Poetry: A Pocket Anthology / Edition 5

Poetry: A Pocket Anthology / Edition 5

by R. S. Gwynn

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ISBN-10: 032136631X

ISBN-13: 9780321366313

Pub. Date: 06/16/2006

Publisher: Longman

This brief, inexpensive, and portable anthology features more than 250 poems, presenting a diverse body of work ranging from William Shakespeare and John Donne to Cathy Song and Sherman Alexie.

Chronologically organized within each genre, the diverse selection of poems covers the full scope of the poetic tradition from popular ballads to works by poets born in


This brief, inexpensive, and portable anthology features more than 250 poems, presenting a diverse body of work ranging from William Shakespeare and John Donne to Cathy Song and Sherman Alexie.

Chronologically organized within each genre, the diverse selection of poems covers the full scope of the poetic tradition from popular ballads to works by poets born in the 60s and 70s. An “Introduction to Poetry” offers instruction for reading and analyzing poetry, defining key terms in the context of the discussion.  Biographical headnotes highlight common themes and ideas in the author’s body of work.  

Individuals who want a brief overview of the study of poetry.

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Table of Contents


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 

A Brief Note: Literary History, Poetic Conventions, and Theory

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 129

Sonnet 130

When Daisies Pied (Spring and Winter)  

Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

There Is a Garden in Her Face   

John Donne (1572-1631)

The Canonization

The Flea   

Holy Sonnet 10  

Holy Sonnet 14   

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  

Edward Taylor (1642-1729)


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

Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent's Narrow Room

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


William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

To the Fringed Gentian   

John Keats (1795-1821)

La Belle Dame sans Merci

Ode on a Grecian Urn  

Ode to a Nightingale  

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer

When I Have Fears  

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  

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

The Eagle

The Lady of Shalott

Tears, Idle Tears  


Robert Browning (1812-1889)

My Last Duchess

Porphyria's Lover  

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry  

A Noiseless Patient Spider  

O Captain, My Captain

*Song of Myself, 1

*Song of Myself, 5

Song of Myself, 6

Song of Myself, 11

*Song of Myself, 21

*Song of Myself, 32

*Song of Myself, 47

*Song of Myself, 52

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

Dover Beach  

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Because I Could Not Stop for Death

*The Brain Is Wider than the Sky

I Felt a Funeral in My Brain

Much Madness is Divinest Sense

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

There’s a Certain Slant of Light

Wild Nights—Wild Nights

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?  

The Convergence of the Twain

Neutral Tones  

The Ruined Maid

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

God's Grandeur  

Pied Beauty

Spring and Fall: To a Young Child

The Windhover

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)


Eros Turannos   

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 Need of Being Versed in Country Things

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

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

The Last Words of My English Grandmother   

The Red Wheelbarrow    

Spring and All

This Is Just to Say

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


John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974)

The Equilibrists   

Piazza Piece

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)

in Just-  

nobody loses all the time

pity this busy monster,manunkind


Jean Toomer (1894-1967)

Georgia Dusk   

Louise Bogan (1897-1970)


Hart Crane (1899-1933)


Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Dream Boogie     

Theme for English B

The Weary Blues

Stevie Smith (1902-1971)

*Our Bog Is Dood

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)


Yet Do I Marvel

A. D. Hope (1907-2000)

Imperial Adam   

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


Robert Hayden (1913-1980)

Those Winter Sundays  

Dudley Randall (1914-2000)

Ballad of Birmingham  

William Stafford (1914-1993)

Traveling through the Dark  

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Fern Hill

Weldon Kees (1914-1955)

For My Daughter

Randall Jarrell (1914-1965)

90 North

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner   

Margaret Walker (1915-1998)

For Malcolm X   

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

The Ballad of Chocolate Mabbie

the mother   

We Real Cool

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

For the Union Dead

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)



The Writer   

Year's End  

Philip Larkin (1922-1985)

Next, Please


This Be the Verse  

James Dickey (1923-1997)

The Heaven of Animals

Alan Dugan (1923-2003)

Love Song: I and Thou

Anthony Hecht (b. 1923)

The Book of Yolek

Third Avenue in Sunlight   

Daniel Hoffman (b. 1923)

As I Was Going to Saint-Ives

Denise Levertov (1923-1999)

The Ache of Marriage  

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

From“Pro Femina” Three

Maxine Kumin (b. 1925)

Noted in the New York Times

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

A Supermarket in California

James Merrill (1926-1995)

Casual Wear      

Charles on Fire

W. D. Snodgrass (b. 1926)

Mementos, I  

Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)

The Day Lady Died  

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)

Animals Are Passing from Our Lives

You Can Have It

Anne Sexton (1928-1974)


The Truth the Dead Know

Thom Gunn (b. 1929)

From the Wave   


X. J. Kennedy (b. 1929)

In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus One Day

September Twelfth, 2001

Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

Aunt Jennifer's Tigers   

Diving into the Wreck


Ted Hughes (b. 1930-1998)


Gary Snyder (b. 1930)

A Walk

Derek Walcott (b. 1930)

Central America

Miller Williams (b. 1930)

The Book  

Linda Pastan (b. 1932)


*Reading the Obituary Page  

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)




Gerald Barrax (b. 1933)

Strangers like Us: Pittsburgh, Raleigh, 1945-1985

Mark Strand (b. 1934)

The Tunnel

Lewis Turco (b. 1934)

*The Premonition

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)


Gary Gildner (b. 1938)

First Practice  

Robert Phillips (b. 1938)


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. 19390

*Abandoned Farmhouse

Al Young (b. 1939)

Sundays in Democracies

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)


Paradelle for Susan

Robert Hass (b. 1941)

Picking Blackberries with a Friend Who Has Been Reading Jacques Lacan

Simon J. Ortiz (b. 1941)

The Serenity in Stones   

James Reiss (b. 1941)

Arigato Means Thank You

Gibbons Ruark (b. 1941)

The Visitor  

Gladys Cardiff (b. 1942)


Charles Martin (b. 1942)


Sharon Olds (b. 1942)

The One Girl at the Boys Party

Henry Taylor (b. 1942)

From Brief Candles

Diane Lockward (b. 1943)

My Husband Discovers Poetry

Ellen Bryant Voight (b. 1943)


Wendy Cope (b. 1944)

Rondeau Redoublé

Dick Davis (b. 1945)

A Monorhyme for the Shower

Kay Ryan (b. 1945)


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

B.H. Fairchild (b. 1945)

Body and Soul

Leon Stokesbury (b. 1945)

*The Day Kennedy Died  

The Ballad of Aunt Geneva   

Ai (b. 1947)

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 (b. 1951)

*Thatcher Bitchboy

Judith Ortiz Cofer (b. 1952)

The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica

Rita Dove (b. 1952)

Adolescence III

Mark Jarman (b. 1952)

After Disappointment

Julie Kane (b. 19520

*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

Michael Donaghy (b. 1953)

The River in Spate

Kim Addonizio (b. 1954)

Sonnenizio on a Line by Millay

David Mason (b. 1954)

Song of the Powers

Mary Jo Salter (b. 1954)

Welcome to Hiroshima  

Cathy Song (b. 1955)

Stamp Collecting

Ginger Andrews (b. 1956)

Primping in the Rearview Mirror

Annie Finch (b. 1956)

Coy Mistress

April Lindner (b. 1962)

First Kiss

Catherine Tufariello (b. 1963)

Useful Advice

Sherman Alexie (b. 1966)

The Exaggeration of Despair

Natasha Trethewey (b. 1966)

*Domestic Work, 1937

Suji Kwock Kim (b. 1968)


A. E. Stallings (b. 1968)

*Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther

Joshua Mehigan (b. 1969)


Beth Ann Fennelly (b. 1971)

Asked for a Happy Memory of her Father, She Recalls Wrigley Field

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