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POETRY FOR STUDENTS

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Provides analysis of the most frequently studied poems in literature courses. Contains author biography (if attributed), poem text, poem summary, themes, style, historical context, critical overview, and criticism.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 1 : The charge of the light brigade - Alfred, Lord Tennyson -- The creation - James Weldon Johnson -- The destruction of Sennacherib - Lord Byron -- Do not go gentle into that good night - Dylan Thomas -- Harlem - Langston Hughes -- An Irish airman foresees his death - William Butler Yeats -- l(a - e.e. cummings -- The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock - T. S. Eliot -- Mirror - Sylvia Plath -- Miss Rosie - Lucille Clifton -- Musee des Beaux Arts - W. H. Auden -- My last duchess - Robert Browning -- Ode on a Grecian urn - John Keats -- The raven - Edgar Allan Poe -- The red wheelbarrow - William Carlos Williams -- The sonnet-ballad - Gwendolyn Brooks -- Sonnet 130 - William Shakespeare -- The soul selects her own society - Emily Dickinson -- Stopping by woods on a snowy evening - Robert Frost -- Swing low sweet chariot - Anonymous -- This life - Rita Dove -- Those winter Sundays - Robert Hayden.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 2 : Angle of geese - N. Scott Momaday -- The bean eaters - Gwendolyn Brooks -- Because I could not stop for death - Emily Dickinson -- Death of the ball turret gunner - Randall Jarrell -- Dover Beach - Matthew Arnold -- Falling upon earth - Matsuo Basho -- Fifteen - William Stafford -- Harlem hopscotch - Maya Angelou -- Holy sonnet 10 - John Donne -- In a station of the metro - Ezra Pound -- Midnight - Seamus Heaney -- O Captain! My Captain! - Walt Whitman -- Ode to the West Wind - Percy Bysshe Shelley -- Paul Revere's Ride - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -- The road not taken - Robert Frost -- Sailing to Byzantium - William Butler Yeats -- Sonnet 18 - William Shakespeare -- Sonnet 43 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning -- Tintern Abbey - William Wordsworth -- The Tyger - William Blake -- Ulysses - Alfred, Lord Tennyson -- When I have fears that I may cease to be - John Keats.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 3 : Any human to another - Countee Cullen -- A pied - Colleen McElroy -- Auto wreck - Karl Shapiro -- The bells - Edgar Allan Poe -- Chicago - Carl Sandburg -- The courage that my mother had - Edna St. Vincent Millay -- Fern Hill - Dylan Thomas -- High windows - Philip Larkin -- Hope is the thing with feathers - Emily Dickinson -- Hurt hawks - Robinson Jeffers -- I hear America singing - Walt Whitman -- The man he killed - Thomas Hardy -- Mother to son - Langston Hughes -- My papa's waltz - Theodore Roethke -- Nothing gold can stay - Robert Frost -- Not waving but drowning - Stevie Smith -- Ode to a nightingale - John Keats -- old age sticks - e.e. cummings -- [On his blindness] sonnet 16 - John Milton -- On the pulse of morning - Maya Angelou -- Sonnet 116 - William Shakespeare -- The unknown citizen - W. H. Auden.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 4 : Ah, are you digging on my grave? - Thomas Hardy -- As I walked out one evening - W. H. Auden -- Concord hymn - Ralph Waldo Emerson -- The death of the hired man - Robert Frost -- Hawk roosting - Ted Hughes -- The highwayman - Alfred Noyes -- Hunger in New York City - Simon Ortiz -- Oysters - Anne Sexton -- Psalm 23 - in King James Bible -- Richard Cory - E. A. Robinson -- The rime of the ancient mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge -- Shine, perishing republic - Robinson Jeffers -- Sir Patrick Spens - Anonymous -- Sonnet 30 - William Shakespeare -- Strong men, riding horses - Gwendolyn Brooks -- Tears, idle tears - Alfred, Lord Tennyson -- This is my letter to the world - Emily Dickinson -- Toads - Philip Larkin -- The tropics in New York - Claude McKay -- When I was one-and-twenty - A. E. Housman.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 5 : Ars poetica - Archibald MacLeish -- Ballad of Birmingham - Dudley Randall -- Birch canoe - Carter Revard -- Cargoes - John Masefield -- Casey at the bat - Ernest Lawrence Thayer -- Digging - Seamus Heaney -- Easter 1916 - W. B. Yeats -- Facing it - Yusef Komunyakaa -- The gold lily - Louise Gluck -- I heard a fly buzz-when I died- Emily Dickinson -- In Flanders field - John McCrae -- Kubla Khan - Samuel Taylor Coleridge -- Lament for the Dorsets - Al Purdy -- Leviathan - W. S. Merwin -- Lost sister - Cathy Song -- Mending wall - Robert Frost -- Sonnet 55 - William Shakespeare -- A supermarket in California - Allen Ginsberg -- To his coy mistress - Andrew Marvell.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 6 : Beware: do not read this poem - Ishmael Reed -- Brazil, January 1, 1502 - Elizabeth Bishop -- Come with me - Robert Bly -- Cool tombs - Carl Sandburg -- A far cry from Africa - Derek Walcott -- The heaven of animals - James Dickey -- Helen - H. D. -- Lord Randal - Anonymous -- "More light! More light!" - Anthony Hecht -- Onomatopoeia - Eve Merriam -- Piano - D. H. Lawrence -- The Quaker graveyard in Nantucket - Robert Lowell -- Queen-Ann's-lace - William Carlos Williams -- Theme for English B - Langston Hughes -- There's a certain slant of light - Emily Dickinson -- To my dear and loving husband - Anne Bradstreet -- We real cool - Gwendolyn Brooks -- The wood-pile - Robert Frost.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 7 : American poetry - Louis Simpson -- Barbara Allan - Anonymous -- A blessing - James Wright -- Butcher shop - Charles Simic -- Fire and ice - Robert Frost -- For the Union dead - Robert Lowell -- In the land of Shinar - Denise Levertov -- Inventors - Michael Blumenthal -- Journey of the Magi - T. S. Eliot -- A Martian sends a postcard home - Craig Raine -- Meeting the British - Paul Muldoon -- The moon glows the same - Matsuo Basho -- A psalm of life - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -- The second coming - William Butler Yeats -- Siren song - Margaret Atwood -- Small town with one road - Gary Soto -- The soldier - Rupert Brooke -- To an athlete dying young - A. E. Housman.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 8 : At the bomb testing site - William Stafford -- Autumn begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio - James Wright -- Bedtime story - George MacBeth -- Beware of ruins - A. D. Hope -- The constellation Orion - Ted Kooser -- A drink of water - Seamus Heaney -- Drought year - Judith Wright -- Ethics - Linda Pastan -- The force that through the green fuse drives the flower - Dylan Thomas -- Music lessons - Mary Oliver -- My life closed twice before its close - Emily Dickinson -- Names of horses - Donald Hall -- A red, red rose - Robert Burns -- The river-merchant's wife: a letter - Ezra Pound -- The seafarer - Anonymous -- Sonnet 29 - William Shakespeare -- Starlight - Philip Levine -- To a sad daughter - Michael Ondaatje -- Vancouver lights - Earle Birney -- Why I am not a painter - Frank O'Hara.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 9 : Anasazi - Gary Snyder -- Annabel Lee - Edgar Allan Poe -- Barbie doll - Marge Piercy -- Bright star! Would I were steadfast as thou art - John Keats -- Eating poetry - Mark Strand -- Elegy written in a country churchyard - Thomas Gray -- The exhibit - Lisel Mueller -- For an Assyrian frieze - Peter Viereck -- Four mountain wolves - Leslie Marmon Silko -- In memory of radio - Amiri Baraka -- The missing - Thom Gunn -- Old Ironsides - Oliver Wendell Holmes -- Psalm 8 - King James Bible -- Reactionary essay on applied science - Phyllis McGinley -- Sonnet 19 - William Shakespeare -- Saint Francis and the sow - Galway Kinnell -- "Trouble with math in a one-room country school" - Jane Kenyon -- War is kind - Stephen Crane.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 10 : Alabama centennial - Naomi Long Madgett -- Ballad of orange and grape - Muriel Rukeyser -- A birthday - Christina Rossetti -- Black zodiac - Charles Wright -- The bustle in a house - Emily Dickinson -- The cremation of Sam McGee - Robert W. Service -- Dear reader - James Tate -- Drifters - Bruce Dawe -- Dulce et decorum est - Wilfred Owen -- A farewell to English - Michael Hartnett -- Funeral blues - W. H. Auden -- The hiding place - Jorie Graham -- How we heard the name - Alan Dugan -- Landscape with tractor - Henry Taylor -- The negro speaks of rivers - Langston Hughes -- Out, out- Robert Frost -- The phoenix - Howard Nemerov.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 11 : Beowulf - Richard Wilbur -- Chocolates - Louis Simpson -- The eagle - Alfred, Lord Tennyson -- Go down, Moses - Anonymous -- The hospital window - James Dickey -- Island of the three Marias - Alberto Rios -- Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll -- The milkfish gatherers - James Fenton -- A narrow fellow in the grass - Emily Dickinson -- Overture to a dance of locomotives - William Carlos Williams -- Paradoxes and oxymorons - John Ashbery -- To a child running with outstretched arms in Canyon de Chelly - N. Scott Momaday -- Tonight I can write - Pablo Neruda -- A valediction: forbidding mourning - John Donne -- The war against the trees - Stanley Kunitz -- The weight of sweetness - Li-Young Lee.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 12 : Anorexic - Eavan Boland -- An Arundel tomb - Philip Larkin -- The base stealer - Robert Francis -- The Czar's last Christmas letter. A barn in the Urals - Norman Dubie -- Filling station - Elizabeth Bishop -- For Jean Vincent D'abbadie, Baron St.-Castin - Alden Nowlan -- A grafted tongue - John Montague -- Having a Coke with you - Frank O'Hara -- Hope is a tattered flag - Carl Sandburg -- The lamb - William Blake -- maggie and milly and molly and may - e. e. cummings -- My mother pieced quilts - Teresa Palomo Acosta -- On freedom's ground - Richard Wilbur -- The rape of the lock - Alexander Pope -- A tall man executes a jig - Irving Layton -- Wilderness gothic - Al Purdy.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 13 : An African elegy - Robert Duncan -- Birches - Robert Frost -- Blood oranges - Lisel Mueller -- Cavalry crossing a ford - Walt Whitman -- The conquerors - Phyllis McGinley -- Darwin in 1881 - Gjertrud Schnackenberg -- Daylights - Rosanna Warren -- For the White poets who would be Indian - Wendy Rose -- I felt a funeral, in my brain - Emily Dickinson -- i was sitting in mcsorley's - e. e. cummings -- The idea of order at Key West - Wallace Stevens -- Leda and the swan - William Butler Yeats -- The song of the smoke - W. E. B. Du Bois -- To his excellency General Washington - Phillis Wheatley -- To the virgins, to make much of time - Robert Herrick -- We live by what we see at night - Martin Espada.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 14 : Bidwell ghost - Louise Erdrich -- The Canterbury tales - Geoffrey Chaucer -- Climbing - Lucille Clifton -- Courage - Anne Sexton -- Deep woods - Howard Nemerov -- Elegy for my father, who is not dead - Andrew Hudgins -- The fish - Marianne Moore -- Incident in a rose garden - Donald Justice -- In the suburbs - Louis Simpson -- Kilroy - Peter Viereck -- Last request - Joel Brouwer -- The nymph's reply to the shepherd - Sir Walter Raleigh -- Remember - Christina Rossetti -- She walks in beauty - Lord Byron -- Song of the Chattahoochee - Sidney Lanier -- There will come soft rains - Sara Teasdale.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 15 : Anniversary - Joy Harjo -- Astonishment - Wislawa Szymborska -- Blackberrying - Sylvia Plath -- Dream variations - Langston Hughes -- For a new citizen of these United States - Li-Young Lee -- Geometry - Rita Dove -- The horizons of rooms - W. S. Merwin -- The Lady of Shalott - Alfred, Lord Tennyson -- The lake isle of Innisfree - W. B. Yeats -- The mystery - Louise Gluck -- Porphyria's lover - Robert Browning -- Rusted legacy - Adrienne Rich -- Smart and final Iris - James Tate -- What belongs to us - Marie Howe -- Wild geese - Mary Oliver.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 16 : Business - Victor Hernandez Cruz -- Colibri - Martin Espada -- Hugh Selwyn Mauberley - Ezra Pound -- I stop writing the poem - Tess Gallagher -- Merlin enthralled - Richard Wilbur -- Much madness is divinest sense - Emily Dickinson -- My father's song - Simon Ortiz -- Reunions with a ghost - Ai -- Song of a citizen - Czeslaw Milosz -- Sonnet XXIX - Elizabeth Barrett Browning -- Southbound on the freeway - May Swenson -- Story from bear country - Leslie Marmon Silko -- Sunday morning - Wallace Stevens -- Three times my life has opened - Jane Hirshfield -- Ways to live - William Stafford -- What my child learns of the sea - Audre Lorde.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 17 : The arsenal at Springfield - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -- La belle dame sans merci - John Keats -- The blue rim of memory - Denise Levertov -- The cobweb - Raymond Carver -- Driving to town late to mail a letter - Robert Bly -- Early in the morning - Li-Young Lee -- For Jennifer, 6, on the Teton - Richard Hugo -- Having it out with melancholy - Jane Kenyon -- I go back to May 1937 - Sharon Olds -- Knoxville, Tennessee - Nikki Giovanni -- Mind - Jorie Graham -- On his having arrived at the age of twenty-three - John Milton -- Poetry - Marianne Moore -- The Rhodora - Ralph Waldo Emerson -- The singer's house - Seamus Heaney -- Wild swans - Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 18 : 60 - Rabindranath Tagore -- Address to the angels - Maxine Kumin -- The afterlife - Billy Collins -- The continuous life - Mark Strand -- The country without a post office - Agha Shahid Ali -- The darkling thrush - Thomas Hardy -- Duration - Octavio Paz -- The garden shukkei-en - Carolyn Forche -- The greatest grandeur - Pattiann Rogers -- The last question - Dorothy Parker -- Midnight verses - Anna Akhmatova -- New rule - Anne Carson -- Song of reasons - Robert Pinsky -- Spring-watching pavilion - Ho Xuan Huong -- Temple bells die out - Matsuo Basho -- To an unknown poet - Carolyn Kizer.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 19 : And what if I spoke of despair - Ellen Bass -- The boy - Marilyn Hacker -- Childhood - Rainer Maria Rilke -- The cinnamon peeler - Michael Ondaatje -- The city limits - A. R. Ammons -- His speed and strength - Alicia Ostriker -- Ithaka - C.P. Cavafy -- Once again I prove the theory of relativity - Sandra Cisneros -- On location in the Loire Valley - Diane Ackerman -- Ordinary words - Ruth Stone -- Perfect light - Ted Hughes -- Proem - Alfred, Lord Tennyson -- Seven seeds - Jill Bialosky -- Social life - Tony Hoagland -- somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond - e.e. cummings -- True night - Gary Snyder.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 20 : Air for Mercury - Brenda Hillman -- Alchemy of day - Anne Hebert -- But perhaps God needs the longing - Nelly Sachs -- Drinking alone beneath the moon - Li Po -- Gacela of the dark death - Federico Garcia Lorca -- God who loves you - Carl Dennis -- Hymn to Aphrodite - Sappho -- In particular - Elena Karina Byrne -- Memoir - Mona Van Duyn -- Moreover, the moon - Mina Loy -- Ode to a drum - Yusef Komunyakaa -- Paradiso - Kenneth Koch -- Thirst against - Linda Gregg -- Two poems for T - Cesare Pavese -- Variations on nothing - Giuseppe Ungaretti -- Waste land - T.S. Eliot.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 21 : Accounting - Claribel Alegria -- Answer to Letters - Tomas Transtromer -- Fading light - Robert Creeley -- Ghazal - Elizabeth Spires -- Hymn to beauty - Charles Baudelaire -- Late and deep - Paul Celan -- Maternity - Anna Swir -- Memory - Sarah Arvio -- Morning walk - Claire Malroux -- Rapture - Joelle Biele -- A rebirth - Faroogh Farrokhzaad -- The reverse side - Stephen Dunn -- Station - Eamon Grennan -- Ten years after your deliberate drowning - Robin Behn -- While I was gone a war began - Ana Castillo -- Words for departure - Louise Bogan.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 22 : Apple sauce for Eve - Marge Piercy -- Death sentences - Radmila Lazic -- The forest - Susan Stewart -- If - Rudyard Kipling -- It's a woman's world - Eavan Boland -- Metamorphoses - Ovid -- Omen - Edward Hirsch -- On the threshold - Eugenio Montale -- The passionate shepherd to his love - Christopher Marlowe -- Pineapples and pomegranates - Paul Muldoon -- |tThe satyr's heart - Brigit Pegeen Kelly -- The Toni Morrison dreams - Elizabeth Alexander -- Trompe l'Oeil - Mary Jo Salter -- What I would ask my husband's dead father - Sharon Hashimoto -- When I heard the learn'd astronomer - Walt Whitman -- Why the classics - Zbigniew Herbert.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 23 : Allegory - Mary Jo Bang -- All it takes - Carl Phillips -- The art of the novel - Natasha Sajé -- Aurora Leigh - Elizabeth Barrett Browning -- The crime was in Granada - Antonio Machado -- An elementary school classroom in a slum - Stephen Spender -- Fiddler crab - Josephine Jacobsen -- It's like this - Stephen Dobyns -- Lake - Rosanna Warren -- Lepidopterology - Jesper Svenbro -- Lost in translation - James Merrill -- The nerve - Glyn Maxwell -- Pine - Kimiko Hahn -- Practice - Ellen Bryant Voigt -- September - Joanne Kyger -- Song: to Celia - Ben Jonson

Poetry for Students -  Volume 24 : All I was doing was breathing - Mirabai -- Always - Guillaume Apollinaire -- At the cancer clinic - Ted Kooser -- The Chambered Nautilus - Oliver Wendell Holmes -- For the sake of strangers - Dorianne Laux -- Kindness - Naomi Shihab Nye -- The litany - Dana Gioia -- Monologue for an onion - Sue (Suji) Kwock Kim -- Not like a cypress - Yehuda Amichai -- One is one - Marie Ponsot -- Our side - Carol Muske-Dukes -- A poison tree - William Blake -- Portrait of a couple at century's end - Sherod Santos -- The room - Conrad Aiken -- Seeing you - Jean Valentine -- Three to's and an oi - Heather McHugh.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 25 : Art thou the thing I wanted - Alice Fulton -- Bonnard's garden - Rick Barot -- Chorale - Kevin Young -- The cossacks - Linda Pastan -- Daughter-Mother-Maya-Seeta - Reetika Vazirani -- Hum - Ann Lauterbach -- Knowledge - Kim Addonizio -- The legend - Garrett Hongo -- Originally - Carol Ann Duffy -- Rent - Jane Cooper -- The river mumma wants out - Lorna Goodison -- Self-portrait - Adam Zagajewski -- Supernatural love - Gjertrud Schnackenberg -- View - Marvin Bell -- Virtue - George Herbert -- Whoso list to hunt - Thomas Wyatt.

Poetry for Students -  Volume 26 : After Raphael - Lucie Brock-Broido -- Another night in the ruins - Galway Kinnell -- An anthem - Sonia Sanchez -- The black heralds - Cesar Vallejo -- Curse - Frank Bidart -- I, I, I - Hayden Carruth -- Mastectomy - Alicia Ostriker -- One of the smallest - Gerald Stern -- Pied beauty - Gerard Manley Hopkins -- Russian letter - John Yau -- Sentimental education - Mary Ruefle -- Walk your body down - J. T. Barbarese -- The war correspondent - Ciaran Carson -- What the poets could have been - Julianna Baggott -- Witness - Liz Waldner.

Poetry for Students - Volume 27 : Archaic torso of Apollo - Rainer Maria Rilke -- Borges and I - Jorge Luis Borges -- Conversation with a stone - Wislawa Szymborska -- Dream song 29 - John Berryman -- Goblin market - Christina Rossetti -- Iola, Kansas - Amy Clampitt -- The man-moth - Elizabeth Bishop -- My grandmother's plot in the family cemetary - Claudia Emerson -- Ozymandias - Percy Bysshe Shelley -- Requiem - Anna Akhmatova -- A satirical elegy on the death of a late famous general - Jonathan Swift -- September 1, 1939 - W.H. Auden -- Telephone conversation - Wole Soyinka - Waterfalls in a bank - A.K. Ramanujan -- Yet we insist that life is full of happy chance - Lyn Hejinian.