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AP Poetry Unit

Poetry Unit for AP Literature 2012

The following poems are required reading for the poetry unit.   All students should be prepared to discuss all poems in class.  Be sure to have the poems carefully read by the date indicated.   PLEASE PRINT OUT A COPY OF THE POEM AND BRING IT TO CLASS.


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How It Is Poem


Jan. 3              Tennyson, "The Eagle"  and poetic diction and syntax (by Doc)

Jan. 4              Anonymous, "The Twa Corbies"  and the English Ballad

Jan. 4              Anonymous, "Sir Patrick Spens" and the English Ballad

Jan. 5              Shakespeare Sonnet #   73   and the Shakespearean Sonnet

Jan. 5              Shakespeare Sonnet #  130   and Shakespearean biography

Jan. 6               John Donne,  "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"   and the metaphysical conceit

Jan. 6              Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"  and metaphysical poetry 
Jan. 9              William Blake, "London"  and the Romantic view of the city

Jan. 9              Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Kubla Khan"  and its composition

Jan. 10            John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"  and the Ode

Jan. 10            Percy Byssche Shelley, "Ode on the West Wind"   and English Romanticism

Jan. 11           Edgar Allan Poe, "The Raven"  and "The Philosophy of Composition"

Jan. 11           Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses and Edith Hamilton (The Odyssey)

Jan. 12           Robert Browning, "My Last Duchess"   and the dramatic monologue

Jan. 12           Matthew Arnold,  "Dover Beach" and English Victorianism

Jan. 13           Emily Dickinson, "Because I Could Not Stop For Death"  and symbolism

Jan. 13          Walt Whitman, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" and catalogue poetry

Jan. 17           William Butler Yeats, "Among School Children"  and Irish politics

Jan. 17           William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming"  and Yeats' vision of the future

Jan. 18           Robert Frost, "The Wood Pile"  and self-reflexive poetry

Jan. 18           Robert Frost, "The Oven Bird"  and the modern sonnet

Jan. 19           T.S. Eliot,  "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" 

Jan. 19          W.H. Auden, "As I Walked Out One Evening"  and the English ballad

Jan. 20          Wallace Stevens, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"  and Poe's "The Raven"

Jan. 20          W.H. Auden, "Musee de Beaux Arts"  and ekphrastic poetry            

Jan. 23           Sylvia Plath, "Lady Lazarus" and holocaust poetry       

Jan. 23          Sharon Olds, "I Go Back to May 1937" and confessional poetry      


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