Year 2 Shorter Works Anthology


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This digital anthology contains classic works from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Early Modern periods.

Because our literature studies this year include a careful selection of great shorter works from a wide variety of authors, we recommend that you purchase this product for students completing the Rhetoric Literature component of Year 2, rather than attempting to recreate it from library loans or individual purchases. Since our anthology is a digital E-product, pages can be printed for multiple students, written on, and discarded at will.

As an added bonus, many extra notes have been provided and geared specificially towards rhetoric level students to help explain unfamiliar words, references, and ideas. Used for 5+ weeks throughout all four units.

Included in the Year 2 Shorter Works Anthology:

Thomas Bulfinch:
 Norse Mythology

 Roman de Brut

Henry Howard:

“The soot season”
“Love, that doth reign and live within my thought”
“Alas! So all things now do hold their peace”

Francesco Petrarch:

Sonnet 1 – He Confesses the Vanity of His Passion
Sonnet 2 – How He Became a Victim of Love
Sonnet 3 – He Blames Love for Wounding Him on a Holy Day (Good Friday)
Sonnet 4 – He Celebrates the Birthplace of Laura
Sonnet 5 – He Plays Upon the Name of Laureta or Laura
Sonnet 6 – Of His Foolish Passion for Laura
Sonnet 7 – To a Friend, Encouraging Him to Pursue Poetry

William Shakespeare
Sonnet 1
Sonnet 12
Sonnet 18
Sonnet 23
Sonnet 29
Sonnet 71
Sonnet 73
Sonnet 87
Sonnet 98
Sonnet 105
Sonnet 106
Sonnet 116
Sonnet 146

Sir Philip Sidney
Sonnet 1
Sonnet 2
Sonnet 5
Sonnet 6
Sonnet 9
Sonnet 20
Sonnet 27
Sonnet 31
Sonnet 41
Sonnet 69
Sonnet 108

Christopher Marlowe
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Doctor Faustus

Sir Walter Raleigh
: The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd

Ben Jonson
To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, and What He hath Left Us
To Penshurst, On Something, That Walks Somewhere

Miguel de Cervantes
: Excerpts from Don Quixote

John Donne:
Holy Sonnet No. 1
The Canonization
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

George Herbert: 
The Altar

Thomas Carew: 
To Ben Johnson: Upon Occasion of His Ode of Defiance Annexed to His Play of the New Inn

Richard Crashaw: 
Musick’s Duell

Robert Herrick: 
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Richard Lovelace: 
To Lucasta, Going to Wars

Andrew Marvell
The Coronet

Sir John Suckling: 
I Prithee Send Back My Heart

Henry Vaughan: 

17th Century Ballads by Unidentified Authors:
Bonny Barbara Allan
The Wife of Usher’s Well
The Three Ravens
Sir Patrick Spens
Luke Hutton’s lamentation which he wrote the day before his death being condemned to be hanged at York for his robberies and tespasses committed thereabouts

Anne Bradstreet: 

The Author to Her Book
In Honor of that High and Mighty Princess, Queen Elizabeth
My Dear and Loving Husband
Verses Upon the Burning of Our House, July 18th, 1666
Before the Birth of One of Her Children
A Dialogue Between Old England and New

John Dryden:
To His Sacred Majesty. A Panegyric on His Coronation
An Essay Upon Satire (excerpts). By Me Dryden and the Earl of Mulgrave, 1679.

Phillis Wheatley:
The Maecenas
To the University of Cambridge, in New England
On Being Brought from Africa to America
On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield, 1770
Thoughts on the Works of Providence
To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for North America, & etc.
To S.M. a Young African painter, on seeing his Works
Isaiah LXIII
On the Death of a Young Lady of five Years of Age
To the King’s most excellent Majesty, 1768

Alexander Pope:
The Rape of the Lock

William Cowper:
The Castaway
The Task (excerpts)
Winter Has a Joy for Me

Thomas Gray:
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

John Newton:
I Asked the Lord that I Might Grow
The Moon Has but a Borrowed Light

Appendix A:
Student Exercises

Appendix B:
Teacher Resources

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Year 2