This page contains snippets
of poetry for discussion in Doctor Wheeler's literature courses,
exercises involving poetry, and literary terms and definitions.
Stay tuned for new additions!
Del Sarto" by Robert Browning in PDF format
by John Donne in PDF format
by Christina Rossetti in PDF format.
- Beowulf: the
First Nineteen Lines (an examination of how textual
editing affects the poetry we read)
- Close Reading of a Literary
Passage (a guide to closely examining a piece of literature).
Click here for the same material as a
downloadable PDF document.
by Mark Strand in PDF format.
by Langdon Smith in PDF format.
Market" by Christina Rossetti in PDF format.
Samples (PDF handout of various poets--Japanese and
to Proserpine" (by Algernon Swinburne,
Haunted House," by George Sylvester Viereck, a poem in
Lake Isle of Innisfree," by Yeats, a poem in PDF format.
by Sylvia Plath in PDF format.
by W.B. Yeats, a poem in PDF format.
Sum Qualis Eram" by Ernest Dowson, a poem in PDF
Rape of the Lock" by Alexander Pope, excerpts of the
mock epic poem in PDF format.
(a downloadable PDF handout)
and Fall" by Gerard Manley Hopkins in PDF format;
click here for an online
- "Stanzas of the Graves" (TBA:
A beautiful and haunting Celtic lamentation)
This is Stupid Stuff" by A. E. Housman. (Housman
contrasts the virtues of drinking alcohol versus reading
tragic poetry.) Click here to download a pdf
His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell (PDF format)
- Two Poems ("A Birthday" and "Goblin Market")
by Christina Rossetti.
Songs for Hedli Anderson" by W. H.
Auden (in PDF format)
Unknown Citizen" by W. H. Auden (in PDF format)
- Rhetoric of Pathos in
Sylvia Plath's "Daddy" (an analysis of how emotion
works in poetry)
- Schemes and Tropes
(the poetic and rhetorical devices that create eloquence)
- Shakespearean Sonnet Assignment (a downloadable pdf handout)