The Mentor Book of Major American PoetsThe Mentor Book of Major American Poets
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Immerse your kids in three centuries of American verse---they'll feel the heartbeat and hear the voice of their great nation! This choice anthology features sizable selections from 20 major poets, including Edward Taylor, Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, W.H. Auden, and others. Features brief biographical notes and an index of titles/first lines. 535 pages, softcover from Penguin Putnam.

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Edward Taylor (1645-1729)

The Preface
Our Insufficiency to Praise God Suitably for His Mercy
Am I Thy God? OrPurse, Lord, or Thy Wealth
Thy Human Frame, MyGlorious Lord, I Spy
I Kenning Through Astronomy Divine
The Accusation of the Inward Man
Upon a Spider Catching a FLy
The Outward Man Accused
The Joy of the Church Fellowship Rightly Attended
An Address to the Soul Occasioned by a Rain
Stupdenous Love! All Saints' Astonishment!
Oh! What a Thing Is Man? Lord Who Am I?
Still I Complain; I am Complaining Still
Should I with Silver Tools Delve through the Hill
The Reflection

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Concord Hymn
The Rhodora
The Humblebee
Each and All
The Problem
The Snowstorm
The Past
Give All to Love

Henry Wadworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Hymn to the Night
The Day Is Done
The Jewish Cemetery at Newport
My Lost Youth
The Birds of Killingworth
Divina Commedia
The Fire of Driftwood
The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls
The Cross of Snow
The Bells of San Blas
The Arrow and the Song
The Ropewalk
from Evangeline
from The Song of Hiawatha
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
A Dream within a Dream
"The Happiest Day, the Happiest Hour"
Sonnet--To Science
To Helen
The City in the Sea
The Sleeper
The One in Paradise
The Haunted Palace
The Conqueror Worm
The Raven
The Bells
Ulalume-A Ballad
For Annie
The Lake: To--

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Song of Myself
Native Moments
Earth My Likeness
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
I Sit and Look Out
Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed
O Captain, My Captain
To Think of Time
Joy, Shipmate, Joy!
Goodbye My Fancy

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Success Is Counted Sweetest
One Dignity Delays For All
New Feet within My Garden Go
Surgeons Must Be Very Careful
Faith Is a Fine Invention
Hope Is the Thing with Feathers
I Should Not Dare to Leave My Friend
I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed
There's a Certain Slant of Light
I Felta Funeral in My Brain
I'm Nobody, Who Are You?
The Soul Selects Her Own Society
I Should Have Been Too Glad, I See
Before I Got My Eye Put Out
A Bird Came Down the Walk
I Dreaded ThatFirst Robin
No Rack Can Torture Me
There's Been a Death in the Opposite House
What's Soft Cherubic Creatures
Much Madness Is Divinest
The Wind Like a Tired Man
This Is My Letter to the World
I Died for Beauty
I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died
It Was Not Death, for I Stood Up
I Started Early, Took My Dog
The Heart Asks Pleasure First
I Had Been Hungry All the Years
I Laughed a Crumbling Laugh
Because I Could Not Stop for Death
A Narrow Fellow in the Grass
The Sky Is Low, and the Clouds Are Mean
I Never Saw a Moor
The LAst Night That She Lived
While We Were Fearing It, It Came
There Came a Wind Like a Bugle
Of God We Ask One Favor
My Life CLosed Twice Before Its Close
The Distances That the Dead Have Gone
The Saddest Noise, the Sweetest Noise

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

Luke Havergal
Charles Carville's Eyes
Reuben Bright
Ricahrd Cory
John Evreldown
Aaron Stark
Fleming Helphenstine
Cluff Lkingenhagen
George Crabbe
Bewick Finzer
Many Are CAlled
New England
The Miller's Wife
As It Looked Then
Anotehr Dark Lady
"If the Lord Would Make Windows in Heaven"
Haunted House
A Mighty Runner
The Story of the Ashes and the Flame
Eros Turnnos
Mr. Flood's Party

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)
In the Desert
A God in Wrath
I Saw a Man Pursuing
Behold the Grave
Many Workmen
A Learned Man Came to Me Once
There Was Set before Me a Mighty Hill
A Youth in Apparel That Glittered
There Was One I Met
A Man Saw a Ball of Gold
On the Horizon
I Walked in a Desert
Tradition Thou Art for Suckling Children
Many Red Devils
You Say You Are Holy
"It Was Wrong to Do This"
A Man Feared
The Sage LEctured
God Lay Dead
War Is Kind
A Little Ink More or Less
Fast Rode the Knight
A Newspaper
The Wayfarer
A Slant of Sun
The Impact of a Dollar
Ay, Workman
There Was a Man with Tongue of Wood
I Stoo upon a High Place

Robert Frost (b. 1874)

Mending Wall
After Apple Picking
The Oven Bird
The Subverted Flower
The Gift Outright
To Earthward
Tree at My Window
Two Tramps in Mud Time
The Witch of Coos
Once by the Pacific
Acquainted with the Night
On Looking Up by Chance at the Constellations
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
The Road Not Taken
Neither Out Far nor in Deep
The Vantage Point
The Tuft of Flowers

Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

The Leaden-Eyes
The Unpardonable Sin
Simon Legree--A Negro Sermon
The Eagle That Is Forgotten
The Bronco That Would Not Be Broken
The Ghost of the Buffaloes
Factory Windows Are Always Broken
The Pontoon-Bridge Miracle
Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan
General William Booth Enters into Heaven
The Congo
Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)
Peter Quince at the Clavier
Sunday Morning
Le Monocle de Mon Oncle
Flyer's Fall
Men Made Out of Words
The Glass of Water
Anecdote of the Jar
The Emperor of Ice Cream
Dry Loaf
To the One of Fictive Music
Bantams in Pine Woods
The Idea of Order at Key West
A Postcard from the Volcano
Cuisine Bourgeoise
Poetry Is a Drestuctive Force
The Poems of Our Climate
Martial Cadenza
The Dwarf
No Possum, No Sop, No Taters
Esthetique du Mal
The Good Man Has No Shape
Credences of Summer
Two Things of Opposite Natures Seem to Depend
To an Old Philosopher in Rome
Not Ideas about the Thing But the Thing Itself
Crude Foyer

William Carlos Willaims (b. 1883)

The Yachts
To a Poor Old Woman
The Sea Elephant
Burning the Christmas Greens
The Dance
On Gay Wallpaper
The Pure Products of America
By the Road to the Contagious Hospital
Queen-Ann's Lace
Six Poems from Paterson

Ezra Pound (b. 1885)

Na Audiart
Ballard of the Goodly Fere
Portrait d'une Femme
A Virginal
The Return
A Pact
The Rest
The Temperaments
Ina Station of the Metro
The River-Merchan'ts Wife: A Letter
Hugh Selwyn Mauberley
from Homage to Sextus Propertius
Canto I
Canto II
Canto III
Canto XVII

Mariane Moore (b. 1887)

No Swan So Fine
The Fish
In This Age of Hard Trying, Nonchalance is Good
Critics and Connoisseurs
The Monkeys
In the Days of Prismatic Colour
A Grave
The Labours of Hercules
To a Steam Roller
To a Snail
To the peacock of France
The Past Is the Present
What Are Years?
Spenser's Ireland
The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing
In Distrust of Merits
John Crowe Ransom (b. 1888)
Winter Remembered
Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter
Dead Boy
Good Ships
Emily Hardcastle, Spinster
Here Lies a Lady
Conrad in Twilight
Judith of Bethulia
Blue Girls
Old Man Playing With Children
Captain Carpenter
Old Mansion
Piazza Piece
Vision by Sweetwater
Her Eyes
Parting without a Sequel
Janet Waking
Two in August
Our Two Worthies
Man without Sense of Direction
Survey of Literature
The Equilibrists
Painted Head
Address to the Scholars of New EnglandRenascence
Dirge without Music
The Ballard of the Harp-Weaver
the Cameo
Elegy before Death
The Return
Conscientious Objector
Oh, Think Not I Am Faithless to a Vow!
I Shall Forget You Presently My Dear
Not with Libations, But with Shouts and Laughter
And you as Well Must Die, Beloved Dust
Pity Me Not Because the Light of Day
I Shall Go Back Again to the Bleak Shore
What Lips My Lips have Kissed and Where and Why
Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare
To Jesus on His Birthday
On Hearing a Symphony of Beethoven
Love Is Not All: It Is Not Meat Nor Drink

Archibald MacLeish (b. 1892)

The Silent Slain
Ars Poetica
You, Andrew Marvell
The End of the World
Memorial Rain
"Not Marble nor the Gilded Monuments"
Pony Rock
Pole Star for This Year
Poem in Prose
What Any Lover Learns
The Steamboat Whistle
Starved Lovers
What the Serpent Said to Adam
Vicissitudes of the Creator
My Naked Aunt
The Genius
Reasons for Music
E. E. Cummings (b. 1894)
Spring is like a perhaps hand
darling! because my blood can sing
when serpents bargain for the right to squirm
i thank You God for this most amazing
all ignornace tobobbans into know
maggie and milly and molly and may
so shy shy shy (and with a
in time of daffodils (whoknow
if there are any heavens my mother will (all by herself_ have
Mouse) Won
that melancholy
whatever's merely wilful
stand with your love on the ending earth
I am a little church (no greath cathedral)
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
if up's the word; and a world grows greener
what if a much of a which of a wind
no man, if men are gods; but if gods must
i sing of Olaf glad and big
a man who had fallen among thieves
"next to of course god america i
anyone lived ina pretty how town
pity this busy monster, manunkind
my father moved through dooms of love

Hart Crane (1899-1932)

The Bridge
Black Tambourine
Emblems of Conduct
Praise of an Urn
Garden Abstract
Stark Major
Voyages I to VI
The Broken Tower
Repose of Rivers

W. H. Auden (b. 1907)

W. H. Auden (b. 1907)
Musee des Beaux Arts
The Unknown Citizen
The Composer
In Memory of W. B. Yeats
Herman Melville
Something Is Bound to Happen
The Diaspora
The Novelist
The Climbers
Another Time
Who's Who
O What Is That Sound
O Where Are You Going
Mundus et Infans
The Chimeras
Epitaph on a Tyrant

Notes on the Poets