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Section 001 / Fall 2004 / Susan Tichy / Tuesday 7:20-10:00 / Thompson Hall 106


Sonnet  /  Blank Verse  /  Heroic Couplet  /  Hexameter Couplet  /  Short Couplet


We will talk about the sonnet as a form in Week 4. You may also want to consider some specific sonnet traditions of the 20th century, including:

1) thematized form: sonnets about closure, design, form, tradition
2) sonnets on war, a tradition begun in World War I
3) revisionist speaker, specifically African American, female, gay
4) return to the narrative sonnet sequence, + comparable sequences of not-quite sonnets, such as Rich's 21 Love Poems

16th c:

Wyatt: Whoso list to hunt 113, My galley charged with forgetfulness 114 (abbaabbacddcee)

Sidney (16th c): fr Astrophel and Stella: Loving in truth 192 (ababababcdcdee),
With how sad steps 194 (Wyatt’s form)

Spenser (16th c): fr Amoretti: One day I wrote her name 169 (Spenserian)

Drayton (16th c): Since there’s no help 215 (Shakesperean)

Shakespeare (16th c): any, especially: 

29 When, in disgrace 236
30 When to the sessions of sweet 236
55 Not marble nor the gilded 237
73 That time in year 238
116 Let me not 239
129 Th’expense of spirit 240
130 My mistress’ eyes 240
OPTIONAL: All Shakespeare’s sonnets
17th c:

Wroth: any from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus 313
(the first sonnet sequence by a woman in English and the only one of her time)

Donne: Holy Sonnets: any, esp: 7 At the round earth’s 288, 10 Death be not proud 288, 14 Batter my heart 289 (Petrarchan)

Herrick: The argument of his book 317 (couplet sonnet)

Herbert: Redemption 329 (irregular)

Milton : When I consider how my light is spent 378, Methought I saw (379) (Miltonic)

18th c:

Charlotte Smith: Written in the church yard at Middleton 652, Written near a port on a dark evening 653, Written in October 653 (Shakespearean w/ variations)

19th c:

Wordsworth: Composed Upon Westminster Bridge 727, Nuns Fret Not 727, The World Is Too Much With Us 735, Surprised by Joy 736 (Petrarchan)

Shelley: To Wordworth 793 (Petrarchan w/ English quatrains), Ozymandias 799 (irregular), England in 1819 800 (irregular)

Keats: When I Have Fears 832 (Shakespearean), 

E.B. Browning: I thought how once 856, The Soul’s Expression, To George Sand, When Our Two Souls (Petrarchan)

Meredith: Modern Love 1007

Hopkins: God’s Grandeur 1062, The Windhover 1062, Pied Beauty 1062 (curtal), Felix Randal 1063, As Kingfishers Catch Fire 1064, Carrion Comfort 1064, No Worst 1065, I wake and fee 1065 (others Petrarchan, in “sprung rhythm”)


Yeats: Leda and the Swan 1095 (Petrarchan)

Robinson: Reuben Bright 1107 (Sh. structure w/ Italian quatrains)

Frost: Design 1135 (Petrarchan), The Oven Bird 1128, both also in MODERN

E. Thomas: The Gypsy 1150, February Afternoon

Stevens: A Clear Day and No Memories 144

Lawrence: Andraitx 1183

Sassoon: Glory of Women 1208 (P. structure w/ English quatrains)

Ransom: Piazza Piece 1256 (P. structure w/ irregular rhyme scheme)

McKay: The Harlem Dancer MODERN 501,  If We Must Die 501, The Lynching 502, Tropics of New York 502, America 503, The White City 503, Outcast 503.

Millay: I Being Born a Woman and Distressed  MODERN 512 (Petrarchan), Gazing upon him now 512, Love is not all 513

MacLeish: The End of the World MODERN 516

Owen: Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce et Decorum Est both 1276 or MODERN 525, Futility (tetrameter) 529

cummings: next to of course god America 1284 (Petrarchan) or MODERN 550

Toomer: November Cotton Flower MODERN 559

Cullen: Yet Do I Marvel MODERN 727

Kavanaugh: Canal Bank Walk 1347 (Shakespearean) or MODERN 749

Lowry: Delerium in Vera Cruz 1398 (Petrarchan), The Wild Cherry 1398 (Shakespearean)

MacCaig: Kingfisher 1404

Brooks: my dreams my works must wait till after hell 1479

R. Lowell: To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage (couplet sonnet) CONTEMP132

Nemerov: Gyroscope 

Clampitt: The Cormorant in its element 1508 (Petrarchan)

Meredith: The Illiterate 1502

Heaney: The Forge 1789

J. Wright: Saint Judas CONTEMP 416

Rich: Twenty-one Love Poems CONTEMP 470

Duffy (20th c): Prayer 1875 (Shakespearean)

Hill: Two Formal Elegies CONTEMP 583

Hass: Sonnet CONTEMP 788

Muldoon: Why Brownlee Left, Quoof both CONTEMP 957

Henri Cole: White Spine CONTEMP 1037, Childlessness 1039


Surrey (16th c): The Aeneid (sample some of it – this is the first blank verse in English)

Shakespeare: any of the plays

Milton: (17th c): Paradise Lost: any or all, esp. the first lines, from Book V l.73 (“myself am Hell” passage by Satan), or from Book V l.357 (O Hell! what do mine eyes with grief behold?). The Norton has Book IX. On the Bartleby site (which I've linked here) scroll down the menu at the right to search by Author.

Charlotte Smith (18th c): from Beachy Head 655, or the whole poem on line

Wordsworth (19th c): Lines (Tintern Abbey) 699, The Ruined Cottage 703, from The Prelude 714, or the whole poem on line

Coleridge: The Aeolian Harp 739, Frost at Midnight 742

Emerson (19th c Am): The Snow-Storm 851

E.B. Browning (19th c): fr Aurora Leigh 857, and more of Aurora Leigh

Robert Browning (19th c): The Bishop Orders his Tomb 915

Tennyson (19th c): Ulysses 896

Frost: The Gift Outright 1138, Directive 1139, Mending Wall 1121, Birches 1128, or MODERN 203,211, Home Burial 204, Old Man's Winter Night 210

E.Thomas: Rain 1148, As the Team's Head Brass 1149

Sassoon: Repression of War Experience MODERN 391

Muir: Adam's Dream 1228

A. Lowell: The Sisters 48

Stevens: Sunday Morning 1151  or MODERN 237, The Man on the Dump 254, Of Modern Poetry 255

Pound: Portrait d'une Femme 1186

Graves: Recalling War MODERN 565

Smith: The Celts 1332

Bishop: The Man-moth CONTEMP 18

Morgan: The Dowser 1513

Van Duyn: Letters from a Father 1523

DuFault: A Letter for All-Hallows 1558

Clampitt: Beethoven, Opus 111 CONTEMP 190

Amis: Against Romanticism CONTEMP 202

Hecht: A Hill CONTEMP 229

Merrill: parts of The Changing Light at Sandover CONTEMP 318

Ashbery: Brute Image 1630, Rivers and Mountains 1627

Merwin: A Given Day CONTEMP 414

Rich: Living in Sin 1679

Hollander: By Heart

Walcott: parts of The Schooner Flight CONTEMP 502

Strand: In Celebration CONTEMP 622

Longley: Ghetto 1796

Corn: Contemporary Culture and the Letter K 1811

Hall: Mangosteens 1863


Queen Elizabeth I (16th c): Ah silly pug 131

Jonson (17th c): On my first son  291

Donne (17th c): Elegy XIX. To his mistress going to bed  281

Finch (17th c): Letter to Daphnis (W), A Nocturnal Reverie 519, On Myself 523

Milton (17th c): Lycidas (with variations) 354

Bradstreet (17th c): Author to her book 419 & others

Dryden (17th c): Mac Flecknoe 473, fr Absolom and Achitophel (1st 30 ll.) 458

Behn (17th c): To the fair Clorinda who made love to me, imagined as more than woman 503

Finch (17th c): A Nocturnal Reverie 519

Swift (18th c): A description of a city shower 526, A Description of the morning 526

Pope (18th c): The rape of the lock 547, Essay on Criticism 539, or the whole poem on line

Montagu (18th c): Epistle from Mrs. Yonge to Her Husband 580

Thomson (18th c): Winter 585

Wheatley (18th c.) To S.M. a Young Black Painter 661, On Being Brought from Africa to America 660

Leapor (18th c): Mira’s Will 616

Crabbe (18-19th c): fr The Parish Register 662, fr The Borough 668

E. Barrett Browning: from Aurora Leigh 857

R. Browning (19th c): My Last Duchess 911

Yeats: Adam’s Curse (couplet stanzas) 1086

Sassoon: To His Dead Body MODERN 388

Gurney: First Time In MODERN 496, The Silent One 498

Owen: Strange Meeting 528

Toomer: Reapers 1289, or MODERN 559

Betjeman: False Security 1358

Lewis: All Day It Has Rained  1466

Gunn: Moly CONTEMP 485

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HEXAMETER (COUPLETS & other stuff)

Wyatt (16th c): They flee from me 115

Queen Elizabeth I (16th c): The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy 131

Blake: Holy Thursday 672

Yeats: The Lake Isle of Innisfree 1084

Lawrence: Piano 1177

Gurney: First Time In 1262

Lewis: The Stand-To 1342

I Think Continually of Those WhoWere Truly Great 1399

Toomer: Reapers MODERN 559

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Barbour (14th c, Scottish): from The Bruce: A! fredome 

Dunbar (15th-16th c, Scottish): Lament for the Makaris 71, In prais of wemen 73

Jonson (17th c):  On my first daughter 291, Epitaph on Elizabeth LH 296

Herrick (17th c): The Vine 317, Delight in disorder 318

Milton (17th c): L’Allegro 365, Il Penseroso 369 (w/variations)

Marlowe (17th c): A dialogue between the soul and body 434, To his coy mistress 435

Philips (17th c): Epitaph, on her son 482

Behn (17th c): Song (Love armed) 497, The Disappointment 497

Swift (18th c): Stella’s Birthday 528, The Lady’s Dressing Room 530

Montagu (18th c): The Lover: A Ballad 577

Leapor (18th c): Epistle of Deborah Dough 617

Burns (18th c): Tam o’Shanter 689

R. Browning (19th c): Memorabilia 933

Millay: Recuerdo MODERN 511

Cullen: Heritage 1335, 532

Birney: Slug in Woods 1338

Updike: Snapshots 1738

Harrison: Them & [uz] 1766, A Kumquat for John Keats 1767

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