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Better readers make better writers.

Today’s students do read—we 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 Voice is 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 Voice offers a more enjoyable and effective reading experience through its fresh, inviting design and accompanying rich video program.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780077392468
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 8/17/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Nicholas Delbanco

Nick Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, where he formerly directed the prestigious Hopwood Awards Program in creative writing and where the Delbanco Prize was established in his honor for students who need financial assistance to attend the Hopwood Program (only 25 students are admitted each year). He is also a co-founder (together with the late John Gardner) of the Bennington Writing Workshops

As the Delbanco Prize implies, Nick is a beloved teacher and through his teaching has been in the thick of the modern literary scene. His students have praised his enormous frame of literary reference, his eagerness to devour a new work, and his ability to home in on its weaknesses. Richard Tillinghast, a poet and colleague at Michigan, said of Nick, “When you have someone with an eye and ear like Nick's, you can really learn a lot about what talents you have and how to use them.”

Describing Nick’s teaching style, the New York Times said, “Mr. Delbanco delights in horrifying his students by urging them to imitate rather than innovate. He tells them that imitation is the surest route to originality and warns against self-expression, self-discovery.” His students also talk of his sociability (he loves a good story, to tell it and to hear it), his honesty, and his devotion to his students. One student said, “He gave me confidence when I had no confidence. He's also very blunt and honest. He has no problem tossing your manuscript back at you and saying, 'This stinks.' He would dismantle me and then take me intohis office and tell me I could be a writer.”

Nick has won several awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two Writer’s Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of twenty-four books of fiction and non-fiction, a frequent contributor to Harper’s, and often seen in the New York Times. Some have called him a “writer’s writer” --to which he replies “it's hard to see it as an insult at all. The worst you could say is that it's a kind way of saying nobody buys your books.” He has written a previous McGraw-Hill text, The Sincerest Form: Writing Fiction through Imitation. His most recent novel is The Count of Concord, a work of historical fiction that tells the tale of Count Rumford: inventor of the coffeepot, philosopher, and spy (among other things). The Chicago Sun says, “Novelist Nicholas Delbanco has done us a great service by rescuing Rumford from obscurity…In ‘The Count of Concord’ we see a veteran novelist working at the height of his powers.”

Alan Cheuse

Alan Cheuse has been reviewing books on All Things Considered since the 1980s.

Formally trained as a literary scholar, Alan also writes fiction and novels and publishes short stories. He is the author of three novels, two collections of short fiction, and the memoir Fall out of Heaven. With Caroline Marshall, he has edited two volumes of short stories. Alan’s short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Antioch Review, Ploughshares, and Another Chicago Magazine. His most recent collection of his short fiction was published in September 1998 and his essay collection, Listening to the Page, appeared in 2001.

Alan splits his time between the two coasts, spending nine months of the year in Washington, D.C., where he teaches writing at George Mason University. His summers are spent in Santa Cruz, Calif. teaching writing at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Cheuse earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature with a focus on Latin American literature from Rutgers University in 1974.

"The greatest challenge of this work [at NPR]," he says, "is to make each two-minute review as fresh and interesting as you can while trying to focus on the essence of the book itself."

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Table of Contents


detailed contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Foreword to the Student video interview with the authors available online @ xxx
Fiction
CHAPTER 1: READING A STORY IN ITS ELEMENTS
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.
CHAPTER 3: WRITING ABOUT FICTION
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)
CHAPTER4: PLOT
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
CHAPTER 5: CHARACTER
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
CHAPTER 6: SETTING
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
CHAPTER 7: POINT OF VIEW
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
CHAPTER 8: LANGUAGE, TONE, AND STYLE
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
CHAPTER 9: THEME
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
CHAPTER 10: SYMBOL
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
CHAPTER 11: FICTION AS SOCIAL COMMENTARY: A Case Study on Joyce Carol Oates
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
CHAPTER 12: AMERICAN REGIONALISM AND SENSE OF PLACE:
Two Case Studies
THE AMERICAN WEST
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?
THE AMERICAN SOUTH
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?
Revelation
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
CHAPTER 13: VISUAL ARTS, FILM, AND FICTION
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
CHAPTER 14: AN ANTHOLOGY Of STORIES FOR FURTHER READING
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?
Poetry
CHAPTER 15: READING A POEM IN ITS ELEMENTS
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
CHAPTER 16: GOING FURTHER WITH READING
An Interactive Reading: William Shakespeare My Mistress’ Eyes Are
Nothing like the Sun
Leonard Cohen, For Anne
FORMS OF POETRY
Lyric
Song of Solomon 4:1-7 [“Behold thou art fair, my love”]
D. H. Lawrence, Piano
William Butler Yeats, Leda and the Swan
Epic
George Gordon, Lord Byron, Don Juan [“Bob Southey, you’re a poet”]
George Gordon, Lord Byron, Don Juan [“I want a hero”]
Dramatic
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
CHAPTER 17: WRITING ABOUT POETRY
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)
CHAPTER 18: WORDS
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
Allusion
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
Tone
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
Persona
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
Irony
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
CHAPTER 20: IMAGES AND SYMBOLS
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
CHAPTER 21: FIGURES OF SPEECH
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,
1802
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
Pun
A. R. Ammons, Their Sex Life
Humor
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
CHAPTER 22: SOUND, RHYME, AND RHYTHM
Conversation on Writing with Thomas Lynch, video interview available
online @ www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e
Thomas Lynch, Iambs for the day of burial
Sound
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
Rhyme
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
Rhythm
Stresses and Pauses
Gwendolyn Brooks, Sadie and Maud
Meter
Scansion
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
CHAPTER 23: FIXED POETIC FORMS
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
Villanelle
Dylan Thomas, Do not go gentle into that good night
Elizabeth Bishop, One Art
Sestina
Elizabeth Bishop, Sestina
Pantoum
Donald Justice, Pantoum of the Great Depression
Erica Funkhouser, First Pantoum of Summer
Haiku
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
Epigram
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, What Is an Epigram?
Langston Hughes, Prayer
J. V. Cunningham, Two Epigrams
A. R. Ammons, Small Song
Limerick
Edward Lear, There was an Old Man with a gong
J. D. Landis, Starvation Diet
Laurence Perrine, The limerick’s never averse
Elegy
A. E. Housman, To an Athlete Dying Young
W. H. Auden, In Memory of W. B. Yeats
Theodore Roethke, Elegy for Jane
Ode
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
CHAPTER 24: OPEN 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
CHAPTER 25: SONG and SPOKEN WORD
A Conversation on Writing with Al Young, video interview available online @
www.mhhe.com/delbanco1e
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
CHAPTER 26: LANGSTON HUGHES:
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
Harlem
Theme for English B
Let America Be America Again
The Negro Speaks Of Rivers
I, Too
Minstrel Man
Mother to Son
Motto
Negro
A New Song
Night Funeral In Harlem
Po’ Boy Blues
Ardella
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, Reape
Jesse Redmon Fauset, Touche
Angelina Weld Grimke, Fragment
Getting Started: A Research Project
Further Suggestions for Writing and Research
Some Sources for Research
CHAPTER 27: ART AND POETRY:
A CASE STUDY ON WILLIAM BLAKE
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
London
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
CHAPTER 28: AMERICAN PLAIN STYLE:
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
Mowing
After Apple-Picking
Mending Wall
Birches
"Out, Out—"
The Oven Bird
The Road Not Taken
Fire and Ice
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Acquainted with the Night
Desert Places
Design
Come In
The Gift Outright
The Silken Tent
Getting Started: A Research Project
Further Suggestions for Writing and Research
Some Sources for Research
CHAPTER 29: AN ANOTHOLOGY OF POEMS FOR FURTHER READING
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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