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

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

by R. S. Gwynn

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ISBN-10: 0205032192

ISBN-13: 9780205032198

Pub. Date: 02/02/2011

Publisher: Longman

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
  • 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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    Table of Contents


    Experience, Experiment, Expand: Three Reasons to Study Literature

    * indicates a selection new to this edition


    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)


    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)


    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)


    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)


    Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

    Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

    Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

    Happy Endings

    Bobbie Ann Mason (b. 1940)


    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


    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



    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


    Edmund Waller (1606-1687)


    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


    When We Two Parted

    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

    Ode to the West Wind


    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


    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)


    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)


    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


    Home Burial

    The Road Not Taken

    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1034)


    Languor after Pain


    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


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

    Pear Tree

    Sea Rose

    Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)


    Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)

    The Purse-Seine

    Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

    The Fish


    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


    • somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

    Jean Toomer (1894-1967)

    Georgia Dusk

    Louise Bogan (1897-1970)


    Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

    Dream Boogie

    • Harlem Sweeties

    The Weary Blues

    Countee Cullen (1903-1946)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    Thom Gunn (b. 1929)

    From the Wave


    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


    Ted Hughes (b. 1930)


    Gary Snyder (b. 1930)

    A Walk

    Miller Williams (b. 1930)

    The Book

    Linda Pastan (b. 1932)


    Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)




    Gerald Barrax (b. 1933)

    Strangers like Us: Pittsburgh, Raleigh, 1945-1985

    Mark Strand (b. 1934)

    The Tunnel

    Russel Edson (b. 1935)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    Billy Collins (b. 1941)


    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)


    B.H. Fairchild (b. 1942)

    Body and Soul

    Charles Martin (b. 1942)


    Sharon Olds (b. 1942)

    The One Girl at the Boys Party

    Diane Lockward (b. 1943)

    My Husband Discovers Poetry

    Ellen Bryant Voight (b. 1943)


    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)


    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)


    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


    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.)


    William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    • Twelfth Night

    Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

    An Enemy of the People

    Susan Glaspell (1882-1948)


    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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