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Mandatory Reading List for English 103: Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

Instructor: Matt McClintock
A portion of your final grade for English 103 will be based on essays that ask you to address concepts from notable works in literature. In order to write your essays, you are required to read a portion of the texts listed below. Read on for details about your choice of readings for the major types of literature.

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For this course, you are required to read nine total texts that are representative of different types of literature. Before you complete your proctored final, you will be required to submit two essays that will ask you to analyze various elements found in the mandatory readings. You are required to read at least one text from each type of literature, and note that for some of the types listed below, you may choose which of several works you'd like to read.

Reading List

Poetry

  • Select two of the following Shakespearean sonnets to read:
    • Sonnet 18
    • Sonnet 60
    • Sonnet 94
    • Sonnet 116
    • Sonnet 130
  • Read all of the following poems:
    • 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' by John Keats
    • 'Annabel Lee' by Edgar Allan Poe
    • 'My Last Duchess' by Robert Browning
    • 'Song of Myself' by Walt Whitman
    • 'Funeral Blues' by W.H. Auden
    • 'Birches' by Robert Frost

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