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I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I posted. Wow…time really got away from me. My brain is officially final fried, but I seem to have conquered all the end of the semester assignments. I thought I’d take stock of all the works I’ve read this Spring as a sort of merit badge. Five English classes was probably a bad idea, but I did it. I managed to read and write all my assignments. Remember, this is just my reading for this semester. I also had papers to write, at least two if not three or four for each class. Plus, there were other assignments and midterms and finals besides. And on top of that…I managed to read a couple of things I wanted to read. I’m proud of this accomplishment. Not bad for four months, and I learned quite a bit. Okay…here’s the list:

For Shakespeare I read:

Sonnets 4, 27, 130
Romeo and Juliet
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Merchant of Venice
Richard II
1Henry IV
King Lear

For Chaucer:

Canterbury Tales

  • General Prologue
  • Knight’s Tale
  • Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale
  • Clerk’s Tale
  • Pardoner’s Tale
  • Prioress’s Tale
  • Nun’s Priest’s Tale 
  • Miller’s Prologue and Tale
  • Chaucer’s Retraction
“The Three Estates”
“The Temporal Estate”
Eustache Deschamps take on the ideal knight
John Gower’s complaints against knights
“Effictio” by Geoffrey de Vinsauf
Boccaccio’s version of the encounter with Emilia
Andreas Capellanus’s Rules of Love

Essays by Theophrastus and Jerome on Love and Marriage
Petrarch’s “Letters of Old Age” and “The Story of Griselda”
Andreas Capellanus’s The Art of Love: Books I, II, and III
The Lais of Marie de France
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Troilus and Criseyde
Robert Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid
Victorian Literature:
Thomas Carlyle “Signs of the Times”
Alfred Tennyson:
“Mariana,” “Supposed Confessions of a Second-Rate Sensitive Mind,” “The Lady of Shalott,” “The Palace of Art,” “The Lotos-Eaters,” “St. Simeon Stylites,” “Ulysses,” In Memoriam (I confess I only read small samples of this one. I could not bring myself to read it all.”
“On Some Characteristics of Modern Poetry”
“What is Poetry?”
The Rationale of Reward (Book III, Chapter I)
Robert Browning:
“My Last Duchess,” “Porphyria’s Lover,” “The Bishop Orders his Tomb at Saint Praxed’s Church,” “Essay on Shelley,” “The Lost Leader,” “Andrea del Sarto,” “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” “Caliban upon Setebos”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
“Cry of the Children,” Sonnets of the Portuguese, Snippets from Aurora Leigh
Matthew Arnold:
“Preface to the First Edition of Poems,” “Empedocles on Etna,” Memorial Verses,” The Function of Criticism at the Present Time,” “Dover Beach,” “The Buried Life,” “Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse”
Amours de Voyage (again I only read snippets), “The Latest Decalogue,” “Say not the struggle nought availeth,” “Where is no God, the wicked saith”
Dickens Hard Times (I almost gave up on this, but just couldn’t let myself.)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti:
“The Blessed Damozel,” “A Sonnet is a moment’s monument,” “The Portrait,” “Willowwood,” “Sestina. Of the Lady Pietra degli Scrovigni,”
Buchanan “The Fleshly School of Poetry”
Christina Rossetti:
Goblin Market, “In an Artist’s Studio,” “The two Rossettis,” The P.R.B. is in its decadence,” “When I am dead my dearest,” “Remember me when I am gone away,” “She sat and sand alway,” “Dream-land”
“Hymn to Prosperine”
Pater: Preface and Conclusion to The Renaissance 
“Author’s Preface,” “God’s Grandeur,” “The Windhover,” “As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame,” “Carrion Comfort”
William Morris:
“Art and Socialism,” “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”
Oscar Wilde: “The Soul of Man under Socialism”
“Hap,” “Neutral Tones,” “A Broken Appointment,” “A Darkling Thrush,” “The Self Un-seeing,” “In Tenebris,” “The Minute Before Meeting,” “Night in the Old Home,” “The Something that Saved Him,” “Afterwards,” “The Voice,” “AT Castle Boterel,” “Beeny Cliff,” “Shelley’s Skylark,”
EN 300:
“The Story of an Hour”
“A Rose for Emily”
“A Sorrowful Woman”
“Good Country People” (Love, love, love Flannery O’Connor)
“A Good Man is Hard to Find”
“Love in L.A.”
“The Foot”
“Ode on a Grecian Urn”
“We Real Cool”
“We Old Dudes”
“I Heard a Fly Buzz”
“Dulce et Decorum Est”
Robert Frost: “Mowing,” “The Oven Bird,” “On the Living Part,” “On the Figure”
Death of a Salesman
Mistaken Identity
Moby Dude
The Reprimand
As I Lay Dying by Faulkner
Topics in American Literature, 1945-Present
Hellman’s Another Part of the Forest
Cheever: “The Enormous Radio,” “The Swimmer”
Williams’s The Rose Tattoo and Sweet Bird of Youth
O’Connor: “A Late Encounter with the Enemy,” “You Can’t be Any Poorer Than Dead”
Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Baldwin’s “The Outing”
Gingsberg’s “Howl”
Shepard’s True West
Potok’s The Chosen
Wilson’s Fences
Updike’s “Full Glass”
Roth’s American Pastoral
O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” “On the Rainy River”
Schulyer’s “Hymn to Life”