Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    1. The Past

    2. Concord Hymn

    3. The Humble-Bee

    4. The Past

    5. Mithridates

    6. Water

  3. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    1. Charles Sumner

    2. The Wreck of the Hesperus

    3. The Old Clock on the Stairs

    4. The Arsenal at Springfield

    5. The Light of the Stars

    6. Mezzo Camin

    7. The Village Blacksmith

    8. A Psalm of Life

  4. Walt Whitman

    1. The World Below the Brine

    2. To You

    3. To a Stranger

    4. O me! O life!

    5. That Shadow My Likeness

    6. Beat! Beat! Drums!

    7. Long, too long America

    8. Old Chants

    9. A Woman Waits for Me

    10. O Captain! my Captain!

  5. Emily Dickinson

    1. They shut me up in Prose—

    2. Some keep the Sabbath going to church–

    3. The Moon is distant from the Sea–

    4. The Bustle in a House

    5. ”Hope” is the thing with feathers –

    6. If I can stop one heart from breaking

    7. The Brain—is wider than the Sky—

    8. There’s a certain Slant of light

    9. I had no time to Hate—

    10. Because I could not stop for Death –

    11. Ourselves were wed one summer — dear —

    12. Defrauded I a Butterfly—

    13. A Diamond on the Hand

    14. The Mountains—grow unnoticed—

    15. The Rose did caper on her cheek—

    16. The Soul selects her own Society —

    17. Rests at Night

  6. A Selection of Nineteenth Century American Poems

    1. Landlocked, by Celia Thaxter

    2. Invocation, by Jane Johnston Schoolcraft

    3. On the Admission of Michigan into the Union, By Lydia Sigourney Weaver

    4. Spirits of the Dead, by Edgar Allen Poe

    5. We Wear the Mask, By Paul Lawrence Dunbar

    6. Regret, by Celia Thaxter

    7. Annabel Lee, by Edgar Allen Poe

    8. A Dream Within a Dream, by Edgar Allen Poe

  7. Critical Essays

    1. The Evolution of the Patriarch: Longfellow and the Shape of Fatherhood in the Nineteenth Century

    2. Walt Whitman’s Influence and Reception in the Middle East

  8. Contributing Editors