The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Poetry
  • Publication Date: August 9, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781554811793 / 1554811791
  • 576 pages; 6" x 9"
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The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Poetry

  • Publication Date: August 9, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781554811793 / 1554811791
  • 576 pages; 6" x 9"

Designed for courses taught at the introductory level in Canadian universities and colleges, this new anthology provides a rich selection of literary texts. In each genre the anthology includes a vibrant mix of classic and contemporary works. Each work is accompanied by an author biography and by explanatory notes, and each genre is prefaced by a substantial introduction. Pedagogically current and uncommon in its breadth of representation, The Broadview Introduction to Literature invites students into the world of literary study in a truly distinctive way.

The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Poetry includes a broad range of both canonical authors and important but less-widely-known poets, and the poems are diverse in form, subject matter, and geographical and linguistic origin. Poems in translation from languages other than English are included with the original language text in facing page format.

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“The editors of The Broadview Introduction to Literature have thoughtfully compiled a varied selection of works that provide an impressive range of national, historical, and cultural perspectives. Their choices reflect a rapidly expanding literary canon, and at the same time respect the diverse composition of most first-year university classrooms. This collection combines frequently anthologized texts with refreshingly unusual additions and includes a section devoted to poetry in translation, a rarity in anthologies of its kind.” — Heather Meek, Université de Montréal

The Study of Literature: Introduction



The Exeter Book (c. 970–1000 ce)

  • “The Wife’s Lament”
    Exeter Book Riddles:
    Riddle 23
    Riddle 33
    Riddle 81

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343–1400)

  • “To Rosemounde”

Sir Thomas Wyatt (c. 1503–1542)

  • [“The long love that in my thought doth harbour”]
    [“They flee from me that sometime did me seek”]
    [“Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind”]

Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)

  • from Amoretti
    • 1 [“Happy ye leaves when as those lilly hands”]
      75 [“One day I wrote her name upon the strand”]

Sir Walter Ralegh (c. 1554–1618)

  • “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”

Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)

  • “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

  • Sonnets: 18 [“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”]
    29 [“When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”]
    73 [“That time of year thou mayst in me behold”]
    116 [“Let me not to the marriage of true minds”]
    130 [“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”]

Thomas Campion (1567–1620)

  • [“There is a garden in her face”]

John Donne (1572–1631)

  • “The Flea”
    from Holy Sonnets
    • 10 [“Death be not proud, though some have called thee”]
      14 [“Batter my heart, three personed God; for you”]
  • “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”

Lady Mary Wroth (1587–1653?)

  • from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
    • Song [“Love, a child, is ever crying”]
      77 [“In this strange labyrinth how shall I turn?”]

Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

  • “Delight in Disorder”
    “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”
    “Upon Julia’s Clothes”

George Herbert (1593–1633)

  • “The Altar”
    “Easter Wings”

John Milton (1608–1674)

  • “On Shakespeare”
    [“When I consider how my light is spent”]
    “Lycidas” (

Anne Bradstreet (1612–1672)

  • “The Author to Her Book”

Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)

  • “The Garden”
    “To His Coy Mistress”

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661–1720)

  • “There’s No Tomorrow”

Alexander Pope (1688–1744)

  • from An Essay on Criticism
    The Rape of the Lock

Thomas Gray (1716–1771)

  • “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”

Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743–1825)

  • “The Caterpillar”

Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784)

  • “On Being Brought from Africa to America”

William Blake (1757–1827)

  • from Songs of Innocence
    • “The Lamb”
      “The Chimney Sweeper”
  • from Songs of Experience
    • “The Chimney Sweeper”
      “The Sick Rose”
      “The Tyger”

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

  • “Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey”
    [“The world is too much with us”]

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

  • “Frost at Midnight”
    “Kubla Khan”
    “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)

  • “Darkness” (

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

  • “Ozymandias”
    “Ode to the West Wind”

John Keats (1795–1821)

  • “When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be”
    “La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad”
    “Ode to a Nightingale”
    “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
    “To Autumn”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)

  • from Sonnets from the Portuguese
    • Sonnet 22 [“When our two souls stand up erect and strong”]
      Sonnet 24 [“Let the world’s sharpness like a clasping knife”]
      Sonnet 43 [“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”]

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

  • “The Raven”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

  • “The Lady of Shalott”
    “The Lotos-Eaters”
    “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

Robert Browning (1812–1889)

  • “Porphyria’s Lover”
    “My Last Duchess”

Emily Brontë (1818–1848)

  • [“No coward soul is mine”]
    [“Often rebuked, yet always back returning”]
    [“I’ll come when thou art saddest”]
    “Ah! why, because the dazzling sun” (

Walt Whitman (1819–1892)

  • from Song of Myself: 1 [“I celebrate myself, and sing myself ”]
    “I Hear America Singing”
    “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”

Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)

  • “Dover Beach”

Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)

  • 249 [“Wild Nights—Wild Nights!”]
    288 [“I’m Nobody! Who are you?”]
    341 [“After great pain, a formal feeling comes”]
    465 [“I heard a Fly buzz—when I died”]
    712 [“Because I could not stop for Death”]
    754 [“My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun”]
    1129 [“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant”]

Christina Rossetti (1830–1894)

  • “Goblin Market”
    “In an Artist’s Studio”

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)

  • “The Darkling Thrush”
    “The Convergence of the Twain”
    “During Wind and Rain”

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)

  • “God’s Grandeur”
    “The Windhover”

A.E. Housman (1859–1936)

  • “Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff”

W.B. Yeats (1865–1939)

  • “Easter 1916”
    “The Second Coming”
    “Leda and the Swan”
    “Sailing to Byzantium”

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)

  • “We Wear the Mask”

Robert Frost (1874–1963)

  • “The Road Not Taken”
    “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

  • “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”
    “Anecdote of the Jar”

William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)

  • “The Red Wheelbarrow”
    “Spring and All”
    “This Is Just to Say”
    “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”

Ezra Pound (1885–1972)

  • “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter”
    “In a Station of the Metro”

Marianne Moore (1887–1972)

  • “Poetry”
    “Poetry” (Revised version)

T.S. Eliot (1888–1965)

  • “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
    “Journey of the Magi”

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950)

  • [“I, being born a woman and distressed”]
    [“What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why”]

Wilfred Owen (1893–1918)

  • “Anthem for Doomed Youth”
    “Dulce et Decorum Est”

E.E. Cummings (1894–1962)

  • [“in Just-”]
    [“(ponder,darling,these busted statues”]
    [“somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond”]
    [“anyone lived in a pretty how town”]

Langston Hughes (1902–1967)

  • “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”
    “Harlem (2)”

Stevie Smith (1902–1971)

  • “Not Waving but Drowning”

Earle Birney (1904–1995)

  • “Vancouver Lights”
    “The Bear on the Delhi Road”

John Betjeman (1906–1984)

  • “In Westminster Abbey”

W.H. Auden (1907–1973)

  • “Funeral Blues”
    “Musée des Beaux Arts”
    “September 1, 1939”
    “The Unknown Citizen”

George Oppen (1908–1984)

  • “Psalm”
    “The Forms of Love”
    “Latitude, Longitude”

Theodore Roethke (1908–1963)

  • “My Papa’s Waltz”
    “Root Cellar”
    “I Knew a Woman”

Dorothy Livesay (1909–1996)

  • “Green Rain”
    “The Three Emilys”

Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979)

  • “First Death in Nova Scotia”
    “One Art”

Douglas LePan (1914–1998)

  • “A Country without a Mythology”
    “The Haystack”

Randall Jarrell (1914–1965)

  • “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner”

Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

  • “The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower”
    “Fern Hill”
    “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”

P.K. Page (1916–2010)

  • “The Stenographers”
    “Stories of Snow”

Al Purdy (1918–2000)

  • “Trees at the Arctic Circle”
    “Lament for the Dorsets”

Gwen Harwood (1920–1995)

  • “In the Park”

Howard Nemerov (1920–1991)

  • “The Vacuum”
    “A Way of Life”

Philip Larkin (1922–1985)

  • “Church Going”
    “Talking in Bed”
    “This Be the Verse”
    “The Old Fools”

Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997)

  • “A Supermarket in California”

John Ashbery (b. 1927)

  • “Civilization and Its Discontents”
    “The Improvement”

Thom Gunn (1929–2004)

  • “Tamer and Hawk”
    “To His Cynical Mistress”
    “The Hug”

Adrienne Rich (1929–2012)

  • “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”
    “Living in Sin”
    “Diving into the Wreck”

Ted Hughes (1930–1998)

  • “The Thought-Fox”
    “Hawk Roosting”
    “Heptonstall Old Church”

Derek Walcott (b. 1930)

  • “A Far Cry from Africa”
    “Ruins of a Great House”
  • from Midsummer
    • 52 [“I heard them marching the leaf-wet roads of my head”]
  • “Central America”

Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

  • “Daddy”
    “Lady Lazarus”

Adrian Henri (1932–2000)

  • “Mrs. Albion You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”

Lucille Clifton (1936–2010)

  • “Miss Rosie”
    “The Lost Baby Poem”

Roger McGough (b. 1937)

  • “Comeclose and Sleepnow”

Les Murray (b. 1938)

  • “Pigs”
    “The Shield-Scales of Heraldry”
    “The Early Dark”

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

  • “Death of a Young Son by Drowning”
    [“you fit into me”]
    “Variation on the Word Sleep”
    “The Door”

Seamus Heaney (1939–2013)

  • “Digging”
    “Mid-Term Break”
    “The Grauballe Man”

Billy Collins (b. 1941)

  • “Pinup”

Gwendolyn MacEwen (1941–1987)

  • “Dark Pines Under Water”
    “The Discovery”

Don McKay (b. 1942)

  • “Some Functions of a Leaf”
    “Meditation on a Geode”
    “Meditation on Shovels”
    “Song for the Song of the Wood Thrush”

Roy Miki (b. 1942)

  • “attractive”
    “on the sublime”
    “make it new”

Sharon Olds (b. 1942)

  • “The One Girl at the Boys Party”
    “Sex without Love”

Michael Ondaatje (b. 1943)

  • “Letters & Other Worlds”
    “The Cinnamon Peeler”
    “To a Sad Daughter”

Eavan Boland (b. 1944)

  • “Night Feed”
    “Against Love Poetry”

bpnichol (1944–1988)

  • “Blues”
    [“dear Captain Poetry”]

Craig Raine (b. 1944)

  • “A Martian Sends a Postcard Home”

Tom Wayman (b. 1945)

  • “Did I Miss Anything?”

Robert Bringhurst (b. 1946)

  • “Leda and the Swan”

Marilyn Nelson (b. 1946)

  • “Minor Miracle”

Brian Patten (b. 1946)

  • “Somewhere Between Heaven and Woolworths, A Song”

Diane Ackerman (b. 1948)

  • “Sweep Me through Your Many-Chambered Heart”

Lorna Crozier (b. 1948)

  • from The Sex Lives of Vegetables
    • “Carrots”
  • “The Dark Ages of the Sea”
    “When I Come Again to My Father’s House”

Timothy Steele (b. 1948)

  • “Sapphics Against Anger”

Agha Shahid Ali (1949–2001)

  • “Postcard from Kashmir”
    “The Wolf ’s Postscript to ‘Little Red Riding Hood’”

Anne Carson (b. 1950)

  • from Short Talks
    • “On Rain”
      “On Sylvia Plath”
      “On Walking Backwards”

Dana Gioia (b. 1950)

  • “Thanks for Remembering Us”
    “Planting a Sequoia”

Roo Borson (b. 1952)

  • “Water Memory”

Rita Dove (b. 1952)

  • “Persephone, Falling”

Dionne Brand (b. 1953)

  • from thirsty
    • 30 [“Spring darkness is forgiving. It doesn’t descend”]
      32 [“Every smell is now a possibility, a young man”]

Kim Addonizio (b. 1954)

  • “First Poem for You”

Sarah Arvio (b. 1954)

  • “Wood”

Carol Ann Duffy (b. 1955)

  • “Drunk”
    “The Good Teachers”

Marilyn Dumont (b. 1955)

  • “Not Just a Platform for My Dance”
    “The White Judges”

Robin Robertson (b. 1955)

  • “The Park Drunk”
    “What the Horses See at Night”

Li-Young Lee (b. 1957)

  • “Persimmons”

Benjamin Zephaniah (b. 1958)

  • “Dis Poetry”

George Elliott Clarke (b. 1960)

  • from Whylah Falls
    • “Blank Sonnet”
      “Look Homeward, Exile”
  • “Casualties”

Jackie Kay (b. 1961)

  • “In My Country”
    “High Land”
    “Late Love”

Lavinia Greenlaw (b. 1962)

  • “Electricity”

Simon Armitage (b. 1963)

  • “Poem”
    “Very Simply Topping Up the Brake Fluid”
    “It Could Be You”

Ian Iqbal Rashid (b. 1965)

  • “Could Have Danced All Night”

Christian Bök (b. 1966)

  • “Chapter I”
    “Vowels” (

Alice Oswald (b. 1966)

  • “Wedding”
    “Woods etc.”

Karen Solie (b. 1966)

  • “Sturgeon”
    “Self-Portrait in a Series of Professional Evaluations”

Arundhathi Subramaniam (b. 1967)

  • “To the Welsh Critic Who Doesn’t Find Me Identifiably Indian”

Rita Wong (b. 1968)

  • “opium”
    “nervous organism”

Rachel Zolf (b. 1968)

  • from Human Resources
    • [“The job is to write in ‘plain language.’ No adjectives, adornment or surfeit”]
      [“New performance weightings a bit of a moving target the future liability of make this sing”]
      [“Given enough input elements, a writing machine can spew about anything”]
      [“I don’t want to trip over this in the future from where I’m sitting can you suggest massages”]

Stephanie Bolster (b. 1969)

  • from White Stone
    • “Portrait of Alice, Annotated”
      “Portrait of Alice with Christopher Robin”

R.W. Gray (b. 1969)

  • “How this begins”

Sharon Harris (b. 1972)

  • “99. Where Do Poems Come From?”
    “70. Why Do Poems Make Me Cry?”



Sappho (c. 630-612 bce–c. 570 bce)

  • 2 [“here to me from Krete to this holy temple”]
    55 [“Dead you will lie and never memory of you”]

Francesco Petrarch (1304–1374)

  • 294 [“In my heart she used to stand lovely and live”]

Arthur Rimbaud (1854–1891)

  • “À la Musique” / “Scene Set to Music”
    “Voyelles” / “Vowels”

Federico García Lorca (1898–1936)

  • “Romance de la luna, luna”
    [“The moon came to the forge”]
    “Ballad of the Moon, Moon, Moon”

Pablo Neruda (1904–1973)

  • “Exilio” / “Exile”
    “Un Perro Ha Muerto” / “A Dog Has Died”

Paul Celan (1920–1970)

  • “Totenhemd” / “Shroud”
    “Todesfuge” / “Death Fugue”

Nicole Brossard (b. 1943)

  • “Geste” / “Gesture”
    [“tous ces mois passés”] / [“all these months spent”]

Yehuda Amichai (1924–2000)

  • “ ” / “Tourists”

Reesom Haile (1946–2003)

  • “ ” / “Knowledge”
    “ ” / “Dear Africans”

Permission Acknowledgements
Index of First Lines
Index of Authors and Titles

Lisa Chalykoff is Senior Instructor in English at the University of Victoria.

Neta Gordon is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Brock University.

Paul Lumsden is Assistant Professor of English at Grant MacEwan University.

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