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Poetry Reading List

Poetry Reading List Figurative Language:

“Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins (page xvi – may not be in your version of the book. If not, read it here:

Themes in Poetry:

Love: “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Browning (page 1071)

Death: “Because I could not stop for death” by Emily Dickenson (page 1005)

Everyday Events: “Cat Puke and Flies” by Al Zolynas (

The Human Experience: “The Ache of Marriage” by Denise Levertov (

Missed Chances: “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost (page 899)

Legend and Fantasy: “The Lady of Shallot” by Alfred Lord Tennyson(

“Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll (page 734) and “Humpty Dumpty Explicates ‘Jabberwocky’” (page 734)

Rhythm and Rhyme:

“Hippopotamus” by Hilaire Belloc (page 820)

Sonnet 18: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” by William Shakespeare (page 771)

“My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun” by William Shakespeare (page 1126)


“American Pie” by Don McLean( ) vs. “The Saga Begins” by Al Yankovic (

“Because I could not Dump” by Andrea Paterson (page 957)

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” by Howard Moss (page 772)

Visual Poetry (Poems that literally paint a picture):

“Swan” (image is in the week 13 lecture)

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