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The Literature of England: An Anthology and a History (1936)

by George Kumler Anderson, Homer Andrew Watt (Joint Author.), George Benjamin Woods

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I. THE MIDDLE AGES. (c750-1485) Beowulf. (Note on the Old English Language). The Pearl Poet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400). (Note on the Middle English Language). (On Reading Middle English). From The Canterbury Tales: The General Prologue. The Miller's Tale. The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale. The Clerk's Tale. The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale. The Nun's Priest's Tale. The Parson's Prologue. Retraction. Gentilesse. Truth. Envoy to Bukton. Middle English Lyrics. The Second Shepherds' Play. Sir Thomas Malory (1394?-1471). From Morte Darthur, Caxton's Preface: Book 2. II. THE RENAISSANCE (1485-1660). Sir Thomas More (1478-1535). From Utopia: Book One, On Communal Property. Book Two, Their Gold and Silver, and How They Keep It. Their Marriage Customs. Their Punishments, Their Legal Procedures, and Other Matters. Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542). The Lover Compareth His State to a Ship in Perilous Storm Tossed on the Sea. The Long Love That in My Thought Doth Harbor, Whoso List to Hunt, They Flee from Me. Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517-1547). Love That Doth Reign and Live Within My Thought. Description of Spring Wherein Each Thing Renews, Save Only the Lover, Alas! So All Things Now Do Hold Their Peace, The Means To Attain Happy Life. Sir Phillip Sidney (1554-1586). From An Apology for Poetry. From Astrophel and Stella: 1) Loving in Truth, 5) It is Most True, 31) With How Sad Steps, 39) Come, Sleep! 41) Having This Day My Horse, 50) Stella, The Fullness of My Thoughts. Robert Greene (1560?-1592). From A Notable Discovery of Cosenage: The Art of Cony- Catching. Edmund Spenser (1552-1599). From The Faerie Queene: A Letter of the Authors. Book One (Canto 1), Book Two (Canto 12), Book Three (Canto 6). From Amoretti: 1) Happy ye leaves, 16) One day as I unwarily did gaze, 34) Lyke as a ship, 54) Of this worlds Theatre, 75) One day I wrote her name, 79) Men call you fayre. Epithalamion. Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593). The Passionate Shepherd to His Love. The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd (Sir Walter Raleigh). The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus. Thomas Campion (1567-1620). My Sweetest Lesbia. When to Her Lute Corinna Sings. Rose-Cheeked Laura. There Is a Garden in Her Face. Fain Would I Wed. The English Bible. The Twenty-Third Psalm in Six Translations: Coverdale Bible, Great Bible, Genevan Bible, Bishops' Bible, Rheims-Douai Bible, King James Bible. William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Sonnets: 18) Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? 29) When, in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes. 30) When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought. 55) Not Marble, nor the Gilded Monuments. 71) No Longer Mourn for Me When I am Dead. 73) That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold. 97) How Like a Winter hath My Absence Been. 98) From You Have I Been Absent in the Spring. 106) When in the Chronicle of Wasted Time. 116) Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds. 129) Th' Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame. 130) My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun. 138) When My Love Swears that She is Made of Truth. 146) Poor Soul, the Centre of My Sinful Earth. The Tempest. Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626). From Essays or Counsels— Civil and Moral. 1) Of Truth. 5) Of Adversity. 7) Of Parents and Children. 8) Of Marriage and Single Life. 42) Of Youth and Age. 50) Of Studies. Sir Thomas Overbury (1581-1613). The Characters. A Melancholy Man. A Puritan. What a Character Is. Ben Jonson (1573-1637). Song: To Celia. Song to Celia. Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount. To Penshurst. Queen and Huntress. On My First Daughter. On My First Son. Still to Be Neat. To John Donne. To the Memory of My Beloved Master, William Shakespeare. John Donne (1572-1631). Song (Go and Catch a Falling Star). The Flea. The Bait. The Indifferent. The Ecstasy. Lovers' Infiniteness. Song (Sweetest Love, I Do Not Go). On His Mistress. The Canonization. A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning. Air and Angels. A Hymn to God the Father. Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward. The Third Satire. From Holy Sonnets: 3) O Might Those Sighs and Tears Return Again. 5) If Poisonous Minerals. 7) At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners. 10) Death be not Proud. 14) Batter My Heart. From Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions: Meditation XVII, Meditation XVIII. George Herbert (1593-1633). The Pearl. The Collar. Virtue. Easter Wings. Jordan I, Jordan II, Love III. The Pulley. Richard Crashaw (1613?-1649). On the Wounds of Our Crucified Lord. Upon the Infant Martyrs. The Flaming Heart. Henry Vaughan (1622-1695). The Retreat. The World. They Are All Gone into the World of Light. Regeneration. Robert Burton (1577-1640). From The Anatomy of Melancholy. Izaak Walton (1593-1683). From The Complete Angler: From The First Day. From The Life of Dr. John Donne: Donne in His Shroud. Robert Herrick (1591-1674). An Ode for Ben Jonson. The Night Piece. To Julia. Cherry-Ripe. Delight in Disorder. Upon Julia's Clothes. To the Virgins to Make Much of Time. Corinna's Going A-Maying. His Prayer for Absolution. Sir John Suckling (1609-1642). Why so Pale and Wan, Fond Lover? Constancy. Thomas Carew (1598?-1639?). Disdain Returned. Song (Ask Me No More). Edmund Waller (1606-1687). Go, Lovely Rose! Of the Last Verses in the Book. Richard Lovelace (1618-1658). To Lucasta. Going to the War. To Althea. From Prison. Andrew Marvell (1621-1678). To His Coy Mistress. The Garden. The Mower Against Gardens. Bermudas. The Definition of Love. John Milton (1608-1674). L'Allegro. Il Penseroso. Lycidas. How Soon Hath Time. On the Late Massacre in Piedmont. When I Consider How My Light Is Spent. Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint. From Paradise Lost: Book One, Book Two, from Book Three (56-134; 236-271). From Book Four (1-113). Book Nine. From Book Twelve (637-649). Of Education. John Bunyan (1628-1688). From… (more)

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Preface (3rd ed.): The first edition of _The Literature of England_ appeared in 1936 as the culmination of several years of planning and labor by authors and publishers who worked in complete harmony and in constant communication toward a fixed objective: the new survey anthology was to be not just another collection of college readings but a carefully articulated interpretation and representation of English culture as expressed in English literature.
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