The Heart of Haiku

In seventeenth-century Japan, the wandering poet Basho developed haiku, a seventeen-syllable poetic form now perhaps the

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The Heart of Haiku

Table of contents :
Reading (and writing about) Literature ---
Reading Literature --
The pleasures of fiction --
The dog and the shadow --
Learning to be silent --
Reading the Parable in Context --
The pleasures of Poetry --
Robert Frost Dust of Snow --
Reading Frost's Poem in Context --
The Pleasures of Drama --
Reading a play in context --
Understanding Literature: Experience, Interpretation, Evaluation --
Reasons for writing about literature --
Ways of writing about literature --
The writing process --
Stephen Crane War is kind --
Luke The Prodigal son --
The experience of fiction --
The interpretation of fiction --
The evaluation of fiction --
The act of reading --
Types of short fiction --
Early Forms: Parable, fable, and tale --
Aesop The Wolf and the Mastiff --
Petronius The Widow of Ephesus --
The Short Story --
The nonrealistic story --
The short novel --
Elements of fiction --
Plot and structure ---
Frank O'Connor / Guests of the nation ---
Character ---
Kay Boyle / Astronomer's Wife --
Setting --
Bobbie Anne Mason / Shiloh --
Point of View --
William Faulkner / A rose for Emily --
Language and Style --
James Joyce / Araby --
Theme --
Eudora Welty / A worn path --
Irony and Symbol --
D.H. Lawrence / The Rocking-Horse Winner --
Writing about fiction --
Reasons for writing about fiction --
Informal ways of writing about fiction --
Katherine Anne Porter / Magic --
Reading Edgar Allan Poe, Flannery O' Connor, and Sandra Cisneros in depth --
Edgar Allan Poe in Context --
Poe and journalism --
Poe and the horror story --
Poe and the detective story --
The dimension of style --
Edgar Allan Poe: Stories --
The Black Cat --
The cask of Amontillado --
The fall of the house of usher --
The Purloined Letter --
Edgar Allan Poe: Essays --
Critics on Poe --
Flannery O'Connor in context --
Southern Gothic --
The Catholic Dimension --
O' Connor's Irony --
Flannery O'Connor: Stories --
Good Country People --
A good man is hard to find --
Everything that rises must converge --
The life you save may be your own --
Flannery O'Connor: Essays, and letters --
Critics on O'Connor --
Sandra Cisneros in context --
Culture and Identity --
Literature of the American Southwest --
The feminist dimension --
Sandra Cisneros: Stories --
Eleven --
Barbie Q --
There was a man, There was a women --
Women in hollering creek --
Cisneros on herself --
Critics on Cisneros --
A Collection of Short Fiction --
Classics --
Chinua Achebe / Marriage is a private affair --
James Baldwin / Sonny's Blues --
Jorge Luis Borges / The Garden of Forking Paths --
Anton Chekhov / The kiss --
Ralph Ellison / Battle Royal --
F. Scott Fitzgerald / Babylon Revisited --
Gabriel Garcia Marquez / A very old man with enormous wings --
Charlotte Perkins Gilman / The yellow wallpaper --
Nathaniel Hawthorne / Young Goodman Brown --
Ernest Hemingway / Soldier's home --
Zora Neale Hurston / Spunk --
James Joyce / The boarding house --
James Joyce / The dead --
Frank Kafka / The Metamorphosis --
Katherine Mansfield / Bliss --
Tillie Olsen / I stand here ironing --
Luigi Pirandello / War --
Katherine Anne Porter / The Jilting of Granny Weatherall --
Isaac Bashevis Singer / Gimpel the fool --
Jean Stafford / Bad characters --
Eudora Welty / Why I live at the P.O. ---
Contemporaries ---
Sherman Alexie / Indian Education --
Julia Alvarez / The Kiss --
Margaret Atwood / Happy Endings --
Toni Cade Bambara / The lesson --
Raymond Carver / Cathedral --
Anita Desai / Diamond Dust --
Nathan Englander / The Tumblers --
Ursela Hegi / To the gate --
Mary Hood / How far she went --
Gish Jen / Who's Irish? --
Ha Jin / Taking a husband --
Jamaica Kincaid / Girl --
James Alan McPherson / Why I like Country Music --
Bharti Mukherjee / The tenant --
Alice Munro / An ounce of cure --
Edna O'Brian / Long Distance --
Tim O' Brian / The Things they carried --
Annie Proulx / The bunchgrass edge of the world --
Leslie Silko / Yellow Woman --
Amy Tan / Rules of the Game --
Luisa Valenzuela / I'm your horse in the night --
Alice Walker / Everyday Use --
John Edgar Wideman / Damballah. The Experience of Poetry --
Robert Hayden / Those Winter Sundays --
The Interpretation of Poetry --
Robert Frost / Stopping by woods on a snowy evening --
The Evaluation of Poetry --
Adrienne Rich / Aunt Jennifer's Tigers --
The act of reading poetry --
Theodore Roethke / My Papa's Waltz --
Types of Poetry --
Narrative Poetry --
Lyric Poetry ---
Elements of Poetry --
Voice: speaker and tone --
Stephen Crane / War is kind --
Robert Browning / My last duchess --
Muriel Stuart / In the orchard --
Gerard Manley Hopkins / Thou art indeed just, Lord --
Anonymous / Western Wind --
Henry Reed / Naming of parts --
Jacques Prevert / Family Portrait --
William Wordsworth / I wandered lonely as a cloud --
Edwin Arlington Robinson / Miniver Cheevy --
William Wordsworth / It is a beauteous evening --
Robert Herrick / Delight in disorder --
Adrienne Rich / Rape --
Elizabeth Bishop / First death in Nova Scotia --
William Butler Yeats / The Lake Isle of Innisfree --
Robert Browning / Meeting at night --
H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) / Heat --
Thomas Hardy / Neutral Tones --
Figures of Speech: Simile and Metaphor --
William Shakespeare / That time of year thou may'st in me behold --
John Donne / Hymn to God the Father --
Robert Wallace / The double play --
Louis Simpson / The Battle --
Judith Wright / Woman to Child --
Symbolism and Allegory --
Peter Meinke / Advice to my son --
Christina Rossetti / Up-hill --
Robert Frost / The road not taken --
George Herbert / Virtue --
Emily Dickinson / Because I could not stop for death --
John Donne / The sun rising --
Thomas Hardy / The man he killed --
William Butler Yeats / An Irish airman foresees his death --
Robert Frost / The Silken Tent --
E.E. Cummings / "Me up at does" --
Stevie Smith / Mother, among the dustbins --
Sound: Rhyme, Alliteration, Assonance --
Gerard Manley Hopkins / In the valley of the elwy --
Thomas Hardy / During wind and rain --
Alexander Pope / Sound and sense --
May Swenson / The Universe --
Bob McKenty / Adam's song --
Helen Chasin / The word plum --
Rhythm and Meter --
Robert Frost / The span of life --
George Gordon, Lord Byron / The Destruction of Sennacherib --
Anne Sexton / Her kind --
William Carlos Williams / The red Wheelbarrow --
Structure: Closed Form and Open Form --
John Keats / On first looking into Chapman's homer --
Walt Whitman / When I heard the learn'd astronomer --
E.E. Cummings / Buffalo Bill's --
William Carlos Williams / The Dance --
Denise Levertov / O Taste and See --
Theodore Roethke / The Waking --
Christine Molito / Reflections in Black & Blue --
C.P. Cavafy / The City --
Emily Dickinson / Crumbling in not an instant's act ---
William Blake / London --
William Butler Yeats / A dream of death --
Emily Dickinson / The wind begun to knead grass --
D.H. Lawrence / Piano --
Langston Hughes / Ballad of Booker T. --
William Carlos Williams / This is just to say --
Kenneth Koch / Variations on a theme by William Carlos Williams ---
Gerard Manley Hopkins / Carrion Comfort ---
Gary Layne Hatch / Terrier Torment
or. Mr. Hopkins and his dog ---
William Shakespeare / Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? ---
Robert Frost / Dust of Snow ---
Bob McKenty / Snow on Frost ----
Translations ----
Horace / Eheu fugaces Postume, Postume ---
Francesco Petrarco S' / If it's not love, then what is it? ---
Rainer Maria Rilke / The Panther ---
Guillaume Apollinaire / Mirabeau Bridge. Juan Ramon Jimenez / Dream Nocturne ---
Responses (Point-Counterpart) ---
Christopher Marlowe / The Passionate Shepherd to his love ---
Sir Walter Raleigh / The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd ---
William Shakespeare / Not marble, nor the gilded monuments ---
Archibald MacLeish / Not Marble, Nor the Gilded Monuments ---
William Blake / Nurse's song [innocence]: Nurse's Song [experience] ---
Matthew Arnold / Dover Beach ---
Anthony Hecht / The Dover Bitch: a criticism of life ---
William Carlos Williams / Queen-Ann's-Lace ---
Anne C. Coon / Queen Anne's Lace ---
Ovid / Siesta time in sultry summer ---
Jay Parini / Amores -----
Adaptations (Poetry and Song) -----
Ecclesiastes / To everything there is a season ---
Pete Seeger / Turn! Turn! Turn! ---
Edwin Arlington Robinson / Richard Cory ---
Langston Hughes / Dream Deferred ---
Langston Hughes / Same in Blues ---
Woody Guthrie / This land is your land ---
Sonya Sanchez / Blues ---
Lonnelle Johnson / No Mo' Blues ---
Bessie Smith / Lost your head blues ---
John Newton / Amazing Grace ---
Don McClean / Vincent ----
Poetry and Painting ----
Michelangelo Buonarotti / Sistine Chapel Ceiling ---
Michelangelo Buonarotti / A goiter it seems I got from this backward craning ---
Pieter Breughel / The elder ---
W.H. Auden / Musee des Beaux Arts ---
William Carlos Williams / Landscape with the fall of Icarus ---
Joseph Langland / Hunters in the snow: Breughel ---
Pieter Breughel the elder / Hunters in the Snow ---
Rembrandt van Rijn / The return of the prodigal son ---
Elizabeth Bishop / The Prodigal ---
William Blake / The sick rose (painting) ---
William Blake / The sick rose (poem) ---
Cathy song / Girl powdering her neck ---
Kitagawa Utamaro / Girl powdering her neck ---
Francisco de Goya / "The third of May, 1808" ---
Vincent Van Gogh / The starry night ---
Gustave Klimt / The kiss ---
Lawrence Ferlinghetti / Short story on a painting of Gustav Klimt ---
Henri Matisse / Dance ---
Natalie Safir / Matisse's Dance ---
Romare Bearden / After Five O'clock ---
Federico Garcia Lorca / Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias -----
Writing about Poetry -----
Reasons for writing about poetry ------
Informal ways of writing about poetry ------
Robert Hayden / Those winter Sundays ---
Robert Graves / Symptoms of Love ------
Formal ways of writing about poetry -----
Sylvia Plath / Mirror ------
Reading Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes in Depth -----
Emily Dickinson in context -----
The nineteenth century New England Literary Scene ----
Dickinson and modern poetry ----
Dickinson and Christianity ----
Dickinson's Style ----
Emily Dickinson / I cannot dance upon my toes ---
Emily Dickinson / The soul selects her own society ----
Emily Dickinson: Poems ----
Surgeons must be very careful ---
"Faith" is a fine invention ---
I'm "wife" ---
I've finished that ---
There's a certain slant of light ---
After great pain, a formal feeling comes ---
I taste a liquor never brewed ---
A bird came down the walk ---
I dreaded that first Robin, so ---"Nature" is what we see ---
A narrow Fellow in the grass ---
Further in summer than the birds ---
I can wade grief --
The heart asks pleasure --
first ---
There is a pain --
so utter ---
Pain- has an element of blank ---
Remorse --
is memory --
awake ---
I felt a funeral, in my brain ---
We grow accustomed to the dark ---
I died for beauty --
but was scared ---
I heard a fly buzz-when I died ---
This world is not conclusion ---
I've seen a dying eye ---
The bustle in a house ---
The last night that she lived ---
Some keep the Sabbath going to church ---
Dare you see a soul at the white heat? ---
I'm ceded --
I've stopped being theirs ---
The soul has bandaged moments ---The brain-is wider than the sky ---
A spider sewed at night ---
The props assist the house ---
Apparently with no surprise ---
This was a poet-it is that ---
I reckon- when I count at all ---
I dwell in possibility ---
Publication --
is the auction ---
Wild nights-wild nights! ---
"Why do I love" You, Sir? ---
My life closed twice before its close ---
Success is counted sweetness ---
I like a look of agony ---
Much madness is divinest sense ---
Tell all the truth but tell it slant ---
I like to see it lap the miles ---
My life had stood --
a loaded gun ---A route of evanescence ---
Volcanoes be in Sicily ---
Jane Kenyon / Notes from the other side ---
Jane Hirshfield / Three times my life has opened ---
Billy Collins / Taking off Emily Dickinson's clothes ---
Linda Pastan / Emily Dickinson ---
Robert Frost: Poems ---
The tuft of flowers ---
Mending Wall ---
Birches ---
Home burial ---
After Apple-picking ---
Putting in the seed ---
Two look at two ---
Fire and ice ---
Acquainted with the night ---
Tree at my window ---
Departmental ---
Desert Places ---
Design ---
Provide, provide ---
The most of it ----
Langston Hughes: Poems ----
Dream deferred ---
The Negro speaks of rivers ---
Mother to son ---
I, too ---
My people ---
The weary blues ---
Young gals' blues ---
Morning after ---
Trumpet Player ---
Dream boogie ---
Ballad of the landlord ---
Madam and the rent man ---
When Sue wears red ---
Listen here blues ---
Consider me ---Theme for English B ---
Aunt Sue's stories ---
Madrid --
1937 ---
Let America be America again ---
I'm still here ----
A Collection of Poems --
Classics ----
Anonymous / Barbara Allan ---
Anonymous / Edward, Edward ---
William Blake / The clod and the pebble ---
William Blake / The Lamb ---
William Blake / The Tyger ---
William Blake / The garden of love ---
Anne Bradstreet / To my dear and loving husband ---
Elizabeth Barrett Browning / How do I love thee? ---
Let me count the ways ---
Robert Burns / A red, red rose ---
Thomas Campion / There is a garden in her face ---
Lewis Carroll / Jabberwocky ---
Samuel Taylor Coleridge / Kubla Khan ---
John Donne / Song: Go and catch a falling star ---
John Donne / The Canonization ---
John Donne / A Valediction : forbidding mourning ---
John Donne / The flea ---
John Donne / Death, be not proud ---
John Donne / Batter my heart, three-personed God ---
George Gordon, Lord Byron / She walks in beauty ---
Thomas Hardy / The ruined maid ---
Thomas Hardy / Channel firing ---
Thomas Hardy / Afterwards ---
George Herbert / The alter ---
George Herbert / The pulley ---
Robert Herrick / Upon Julia's clothes ---
Robert Herrick / To the virgins, to make much of time ---
Gerard Manley Hopkins / God's Grandeur ---
Gerard Manley Hopkins / The Windhover ---
Gerard Manley Hopkins / Pied beauty ---
Gerard Manley Hopkins / Spring and fall: to a young child ---
A.E. Housman / When I was one-and-twenty ---
A.E. Housman / To an Athlete dying young ---
Henry Howard, earl of surrey / The soote season ---
Ben Johnson / On my first son ---
Ben Johnson / Song: to Celia ---
John Keats / When I have fears that I may cease to be ---
John Keats / La Bele Dame Sans Merci ---
John Keats / The eve of St. Agnes ---
John Keats / Ode on a Grecian urn ---
John Keats / Ode to a Nightingale ---
Andrew Marvell / To his coy mistress ---
John Milton / When I consider how my light is spent ---
John Milton / On the late massacre in piedmont ---
Sir Thomas Nashe / A litany in time of plague ---
Edgar Allan Poe / To Helen ---
Edgar Allan Poe / The Raven ---
Alexander Pope / From an essay on man ---
William Shakespeare / When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes ---
William Shakespeare / Let me not to the marriage of true minds ---
William Shakespeare / Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame ---
William Shakespeare / My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun ---
Percy Bysshe Shelley / Ozymandias ---
Pery Bysshe Shelley / Ode to the west wind.

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