Short Stories:

“The Most Dangerous Game,” Richard Connell
First published in 924. The story features a skilled game hunter from New York who falls off a yacht and swims to an isolated island in the Caribbean, where he is forced to hunt the most dangerous of all game......

Balto,” T.C. Boyle
This is a short story about a girl, Angelle, who must decide between being honest about her father drinking and driving and defending him in court ...

"The Sniper, " Liam O'Flahertyhqdefault.jpg
At nightfall in Dublin, Ireland, heavy guns and small arms boom and crack intermittently near the River Liffey as Republicans battle Free Staters. From a rooftop near O’Connell Bridge, a Republican sniper with fanatical eyes observes the scene....


"The Lady or the Tiger?"

The accused must choose between two doors: Behind one door is a maiden and behind the other is a tiger.

“The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian...and each stanza is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place.” (Edward Hirsch)

Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

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e.e. cummings (1894-1962)
Although most famous for his poetry, E.E. Cummings was also a playwright, artist, and essayist. After serving in World War I, Cummings traveled with other writers and artists. In 1920, Cummings first poems were published. His popularity increased, and he continued to write throughout his lifetime. He earned a number of honors, including two Guggenheim Fellowships, a grant given to writers that show exceptional creativity in the arts. According to the Academy of American Poets, at the time of Cummings' death, he was the second most widely read poet in America.

Many literary critics have praised Cummings' poetry as unique, individualistic, and original. In his writing, Cummings experiments with punctuation, form, spelling, and really does not follow any traditional poetry pattern. By doing so, he created his own writing style. His poems are brief, but emphasize key words and ideas, some of which he created on his own. Cummings also uses the layout of the poem to help create his theme. He may interrupt sentences, use lower case to start new sentences, and change spacing or syntax. When reading Cummings, it is important to look at the entire poem and each word, even the punctuation, of the poem to help find the meaning.

Sylvia_plath.jpgSylvia Plath (1932 – 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and the University of Cambridge, before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956.
Plath suffered from depression for much of her adult life, and in 1963 she committed suicide.Controversy continues to surround the events of her life and death, as well as her writing and legacy.

Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for her two published collections,The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel. In 1982, she won a Puiltzer PrizeThe Collected Poems. She also wrote The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death

robert-frost_egqca.jpgRobert Lee Frost (1874 – 1963)

Even nearly a century later, poems by Robert Frost continue to interest us. Robert Frost remains a quintessential American poet because of his depiction of the natural state of America, particularly New England. But while we encounter New England and its beauty, when we read poems by Robert Frost, we are also exposed to an American mind exploring intellectual and philosophical questions on human nature that remain relevant in society today.

One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America's rare "public literary figures, almost an artistic institution." He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works.

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