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Karl Abraham, "A Short Study of the Development of the Libido"
Nicholas Abraham, "Notes on the Phantom"
---, "Rhythmizing Consciousness" and "Psychoanalytic Aesthetics"
Nicholas Abraham & Maria Torok, "Notes on Endocryptic Identification"
---, "Mourning or Melancholia: Introjection versus Incorporation" 
John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776
John Quincy Adams, "Ode to Jefferson"
Joseph Addison, Spectator #411-#421
Theodor Adorno, "The Essay as Form"
---, "On Lyric Poetry and Society"
---, "The Meaning of Working Through the Past" (1959)
---, "Valéry Proust Museum"
Giorgio Agamben, "Bartleby, or On Contingency" (1993)
Louisa May Alcott, "Transcendental Wild Oats"
Sherman Alexie, "Amusements"
---, "A Train Is an Order of Occurrence"
Nora Alter, "The Political Im/perceptible in the Essay Film (1996)
Louis Althusser, "Contradiction and Overdetermination"
Benedict Anderson, "Memory and Forgetting"
Warwick Anderson, "The Case of the Archive" (2013)
William Apess, "Eulogy on King Philip" (1836)
---, "Experiences of Five Christian Indians" (1833)
Aristotle, "On Memory and Reminiscence"
David Armitage, "Three Concepts of Atlantic History"
Matthew Arnold, from Culture and Anarchy (1869)
---, "The Study of Poetry" (1880)
W. H. Auden, "In Memory of Sigmund Freud" (1939)
---, "In Memory of W. B. Yeats" (1939)
---, "The Unknown Citizen" (1939)
Augustine, Confessions, book 10
Francis Bacon, from The Great Instauration (1620)
Gaston Bachelard, "Rhythmanalysis"
James Baldwin, "Encounter on the Seine (1950)
---, "Equal in Paris" (1955)
---, "An Interview...on Henry James (1986)
---, "The New Lost Generation" (1961)
---, "A Question of Identity" (1954)
---, "This Morning, This Evening, So Soon" (1960)
Jane Barker, "On the Death of My Brother"
---, "On the Death of My Dear Friend"
Allen Barnett, "Philostorgy, Now Obscure"
Georges Bataille, Eroticism, Introduction
Katharine Lee Bates, "America the Beautiful" (1895)
Charles Baudelaire, "New Notes on Edgar Poe"
Sidney Bechet, from Treat It Gentle (1960)
Gabriella Bedetti, "Henri Meschonnic: Rhythm as Pure Historicity" (1992)
Aphra Behn, "On the Death of...Rochaester"
George Berkeley, "On the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America" (1752)
Jessica Benjamin, "The Primal Leap of Psychoanalysis, from Body to Speech" (1998)
Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (1936)
Paula Bernat Bennett, Introduction to Nineteenth-Century American Women Poets (1998)
Emile Benveniste, "The Notion of 'Rhythm' in Its Linguistic Expression" (1951)
Sacvan Bercovitch, "The Vision of History," from Puritan Origins of the American Self (1975)
Lauren Berlant, "The Female Woman" (1991)
Lauren Berlant & Michael Warner, "What Does Queer Theory Teach Us about X?" (1995)
John Berryman, "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet" (1953)
---, "The marker slants..."
---, "Wash Far Away"
---, "Your Birthday in Wisconsin You Are 140"
Bhagavad Gita, chs. 8-12
Bion, "Lament for Adonis" and Moschus, "Lament for Bion"
Elizabeth Bishop, "North Haven"
---, "One Art"
David Blight, from Race and Reunion (2001)
Harold Bloom, "Apophrades"
Jay Bochner, "The Marriage of Rogue and The Soil" (2008)
Luc Bolatanski, "The Aesthetic Topic" (1993)
Christopher Bollas, Free Association (2002)
Jorge Luis Borges, "Funes, the Memorious"
T. Coraghesan Boyle, "Captured by the Indians" (1999)
Anne Bradstreet, "An Elegy upon...Philip Sidney" (1650)
---, "To the Memory of My...Father" (1653)
Mitchell Robert Breitwieser, "The Society of the Example"
John Brenkman, "The Concrete Utopia of Poetry: Blake's 'A Poison Tree'" (1985)
Philip Bromberg, "The Nearness of You" (2010)
---, from Standing in the Spaces (1998) 
Emily Brontë, "No coward soul is mine" (1846)
---, "Remembrance" (1845)
---, "Stanzas" (1840)
Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (1799)
William Wells Brown, "St. Domingo" (1854)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "A Curse for a Nation" (1844)
---, "L.E.L.'s Last Question" (1844)
---, "Mother and Poet" (1861)

---, "The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point" (1850)
Robert Browning, "An Epistle" (1855)
---, "Caliban upon Setebos" (1864)
---,  "Essay on Shelley" (1851)
---, "Fra Lippo Lippi" (1855)
Orestes Brownson, Oration ["American Literature"] (1839)
---, "The Laboring Classes" (1840)
William Cullen Bryant, "An Indian at the Burying-Place of His Fathers" (1824)
---, "The Prairies" (1832)
---, "A Story of the Island of Cuba" (1830)
---, "Summer Wind" (1824)
---, "Thanatopsis"
---, "To an American Painter Departing for Europe" (1829)
---, "To a Waterfowl"
Joseph Stevens Buckminster, "Social Blessings of Americans"
Lord Byron, Thyrza poems
Sharon Cameron, Introduction and Chapter 2 from Lyric Time (1979)
Matthew Carey, A Short Account of the Malignant Fever... (1st ed., Nov. 1793)
Thomas Carlyle, "Characteristics" (1831)
Anne Carson, "Sumptuous Destitution"
Alice Cary, "The Washerwoman"
Willa Cather, "Paul's Case"
Max Cavitch, "American Constitutional Elegy" (2010)
---, "Audience Terminable and Interminable" (2005)
---, "Clericus and the Lunatick" (2014)
---,
"Curbside Quarantine: A Scene of Interspecies Mediality" (2012)
---, "Dickinson and the Exception" (2008)
---, "Dissociative Reading--Philip Bromberg and Emily Dickinson" (2007)
---, "Genre" (2012)
---, "Emma Lazarus and the Golem of Liberty" (2008)
---, "Interiority and Artifact: Death and Self-Inscription in Thomas Smith's Self-Portrait" (2002)
---, "Irregulars" (2013)
---, "Lament" (2012)
---, "The Poetry of Phillis Wheatley in Slavery's Recollective Economies, 1773 to the Present" (2014)
---, "Retrievements Out of the Night," from American Elegy (207)
---, "Sex after Death: François Ozon's Libidinal Invasions" (2007)
---, "Slavery and Its Metrics" (2011)
---, "Stephen Crane's Refrain" (2008)
William Ellery Channing, Farley ordination sermon ["Likeness to God"] (1828)
Roger Chartier, "Labourers and Voyagers: From the Text to the Reader" (1992)
Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Book of the Duchess" (c. 1370)
Lydia Maria Child, "Slavery's Pleasant Homes" (1843)
E. M. Cioran, "Mechanism of Utopia"
Hélène Cixous, "Stigmata, or Job the Dog" (1997)
Amy Clampitt, "Amherst"
---, "A Procession at Candlemas"
Cheryl Clarke, "A Poet's Death"
Lucille Clifton, "The Lost Baby Poem" (1972)
J. M. Coetzee, "Taking Offense" (1996)
Michael Cohen, "Popular Ballads: Rhythmic Remediations in the Nineteenth Century"
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel" (1816)
---,
"On the Slave Trade" (1796)
---, opium letters (1814-32)
Marquis de Condorcet, "Future Progress of Mankind" (1795)
Peter Coviello, "Agonizing Affection"
Elizabeth Cowie, "Documentary Desire: Seeing for Ourselves and Identifying in Reality" (2011)
Abraham Cowley, "On the Death of Mrs. Katherine Philips" (1667)
Hart Crane, "To Emily Dickinson" (1927)
Stephen Crane, selected poems (1895, 1899)
Robert Creeley, "Reflections on Whitman in Age"
Stanley Crouch, "Blues to Be Constitutional" (1995)
Countee Cullen, "Lament"
---, "Threnody for a Brown Girl"
Richard Cureton, Telling Time: Toward a Temporal Poetics (2001)
Samuel Danforth, "A Brief Recognition of New-Englands Errand into the Wilderness" (1670)
Lucretia Davidson, "Auction Extraordinary"
---, "Lines Written under the Promise of Reward"
Rebecca Harding Davis, "Life in the Iron-Mills" (1861)
Declaration of Sentiments (1848)
Philip Deloria, from Playing Indian (1998)
Paul de Man, "Anthropomorphism and Trope in the Lyric" (1984)
---, "Autobiography as De-Facement"
---, "Shelley Disfigured" (1984)
Jacques Derrida, "Cogito and the History of Madness"
---, "Des Tours de Babel" (1985)
---, "Foi et savoir" 
---, "The Law of Genre" (1980)
---, "Les Morts de Roland Barthes" (1981)
---, "Living On" (1977)
---, "La parole soufflée"
---, "Telepathy" (1979)
---, "What Is a 'Relevant' Translation?" (2001)
Deuteronomy
Philip K. Dick, "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale"
Charles Dickens, "Philadelphia, and Its Solitary Prison (1842)
Emily Dickinson, "I heard a Fly buzz"
---, selections for English 100 fall 2014]
Melvin Dixon, "One by One" (1989)
Mary Ann Doane, "Female Spectatorship and Machines of Projection" (1987)
John Donne, Anniversaries and a Funeral Elegy
---, "The Dissolution"
---, "A Nocturnall upon S. Lucies Day"
Mark Doty, "Tiara" (1991)
Frederick Douglass, letter from Paris (1887)
---, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" (1852)
Michael Drayton, "To the Virginian Voyage" (1606)
John Dryden, "To the Pious Memory of...Mrs. Anne Killigrew" (1686)
W. E. B. Du Bois, "Of the Passing of the First-Born"
Jane Donahue Eberwein, "Is Immortality True?" (2004)
Jonathan Edwards, "Types" (c. 1746-56)
Mircea Eliade, "Mythologies of Memory and Forgetting" (1963)
Samuel Elsworth, "Solemn Predictions" (1787)
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Fugitive Slave Law" (1854)
---, "Ode, Inscribed to W. H. Channing"
---, Parisian letters and journals (1833, 1848)
---, "The Poet" (1844)
---, "Threnody" (1846)
---, "Voluntaries" (1867)
Edward Everett, "Oration [Phi Beta Kappa]" (1824)
Frantz Fanon, from Black Skin, White Masks
Silvia Federici, "Accumulation of Labor and Degradation of Women" (2004)
Michael Field, "Solitary Death, make me thine own" (1893)
Annie Finch, from The Ghost of Meter (1993)
Charles Grandison Finney, "What a Revival of Religion Is" (1834)
Stanley Fish, "There's No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It's a Good Thing, Too" (1994)
F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Bridal Party" (1930)
---, "Babylon Revisited" (1931)
Richard Foerster, "Emily Dickinson in Boston, 1864-65"
Ed Folsom et al., cluster on Whitman and "database as genre" (2007)
Michel Foucault, "Different Spaces" (1984)
---, "The Father's 'No'" (1962)
---, "What Is an Author?" (1969)
Charles Fourier, selections from The Theory of the Four Movements (1808)
Benjamin Franklin, self-epitaph
Philip Freneau, "The Indian Burying Ground" (1787)
---, "On the Emigration to America and Peopling the Western Country" (1785)
---, "The Prophecy of King Tammany" (1782)
Sigmund Freud, from The Interpretation of Dreams
     chapter VI. "The Dream-Work," part A
     
chapter VI. "The Dream-Work," parts B-E
     
chapter VI. "The Dream-Work," parts F-G
     
chapter VI. "The Dream-Work," parts H-I
"Mourning and Melancholia"
---, "The Uncanny" (1919)
Margaret Fuller, "The Great Lawsuit" (1843)
Hamlin Garland, "The Return of a Private" (1890)
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., "Phillis Wheatley on Trial" (2003)
William Gibson, "Johnny Mnemonic" (1987)
Anne Gilchrist, "A Woman's Estimate of Walt Whitman" (1870)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wall-Paper" (1893)
Allen Ginsberg, "First Manifesto to End the Bringdown" (1966)
---, "Kaddish" (1961)
Malcolm Gladwell, "The Naked Face" (2002)
Edouard Glissant, "The Unconscious, Identity, and Method"
Michael Golston, Introduction to Rhythm and Race in Modernist Poetry and Science (2008)
Judy Grahn, "A Funeral Plainsong from a Younger Woman to an Older Woman"
---, "I have come to claim Marilyn Monroe's body"
Janet Gray, Introduction to She Wields a Pen (1997)
Thomas Gray, "Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard"
---, "Sonnet on the Death of Richard West"
W. W. Greg, "Bibliography--An Apologia" (1932)
Rufus Wilmot Griswold, Preface to The Female Poets of America (1849)
Allen Grossman, "The Poetics of Union in Whitman and Lincoln: An Inquiry toward the Relationship of Art and Policy" (1985)
---, "Whitman's 'Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand': Remarks on the Endlesly Repeated Rediscovery of the Incommensurability of the Person" (1996)
Thom Gunn, "A Blank"
---, "Death's Door"
---, "In the Post Office"
---, "The Missing"
Marilyn Hacker, "Autumn 1980"
---, "Ballad of Ladies Lost and Found"
Jason David Hall, "Popular Prosody: Spectacle and the Politics of Victorian Versification" (2007)
Arthur Henry Hallam, "On Some of the Characteristics of Modern Poetry" (1831)
Langdon Hammer, "Art and AIDS; or, How Will Culture Cure You?" (1995)
Thomas Hardy, Poems of 1912-13
Frances E. W. Harper, "Aunt Chloe's Politics"
---, "Bury Me in a Free Land"
---, "Learning to Read"
Michael Harper, "Deathwatch"
---, "Kneading"
Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Old Manse" (1846)
---, "Roger Malvin's Burial" (1832)
Vicki Hearne, "Oyez à Beaumont" (1993)
Stephen Heath, "Cinema and Psychoanalysis: Parallel Histories" (1999)
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "Emily Dickinson's Letters" (1891)
---, "A Letter to a Young Contributor"
---, "Ought Women to Learn the Alphabet?"
Geoffrey Hill, "September Song" (1994)
Edward Hirsch, "The Unnaming"
John Hollander, "Breaking into Song: Some Notes on Refrain"
Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Physiology of Versification"
Julia Ward Howe, "Battle-Hymn of the Republic" (1862)
W. D. Howells, "The Pilot's Story" (1860)
Washington Irving, "Rip Van Winkle"
Helen Hunt Jackson, "The Story of Boon"
Virginia Jackson, "Beforehand," from Dickinson's Misery (2005)
---, "Dickinson's Figure of Address," from Dickinson's Misery (2005)
Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins, "Lyrical Studies" (1999)
James I, A Counter-Blaste to Tobacco (1604)
Henry James, "Altar of the Dead" (1895)
Vladimir Jankélévitch, "Temporal Decay," from Forgiveness 
Randall Jarrell, "A Sick Child" (1949)
Simon Jarvis, "Bedlam or Parnassus: The Verse Idea" (2012)
---, "Musical Thinking: Hegel and the Phenomenology of Prosody" (2005)
---, "Prosody as Cognition"
Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence (1776)
---, "Thoughts on English Prosody" (1786)
James Weldon Johnson, from Along This Way (1933)
Absalom Jones & Richard Allen, Narrative of the Proceedings (1794)
Ben Jonson, "On My First Daughter" and "On My First Son" (1616)
Amy Kaplan, "Left Alone with America" (1993)
E. Ann Kaplan, "'Can One Know the Other?'..." (1997)
John Keats, "Hyperion: A Fragment" (1820)
Samuel Keimer, "Elegy on the Death of Aquila Rose" (1723)
Francis Scott Key, "Defence of Fort McHenry" (1814)
Henry King, "Exequy"
King, Jr., Martin Luther, "Mountaintop" sermon (April 3, 1968)
Galway Kinnell, "The Deconstruction of Emily Dickinson"
Melanie Klein, "Love, Guilt and Reparation" (1937)
"Mourning and Its Relation to Manic Depressive States" (1940)
Richard Klein, "What Is a Cigarette?" (1993)
Igor Kopytoff, "The Cultural Biography of Things"
Lev Kuleshov, "The Principles of Montage" (1935)
Jacques Lacan, "The Mirror Stage as Formative of the I Function" (1949)
Dominick LaCapra, "Holocaust Testimonies: Attending to the Victim's Voice" (2001)
Frank Lambert, "Constructing a Transatlantic Awakening" (1999)
Sidney Lanier, "Investigation of Sound as Artistic Material," from The Science of Enlish Verse (1880)
Lucy Larcom, "Geting Along"
---, "A Loyal Woman's No"
D. H. Lawrence, "Whitman" (1923)
Emma Lazarus, "The Crowing of the Red Cock" (1882)
---, "In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport" (1871)
S. Levinson and J. M. Balkin, "Constitutional Crises" (2009)
Abraham Lincoln, "Address at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania" (1863)
John Locke, from Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690)
Book 1
Book 2, chapter 1
Book 2, chapter 10
Book 2, chapter 27
---, from Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693)
Mary Loeffelholz, "Elegy and (Un)knowing" (1991)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Belisarius"
---, "The Cross of Snow"
---, Evangeline (1847)
---, "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport"
---, "Picture-Writing" (1855)
Nicole Loraux, "Of Amnesty and Its Opposite" (1998)
Amy Lowell, "The Sisters" (1922)
Robert Lowell, "Commander Lowell"
Stéphane Mallarmé, "Crisis of Verse" (1897)
André Malraux, "Sketch for a Psychology of the Moving Pictures" (1940)
John Markland, "Typographia. An Ode on Printing" (1730)
Meredith Martin, "Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Stigma of Meter" (2008)
Andrew Marvell, "Bermudas"
Cotton Mather, elegy for Urian Oakes
---, from Magnalia Christi Americana (1702)
Attestation, Poems, General Introduction, etc.
Book I, chs. 1-4
Book II, ch. 4 ("Nehemias Americanus")
---, on poetry, from Manuductio Ministerium (1726)
Jerome McGann, "Wagner, Baudelaire, Swinburne: Poetry in the Condition of Music" 
Meredith McGill, "Common Places: Poetry, Illocality, and Temporal Dislocation in Thoreau's A Week..." (2007)
Herman Melville, "Bartleby, The Scriviner"
---, "Bartleby, The Scrivener" (from Putnam's Monthly Magazine)
---, "Billy in the Darbies" (1891)
---, "'The Coming Storm'" (1866)
---, "'Formerly a Slave'" (1866)
---, "Hawthorne and His Mosses"
---, "I and My Chimney"
---, "Magnanimity Baffled" (1866)
---, "The Martyr" (1866)
---, "The Swamp Angel"(1866)
Adah Isaacs Menken, "Judith"
James Merrell, "Conversations"
Stuart Merrill, "Walt Whitman"
W. S. Merwin, "For the Anniversary of My Death (1969)
Henri Meschonnic, "Fragments d'une critique du rythme" (1974)
---, Interview (1988)
---, "Rhyme and Life" (1988)
Christian Metz, from The Imaginary Signifier
John Stuart Mill, "What Is Poetry?" (1833)
Perry Miller, from Errand into the Wilderness (1956)
John Milton, Areopagitica
---,  "Lycidas"
---, from Paradise Lost, Book 9 (1674)
Stephen A. Mitchell and Margaret J. Black, [four major myths about psychoanalysis] (1995) 
Paul Monette, "Brother of the Mount of Olives" (1988)
---, "No Goodbyes" (1988)
Michel de Montaigne, "Of Lyers" (1603)
Sarah Wentworth Morton, "The African Chief" (1792)
Lucretia Mott, "Abuses and Uses of the Bible" (1849)
Laura Mulvey, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" (1975)
Judith Sargent Muray, "On the Equality of the Sexes" (1779)
John Newton, "Amazing Grace" (1779)
Grace Nichols, "Tropical Death" (1984)
Elizabeth Oakes-Smith, "Ode to Sappho"
---, "The Poet"
Samson Occom, "A Short Narrative of My Life" (1768) and "A Sermon" (1772)
Frank O'Hara, "The Day Lady Died"
Sharon Olds, "Best Friends" (2000)
---, "Emily Dickinson's Writing Table"
---, "Miscarriage" (2000)
---, "Of All the Dead That Have Come to me, This Once" (2000)
---, "Portrait of a Child" (2000)
Alicia Ostriker, "Frowning at Emily"
James Otis, speech against writs of assistance (1761)
Ovid, Amores 2:10
Wilfred Owen, "Futility" (1918)
Camille Paglia, "Amherst's Madame de Sade"
Andrew Parker, from The Theorist's Mother (2012)
Coventry Patmore, "Essay on English Metrical Law" (1856)
Robert Perelman, "A Williams Sound-Script: Listening to 'The Sea-Elephant'" (2007)
Marjorie Perloff, "'Lines Converging and Crossing': The 'French' Decade of William Carlos Williams" (1983)
---, "'To Give a Design': Williams and the Visualization of Poetry" (1983)
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, The Gates Ajar (1869)
Christopher Phillips, "Lighting Out for the Rough Ground: America's Epic Origins and the Richness of World Literature" (2007)
Sarah Piatt, "Death Before Death"
---, "Giving Back the Flower"
---, "Paris"
---, "Shoulder-Rank"
John Pierpont, "The Fugitive Slave's Apostrophe to the North Star" (1843)
---, "Slaveholder's Address to the North Star" (1843)
Sylvia Plath, "Daddy" (1966)
Plato, Apology
Edgar Allan Poe, "Annabel Lee"
---, "The Black Cat" (1843)
---, "The Cask of Amontillado" (1846)
---, "How to Write a Blackwood Article" (1838)
---, "Letter to B--"
---, "The Man of the Crowd"
---, "Morning on the Wissahiccon"
---, "The Pit and the Pendulum"
---, "The Poetic Principle" (1850)
---, "The Rationale of Verse" (1848)
---, "The Raven"
---, reviews of Longfellow's Ballads (1842)
---, "The Sleeper"
---, "Ulalume--A Ballad"
Vivian Pollak, "Sisterhood" (1984)
Alexander Pope, "Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady" (1717)
---, "Epitaph. On Himself"
Psalm 23 (Geneva)
Psalm 137 (Geneva)
Psalm 137 (Lemuel Hopkins)
Yopie Prins, "Metrical Translation" (2005)
---, "Robert Browning, Transported by Meters" (2008)
---, "Victorian Meters" (2000)
---, "Voice Inverse" (2004)
Quintilian, on memory, from Institutio oratoria
Thomas Randolph, "An Elegy upon the Lady Venetia Digby"
Henrietta Cordelia Ray, "Robert G. Shaw"
Patrick Reding, "Whitman Unbound: Democracy and Poetic Form, 1912-1931" (2010)
The Revelation of John the Divine (Geneva)
The Revelation of St. John (KJV)
Donald Revell, "Emily Dickinson's Mirror, Amherst"
Adrienne Rich, "After Dark" (1964)
---, "For Memory" (1979)
---, "From an Old House in America" (1974)
---, "I Am in Danger--Sir--"
---, "In Memoriam: D. K." (1986)
---, "The Spirit of Place" (1980)
---, "A Woman Dead in Her Forties" (1978)
Paul Ricoeur, "Difficult Forgiveness" (2004)
Edward Arlington Robinson, "Reuben Bright" (1897)
Catherine Robson, "Standing on the Burning Deck: Poetry, Performance, History" (2005)
Theodore Roethke, "Elegy for Jane"
Renato Rosaldo, "Imperialist Nostalgia" (1989)
Christina Rossetti, "After Death"
---, "At Home"
---, "Goblin Market" (1862)
Philip Round, "Public Writing II"
John Ruskin, Elements of English Prosody (1880)
Marquis de Sade, from Philosophy in the Bedroom
Barton Levi St. Armand, "Dark Parade: Dickinson, Sigourney, and the Victorian Way of Death" (1984)
Saint Paul, Letter to the Romans
Avgi Saketopoulou, "Minding the Gap" (2011)
George Santayana, "The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy" (1913)
---, "To W. P."
Henry Sayre, "Ready-mades and Other Measures: The Poetics of Marcel Duchamp and William Carlos Williams" (1980)
Anne Sexton, "A Curse Against Elegies"
---, "The Division of Parts"
Percy Byshhe Shelley, "Adonais"
Lydia Sigourney, "Death of a Young Lady at the Retreat for the Insane"
---, "Funeral of Mazeen"
---, "To a Shred of Linen"
---, "To the First Slave Ship"
Leslie Marmon Silko, "Yellow Woman"
Eric Slauter, "Being Alone in the Age of the Social Contract" (2009)
Samuel Francis Smith, "America" (1831)
Edmund Spenser, "Astrophel"
---, from The Faerie Queene, Book 2 (1590)
Wallace Stevens, "Williams" (1934)
---, "Description without Place" (1945)
Susan Stewart, "Scandals of the Ballad" (1990)
---, "Voice and Possession" (2002)
Harriet Beecher Stowe, "The Two Altars" (1851)
Lee Stringer, from Grand Central Winter (1998)
Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal"
---, "A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General"
Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Anactoria" (1866)
---, "Ave Atque Vale"
Alfred Lord Tennyson, "The Dying Swan" (1830)
---, "Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington" (1852)
Theocritus, Idyll I 
Dylan Thomas, "A Refusal to Mourn the Death, By Fire, of a Child in London"
Henry David Thoreau, "Chesuncook"
---, "Life Without Principle" (1854/63)
---, "A Plea for Captain John Brown" (1859)
---, "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849)
---, "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854)
---, "Walking"
Chidiock Tichborne, "Tychbornes Elegie" (1586)
Alexis de Tocqueville, from Democracy in America (1835-40)
---, "On the Federal Constitution," from Democracy in America (1835-840)
Maria Torok, "The Illness of Mourning and the Fantasy of the Exquisite Corpse" (1968)
Alan Trachtenberg, "Singing Hiawatha" (2004)
---, "Singing Hiawatha" (part 2)
Horace Traubel, "Succession" (1894)
Herbert Tucker, "Dramatic Monologue and the Overhearing of Lyric" (1985)
United States Constitution
Carl Van Vechten, from Peter Whiffle (1922)
A. N. Veselovsky, "Envisioning World Literature in 1863"
Virgil, Eclogue V
Voltaire, "Memory's Adventure" (1773)
Jean Walton, "'Nightmare of the Uncoordinated White-Folk...'" (1997)
Michael Warner, "The Ethics of Sexual Shame" (1999)
---, "The Novel: Fantasies of Publicity" (1990)
---, "Textuality and Legitimacy in the Printed Constitution" (1990)
---, "Whitman Drunk" (2002)
Augusta Webster, "Poets and Personal Pronouns" (1879)
Angelina Grimke Weld, speech given at Pennsylvania Hall (1838)
John Wesley, "Thoughts upon Slavery" (1774)
Westminster Confession (1647)
John Whaley, "On a Young Lady's Weeping at Oroonooko" (1732)
Phillis Wheatley, "An Elegiac Poem [on] George Whitfield"
---, "On Recollection"
---, "To His Honour the Lieutenant -Governor, on the Death of His Lady" (1773)
---, "To Maecenas"
---, "To S. M.  A Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works"
---, "To the University of Cambridge, in New-England"
Walt Whitman, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"
---, "Death of Abraham Lincoln" (1879)
---, "The Eighteenth Presidency!"
---, "I Sing the Body Electric"
---, Preface to Leaves of Grass (1855)
---, "Reconciliation"
---, "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night" (1865)
---, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" (1865)
---, "The Wound-Dresser"
John Greenleaf Whitter, "Address" (1838)
---, "Barbara Frietchie"
---, "The Haschish"
---, "Snow-Bound"
---, "What the Birds Said"
John Edgar Wideman, "Fever"
Leon Wieseltier, "Postscript: Susannah McCorkle" (2001)
Linda Williams, "Of Kisses and Ellipses" (2008)
Raymond Williams, "Sex," from Keywords (1983)
---, from the Conclusion to Culture and Society (1958)
William Carlos Williams, "America, Whitman, and the Art of Poetry" (1917)
---, "The Poem as a Field of Action" (1948)
---, "The Practice" (1951)
---, "An Essay on Leaves of Grass" (1955)
John Willis, Mnemonica (1618 Latin; 1661 English)

Preface and Book I
Book II
Book III, chs. 1-9; chs. 10-13; chs. 14-17
Treatise of Cherishing Natural Memory
D. W. Winnicott, "Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena" (1953)
Constance Fenimore Woolson, "Miss Grief" (1880)
William Wordsworth, "Laodamia" (1815)
---, "Surprised by Joy"
---, "Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower" (1800)
Richard Wright, "American Negroes in France" (1951)
William Butler Yeats, "The Wild Swans at Coole"
Howard Zinn, "Artists in Times of War" (2003)
Slavoj Zizek, on City Lights (2008)