250 Poems: A Portable Anthology / Edition 3

250 Poems: A Portable Anthology / Edition 3

by Peter Schakel, Jack Ridl
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250 Poems: A Portable Anthology / Edition 3

250 Poems: A Portable Anthology offers a brief but surprisingly comprehensive selection of chronologically arranged poetry, supported by succinct, practical editorial features, at a great price. The third edition features 70 new poems, many of them by young contemporary poets, a new appendix on writing about poetry, and an alternative thematic table of contents. Like other volumes in Bedford/St. Martin’s popular series of Portable Anthologies and Portable Guides, 250 Poems offers the series’ trademark combination of high quality and great value for teachers of literature, writing, and creative writing and their cost-conscious students.

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ISBN-13: 9781457636929
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 06/14/2013
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 188,852
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Peter Schakel, Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English at Hope College, has published numerous scholarly and pedagogical studies on Jonathan Swift and C. S. Lewis; with Jack Ridl, he has coedited Approaching Poetry (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1997) and Approaching Literature (Second Edition, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008).

Jack Ridl is Professor Emeritus of English at Hope College where he taught courses in literature, essay writing, poetry writing, and the nature of poetry for thirty-five years. He has published six volumes of poetry and more than two hundred poems in some fifty literary magazines; his most recent collection, Broken Symmetry, was selected by the Society of Midland Authors as one of the two best volumes of poetry published in 2006. His chapbook Against Elegies received the 2001 Letterpress Award from the Center for Book Arts. His recognitions for teaching excellence include the Hope Outstanding Professor-Educator award at Hope College for 1976, the Michigan Teacher of the Year award from the Carnegie Foundation in 1996, and the Favorite Faculty/Staff Member award at Hope College in 2003. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, with Peter Schakel he coedited Approaching Poetry (1997) and 250 Poems (2003); and he is coeditor with Janet Gardner, Beverley Lawn, and Peter Schakel of Literature: a Portable Anthology (2004).

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors

* How to Read a Poem — and Why

Anonymous, "Lord Randal"

Sir Thomas Wyatt, "They flee from me"

Queen Elizabeth I, "When I was fair and young"

Edmund Spenser, "One day I wrote her name upon the strand"

Sir Philip Sidney, "Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show"

Mary (Sidney) Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, "Psalm 100 Jubilate Deo"

Michael Drayton, "Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part"

Christopher Marlowe, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 ("Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?")

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73 ("That time of year thou mayst in me behold")

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116 ("Let me not to the marriage of true minds")

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130 ("My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun")

John Donne, "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"

John Donne, "The Flea"

* John Donne, "Death, be not proud"

Ben Jonson, "On My First Son"

* Lady Mary Wroth, "My pain, still smothered in my grieved breast"

Robert Herrick, "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"

George Herbert, "Easter-wings"

George Herbert, "The Pulley"

John Milton, "When I consider how my light is spent"

John Milton, "Lycidas"

Anne Bradstreet, "To My Dear and Loving Husband"

Richard Lovelace, "To Lucasta, Going to the Wars"

Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"

Edward Taylor, "Housewifery"

Jonathan Swift, "A Description of the Morning"

* Alexander Pope, from "An Essay on Criticism"

Thomas Gray, "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"

Christopher Smart, from Jubilate Agno

William Blake, "The Lamb"

William Blake, "The Tyger"

William Blake, "London"

Robert Burns, "A Red, Red Rose"

William Wordsworth, "I wandered lonely as a cloud"

William Wordsworth, "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey"

William Wordsworth, "Ode: Intimations of Immortality"

William Wordsworth, "The world is too much with us"

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Kubla Khan"

George Gordon, Lord Byron, "She walks in beauty"

Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ozymandias"

Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ode to the West Wind"

John Keats, "When I have fears that I may cease to be"

* John Keats, "La Belle Dame sans Merci"

John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

John Keats, "To Autumn"

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways"

Edgar Allan Poe, "To Helen"

Edgar Allan Poe, "Annabel Lee"

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses"

*Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Lady of Shalott"

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Crossing the Bar"

Robert Browning, "Home-Thoughts, from Abroad"

Robert Browning, "My Last Duchess"

Walt Whitman, from Song of Myself

Walt Whitman, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d"

Walt Whitman, "A Noiseless Patient Spider"

Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach"

* Emily Dickinson, "Wild Nights – Wild Nights!"

Emily Dickinson, "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain"

Emily Dickinson, "Much Madness is divinest Sense"

Emily Dickinson, "I heard a Fly buzz — when I died"

* Emily Dickinson, "I like to see it lap the Miles"

Emily Dickinson, "Because I could not stop for Death"

Christina Rossetti, "Song"

Thomas Hardy, "The Convergence of the Twain"

Gerard Manley Hopkins, "God’s Grandeur"

Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Pied Beauty"

Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Spring and Fall"

A. E. Housman, "Loveliest of trees, the cherry now"

A. E. Housman, "To an Athlete Dying Young"

* William Butler Yeats, "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"

William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming"

William Butler Yeats, "Leda and the Swan"

William Butler Yeats, "Among School Children"

William Butler Yeats, "Sailing to Byzantium"

Edwin Arlington Robinson, "Richard Cory"

Stephen Crane, "Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind"

Paul Laurence Dunbar, "We Wear the Mask"

Robert Frost, "After Apple-Picking"

Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"

Robert Frost, "Birches"

* Robert Frost, "Out, Out – "

Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

* Robert Frost, "Design"

Gertrude Stein, "Susie Asado"

Wallace Stevens, "The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

Wallace Stevens, "Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock"

Wallace Stevens, "Sunday Morning"

William Carlos Williams, "The Red Wheelbarrow"

William Carlos Williams, "Spring and All"

William Carlos Williams, "This Is Just to Say"

Ezra Pound, "The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter"

H. D. [Hilda Doolittle], "Garden"

Marianne Moore, "Poetry"

Edith Sitwell, "Lullaby"

Robinson Jeffers, "Hurt Hawks"

T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

T. S. Eliot, "Preludes"

John Crowe Ransom, "Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter"

Claude McKay, "America"

Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Wild Swans"

Wilfred Owen, "Dulce et Decorum Est"

e. e. cummings, "in Just —"

e. e. cummings, "pity this busy monster, manunkind"

Jean Toomer, "Reapers"

Louise Bogan, "Women"

Hart Crane, "My Grandmother’s Love Letters"

Sterling A. Brown, "Riverbank Blues"

* Langston Hughes, "Theme for English B"

Langston Hughes, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

Langston Hughes, "Harlem"

Countee Cullen, "Incident"

* Lorine Niedecker, "My Life by Water"

Louis Zukofsky, from "‘A’ 15"

Stanley Kunitz, "Father and Son"

W. H. Auden, "As I Walked Out One Evening"

W. H. Auden, "Musée des Beaux Arts"

Theodore Roethke, "My Papa’s Waltz"

Elizabeth Bishop, "The Fish"

* Elizabeth Bishop, "In the Waiting Room"

Elizabeth Bishop, "One Art"

John Frederick Nims, "Love Poem"

Robert Hayden, "Those Winter Sundays"

Dudley Randall, "Ballad of Birmingham"

John Berryman, "Henry’s Confession"

William Stafford, "Traveling through the Dark"

Dylan Thomas, "Fern Hill"

Dylan Thomas, "Do not go gentle into that good night"

* Randall Jarrell, "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner"

Gwendolyn Brooks, "We Real Cool"

Gwendolyn Brooks, "The Bean Eaters"

Robert Lowell, "Skunk Hour"

Robert Duncan, "The Torso"

Charles Bukowski, "my old man"

Richard Wilbur, "Love Calls Us to the Things of This World"

Philip Larkin, "High Windows"

* Denise Levertov, "In Thai Binh (Peace) Province"

* Maxine Kumin, "Credo"

* Kenneth Koch, "Thank You"

* Gerald Stern, "The Dog"

Frank O’Hara, "The Day Lady Died"

Allen Ginsberg, "A Supermarket in California"

Robert Creeley, "Time"

James Merrill, "The Pier: Under Pisces"

Robert Bly, "Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter"

* W. S. Merwin, "The Nails"

* John Ashbery, "Worsening Situation"

Galway Kinnell, "The Bear"

James Wright, "A Blessing"

Philip Levine, "What Work Is"

* Donald Hall, "Names of Horses"

Conrad Hilberry, "Player Piano"

Samuel Hazo, "For Fawzi in Jerusalem"

Anne Sexton, "Cinderella"

Adrienne Rich, "Diving into the Wreck"

Gary Snyder, "Hitch Haiku"

Derek Walcott, "Sea Grapes"

Geoffrey Hill, "In Memory of Jane Fraser"

Linda Pastan, "An Early Afterlife"

Sylvia Plath, "Metaphors"

Sylvia Plath, "Daddy"

Etheridge Knight, "Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane"

Jim Barnes, "Return to La Plata, Missouri"

Sonia Sanchez, "An Anthem"

Paul Zimmer, "Zimmer Imagines Heaven"

* Mark Strand, "Eating Poetry"

Audre Lorde, "Coal"

Charles Wright, "March Journal"

* Mary Oliver, "First Snow"

* Russell Edson, "The Sweet Twilight"

Jayne Cortez, "Into This Time"

Lucille Clifton, "at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989"

Nancy Willard, "Questions My Son Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Him"

Marge Piercy, "Barbie Doll"

Charles Simic, "Begotten of the Spleen"

Michael S. Harper, "Nightmare Begins Responsibility"

Seamus Heaney, "Digging"

* Margaret Atwood, "True Stories"

* Ted Kooser, "Old Cemetery"

Al Young, "A Dance for Ma Rainey"

James Welch, "Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat"

Nellie Wong, "Grandmother’s Song"

Robert Pinsky, "Shirt"

* Billy Collins, "Nostalgia"

Richard Garcia, "Why I Left the Church"

Simon J. Ortiz, "Speaking"

Toi Derricotte, "A Note on My Son’s Face"

Sharon Olds, "I Go Back to May 1937"

Marilyn Hacker, "Villanelle"

*Ellen Bryant Voigt, "Dooryard Flower"

* Louise Glück, "The Wild Iris"

James Tate, "The Wheelchair Butterfly"

* Quincy Troupe, "Poem for the Root Doctor of Rock n Roll"

Eavan Boland, "The Pomegranate"

* Anne Waldman, "Icy Rose"

Larry Levis, "The Poem You Asked For"

Linda Hogan, "The History of Red"

Ai, "Why Can’t I Leave You?"

Yusef Komunyakaa, "Facing It"

* Jane Kenyon, "Let Evening Come"

Heather McHugh, "What He Thought"

Leslie Marmon Silko, "Prayer to the Pacific"

Sekou Sundiata, "Blink Your Eyes"

Agha Shahid Ali, "I Dream It Is Afternoon When I Return to Delhi"

Victor Hernandez Cruz, "Problems with Hurricanes"

Ray A. Young Bear, "From the Spotted Night"

Carolyn Forché, "The Colonel"

* Medbh McGuckian, "On Ballycastle Beach"

John Yau, "Chinese Villanelle"

* Jorie Graham, "To the Reader"

Joy Harjo, "She Had Some Horses"

Garrett Kaoru Hongo, "Yellow Light"

David Mura, "Grandfather-in-Law"

Rita Dove, "The Satisfaction Coal Company"

Naomi Shihab Nye, "The Small Vases from Hebron"

Alice Fulton, "You Can’t Rhumboogie in a Ball and Chain"

* Alberto Ríos, "Indentations in the Sugar"

* Mary Ruefle, "Naked Ladies"

* Ofelia Zepeda, "Pulling Down the Clouds"

Gary Soto, "The Elements of San Joaquin"

Jimmy Santiago Baca, "Family Ties"

Judith Ortiz Cofer, "Cold as Heaven"

Anita Endrezze, "The Girl Who Loved the Sky"

Ray González, "Praise the Tortilla, Prais Menudo, Praise Chorizo"

Mark Doty, "Tiara"

Richard Jones, "Cathedral"

* Jane Hirshfield, "At Night"

Lorna Dee Cervantes, "Freeway 280"

* Thylias Moss, "The Lynching"

Louise Erdrich, "A Love Medicine"

* Kim Addonizio, "The Sound"

* Donald Revell, "Mignonette"

Cornelius Eady, "My Mother, If She Had Won Free Dance Lessons"

Marilyn Chin, "Turtle Soup"

Cathy Song, "Girl Powdering Her Neck"

* Kimiko Hahn, "Mother’s Mother"

* Li-Young Lee, "The Gift"

Martín Espada, "The Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Stomp"

Wang Ping, "Syntax"

* Lucia Perillo, "Long Time Too Long"

* Carl Phillips, "To the Tune of a Small, Repeatable, and Passing Kindness"

* Bob Hicok, "Plus Shipping"

* Denise Duhamel, "One Afternoon when Barbie Wanted to Join the Military"

Tom Andrews, "The Hemophiliac’s Motorcycle"

* Virgil Suárez, "Tea Leaves, Caracoles, Coffee Beans"

Timothy Liu, "Thoreau"

Sherman Alexie, "Postcards to Columbus"

* Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, "Outlandish Blues (The Movie)"

Allison Joseph, "On Being Told I Don’t Speak Like a Black Person"

Biographical Notes on the Authors

* Groupings of Poems by Form and Type

Glossary of Poetic Terms

Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines

* new to this edition

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