This is an impressive and compelling contribution to the study of poetry that will enchant students of literature and casual readers for years to come. Instead of a chronological division of works the author arranges the poems according to central themes in literature. The aim is to make challenging poems more accessible to young undergraduates. The text focuses on six major themes often found in canonical English poetry. These include religion, nature, classics, romance, individual struggle, and politics. Using representative works of famous poets including, but not limited to, Milton, Donne, Shakespeare, Keats, Kipling and the Rossetti siblings, the book links poems on diverse and varied topics (such as the Virgin Mary, colonial India, and Tudor history) in order to illustrate the richness and complexity of the literary canon. The text's main aim is to make challenging poems more approachable and accessible to young undergraduates.
Foreword by Eman El-Meligi; Acknowledgements; Alphabetical Table of Titles; Alphabetical Table of First Lines; Introduction; Alexander's Feast; Annunciation, The; Ballad of East and West, The; Bavarian Gentians; Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came; Doubt of Future Foes, The; Duke Orsino's opening speech; Epic Invocation of Paradise Lost, from Book I; Girlhood of Mary Virgin, The; Glove and the Lions, The; Highwayman, The; My Mistress's Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun; Nativity, The; Ode to a Nightingale; Ode to the West Wind; Often Rebuked; On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer; On His Blindness; Opening Soliloquy from Richard III; Queen Katherine's Defence in Henry VIII; To Autumn; Vivian and Merlin (From Idylls of the King); Wintry Sonnet, A; Conclusion.