Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ben's List

{Twelfth Grade English Edition}

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love - Marlowe
The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd - Raleigh
#130: My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun  - Shakespeare
Utopia - Sir Thomas Moore
A Valediction Forbidding Mourning - Donne
Death Be Not Proud - Donne
Batter My Heart - Donne
Meditation 17 - Donne
Of Studies - Sir Francis Bacon
On My First Son - Ben Johnson
Areopagitica - Milton
When I Consider How my Light is Spent - Milton
The Spectator 249 -Addison
A Modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift
School for Scandal - Richard Sheridan
Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Coleridge
The Poison Tree - Blake
Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey - Wordsworth
The World Is Too Much With Us - Wordsworth
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: "Storm in the Alps" - Byron
England in 1819 - Shelley
On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer - Keats
When I Have Fears - Keats
Vindication on the Rights of Women - Wollstonecraft
The Lady of Shallot - Tennyson
The Memoriam - Tennyson
Home Thoughts, From Abroad - Robert Browning
My Last Duchess - Browning
Preludes - T.S. Eliot
The Door in the Wall - H.G. Wells
The Rocking Horse Winner - D.H. Lawrence
Across the Bridge - Graham Greene
The Garden Party - Katherine Mansfield
Shooting an Elephant - Orwell
A Room of Her Own - Virginia Woolf
Paradise Lost - Milton
The Ballad of Reading Gaol - Wilde
Miss Youghal's Sais - Kipling

When I finished my senior year I was throwing away paper. My friend, Ben, caught me throwing away my English notes. He was obviously aghast. All those poems; whoosh. All those notes; gone
So to keep him from freaking out, I wrote this list of things that would be worth revisiting in later years. Some I did revisit, in the one college English course I shall ever take. (At least, that's the plan.) I think I should revisit a few more.
More recently, I had the opportunity of landing back in my old English classroom. Shalyn, another relanded alumni, requested Ben's List. So here it is for anyone who wants it. And for good measure, a picture of me and Shalyn revisiting Miss Young and causing (not too much) trouble.

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