An Introduction to Poetry

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HarperCollins, 1990 - American poetry - 532 pages

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Contents

Reading a Poem
1
NARRATIVE POETRY
8
THE PERSON IN THE POEM
19
William Carlos Williams THE RED WHEELBARROW
25
Richard Lovelace To LUCASTA
32
Words
38
THE VALUE OF A DICTIONARY
45
Josephine Miles REASON
51
W H Auden As I WalKED OUT ONE EVENING
287
Louise Bogan THE DREAM
293
Joseph Brodsky BELFAST TUNE
294
Emily Dickinson BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH
301
John Dryden TO THE MEMORY OF MR OLDHAM
307
THE RUNAWAYS
313
Donald Hall NAMES OF HORSES
319
Robert Hayden THOSE WINTER SUNDAYS
325

Wole Soyinka Lost TRIBE
57
Lewis Carroll JABBERWOCKY
58
Saying and Suggesting
64
Wallace Stevens THE EMPEROR OF ICE CREAM
70
Elizabeth Bishop THE FISH
76
John Ridland The Lazy Mans Haiku
82
Figures of Speech
88
William Blake TO SEE A WORLD IN A GRAIN OF SAND
94
George Herbert THE PULLEY
101
Song
108
BALLADS
115
Anonymous Fa MI FA RE LA MI
122
William Butler Yeats Who GOES WITH FERGUS?
128
William Cole ON MY BOAT ON LAKE CAYUGA
134
James Whitehead THE COUNTRY Music Star BEGINS
140
Thomas Campion ROSECHEEKED LAURA COME
157
Closed Form Open Form
164
E E Cummings BUFFALO Bill s
183
Wallace Stevens THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACKBIRD
189
Geoffrey Chaucer YOUR YEN TWO WOL SLEE ME SODENLY
195
Poems for the Eye
198
Symbol
205
Myth
217
William Butler Yeats The Old PENSIONER
232
Horace Odes I 38
238
Evaluating a Poem
244
Rod McKuen THOUGHTS ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
252
What Is Poetry?
273
Anonymous THE THREE RAVENS
279
Garrett Hongo The HONGO STORE 29 Miles VOLCANO Hilo
332
Gerard Manley Hopkins THE WINDHOVER
334
Ben Jonson ON MY FIRST SON
340
Denise Levertov DIVORCING
346
George Meredith LUCIFER IN STARLIGHT
352
Sharon Olds THE ONE GIRL AT THE Boys Party
358
Sylvia Plath MORNING SONG
364
Adrienne Rich THE NINTH SYMPHONY OF BEETHOVEN UNDERSTOOD
369
William Shakespeare THAT TIME OF YEAR THOU MAYST
375
Stevie Smith I REMEMBER
382
Alfred Lord Tennyson DARK HOUSE BY WHICH ONCE MORE
388
Walt Whitman I Saw in LOUISIANA A LIVEOak GROWING
394
William Wordsworth COMPOSED UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE
400
Elinor Wylie THE EAGLE AND THE MOLE
403
Plato INSPIRATION
441
William Wordsworth EMOTION RECOLLECTED IN TRANQUILLITY
447
Randall Jarrell
453
WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE
461
DRAFTING AND REVISING
467
DOCUMENTING YOUR SOURCES
471
EXPLICATING
477
COMPARING AND CONTRASTING
485
SUGGESTIONS FOR WRITING
491
Frederick Morgan THE MASTER
498
REACHING AN AUDIENCE
505
158
516
Index of Authors and Titles
522
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About the author (1990)

Widely anthologized, Kennedy's poetry may not be as influential among contemporary poets as others' because of his preference for, in his words, "old-fangled structures most poets have junked these days." As Kennedy's comments on his verse suggest, his poetry is witty, concise, and unpretentious. His subject matter is drawn from the everyday including his Catholic background and middle-class suburban life. Yet his concerns can be profound including death, violence, suicide, and Genesis.

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