"I shall be telling this with a sigh/ Somewhere ages and ages hence:/ Two roads diverged in a wood, and-/ I took the one less traveled by,/ And that has made all the difference."
Robert Frost -The Road Not Taken
"The Pasture"
Robert Frost
"The Wood-Pile"
Robert Frost
"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
Robert Frost
Robert Frost
"Lady Lazarus"
Sylvia Plath
"Make it New!"
said by Ezra Pound about leaving the past behind
"Hugh Selwyn Mauberley"-poem
Ezra Pound
"The apparition of these faces in the crowd;/petals on a wet, black bough."
poem titled In the Station on the Metro Ezra Pound
Famous imagism poet who became a icon for the LGBT community for her poems
H.D. Hilda Doolittle
a movement in early 20th-century English and American poetry that sought clarity of expression through the use of precise images
"The Red Wheelbarrow"
William Carlos Williams
"This is Just to Say"
William Carlos Williams
"No ideas but things"-
said by William Carlos Williams became a mantra for poetry in the early 20th century. Its expression is still strongly influential today. It changed the look and feel of poetry, possibly more than any other single idea in the past hundred years. It was not original, however, as this essay hopes to show. His statement was a summary of the poetry trends at that time.
"In the room the women come and go,/Talking of Michelangelo"- "Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?/I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach."
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock- T.S. Eliot
"April is the cruellest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring rain."
The Waste Land- T.S. Eliot long, complex poem about the psychological and cultural crisis that came with the loss of moral and cultural identity after World War I
Skunk Hour
Robert Lowell- One of his most famous poems CONFESSIONAL POEM ABOUT LIVING MEANINGLESSLY
"A High-Toned Old Christian Woman"
Wallace Stevens
"Diving into the Wreck"
Adrienne Rich
"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hystericalnaked,/dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,/angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,"
The poem Howl by Allen Ginsberg
"You are all a lost generation." (Ils sont une génération perdue.)
Gertrude Stein quote that Hemingway popularized that focused on the young generation of WW1
"If We Must Die"
Claude McKay
Death of a Salesman
Play written by Arthur Miller addresses loss of identity and a man's inability to accept change within himself and society. The play is a montage of memories, dreams, confrontations, and arguments, all of which make up the last 24 hours of Willy Loman's life.
Long Day's Journey into Night
Repetitive Play written by Eugene O'Neill where each act revolves on the interaction of 2 characters
The Glass Menagerie
Play written by Tennessee Williams
A Street Car Named Desire
Play written by Tennessee Williams
Stanley Kowalski
Characted from Street Car Named Desire, Stellas husband who raped Blanche. Misogynist TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
Blanche Dubois
Blanche is lost, confused, conflicted, lashing out in sexual ways, and living in her own fantasies. Stellas Sister
Troy Maxon
The protagonist of Fences, a fifty-three year-old, African American man. Tragic hero who resents his low status in life. August Wilson
"There is no idea that cannot be contained by black life."
August Wilson's eloquent and personal call for African American artists to seize the power over their own cultural identity and to establish permanent institutions that celebrate and preserve the singular achievements of African American dramatic art and reaffirm its equal importance in contemporary American culture.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Meyer Wolfsheim
Beyond the fact that he's a business associate and a friend of Gatsby's, all we know is that he's an inhabitant of New York's seedy underworld
Daisy Buchanan
In the novel, Daisy is depicted as a married woman with a daughter who is reunited with her former lover Jay Gatsby, arousing the jealousy of her husband, Tom.
Myrtle Wilson
Tom's lover, whose lifeless husband George owns a run-down garage in the valley of ashes. Myrtle herself possesses a fierce vitality and desperately looks for a way to improve her situation. Unfortunately for her, she chooses Tom, who treats her as a mere object of his desire.
Jimmy Gatz
The title character and protagonist of the novel, Gatsby is a fabulously wealthy young man living in a Gothic mansion in West Egg. Gatsby was born James Gatz on a farm in North Dakota; working for a millionaire made him dedicate his life to the achievement of wealth.
Dr. T. J. Eckleburg
The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are a pair of fading, bespectacled eyes painted on an old advertising billboard over the valley of ashes. They may represent God staring down upon and judging American society as a moral wasteland, though the novel never makes this point explicitly
"He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night."-
Said by narrator Nick Carraway Great Gatsby
My Antonia
Willa Cather
Antonia Shimerda
Ántonia is the symbol of many of these things to Jim. She symbolizes the freedom and beauty of the natural landscape in Nebraska. WILLA CATHER MY ANTONIA
Jim Burden
The protagonist of My Ántonia and the narrator of most of the novel. Orphaned at the age of ten, he comes to live with his grandparents on the Nebraska prairie. MY ANTONIA WILLA CATHER
"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids -- and I might even be said to possess a mind."
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
Tea Cake
Vergible Tea Cake" Woods" Tea Cake comes strolling into Eatonville hoping to watch a baseball game. Instead, he finds the widow Janie Starks minding her store while just about everyone else in town has left to go to the ballgame. He arrives a happy man, and his happiness attracts Janie. THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, ZORA HURSTON
"The wind came back with triple fury, and put out the light for the last time. They sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against crude walls and their souls asking if He meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God."
Their Eyes Were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston
As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner
Yoknapatawpha County
*this is the setting of the story for As I Lay Dying
'It's Cash and Jewel and Vardaman and Dewey Dell," pa says, kind of hangdog and proud too, with his teeth and all, even if he wouldn't look at us. "Meet Mrs Bundren," he says
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
Addie Bundren
The wife of Anse Bundren and mother to Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and Vardaman. She is a former schoolteacher whose bitter, loveless life causes her to despise her husband and to invest all of her love in her favorite child, Jewel, rather than in the rest of her family or God. AS I LAY DYING WILLIAM FAULKNER
The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway
Brett Ashley
Brett Ashley is hot stuff. All of the male characters in the novel—and by that we mean almost all of the characters period, since Brett is the only significant woman in the book—are in love with her to different degrees. The Sun Also Rises
Jake Barnes
Jake Barnes is not merely the narrator (storyteller) of The Sun Also Rises. He is also its protagonist, or main character. That means that the novel is driven by his needs and desires more than those of the other characters. Jake's main need, of course, is for Brett. He wants to love Brett and to be loved by her in turn.
Raymond Carver's most famous story. "Cathedral" is a story about a dissatisfied man whose encounter with his wife's blind friend teaches him new ways of seeing. Beneath the surface it's a story about three people who need each other badly, and manage to connect.
Harlem Renaissance
name given to the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem between the end of World War I and the middle of the 1930s.
"What did I do to be so Black and Blue"
song by Louis Armstrong