Literature: A Pocket Anthology (Penguin Academics Series) / Edition 5

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Overview

A refreshing alternative to voluminous literature anthologies, this compact, inexpensive, and diverse collection of fiction, poetry, and drama provides a concise yet complete introduction to the study of literature. New selections include:

  • Short story authors new to this collection include award winners Tobias Wolff, Helen Simpson, and Susan Perabo, as well as the Pulitzer-prize winning Indian-American, Jhumpa Lahiri.
  • The poetry collection brings new selections from classic and contemporary authors, including John Keats, e.e. cummings, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, and Richard Wilbur, as well as fresh models from poets new to this edition including Amy Gerstler, Rebecca Foust, Craig Arnold, Ernest Hilbert and Erica Dawson, whose work brings poetry into the 21st century.
  • The drama section includes Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning comedy The God of Carnage, produced on Broadway with a cast including James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels and reflecting the robust strength of today’s Broadway and of contemporary comedy, as well as Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which brings a classic comedy to this collection for the first time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205032198
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 2/2/2011
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1376
  • Sales rank: 94,128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

R. S. Gwynn has edited several other books, including Drama: A Pocket Anthology; Poetry: A Pocket Anthology; Fiction : A Pocket Anthology; Inside Literature: Reading, Responding, Writing (with Steven Zani); The Art of the Short Story (with Dana Gioia); and Contemporary American Poetry: A Pocket Anthology (with April Lindner). He has also authored five collections of poetry, including No Word of Farewell: Selected Poems, 1970-2000. He has been awarded the Michael Braude Award for verse from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gwynn is University Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Experience, Experiment, Expand: Three Reasons to Study Literature

* indicates a selection new to this edition

Fiction

Introduction to Fiction

The Telling of the Tale

The Short Story Genre

Reading and Analyzing Short Fiction

* Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Rip Van Winkle

Nathanel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

The Minister’s Black Veil

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

• The Cask of Amontillado

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)

A White Heron

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

Mother Savage

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

The Story of an Hour

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

The Yellow Wallpaper

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Roman Fever

Willa Cather (1876-1947)

Paul’s Case

James Joyce (1882-1941)

Araby

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)

Sweat

William Faulkner (1897-1962)

A Rose for Emily

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Up in Michigan

Richard Wright (1908-1960)

The Man Who Was Almost a Man

John Cheever (1912-1982)

Reunion

Ralph Ellison (1914-1995)

A Party Down at the Square

Shirley Jackson (1919-1965)

The Lottery

Hisaye Yamamoto (b. 1921)

Seventeen Syllables

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)

Everything That Rises Must Converge

Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928)

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Chinua Achebe (b. 1930)

Dead Men’s Path

Alice Munro (b. 1931)

The Bear Came Over the Mountain

Raymond Carver (1938-1988)

Cathedral

Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

Happy Endings

Bobbie Ann Mason (b. 1940)

Shiloh

Alice Walker (b. 1944)

Everyday Use

* Tobias Wolff (b. 1945)

Hunters in the Snow

Tim Gautreaux (b. 1947)

• Waiting for the Evening News

Sandra Cisneros (b. 1954)

Woman Hollering Creek

Louise Erdrich (b. 1954)

The Red Convertible

Gish Jen (b. 1955)

In the American Society

* Helen Simpson (b. 1959)

Diary of an Interesting Year

Sherman Alexie

This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona

* Jhumpa Lahiri (b. 1967)

A Temporary Matter

* Susan Perabo (b. 1969)

The Payoff

Poetry

Introduction to Poetry

An Anecdote: Where Poetry Starts

Speaker, Listener, and Context

“The Star-Spangled Banner”

Lyric, Narrative, Dramatic

The Language of Poetry

Figurative Language

Allegory and Symbol

Tone of Voice

Repetition: Sounds and Schemes

Meter and Rhythm

Free Verse and Open Form

Stanza Forms

Fixed Forms

Literary History and Poetic Conventions

Writing about Poetry

Poetry

Anonymous

Western Wind

Bonny Barbara Allan

Sir Patrick Spens

Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503?-1542)

They Flee from Me

Whoso List to Hunt

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

Amoretti: Sonnet 75

Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

Astrophel and Stella: Sonnet 1

Robert Southwell (1561?-1595)

The Burning Babe

Michael Drayton (1563-1631)

Idea: Sonnet 61

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Sonnet 18

Sonnet 20

Sonnet 29

Sonnet 73

Sonnet 116

Sonnet 130

When Daisies Pied (Spring and Winter)

Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

There Is a Garden in Her Face

John Donne (1572-1631)

The Flea

Holy Sonnet 10

Holy Sonnet 14

The Sun Rising

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

Ben Jonson (1573-1637)

On My First Son

Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount

Mary Wroth (1587?-1651?)

In this Strange Labyrinth How Shall I Turn

Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

George Herbert (1593-1633)

Easter Wings

The Pulley

Redemption

Edmund Waller (1606-1687)

Song

John Milton (1608-1674)

How Soon Hath Time

On the Late Massacre in Piedmont

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

The Author to Her Book

Richard Lovelace (1618-1658)

To Lucasta, Going to the Wars

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

To His Coy Mistress

John Dryden (1631-1700)

To the Memory of Mr. Oldham

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

A Description of a City Shower

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

from An Essay on Criticism

Ode on Solitude

Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

William Blake (1757-1827)

The Chimney Sweeper

The Little Black Boy

A Poison Tree

The Tyger

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

A Red, Red Rose

John Barleycorn

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

It Is a Beauteous Evening

Ode: Intimations of Immortality

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Frost at Midnight

Kubla Khan

Work Without Hope

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)

She Walks in Beauty

Stanzas

When We Two Parted

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Ode to the West Wind

Ozymandias

John Keats (1795-1821)

• Bright Star, Would I Were Stedfast as Thou Art

La Belle Dame sans Merci

Ode to a Nightingale

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Sonnets from the Portuguese, 18

Sonnets from the Portuguese, 43

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

The Arsenal at Springfield

The Cross of Snow

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

The Haunted Palace

The Raven

Sonnet to Science

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

The Lady of Shallot

Tears, Idle Tears

Ulysses

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

My Last Duchess

Porphyria's Lover

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

A Noiseless Patient Spider

O Captain, My Captain

A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Grey and Dim

Song of Myself, 6

Song of Myself, 11

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

Dover Beach

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

Because I Could Not Stop for Death

The Brain Is Wider than the Sky

A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church

The Soul Selects Her Own Society

Tell All the Truth but Tell It Slant

Wild Nights--Wild Nights

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

Up-Hill

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?

Chanel Firing

Neutral Tones

The Ruined Maid

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

God's Grandeur

Pied Beauty

Spring and Fall: To a Young Child

Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)

The New Colossus

A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

Eight O'Clock

Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now

Stars, I Have Seen Them Fall

“Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff . . .”

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

Leda and the Swan

Sailing to Byzantium

The Second Coming

The Song of Wandering Aengus

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

Firelight

The Mill

Richard Cory

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

The Trees in the Garden Rained Flowers

The Wayfarer

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

We Wear the Mask

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Acquainted with the Night

After Apple-Picking

Design

Home Burial

The Road Not Taken

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1034)

Amaze

Languor after Pain

Trapped

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

Anecdote of the Jar

Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock

The Emperor of Ice-Cream

The Snow Man

Sunday Morning

The Worms at Heaven’s Gate

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

The Last Words of My English Grandmother

The Red Wheelbarrow

Spring and All

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

In a Station of the Metro

Portrait d'une Femme

The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

Elinor Wylie (1885-1928)

Let No Charitable Hope

Ophelia

H. D. (Hilda Doolittle) (1886-1961)

Pear Tree

Sea Rose

Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)

Dreamers

Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)

The Purse-Seine

Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

The Fish

Silence

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Journey of the Magi

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

If I Should Learn, in Some Quite Casual Way

Oh, Oh, You Will Be Sorry for that Word

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

Dulce et Decorum Est

e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

pity this busy monster,manunkind

plato told

r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r

• somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

Jean Toomer (1894-1967)

Georgia Dusk

Louise Bogan (1897-1970)

Women

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Dream Boogie

• Harlem Sweeties

The Weary Blues

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)

Incident

Yet Do I Marvel

W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

As I Walked Out One Evening

Musée des Beaux Arts

The Unknown Citizen

Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)

Dolor

My Papa's Waltz

Root Cellar

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

The Fish

One Art

• The Shampoo

Robert Hayden (1913-1980)

Those Winter Sundays

Dudley Randall (b. 1914)

Ballad of Birmingham

William Stafford (1914-1993)

Traveling through the Dark

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Poem in October

Weldon Kees (1914-1955)

For My Daughter

Margaret Walker (b. 1915)

For Malcolm X

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

the ballad of chocolate Mabbie

the mother

We Real Cool

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)

A Coney Island of the Mind, #15

May Swenson (1919-1989)

How Everything Happens

Howard Nemerov (1920-1991)

A Primer of the Daily Round

Richard Wilbur (b. 1921)

• For C

The Writer

Year's End

Philip Larkin (1922-1985)

Next, Please

This Be the Verse

The Whitsun Weddings

James Dickey (1923-1997)

The Heaven of Animals

Alan Dugan (b. 1923)

Love Song: I and Thou

Anthony Hecht (b. 1923)

The Dover Bitch

Third Avenue in Sunlight

Louis Simpson (b. 1923)

American Classic

My Father in the Night Commanding No

Vassar Miller (1924-1997)

Subterfuge

Donald Justice (b. 1925)

Counting the Mad

Carolyn Kizer (b. 1925)

The Ungrateful Garden

Maxine Kumin (b. 1925)

Noted in the New York Times

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

A Supermarket in California

James Merrill (1926-1995)

Casual Wear

Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)

The Day Lady Died

W. D. Snodgrass (1926-2009)

Mementos, I

John Ashbery (b. 1927)

Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape

Paradoxes and Oxymorons

W. S. Merwin (b. 1927)

For the Anniversary of My Death

The Last One

James Wright (1927-1980)

Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

Saint Judas

Philip Levine (b. 1928)

You Can Have It

Anne Sexton (1928-1974)

Cinderella

Thom Gunn (b. 1929)

From the Wave

Terminal

X. J. Kennedy (b. 1929)

In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus One Day

Little Elegy

Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Diving into the Wreck

Rape

Ted Hughes (b. 1930)

Pike

Gary Snyder (b. 1930)

A Walk

Miller Williams (b. 1930)

The Book

Linda Pastan (b. 1932)

Ethics

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Daddy

Edge

Metaphors

Gerald Barrax (b. 1933)

Strangers like Us: Pittsburgh, Raleigh, 1945-1985

Mark Strand (b. 1934)

The Tunnel

Russel Edson (b. 1935)

Ape

Mary Oliver (b. 1935)

The Black Walnut Tree

Fred Chappell (b. 1936)

Narcissus and Echo

Lucille Clifton (b. 1936)

homage to my hips

wishes for sons

Marge Piercy (b. 1936)

What’s That Smell in the Kitchen?

Betty Adcock (b. 1938)

Voyages

Robert Phillips (b. 1938)

The Stone Crab: A Love Poem

Dabney Stuart (b. 1938)

Discovering My Daughter

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

Siren Song

Stephen Dunn (b. 1939)

The Sacred

Seamus Heaney (b. 1939)

Punishment

Ted Kooser (b. 1939)

Abandoned Farmhouse

Tom Disch (b. 1940)

Ballade of the New God

Florence Cassen Mayers (b. 1940)

All American Sestina

Pattiann Rogers (b. 1940)

Foreplay

Billy Collins (b. 1941)

Litany

Robert Hass (b. 1941)

Meditation at Lagunitas

Simon J. Ortiz (b. 1941)

The Serenity in Stones

Gibbons Ruark (b. 1941)

The Visitor

Gladys Cardiff (b. 1942)

Combing

B.H. Fairchild (b. 1942)

Body and Soul

Charles Martin (b. 1942)

E.S.L.

Sharon Olds (b. 1942)

The One Girl at the Boys Party

Diane Lockward (b. 1943)

My Husband Discovers Poetry

Ellen Bryant Voight (b. 1943)

Daughter

Robert Morgan (b. 1944)

Mountain Bride

Craig Raine (b. 1944)

A Martian Sends a Postcard Home

Enid Shomer (b. 1944)

Women Bathing at Bergen-Belsen

Wendy Cope (b. 1944)

Rondeau Redoublé

Dick Davis (b. 1945)

A Monorhyme for the Shower

Kay Ryan (b. 1945)

Bestiary

Leon Stokesbury (b. 1945)

The Day Kennedy Died

John Whitworth (b. 1945)

The Examiners

Marilyn Nelson (b. 1946)

The Ballad of Aunt Geneva

Ai (1947-2010)

Child Beater

Jim Hall (b. 1947)

Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too

Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)

Facing It

Timothy Steele (b. 1948)

Sapphics against Anger

James Fenton (b. 1949)

God, a Poem

Sarah Cortez (b. 1950)

Tu Negrito

Carolyn Forché (b. 1950)

The Colonel

Dana Gioia (b. 1950)

Planting a Sequoia

Rodney Jones (b. 1950)

Winter Retreat: Homage to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Timothy Murphy (b. 1950)

Case Notes

Joy Harjo (b. 1951)

She Had Some Horses

Andrew Hudgins (b. 1951)

Air View of an Industrial Scene

* Robert Wrigley

Thatcher Bitchboy

Judith Ortiz Cofer (b. 1952)

The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica

Rita Dove (b. 1952)

American Smooth

Mark Jarman (b. 1952)

After Disappointment

Julie Kane (b. 1952)

Alan Doll Rap

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952)

The Traveling Onion

Alberto Ríos (b. 1952)

The Purpose of Altar Boys

Julia Alvarez (b. 1953)

Bilingual Sestina

Harryette Mullen (b. 1953)

Dim Lady

Kim Addonizio (b. 1954)

Sonnenizio on a Line from Michael Drayton

David Mason (b. 1954)

Fog Horns

Mary Jo Salter (b. 1954)

Welcome to Hiroshima

Cathy Song (b. 1955)

Stamp Collecting

Ginger Andrews (b. 1956)

Primping in the Rearview Mirror

* Amy Gerstler (b. 1956)

Advice from a Caterpillar

* Rebecca Faust (b. 1957)

Family Story

Catherine Tufariello (b. 1963)

Useful Advice

Sherman Alexie (b. 1966)

The Exaggeration of Despair

Natasha Trethewey (b. 1966)

Domestic Work, 1937

* Craig Arnold (1967-2009)

The Singers

Allison Joseph (b. 1967)

The Athlete

Brian Turner (b. 1967)

Here, Bullet

Suji Kwock Kim (b. 1968)

Occupation

A. E. Stallings (b. 1968)

First Love: A Quiz

* Ernest Hilbert (b. 1970)

Domestic Situation

Sophie Hannah (b. 1971)

The Guest Speaker

Emily Moore (b. 1977)

Auld Lang Syne

* Erica Dawson

Somewhere between Columbus and Cincinnati

Drama

Introduction to Drama

The Play’s the Thing

Origins of Drama

Aristotle on Tragedy

Brief History and Description of Dramatic Conventions

Sophocles (496?-406 B.C.)

Antigone

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

• Twelfth Night

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

An Enemy of the People

Susan Glaspell (1882-1948)

Trifles

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)

The Glass Menagerie

Athold Fugard (b. 1932)

“Master Harold” . . . and the boys

August Wilson (b. 1945)

The Piano Lesson

David Ives (b. 1950)

Sure Thing

Milcha Sanchez-Scott (b. 1953)

The Cuban Swimmer

* Yasmina Reza (b. 1959)

The God of Carnage

Appendix A: Writing about Literature

Appendix B: Thematic Approaches to Literature

Index of Critical Terms

Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines of Poems

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