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Wyatt (16th c): 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
Wroth: any from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus 313 (the first sonnet sequence by a woman in English and the only one of her time)

Donne (17th c): Holy Sonnets: any, esp: 7 At the round earth’s 288, 10 Death be not proud 288, 14 Batter my heart 289 (Petrarchan)

Herrick (17th c): The argument of his book 317 (couplet sonnet)

Herbert (17th c): Redemption 329 (irregular)

Milton (17th c): When I consider how my light is spent 378, Methought I saw (379) (Miltonic)

Charlotte Smith (18th c): Written in the church yard at Middleton 652, Written near a port on a dark evening 653, Written in October 653 (Shakespearean w/ variations)

Wordsworth (19th c): Composed Upon Westminster Bridge 727, Nuns Fret Not 727, The World Is Too Much With Us 735, Surprised by Joy 736 (Petrarchan)

Shelley (19th ): To Wordworth 793 (Petrarchan w/ English quatrains), Ozymandias 799 (irregular), England in 1819 800 (irregular)

Keats (19th c): When I Have Fears 832 (Shakespearean), 

E.B. Browning (19th c): I thought how once 856, The Soul’s Expression, To George Sand, When Our Two Souls (Petrarchan)

Meredith: Modern Love 1007

Hopkins (19th c): 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 (19t-20th c): Leda and the Swan 1095 (Petrarchan)

Robinson (19-20th c): Reuben Bright 1107 (Sh. structure w/ Italian quatrains)

Frost: Design 1135 (Petrarchan), The Oven Bird 1128

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 315, To the White Fiends 315, If We Must Die 315, The Lynching, The White City 317, America 317, Mulatto 318, etc.

Millay: I Being Born a Woman and Distressed  320 (Petrarchan), Love is not blind 321, Oh oh you will be sorry 321, Sonnets from an Ungrafted Tree 321, Love is not all 327

Owen: Anthem for Doomed Youth 1276, Dulce et Decorum Est 1276

cummings: next to of course god America 1284 (Petrarchan) or MAP 348

Toomer: November Cotton Flower 353

Cullen: Yet Do I Marvel 531

Kavanaugh: Canal Bank Walk 1347 (Shakespearean)

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

Davidman: This Woman 733

R. Lowell: The March I & II 763 (unrhymed)

Brooks: Gay Chaps at the Bar 768 

Clampitt: The Cormorant in its element 1508 (Petrarchan)

J. Wright: Saint Judas 890

Rich: Twenty-one Love Poems 945

Knight: For Malcolm 971

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

NOTE: We will talk about the sonnet as a form in Week 3. At the end of the semester we will talk about 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, + sequences of not-quite sonnets, such as Rich's 21 Love Poems

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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.

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: Mending Wall 1121, Birches 1128, or MAP 84, 90, Home Burial 85, The Hill Wife 93

A. Lowell: The Sisters 48

Stevens: Sunday Morning 1151  or MAP 135

Bishop: The Man-moth 633

Van Duyn: Letters from a Father 1523

Ashbery: Rivers and Mountains 1627

Rich: Living in Sin 1679

Corn: Contemporary Culture and the Letter K 1811

Hall: Mangosteens 1863

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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

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

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

Yeats: Adam’s Curse (couplet stanzas) 1086

Frost: Good-bye and Keep Cold 95

Rolfe: Little Ballad for Americans 619

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Blake: Holy Thursday 672

Gurney: First Time In 1262

Toomer: Reapers 352

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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

Spencer: Lady, Lady 163 

Cullen: Heritage 532

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