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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $27.00
  • December 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93822-7
  • 512 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

The Seagull Reader


Third Edition


Joseph Kelly (Editor, College of Charleston)


A compelling mix of classic and contemporary poems: Norton quality at the most affordable price.

The Seagull Reader: Poems offers a dynamic selection of poems—both contemporary works and classroom favorites—in a flexible format at an unmatched price. The Third Edition features the same precise apparatus as previous editions, but now also features new pedagogy carefully tailored to poetry.


A compelling blend of classic and contemporary

The Seagull Reader: Poems features 264 poems, 31 of which are new to this edition, spanning from beloved classics such as William Blake, Emily Dickinson, and Phillis Wheatley to contemporary classroom favorites including Natasha Trethewey, Mark Doty, and Yusef Komunyakaa, offering selections as abundant as they are affordable.  

A rich apparatus with new coverage of the writing process

The Seagull Reader: Poems features a concise introduction and, new to this edition, a short guide to writing tailored to the specific needs of poetry. Headnotes provide just enough context or background information for each poem to read accessibly, and biographical sketches and a glossary of literary terms help students to better understand and analyze the literature.  

A flexible format to fit any course

The Seagull Readers are slim, portable, and easy-to-read alternatives to full-sized anthologies. Available in a three-volume, slip-cased version or as individual, genre-specific volumes, The Seagull Readers offer instructors the flexibility to assign only the volumes they need for the semester— or for that day's class, helping ensure that students bring the book with them. 

New resources for instructors

The Third Edition features a new discussion guide, providing instructors with questions and tools to stimulate classroom participation. 

    *indicates a new selection or author

    Anonymous, Western Wind
    Anonymous, Sir Patrick Spens
    Diane Ackerman, School Prayer
    *Kim Addonizio, Sonnenizio on a Line from Drayton
    Paul Allen, The Man with the Hardest Belly
    Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
    John Ashberry, The Painter
    John Ashberry, At North Farm
    Margaret Atwood, You Fit into Me
    W. H. Auden, As I Walked Out One Evening
    W. H. Auden, Musée des Beaux Arts
    *Jimmy Santiago Baca, I Am Offering this Poem to You
    Anna Letitia Barbauld, The Rights of Woman
    Aphra Behn, To the Fair Clarinda
    John Berryman, from The Dream Songs
    Elizabeth Bishop, The Fish
    Elizabeth Bishop, Sestina
    Elizabeth Bishop, One Art
    Elizabeth Bishop, Sonnet
    William Blake, To Autumn
    William Blake, The Lamb
    William Blake, The Sick Rose
    William Blake, The Tyger
    William Blake, London
    Anne Bradstreet, The Author to Her Book
    Anne Bradstreet, To My Dear and Loving Husband
    Emily Brontë, I’m Happiest When Most Away
    Gwendolyn Brooks, the mother
    Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool
    Gwendolyn Brooks, The Bean Eaters
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 32 (“The first time that the sun rose on thine oath”)
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 43 (“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”)
    Robert Browning, My Last Duchess
    Robert Browning, Love among the Ruins
    Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose
    George Gordon, Lord Byron, She Walks in Beauty
    George Gordon, Lord Byron, So, We’ll Go No More A-Roving
    Thomas Campion, There is a garden in her face
    Nick Carbo, I Found Orpheus Levitating
    Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky
    Geoffrey Chaucer, To Rosemounde
    Geoffrey Chaucer, Lak of Stedfastnesse
    Lucille Clifton, homage to my hips
    Lucille Clifton, Lorena
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Dejection: An Ode
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan
    Billy Collins, Introduction to Poetry
    Billy Collins, On Turning Ten
    Billy Collins, Sonnet
    *Billy Collins, Man Listening to Disc
    *Countee Cullen, Yet Do I Marvel
    E. E. Cummings, Buffalo Bill ’s
    E. E. Cummings, in Just-
    E. E. Cummings, anyone lived in a pretty how town
    Carol Ann Davis, Tips from My Father
    *Natalie Diaz, Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation
    James Dickey, Cherrylog Road
    Emily Dickinson, 249 (“Wild Nights—Wild Nights!”)
    Emily Dickinson, 254 (“ ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers—”)
    Emily Dickinson, 303 (“The Soul selects her own Society—”)
    Emily Dickinson, 341 (“After great pain, a formal feeling comes—”)
    Emily Dickinson, 465 (“I heard a Fly buzz—when I died—”)
    Emily Dickinson, 712 (“Because I could not stop for Death—”)
    *Emily Dickinson, We Grow Accustomed to the Dark
    John Donne, Song (Go, and catch a falling star)
    John Donne, The Canonization
    John Donne, The Flea
    John Donne, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
    John Donne, Holy Sonnet 10 (“Death, be not proud”)
    John Donne, Holy Sonnet 14 (“Batter my heart”)
    *Mark Doty, Tiara
    *Rita Dove, Demeter's Prayer to Hades
    Rita Dove, The House Slave
    Rita Dove, Daystar
    Denise Duhamel, Song for All the Would-Have-Been Princesses
    Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin’
    Bob Dylan, Tangled Up in Blue
    T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
    *Thomas Sayers Ellis, Or
    Louise Erdrich, Indian Boarding School: The Runaways
    Louise Erdrich, Captivity
    *Martín Espada, Latin Night at the Pawnshop
    *Nikky Finney, Left
    Carolyn Forché, The Colonel
    Robert Frost, After Apple-Picking
    Robert Frost, Mending Wall
    Robert Frost, “Out, Out—”
    Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost, Birches
    Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost, Design
    Robert Frost, The Silken Tent
    Zulfikar Ghose, Autobiography in Late Middle Age
    Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California
    Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
    Thomas Hardy, Hap
    Thomas Hardy, The Convergence of the Twain
    Thomas Hardy, Channel Firing
    Joy Harjo, The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window
    *Terrance Hayes, Talk
    Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays
    Seamus Heaney, Digging
    Seamus Heaney, The Tollund Man
    Seamus Heaney, Punishment
    Seamus Heaney, The Skunk
    Seamus Heaney, A Call
    Felicia Dorothea Hemans, Casabianca
    George Herbert, The Collar
    Robert Herrick, Delight in Disorder
    Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
    Robert Herrick, Upon Julia’s Clothes
    *Tony Hoagland, History of Desire
    Gerard Manley Hopkins, God’s Grandeur
    Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Windhover
    Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty
    Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring and Fall
    A. E. Housman, 1887
    A. E. Housman, To an Athlete Dying Young
    A. E. Housman, Shot? So quick, so clean an ending?
    A. E. Housman, “Terence, this is stupid stuff . . .”
    *A. E. Housman, Loveliest of Trees
    Langston Hughes, The Negro Speaks of Rivers
    Langston Hughes, Dream Boogie
    Langston Hughes, Harlem
    Langston Hughes, Theme for English B
    *Gary Jackson, Luke Cage Tells It Like It Is
    *James Weldon Johnson, Lift Every Voice and Sing
    Ben Jonson, Song: To Celia
    Ben Jonson, On My First Daughter
    *Julie Kane, The Good Woman
    John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
    John Keats, When I Have Fears
    John Keats, To Sleep
    John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale
    John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn
    John Keats, To Autumn
    *Jane Kenyon, The Suitor
    Galway Kinnell, Blackberry Eating
    Galway Kinnell, After Making Love We Hear Footsteps
    Etheridge Knight, The Idea of Ancestry
    Yusef Komunyakaa, Facing It
    Yusef Komunyakaa, We Never Know
    *Yusef Komunyakaa, Blue Dementia
    Maxine Kumin, Woodchucks
    Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Revenge
    Letitia Elizabeth Landon, The Little Shroud
    Philip Larkin, Church Going
    Philip Larkin, High Windows
    Philip Larkin, Aubade
    Li-Young Lee, Eating Alone
    Li-Young Lee, Eating Together
    Li-Young Lee, Visions and Interpretations
    Li-Young Lee, The Gift
    Robert Lowell, Skunk Hour
    Robert Lowell, For the Union Dead
    Susan Ludvigson, After Love
    Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poetica
    Ed Madden, Sunday Morning, Wadmalaw
    Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
    Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress
    Claude McKay, America
    Edna St. Vincent Millay, What Lips My Lips Have Kissed
    Edna St. Vincent Millay, I, being born a woman and distressed
    Edna St. Vincent Millay, Love Is Not All: It Is Not Meat Nor Drink
    John Milton, When I Consider How My Light Is Spent
    Marianne Moore, Poetry
    Marianne Moore, The Steeple-Jack
    *Pablo Neruda, Ode to My Suit
    Sharon Olds, Sex Without Love
    Sharon Olds, The One Girl at the Boys’ Party
    Sharon Olds, I Go Back to May 1937
    *Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica
    Wilfred Owen, Dulce Et Decorum Est
    Marge Piercy, Barbie Doll
    Sylvia Plath, Metaphors
    Sylvia Plath, Lady Lazarus
    Sylvia Plath, Daddy
    *Li Po, A Poem of Chaggan
    Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven
    Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee
    Ezra Pound, The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter
    Ezra Pound, In a Station of the Metro
    *D. A. Powell, Mass for Pentecost: Canticle for Birds & Waters
    John Crowe Ransom, Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter
    Adrienne Rich, Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers
    Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck
    Adrienne Rich, The School Among the Ruins
    Adrienne Rich, Transparencies
    Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory
    Mary Robinson, January, 1795
    Theodore Roethke, Root Cellar
    Theodore Roethke, My Papa’s Waltz
    Theodore Roethke, The Waking
    *Emily Rosko, Even Before Your Elbow Knocked over the Glass
    Christina Rossetti, After Death
    Christina Rossetti, A Birthday
    Anne Sexton, Her Kind
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”)
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 29 (“When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”)
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 55 (“Not marble, nor the gilded monuments”)
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73 (“That time of year thou mayst in me behold”)
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds”)
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 129 (“Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame”)
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”)
    Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias
    Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind
    Percy Bysshe Shelley, Song (to the men of England)
    Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella (“Loving in truth”)
    Stevie Smith, Not Waving but Drowning
    *Tracy K. Smith, My God, It's Full of Stars
    *Suzanne Somers-Willett, Radium Aubade
    Edmund Spenser, Amoretti 75 (“One day I wrote her name upon the strand”)
    Bruce Springsteen, The River
    Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A.
    William Stafford, Traveling through the Dark
    Wallace Stevens, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
    Wallace Stevens, The Snow Man
    Wallace Stevens, Anecdote of the Jar
    Wallace Stevens, Sunday Morning
    Wallace Stevens, The Emperor of Ice-Cream
    *Anne Stevenson, The Victory
    *Rabindranath Tagore, Song VII
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Charge of the Light Brigade
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Crossing the Bar
    Dylan Thomas, The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower
    Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill
    Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
    Catherine Tufariello, 2/18/43
    *Natasha Trethewey, Myth
    Derek Walcott, A Latin Primer
    Derek Walcott, White Magic
    Derek Walcott, The Light of the World
    *Alice Walker, Women
    *Phillis Wheatley, On Being Brought From Africa to America
    Walt Whitman, Song of Myself, 1–7
    Walt Whitman, A Noiseless Patient Spider
    Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
    Walt Whitman, Cavalry Crossing a Ford
    Richard Wilbur, Love Calls Us to the Things of This World
    William Carlos Williams, Spring and All
    William Carlos Williams, The Red Wheelbarrow
    William Carlos Williams, This Is Just to Say
    William Wordsworth, The Tables Turned
    William Wordsworth, Lines, composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey
    William Wordsworth, She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
    William Wordsworth, Lucy Gray
    William Wordsworth, Nutting
    William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
    William Wordsworth, The World Is Too Much With Us
    James Wright, A Blessing
    Mary Wroth, My pain, still smother’d in my grieved brest
    Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, My Galley
    Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, They Flee from Me
    William Butler Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree
    William Butler Yeats, Who Goes with Fergus?
    William Butler Yeats, Adam’s Curse
    William Butler Yeats, An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
    William Butler Yeats, Easter, 1916
    William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming
    William Butler Yeats, Leda and the Swan
    William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium
    William Butler Yeats, Politics