Nineteenth Century American Poetry Nineteenth Century American Poetry

John Burt
Rabb 226
x62158 Office Hours: M,Th 10-11 and by Appointment

A note on the books: the books are available at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, 3 Plympton St., Cambridge (in Harvard Square just off Massachusetts Avenue around the corner from the Harvard Bookstore). Why have I ordered the books there, rather than at the campus bookstore? Because all serious students of poetry ought to know about the Grolier Book Shop, and if you aren't familiar with it yet, here's your chance. I have ordered the Thomas H. Johnson edition of Emily Dickinson's poems because it is available in paper, but you might want to consider buying the new Ralph Franklin edition instead, which will replace the Johnson edition. Also, I have ordered the one-volume paperback abridgement of the John Hollander anthology of 19th century American poetry from the Library of America, but you might want to buy the two-volume hardback edition instead.

Week 1: Introductory

Week 2: Joel Barlow: The Columbiad (excerpts), “Advice to a Raven in Russia,” John Quincy Adams: “To the Sun-Dial,” “To Sally,” James Kirke Paulding: from The Backwoodsman, John Pierpont: from Airs of Palestine, from A Word from a Petitioner, “The Fugitive Slave's Apostrophe to the North Star,” Fitz-Greene Halleck: “Marco Bozzaris,” “Red Jacket,” Lydia Huntley Sigourney, “Indian Names,” William Cullen Bryant: “Thanatopsis,” “To a Waterfowl,” “Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood,” “Green River,” “A Winter Piece,” “The Ages,” “An Indian at the Burying-Place of His Fathers,” “Forest Hymn,” “The Damsel of Peru,” “To the Fringed Gentian,” “The Prairies,” Maria Gowen Brooks: from Zophiel, or the Bride of Seven, George Moses Horton, “On Liberty and Slavery,” “On Hearing of the Intention of a Gentleman to Purchase the Poet's Freedom,”

Week 3: Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays: Nature, “The American Scholar,” “Divinity School Address,” “Self-Reliance,” “Circles”

Week 4: Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays: “Experience,” “Fate,” Poems: “The Sphinx,” “The Visit,” “Uriel,” “Hamatreya,” “The Rhodora,” “The Humble-Bee,” “Ode, Inscribed to W. H. Channing,” “Merlin I,” “Merlin II,” “Saadi,” “Blight,” “Threnody,” “Days,”

Week 5: Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass (1855 version)

Week 6: Walt Whitman: “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking,” “As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life,” “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd”

Week 7: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “The Wreck of the Hesperus,” “The Village Blacksmith,” “The Skeleton in Armor,” “Mezzo Cammin,” “The Day is Done,” “Afternoon in February,” “Curfew,” “The Fire of Drift-wood,” “The Jewish Cemetery at Newport,” John Greenleaf Whittier: “Song of Slaves in the Desert,” “Ichabod!” “The Haschish,” “Maud Muller,” “Telling the Bees,” “Barbara Frietchie,” “Snow-Bound,” Edgar Allan Poe: “Israfel,” “Al Aaraaf,” “The City in the Sea,” “The Raven,” Jones Very: “The New Birth,” “In Him we live, & move, & have our being,'“ ”The Morning Watch,“ ”Autumn Leaves,“ “Rockall,” William Wetmore Story: ”Cleopatra,” James Russell Lowell: from A Fable for Critics, ”Ode Recited at Harvard,”

Week 8: Herman Melville: Clarel Part I and II

Week 9: Herman Melville: Clarel Part III and IV

Week 10: Frederick Goddard Tuckerman: all of the Sonnets in the Hollander anthology, James Monroe Whitfield: “America,” George Boyer Vashon, “Vincent Oge',” Charles Godfrey Leland: “Wein Geist,” Phoebe Cary: “Samuel Brown,” “Granny's House,” “The Day is Done,” “Jacob,” “When Lovely Woman,” Bayard Taylor: from The Echo Club, Adah Isaacs Menken: “Judith,” Henry Adams, “Buddha and Brahma,” Ella Wheeler Wilcox: “Friendship After Love,” “No Classes!” Albery Allson Whitman: “The Lute of Afric's Tribe,” Ernest Fenollosa: “East and West,” John Jay Chapman: “Bismarck,” William Vaughn Moody: “An Ode in Time of Hesitation,” Stephen Crane: from The Black Riders and Other Lines, Paul Laurence Dunbar: “Accountability,” “We Wear the Mask,” “When Malindy Sings,” “The Colored Soldiers,” “Sympathy,” Trumbull Stickney: “Mnemosyne,” “ `You say, Columbus with his argosies,” “Live blindly and upon the hour,” “Be still. The Hanging Gardens were a dream,” “He said: 'If in his image I was made,' ” “Pandora's Songs,” “Mt. Lykaion,”

Weeks 11-13: Emily Dickinson: “Sleep is supposed to be”, “Baffled for just a day or two-”, “There is a morn by men unseen-”, “Morns like these-we parted-”, “By such and such an offering”, “I never lost as much but twice”, “A little East of Jordan,”, “Papa above!”, “I can't tell you - but you feel it -”, “Success is counted sweetest,” “I never hear the word “escape” ”, “Going to Heaven!”, “As by the dead we love to sit,”, “One dignity delays for all,” “Will there really be a “Morning”?”, “Our share of night to bear-”, “Talk with prudence to a Beggar”, “Bring me the sunset in a cup,” “These are the days when Birds come back,” “Dust is the only secret-”, “Musicians wrestle everywhere,” “Just lost, when I was saved!”, “A Wounded Deer - leaps highest,” “To learn the Transport by the Pain-”, “I shall know why-when Time is over-” , “As if some little Arctic flower,” “ `Faith' is a fine invention,” “I taste a liquor never brewed,” “Safe in their Alabaster Chambers,” “You're right-“the way is narrow”-”, “I like a look of Agony,” “Wild Nights - Wild Nights!” “I can wade Grief-”, “ “Hope” is the thing with feathers-”, “There's a certain Slant of light,” “A solemn thing- it was - I said -”, “A single Screw of Flesh,” “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, ” “How noteless Men, and Pleiads, stand, ”, “Of Bronze - and Blaze,” “I got so I could take his name, ” “I reason, Earth is short,” “The Soul selects her own Society,” “The Soul's Superior instants,” “I should have been too glad, I see,” “He fumbles at your Soul,” “I'll tell you how the Sun rose,” “The nearest Dream recedes, unrealized,” “There came a Day at Summer's full,” “I cannot dance upon my Toes,” “Before I got my eye put out,” “A Bird came down the Walk,” “I know that He exists,” “After great pain, a formal feeling comes,” “ `Twas the old - road - through pain -”, “God is a distant - stately Lover,” “Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat?” “I saw no Way - The Heavens were stitched -”, “Of Course, I prayed,” “A Visitor in Marl,” “What Soft - Cherubic Creatures,” “ 'Twas like a Maelstrom, with a notch,” “Much Madness is divinest Sense.” “The Wind - tapped like a tired Man,” “This was a Poet - It is That,” “I died for Beauty - but was scarce,” “I heard a Fly buzz - when I died-”, “The World is not Conclusion,” “I'm ceded - I've stopped being Theirs,” “It was not Death, for I stood up,” “I started Early - Took my Dog,” “You cannot put a Fire out -”, “Mine - by the Right of the White Election!” “The Heart asks Pleasure - first,” “I've seen a Dying Eye,” “One Crucifixion is recorded - only,” “I reckon, when I count at all,” “Three times - we parted - Breath - and I -”, “I like to see it lap the Miles,” “There is a pain - so utter,” “They shut me up in Prose,” “Our journey had advanced,” “The Tint I cannot take - is best,” “The Brain - is wider than the Sky,” “I cannot live with you,” “Pain - has an Element of Blank,” “I dwell in Possibility,” “One need not be a Chamber - to be Haunted,” “Each Life Converges to some Centre -”, “They say that `Time Assuages,”' “Publication - is the Auction,” “Because I could not stop for Death-”, “Behind me - dips Eternity,” “Remorse - is Memory - awake -”, “My Life had stood - a Loaded Gun,” “From Blank to Blank-”, “This Consciousness that is aware”, “This Chasm, Sweet, upon my life”, “I stepped from Plank to Plank”, “The Poets light but Lamps,” “Crisis is a Hair”, “Those who have been in the Grave the longest-”, “I felt a Cleaving in my Mind,” “Far from Love the Heavenly Father,” “Perception of an object costs,” “Title divine - is mine!” “At Half past Three, a single Bird,” “Because that you are going”, “Abraham to kill him”, “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant,” “The Bible is an antique Volume,” “Apparently with no surprise,”“A Word made Flesh is seldom,” “My life closed twice before its close.”

Requirements: Two short ( 5 pp.) commentaries (due February 12 and March 19), one seminar paper ( 15 pp.) due at the end of term, one 15 minute presentation.

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