The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Poetry – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554814053 / 1554814057
  • 592 pages; 6" x 9"

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The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Poetry – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: May 4, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554814053 / 1554814057
  • 592 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. Unlike many other such anthologies, it includes literary non-fiction as well as poetry, short fiction, and drama. In each genre the anthology includes a vibrant mix of classic and contemporary works. Each work is accompanied by an introductory headnote and by explanatory notes, and each genre is prefaced by a substantial introduction. Companion websites include genre-specific quizzes and discussion questions for students and instructors. 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 second edition of The Broadview Anthology of Literature: Poetry includes new poetry by Harryette Mullen, Gregory Scofield, Warsan Shire, Frank Bidart, and more.

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Praise for the first edition

The Broadview Introduction to Literature presents a judicious selection of literature from around the world and across the centuries. … The editors do not privilege one country, author, century, or genre over another. Rather, this anthology invites readers to consider markedly different … orientations to the study of literature and the multiple ways writers present complex ideas and human experience.” — Deborah Torkko, Vancouver Island University

“Of all the anthologies available for introducing university students to the study of literature, this one stands apart as particularly valuable, comprehensive, and engaging.” — Dana Medoro, University of Manitoba

“Informative, accessible, and far from dry, The Broadview Introduction to Literature encourages students to make the transition from literary appreciation to literary analysis and, equally importantly, to enjoy doing so. … The anthology strikes me as very well thought out, very well laid out, and very cognizant of the needs and interests of its intended audience. I look forward to using it with my classes.” — Vanessa Warne, University of Manitoba

“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 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”]

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”

Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

  • “Delight in Disorder”

George Herbert (1593–1633)

  • “The Altar”
  • “Easter Wings”

John Milton (1608–1674)

Anne Bradstreet (1612–1672)

  • “The Author to Her Book”

Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)

  • “The Garden”
  • “To His Coy Mistress”

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”
    • “London”

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

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

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)

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”
  • “Ulysses”
  • “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

Robert Browning (1812–1889)

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

Emily Brontë (1818–1848)

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

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”

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)

  • “The Darkling Thrush”
  • “The Convergence of the Twain”

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)

  • “God’s Grandeur”
  • “The Windhover”

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”
  • [“l(a”] 1071

Louise Bogan (1897–1970)

  • “Memory”
  • “Come, Break with Time”
  • “Spirit’s Song”

Langston Hughes (1902–1967)

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

Stevie Smith (1902–1971)

  • “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”

Theodore Roethke (1908–1963)

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

Dorothy Livesay (1909–1996)

  • “Green Rain”
  • “The Three Emilys”

Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979)

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

Douglas LePan (1914–1998)

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

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”

Robert Duncan (1919–1988)

  • “My Mother Would Be a Falconress”
  • “Childhood’s Retreat”

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 (1927–2017)

  • “Civilization and Its Discontents”
  • “The Improvement”
  • “Sweet Disorder”

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”
  • “Pike”

Derek Walcott (1930–2017)

  • “A Far Cry from Africa”
  • “Ruins of a Great House”
  • “Central America”

Barbara Everett (b. 1932)

  • “Workmen”
  • “Widow”
  • “Passer-by”
  • “Alzheimer’s”

Arun Kolatkar (1932–2004)

  • “Yeshwant Rao”
  • “Pictures from a Marathi Alphabet Chart”

Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

  • “Daddy”
  • “Lady Lazarus”

Lucille Clifton (1936–2010)

  • “miss rosie”
  • “the lost baby poem”

Les Murray (b. 1938)

  • “Pigs”
  • “The Early Dark”

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

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

Frank Bidart (b. 1939)

  • “Queer”
  • “Half-light”

Seamus Heaney (1939–2013)

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

Gwendolyn MacEwen (1941–1987)

  • “Dark Pines Under Water”
  • “The Discovery”

Marilyn Hacker (b. 1942)

  • “On Marriage”
  • “Pantoum”

Don McKay (b. 1942)

  • “Song for Beef Cattle”
  • “Some Functions of a Leaf ”
  • “Song for the Song of the Wood Thrush”

Roy Miki (b. 1942)

  • “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”

Lorna Crozier (b. 1948)

  • from The Sex Lives of Vegetables
    • “Carrots”
    • “Onions”
  • “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”

Lillian Allen (b. 1951)

  • “One Poem Town”

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”]

Louise Bernice Halfe (b. 1953)

  • “wêpinâson”
  • “ê-kwêskît — Turn-Around Woman”

Harryette Mullen (b. 1953)

  • “Dim Lady”
  • “Black Nikes”
  • from Muse & Drudge
    • [“marry at a hotel, annul ’em”]

Kim Addonizio (b. 1954)

  • “First Poem for You”

Carol Ann Duffy (b. 1955)

  • “Drunk” 1238
  • “The Good Teachers” 1238
  • “Crush” 1238

Marilyn Dumont (b. 1955)

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

Richard Harrison (b. 1957)

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”
  • “Her”

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”

Gregory Scofield (b. 1966)

  • “Not All Halfbreed Mothers”
  • “Aunty”
  • “Wrong Image”

Karen Solie (b. 1966)

  • “Sturgeon”
  • “Nice”
  • “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”

Victoria Chang (b. 1970)

  • “Mr. Darcy”

Sharon Harris (b. 1972)

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

Ali Blythe (b. 1976)

  • “Transgene”
  • “Thirteen”
  • “You Animal”
  • “A Small Dress”

d’bi.young anitafrika (b. 1977)

  • “self-esteem (ii)”
  • “foreign mind/local body”
  • “love speak”

Hai-Dang Phan (b. 1980)

  • “My Father’s ‘Norton Introduction to Literature,’ Third Edition (1981)”

Jordan Abel (b. 1985)

  • from The Place of Scraps

Warsan Shire (b. 1988)

  • from Conversations about Home (at the Deportation Centre)
  • “Backwards”



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)

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”

Lisa Chalykoff is Assistant Teaching Professor of English at the University of Victoria. Neta Gordon is Associate Professor of English at Brock University. Paul Lumsden is Assistant Professor of English at Grant MacEwan University.


  • — Engaging, up-to-date introductions to genres and to individual authors
  • — Thorough annotation
  • — Comprehensive glossary of literary terms
  • — Includes a section of poetry in translation, including facing-page original-language texts
  • — Includes more visual material than competing anthologies


  • — Emphasis on contemporary works, with a solid foundation of classic selections
  • — Strong representation of Canadian and Indigenous literatures
  • — Broad selection of world literature, both in English and in translation

The Broadview Introduction to Literature offers comprehensive content for both instructors and students.

The instructor site has teaching notes on sub-genres, discussion questions for authors and genres, approaches to teaching, and thematic groupings of readings. An access code to the website is provided in all examination copies.

The student companion site has quizzes and discussion questions for each genre, interactive exercises, additional readings, sample essays, and citation and style resources. An access code to the website is included with all new copies. If you purchased a used copy or are missing your passcode for this site, please click here to purchase a code online.

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