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Junior Poet Project

All English majors at the University of Dallas are required to take ENG 3324/ Literary Study I: Lyric, an introduction to the intensive critical study of poetry. As part of the requirements for this course, students must explore the work of a chosen poet. Their research culminates in a thirty-minute oral examination before three faculty members. In addition, they must submit an annotated bibliography listing relevant criticism and scholarship.

The purpose of the project is to develop analytical skills, poise, articulateness, critical judgment, and authority in students, along with an ability to discuss matters of style, theme, and technique in the poetry of their chosen authors.

List of some exemplary poets (with representative poems)


Walter Ralegh: "The Lie;" "Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd"

Thomas Wyatt: "My Galley Charged with Forgetfulness"

Edmund Spenser: Sonnets from Amoretti

Philip Sidney: Sonnets from Astrophil and Stella

William Shakespeare: Sonnet 65, 94

17th Century

John Donne: Holy Sonnet 10; "Sun Rising"

George Herbert: "The Collar;" "Virtue"

Ben Jonson: "Inviting a Friend to Supper;" "To Celia"

Robert Herrick: "Argument of His Book;"  "Corinna's Going A-Maying"

Henry Vaughn: "The World;"  "The Retreat"

Andrew Marvell: "To His Coy Mistress;"  "The Garden"

18th Century

Alexander Pope: "An Essay on Man"

Thomas Gray: "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"

William Cowper: "The Castaway"

Romantic (1798-1830)

William Blake: "The Tyger;" "Sick Rose"

Robert Burns: "Green Grow the Rashes"

William Wordsworth: "A Slumber Did my Spirit Seal;"  "Tintern Abbey"

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: "Frost at Midnight"

Percy Bysshe Shelley: "Ode to the West Wind"

John Keats: "When I Have Fears;"  "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

Victorian (1830-1900)

Alfred Lord Tennyson: "Lotus Eaters;"  In Memoriam, 7 ("Dark House")

Robert Browning: "My Last Duchess"

Matthew Arnold: "The Buried Life"

Christina Rossetti: "Uphill;"  "In an Artist's Studio"

A. E. Housman: "To An Athlete Dying Young"

Gerard Manley Hopkins: "God's Grandeur;" "Pied Beauty"

Thomas Hardy: "Convergence of the Twain"

19th Century American

Walt Whitman: "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"

Emily Dickinson: "As Imperceptibly as Grief;"  "After Great Pain a Formal Feeling Comes"

20th Century: British Commonwealth and America

William Butler Yeats (Nobel Prize): "Easter 1916"

Ezra Pound: "The Return;"  "The River-Merchant's Wife"

Robert Frost: "After Apple Picking;" "Desert Places"

T. S. Eliot (Nobel Prize): "The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

Wallace Stevens: "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird;"  "The Idea of Order at Key West"

William Carlos Williams: "Spring and All;"  "The Dance"

Marianne Moore: "A Grave;"  "The Fish"

John Crowe Ransom: "Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter"

E. E. Cummings: "my father moved through dooms of love;"  "in just spring"

Hart Crane: from The Bridge: "Poem: to Brooklyn Bridge"

Langston Hughes: "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

Patrick Kavanaugh: "Epic," "Canal Bank Walk"

Allen Tate: "Aeneas at Washington"

W. H. Auden: "Musée de Beaux Arts;"  "In Memory of W.B. Yeats"

Robert Penn Warren: "Bearded Oaks," "Evening Hawks"

Elizabeth Bishop: "One Art;"  "Questions of Travel"

Derek Walcott (Nobel Prize): "Season of Phantasmal Peace"

Dylan Thomas: "Fern Hill"

Robert Hayden: "Those Winter Sundays;"  "Bone Flower Elegy"

Muriel Rukeyser: "Ballad of Orange and Grape"

John Berryman: from The Dream Songs

Robert Lowell: "For the Union Dead"

Gwendolyn Brooks: "A Song in the Front Yard;"  "Sallie and Maud"

James Dickey: "Buckdancer's Choice"

Sylvia Plath: "Black Rook in Rainy Weather;"  "Ariel"

Adrienne Rich: "Diving into the Wreck;"  "Twenty one Love-Poems (XX)"

Richard Wilbur: "Love Calls Us to the Things of This World"

Seamus Heaney (Nobel Prize): "Death of a Naturalist;"  "The Haw Lantern"

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