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Twenty-One More Poems for AP English

Click for companion features: 21 Poems for AP English; Fiction and Nonfiction for AP English Literature and Composition

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”

The Poem

About the Poet from the Academy of American Poets

Audio “The Shield of Achilles” from the Poetry Foundation

“The Shield of Achilles” from Modern American Poetry  

2. Elizabeth Bishop, “One Art”

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

On “One Art” from Modern American Poetry

Spotlight on Elizabeth Bishop from Annenberg Learner Voices and Visions

3.  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Kubla Khan

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

“Kubla Khan” from Representative Poetry Online

“Kubla Khan; Or, A Vision in a Dream. A Fragment” from Victorian Web

Samuel.Taylor Coleridge from Victorian Web

4. Hart Crane, “To Brooklyn Bridge”

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation  

Hart Crane: Illustrated Editions of The Bridge from Modern American Poetry

On The Bridge from Modern American Poetry

Spotlight on Hart Crane from Annenberg Learner Voices and Visions

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

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

"Because I could not stop for Death" from American Icons

Elegy and Eros: Configuring Grief from the Poetry Foundation

On 712 [“Because I could not stop for death”] from Modern American Poetry

Spotlight on Emily Dickinson from Annenberg Learner Voices and Visions 

 

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

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

A Brief Guide to Metaphysical Poets from the Academy of American Poets

Holy Sonnets: Death, be not proud” from Representative Poetry Online

7. H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), “Eurydice”

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

Lesson 2: “The Metamorphoses” and Modern Poetry: A Comparison of Mythic Characters

On “Eurydice” from Modern American Poetry

8. Rita Dove, “Parsley”

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

Rita Dove from Modern American Poetry

Rita Dove: “‘Looking Underneath’ History,” by Renee, H. Shea, (p. 9–13) from AP English Literature and Composition Classroom Resources

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

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series: Removing the Mask

On “We Wear the Mask” from Modern American Poetry  

10. Robert Frost, “After Apple Picking”

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

On “After Apple Picking” from Modern American Poetry

Spotlight on Robert Frost from Annenberg Learner, Voices and Visions

The Story of Robert Frost’s Apple Trees from the Robert Frost Stone House Museum

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

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

Carpe Diem: Poems for Making the Most of Time from American Academy of Poets

Cavalier Lyrists: Robert Herrick from The Cambridge History of English and American Literature at Bartleby.com

To Virgins, to Make Much of Time” from Representative Poetry Online

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

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

A. E. Housman from Victorian Web

Death in Poetry: A.E. Housman's “To an Athlete Dying Young” and Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

“To An Athlete Dying Young” from the Housman Society

13. Robert Lowell, “For the Union Dead”

The Poem

About the Poet from the Academy of American Poets

On “For the Union Dead” from Modern American Poetry  

The Massachusetts 54th Regiment: Honoring the Heroes

Spotlight on Robert Lowell from Annenberg Learner Voices and Visions 

14. Claude McKay, “If We Must Die”

The Poem

About the Poet from Poetry Foundation  

Constrained to Honor: A Discussion of “If We Must Die” from Poetry Foundation

On “If We Must Die” by Modern American Poetry

Protest, s.v. poetry, The Making of African American Identity: Vol. 3, 1917-1968, America in Class, from The National Humanities Center 

 

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15. Edgar Allen Poe, “The Raven”

The Poem

About the Poet from Poetry Foundation  

Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and the Unreliable Biographers

The Philosophy of Composition from Poetry Foundation  

The Raven”: Primary Source Set from Digital Public Library of America

16. Sylvia Plath, “Lady Lazarus”

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

On “Lady Lazarus” from Modern American Poetry

Spotlight on Sylvia Plath from Annenberg Learner Voices and Visions 

Video: “Lady Lazarus” and the Received Form from the Academy of American Poets

17. Theodore Roethke, “My Papa’s Waltz

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

Analyzing Poetic Devices: Robert Hayden's “Those Winter Sundays” and Theodore Roethke's “My Papa's Waltz”

Audio “My Papa’s Waltz” from the Academy of American Poets

Theodore Roethke from Modern American Poetry

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

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

On “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” from Modern American Poetry

Thirteen Ways of Reading a Modernist Poem

Spotlight on Wallace Stevens from Annenberg Learner Voices and Visions 

The Wallace Stevens Walk from the Academy of American Poets

19. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses”

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

Alfred Tennyson's “Ulysses” from Victorian Web

Poems of Tennyson and Noyes: Pictures in Words

Ulysses” from Representative Poetry Online

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

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

Elegy and Eros: Configuring Grief from the Poetry Foundation

Literature of the Civil War

“When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” (1865) from the Whitman Archive

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

The Poem

About the Poet from the Poetry Foundation

Observations Prefixed to Lyrical Ballads (1800) from the Poetry Foundation

William Wordsworth from Victorian Web

Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes from Romantic Circles

 

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Edward Simmons, Melpomene. Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Photo, Carol Highsmith. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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