2013-14 Poetry Reading List

Traditional Literature
The Odyssey (translated by Fitzgerald)
Beowulf (translated by Heaney)
Paradise Lost (Milton)
The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue, The Miller’s Tale and Prologue, The Wife of Bath’s Tale and Prologue (Chaucer)
Songs of Innocence and Experience (Blake)
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (Dickinson)
Leaves of Grass: The Deathbed Edition (Walt Whitman)

World Poetry
Selected Poems – Anna Akhmatova (trans. By D.M. Thomas
The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (trans.By Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell)
In a Time of Violence (Eavan Boland)
Autobiography of Red and Glass, Irony, and God (Anne Carson)
The Collected Works of T.S. Eliot (Eliot)
Poems of Paul Celan (trans. by Michael Hamburger)
Opened Ground: Selected Poems (Seamus Heaney)
Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems (Neruda)
The Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke (trans. by Stephen Mitchell)
View With a Grain of Sand (Wislawa Szymborska)
The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas (Thomas)
The Bounty (Derek Walcott)
The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats (Yeats)
C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems (trans. By Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard)

American Poetry
The Collected Poems of Robert Frost (Frost)
The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens (Stevens)
Dream Songs (John Berryman)
Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror (John Ashbery)
In the Western Night (Frank Bidart)
Elizabeth Bishop: The Complete Poems: 1927-1979 (Elizabeth Bishop)
Selected Poems (Gwendolyn Brooks)
Blessing the Boats (Lucille Clifton)
Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (Mark Doty)
Lighthead (Terrance Hayes)
Practical Water (Brenda Hillman)
The Wild Iris (Louise Gluck)
Otherwise: New and Selected Poems (Jane Kenyon)
The Book of Nightmares (Galway Kinnell)
Neon Vernacular (Yusef Komunyaka)
The Book of My Nights (Li-Young Lee)
Flower & Hand (W.S. Merwin)
Complete Poems (Marianne Moore)
Hinge & Sign (Heather McHugh)
The Tether (Carl Phillips)
Ariel (Sylvia Plath)
Diving Into the Wreck (Adrienne Rich)
Words for the Wind (Theodore Roethke)
Black Zodiac (Charles Wright)
Above the River (James Wright)

Criticism and Prosody
A Field Guide to Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (Friebert, Walker, Young, eds.)
The Dyer’s Hand (W.H. Auden)
20th Century Pleasures (Robert Hass)
The Triggering Town (Richard Hugo)
The Resistance to Poetry (James Longenbach)
Letters to a Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke)
A Defense of Poetry (Sir Philip Sidney)
Preface to the Lyrical Ballads (William Wordsworth)

And the following essays from the 3rd edition of 
The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Amiri Baraka: excerpt from The Myth of a “Negro Literature”
T.S. Eliot: “Tradition and the Individual Talent”
Robert Frost: “The Figure a Poem Makes”
Denise Levertov: “Some Notes on Organic Form”
Adrienne Rich: “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision”
Wallace Stevens: excerpts from “The Noble Rider and the Sound of Words”
Dylan Thomas: “Poetic Manifesto”

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