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Assignment - Poets & Poetry

Choose one from this list, and one from the next.
  • Pre-20th Century Poets. Note: if a poet is listed twice, more than one student may choose him/her.
    1. Sappho (c. 630 BCE-570 BCE), “Sappho 31” (“Phainetai Moi”)
    2. Homer (c. 850 BCE), a selection from The Iliad
    3. Edmund Spenser (c. 1552-1599), from “The Faerie Queen”
    4. Shakespeare (1564-1616), “Like as the Waves” (Sonnet 60)
    5. Shakespeare (1564-1616) “Then Hate Me…” (Sonnet 90)
    6. Ben Jonson, (1572-1637), “On My First Sonne”
    7. Donne (1572-1631), “Death Be Not Proud”
    8. Donne (1572-1631), “Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God”
    9. Robert Herrick (1591-1674), “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time”
    10. Milton (1608-1674), “When I Consider How My Light is Spent”
    11. Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672), “The Author to Her Book”
    12. Richard Lovelace (1618-1658), “To Lucasta”
    13. Marvell (1621-1678), “Dialogue between the Soul and Body”
    14. Marvell (1621-1678), “To His Coy Mistress”
    15. Pope (1688-1744), “A Little Learning is a Dang’rous Thing”
    16. Gray (1716-1771), “Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat…”
    17. Phillis Wheatley (c. 1754-1784), “To His Excellency, General Washington”
    18. Blake (1757-1827), “The Chimney Sweeper” (both versions)
    19. Burns (1759-1796), “To a Mouse”
    20. Wordsworth (1770-1850), “London, 1802”
    21. Coleridge (1772-1834), “Kubla Khan”
    22. Byron (1788-1824), “She Walks in Beauty”
    23. Shelley (1792-1822), “Ode to the West Wind”
    24. Keats (1795-1821), “When I Have Fears”
    25. Keats (1795-1821)“La Belle Dame Sans Merci”
    26. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), “How Do I Love Thee?” (Sonnet 43)
    27. Tennyson (1809-1892), “The Charge of the Light Brigade”
    28. Robert Browning (1812-1889), “My Last Duchess”
    29. Walt Whitman (1819-1892), “To a Locomotive in Winter”
    30. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), “I Felt a Funeral in my Brain”
    31. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), “Sappho”
    32. Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), “The Workbox”

  • Modern, Post-Modern 20th Century Poets (and beyond)
    1. A. E. Housman (1859-1936), “When I Was One-and-Twenty”
    2. Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935), “Luke Havergal”
    3. William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), “The Great Figure”
    4. Gerard Manley Hopkins (1884-1889), “Thou Art Indeed Just”
    5. William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), “Crazy Jane Talks With the Bishop”
    6. Robert Frost (1874-1963), “The Death of the Hired Man”
    7. Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931), “How Samson Bore Away the Gates of Gaza”
    8. Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock”
    9. Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), “Guenevere”
    10. D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), “Piano”
    11. Ezra Pound (1885-1972), “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter”
    12. Marianne Moore (1887-1972), “Silence”
    13. Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), “To the Stone-Cutters”
    14. T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
    15. Gabriela Mistral (1889–1957), “To See Him Again”
    16. Conrad Aiken (1889-1973), “Red is the Color of Blood”
    17. Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), “Requerdo”
    18. Wilfred Owen (1893-1913), “Dulce et Decorm Est”
    19. e. e. cummings (1894-1962), “anyone lived in a pretty how town”
    20. Robert Graves (1895-1985), “Down, Wanton, Down!”
    21. Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), “John Brown’s Body”
    22. Langston Hughes (1902-1967), “Mother to Son”
    23. Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), “We are Many”
    24. John Betjeman (1906-1984), “In Westminster Abbey”
    25. W. H. Auden (1907-1973), “The Unknown Citizen”
    26. Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), “My Papa’s Waltz”
    27. Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), “Sestina”
    28. Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”
    29. Weldon Kees (1914-1955), “For My Daughter”
    30. Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), “The Bean Eaters”
    31. Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), “Advice to a Prophet”
    32. Anne Sexton (1928-1974), “Her Kind”
    33. Wisława Szymborska (b. 1923), “Lot’s Wife”
    34. Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”
    35. Ted Hughes (1930-1998), “View of a Pig”
    36. Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), “Lady Lazarus”
    37. Seamus Heaney (b. 1939), “Digging”
    38. Margaret Atwood (b. 1939), “Siren Song”
    39. Louise Gluck (b. 1943), “The Gold Lily”
    40. Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947), “Facing It”
    41. Rita Dove (b. 1952), “Geometry”
    42. Linda Pastan (b. 1932), “Jump Cabling”