainted with the Night (1928). Desert Places (1936). Design (1936). The Silken Tent (1936). The Strong Are Saying Nothing (1937). A Considerable Speck (1942). Choose Something like a Star (1943).
20. Eighty-Six Poems for Additional Study and Enjoyment.
Healing Prayer from the Beautyway Chant, Anonymous (Navajo). Variation on the Word Sleep, Margaret Atwood. Ka 'Ba, Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones). Another Descent, Wendell Berry. Women, Louise Bogan. A Black Man Talks of Reaping, Arna Bontemps. Sonnets from the Portuguese, No.43: How Do I Love Thee?, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister, Robert Browning. 'The killers that run...', Leonard Cohen. Days, Billy Collins. From A Letter to America on a Visit to Sussex, Spring 1942, Frances Cornford. Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War Is Kind, Stephen Crane. if there are any heavens, E.E. Cummings. The Lifeguard, James Dickey. The Good Morrow, John Donne. Holy Sonnet 10: Death Be Not Proud, John Donne. Sympathy, Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Negro, James Emanuel. Like God, Lynn Emanuel. The Beauty of the Trees, Chief Dan George. Woman, Nikki Giovanni. Sonnet Ending with a Film Subtitle, Marilyn Hacker. Little Cosmic Dust Poem, John Haines. Snapshot of Hué, Daniel Halpern. Leaves, H.S.(Sam) Hamod. She's Free!, Frances E.W. Harper. Called, Michael S. Harper. Spring Rain, Robert Hass. Those Winter Sundays, Robert Hayden. The Hair: Jacob Korman's Story, William Heyen. Advice to Young Ladies, A.D. Hope. Pied Beauty, Gerard Manley Hopkins. Negro, Langston Hughes. The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Langston Hughes. The Answer, Robinson Jeffers. Ode on a Grecian Urn, John Keats. Rhine Boat Trip, Irving Layton. A Final Thing, Li-Young Lee. In Computers, Alan P. Lightman. The Choosing, Liz Lochhead. Every Traveler Has One Vermont Poem, Audre Lorde. Patterns, Amy Lowell. The White City, Claude McKay. Listen, W.S. Merwin. The Bear, N. Scott Momaday. Life Cycle of Common Man, Howard Nemerov. wahbegan, Jim Northrup. Ghosts, Mary Oliver. Marks, Linda Pastan. The Secretary Chant, Marge Piercy. Last Words, Sylvia Plath. Mirror, Sylvia Plath. Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter, John Crowe Ransom. Assailant, John Raven. rite on: white america, Sonia Sanchez. Chicago, Carl Sandburg. Dreamers, Sigfried Sassoon. The Paperweight, Gjertrud Schnackenberg. I Have a Rendezvous with Death, Alan Seeger. My Mother's Face, Brenda Serotte. Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun, William Shakespeare. Sonnet 29: When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes, William Shakespeare. Sonnet 146: Poor Soul, the Center of My Sinful Earth, William Shakespeare. Auto Wreck, Karl Shapiro. Where Mountain Lion Lay Down with Deer, Leslie Marmon Silko. Bluejays, Dave Smith. Not Waving But Drowning, Stevie Smith. Oranges, Gary Soto. Traveling Through the Dark, William Stafford. Burying an Animal on the Way to New York, Gerald Stern. The Emperor of Ice-Cream, Wallace Stevens. Question, May Swenson. The Blue Booby, James Tate. Perfection Wasted, John Updike. The Boxes, Shelly Wagner. Revolutionary Petunias, Alice Walker. Go, Lovely Rose, Edmund Waller. Song of Napalm, Bruce Weigl. On Being Brought from Africa to America, Phillis Wheatley. Full of Life Now, Walt Whitman. Dirge for Two Veterans, Walt Whitman. April 5, 1974, Richard Wilbur. The Red Wheelbarrow, William Carlos Williams. The Wild Swans at Coole, William Butler Yeats. The Day Zimmer Lost Religion, Paul Zimmer.


21. The Dramatic Vision: An Overview.
The Visit to the Sepulchre (Visitatio Sepulchri), Anonymous.

Plays for Study: The More the Merrier, Stanley Kauffmann. Tea Party, Betty Keller. Before Breakfast, Eugene O'Neill.
22. The Tragic Vision: Affirmation Through Loss.

Plays for Study: Oedipus the King, Sophocles. Hamlet, William Shakespeare.
23. The Comic Vision: Restoring the Balance.

Plays for Study: A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare. The Bear, Anton Chekhov. Am I Blue, Beth Henley.
24. Three Plays for Additional Study and Enjoyment.
A Dollhouse (Et Dukkehjem), Henrik Ibsen. Mulatto, Langston Hughes. Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller.


25. Writing and Documenting the Research Essay.
26. Critical Approaches Important in the Study of Literature.
27. Taking Examinations on Literature.
28. Comparison-Contrast and Extended Comparison-Contrast: Learning by Seeing Literary Works Together.
Appendix I: MLA Recommendations for Documenting Electronic Sources.
Appendix II: Brief Biographies of the Poets in Part III.
Glossary of Literary Terms.
Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines.

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