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The Nelson Introduction To Literature, 2nd Edition

By Valleau/Finnobogason
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Soft Cover
576 pages
ISBN-10: 0176415505
ISBN-13: 9780176415501
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 2nd

The Nelson Introduction to Literature explores the aesthetics of literature as an art form. Organized chronologically, this anthology’s essays, poetry, and short fiction range from traditional 16th century forms to contemporary selections. While focusing on the elements of each genre, the editors do not reduce literary analysis to procedure. Appropriate for Introduction to Literature courses at colleges and universities, this collection will impress upon its readers a deep appreciation of the beauty of literature as art.

Features

  • *NEW* Increased coverage of contemporary writers
  • *NEW* New selections
  • *NEW* Appendix on writing literary analysis
  • *NEW* Enhanced glossary
  • Concise introductions to each genre to define the writing form and situate texts
  • Brief biographical notes for each author place selections in context
  • Notes explain dialect, foreign phrases, mythological allusions and folkloric references
  • Line numbering makes referencing material easy
  • Balances canonical and contemporary literature
  • Includes one selection for each author to demonstrate variety of forms
  • Provides works in translation
  • Strong regional representation from across Canada including Aboriginal and Quebecois literature
  • Inclusion of women and minority voices through the ages

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • POETRY
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Chaucer, General Prologue to Canterbury Tales
  • Anonymous, Sir Patrick Spens (early popular ballad)
  • Anonymous, "The Three Ravens" (early popular ballad)
  • Anonymous, Western Wind (early popular lyric)
  • Thomas Wyatt, They Flee From Me
  • Sir Walter Ralegh, The Nymph''s Reply to the Shepherd
  • Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
  • William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18, "Shall I compare thee to a Summer''s Day..."
  • William Shakespeare, Sonnet 129, "The expense of spirit, in a waste of shame..."
  • William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130, "My mistress'' eyes are nothing like the sun..."
  • John Donne, The Canonization
  • Robert Herrick, Delight in Disorder
  • Robert Herrick, "Dreams John Milton From Paradise Lost, Book 1 Marvel To His Coy Mistress"
  • Robert Herrick, The Garden
  • Katherine Philips, Against Love
  • Aphra Behn, A Song in Dialogue
  • Anne Finch, The Unequal Fetters
  • Alexander Pope, From An Essay on Criticism
  • Phillis Wheatley, On Being Brought from Africa to America
  • William Blake, The Chimney Sweeper (1789)
  • William Blake, The Chimney Sweeper (1794)
  • William Blake, London
  • William Blake, The Sick Rose
  • William Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Frost at Midnight
  • P. B. Shelley, Ozymandias
  • John Keats, To Autumn
  • John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn
  • Sojourner Truth, Ain''t I A Woman
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam, Sections 50-56
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Lady of Shallott
  • Robert Browning, Porphyria''s Lover
  • Walt Whitman, A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim
  • Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
  • Emily Dickinson, 1129, "Tell all the Truth But Tell it Slant"
  • Emily Dickinson, 258, "There''s a Certain Slant of light"
  • Emily Dickinson, 465, "I heard a Fly buzz"
  • Emily Dickinson, 435, "Much Madness is Divinest Sense"
  • Christina Rossetti, An Apple-Gathering
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, God''s Grandeur
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Windhover
  • Charles G.D. Roberts, The Potato Harvest
  • Archibald Lampman, The City of the End of Things
  • D.C. Scott, The Forsaken
  • W.B. Yeats, Second Coming
  • W.B. Yeats, Among School Children
  • W.B. Yeats, The Circus Animal''s Desertion
  • Robert Frost, Neither Out Far Nor In Deep
  • Robert Frost, The Silken Tent
  • Wallace Stevens, Emperor of Ice Cream
  • Wallace Stevens, The Snow Man
  • W.C. Williams The Last Words of My English Grandmother
  • W.C. Williams, The Red Wheelbarrow
  • E.J. Pratt, The Prize Cat
  • Ezra Pound, In a Station of the Metro
  • Ezra Pound, The River-Merchant''s Wife
  • T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • T.S. Eliot, From Four Quartets: Little Gidding (Part V)
  • Wilfred Owen, Strange Meeting
  • e.e. cummings, anyone lived in a pretty how town
  • e.e. cummings, O sweet spontaneous
  • F.R. Scott, Poetry
  • F.R. Scott, From Letters from the Mackenzie River
  • F.R. Scott, All the Spikes But the Last "
  • F.R. Scott, National Identity
  • Langston Hughes, Theme for English
  • Earle Birney, Vancouver Lights
  • Earle Birney, The Bear on the Dehli Road
  • W.H. Auden, Musee des Beaux Arts
  • W. H. Auden, As I Walked Out One Evening
  • Theodore Roethke, My Papa''s Waltz
  • Dorothy Livesay, Bartok and the Geranium
  • Dorothy Livesay, And Give Us Our Trespasses
  • Elizabeth Bishop, The Moose
  • Irving Layton, Whatever Else Poetry is Freedom
  • Dylan Thomas, Poem in October
  • Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill
  • P.K. Page, Stories of Snow
  • P.K. Page, A Grain of Sand
  • Margaret Avison, Snow
  • Al Purdy, Trees at the Arctic Circle
  • Phillip Larkin, Church Going
  • Robert Creeley, Ballad of the Despairing Husband
  • Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California
  • Phyllis Webb, The Days of the Unicorns
  • Robert Kroetsch, From Seed Catalog
  • Adrienne Rich, Power
  • Ted Hughes, The Thought-Fox
  • Derek Walcott, A Far Cry from Africa
  • Derek Walcott, Central America
  • Sylvia Plath, Lady Lazarus
  • Alden Nowlan, The Bull Moose
  • Alden Nowlan, Aunt Jane
  • Leonard Cohen, You Have the Lovers
  • Wole Soyinka, Telephone Conversation
  • George Bowering, Grandfather
  • George Bowering, Man with Broom
  • Marge Piercy, To Be of Use
  • Michele Lalonde, Speak White
  • Margaret Atwood, This is a Photograph of Me
  • Seamus Heaney, Digging
  • Seamus Heaney, The Haw Lantern
  • Billy Collins, Victoria''s Secret
  • Sharon Olds, 35/10
  • Michael Ondaatje, The Cinnamon Peeler
  • bp Nichol, Two Words: A Wedding
  • Alice Walker, Women
  • Bronwen Wallace, A Simple Poem for Virginia Woolf
  • Tom Wayman, Wayman in Love
  • Tom Wayman, Did I Miss Anything?
  • Leono Gom, Survival
  • Lorna Crozier, Poem about Nothing
  • Jim Wong-Chu, old chinese cemetery kamloops july 1977
  • Anne Carson, From The Truth about God
  • Vikram Seth, Work and Freedom
  • Louise Erdrich, Dear John Wayne
  • Marilyn Dumont, The White Judges"
  • Marilyn Dumont, Letter to Sir John A. Macdonald
  • Armand Garnet Ruffo, Creating a Country
  • George Elliott Clarke, Blank Sonnet
  • George Elliott Clarke, Casualties
  • George Elliott Clarke, Nu(is)ance
  • ESSAY
  • Introduction to the Essay
  • Plato, The Allegory of the Cave
  • Sir Thomas More, From Utopia, Book 2
  • Thomas Hobbes, From Leviathan, Part I
  • Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Virginia Woolf, Women and Fiction
  • J.B.S. Haldane, Some Enemies of Science
  • George Orwell, Marrakech
  • Northrop Frye, Elementary Teaching
  • Basil H. Johnston, One Generation from Extinction
  • Neil Postman, "Now...This"
  • Gloria Steinem, Sex, Lies, and Advertising
  • David Suzuki, The Pain of Animals
  • W.H. New, Giddy Limits
  • Stephen Jay Gould, Columbus Cracks an Egg
  • Bronwen Wallace, One More Woman Talking
  • John Ralston Saul, The Politics of Common Sense
  • Dionne Brand, Imagination, Representation and Culture
  • David Freedman, The Aggressive Egg
  • Neil Bissoondath, From Marginalization in Selling Illusions
  • Ann Hodgman, No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch
  • Drew Hayden Taylor, Pretty like a White Boy
  • Naomi Klein, Threats and Temps
  • SHORT FICTION
  • Introduction to Short Fiction
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Birthmark
  • James Joyce, The Boarding House
  • Stephen Leacock, Marine Excursion of the Knights of Pythias
  • F.P. Grove, Snow
  • Katherine Mansfield, Miss Brill
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Lost Decade
  • Flannery O''Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find
  • Margaret Laurence, To Set Our House in Order
  • Ursula Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
  • Chinua Achebe, Why the Tortoise''s Shell is Not Smooth
  • Timothy Findley, Stones
  • Alice Munro, Something I''ve Been Meaning to Tell You
  • Leon Rooke, A Bolt of White Cloth
  • Rudy Wiebe, Where is the Voice Coming From?
  • Alistair MacLeod, The Boat
  • Joyce Carol Oates, How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction and Began My Life Over Again
  • Margaret Atwood, Happy Endings
  • Raymond Carver, Cathedral
  • Thomas King, The Garden Court Motor Hotel
  • Richard Ford, Privacy
  • Salman Rushdie, Good Advice is Rarer Than Rubies
  • Appendix: An Introduction to Writing Literary Analysis
  • Glossary of Literary Terms
  • Index of Authors and Titles
  • Index of First Lines

Author Information

Al Valleau

Al Valleau has worked in post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. Al is completing his 35th year of teaching this year, and has chaired Canadian Studies programs in two colleges and an English department in a third. He was one of the six people awarded the Secretary of State Prize of excellence in Canadian Studies at the college level in 1985. He is active in research in Canadian literature.