Closer Readings Commentary

Twenty-One More Poems for AP English

Photo of Rita Dove sitting by a window in 2013.
Photo caption

Still from the documentary “Rita Dove: An American Poet”

The selections within this listing represent frequently taught poets and poems in AP English Literature and Composition. 

For each of the twenty-one poems or poetic forms for AP Literature and Composition, students and teachers will find a link to the poem and multimedia resources. These include EDSITEment lessons as well as EDSITEment-reviewed websites that discuss the poem, the poet, and its context. Media incorporated in these resources include audio clips and video as well as primary source documents and photographs, along with other useful tools such as timelines. They offer both the content and skills needed to support student success in AP English Literature and Composition.

EDSITEment also offers a Literary Glossary of terms cross-referenced with EDSITEment lessons. It serves as a ready reference for students as they work through the lesson activities and prepare for the AP examination.

1. W. H. Auden, “The Shield of Achilles”

2. Elizabeth Bishop, “One Art”

3.  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Kubla Khan

4. Hart Crane, “To Brooklyn Bridge”

5. Emily Dickinson, “Because I could not stop for Death” (479)

6. John Donne, “Holy Sonnets: Death, be not proud”

7. H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), “Eurydice”

8. Rita Dove, “Parsley”

9. Paul Laurence Dunbar, “We Wear the Mask”

10. Robert Frost, “After Apple Picking”

11. Robert Herrick, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”

12. A. E. Housman, “To an Athlete Dying Young”

13. Robert Lowell, “For the Union Dead”

14. Claude McKay, “If We Must Die”

15. Edgar Allen Poe, “The Raven”

16. Sylvia Plath, “Lady Lazarus”

17. Theodore Roethke, “My Papa’s Waltz

18. Wallace Stevens: “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”

19. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses”

20. Walt Whitman, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”

21. William Wordsworth, “The World is Too Much With Us”