"Peyton Farquhar was dead; his body, with a broken neck, swing gently from side to side beneath the timbers of the bridge."
"An Occurrence Out at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce
"There's no place to go. There's the ocean to stop you. There's a line of old men along the shore hating the ocean because it stopped them...Westering has died out of the people. Westering isn't a hunger anymore. It's all done."
"The Leader of the People" by John Steinbeck
"What ees wrrong with her eh-speech?...What is wrong? I will tell you what is wrong. It shows no gratitude. It is boastful. 'I celebrated myself.' 'The best students learns to destroy the teacher'?...That is insubordinate. It is disrespecting of her teachers--"
"Daughter of Invention" by Julia Alvarez
"I...found out why i should never reveal 'why' to others. A little knowledge withheld is a great advantage one should store for future use. That is the power of chess. It is a game of secrets in which one must show and never tell."
"Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan
"So much depends upon..."
(Finish the poem and give the author)
"...a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water besides the white chickens."
"The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams
"He had thought that having nothing else to lose he was invulnerable at last, but he knew that he just lost something more, as surely as if he had married Judy Jones and seen her fade, fade before his eyes."
"Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover the I had not lived."
"Where I Lived & What I Lived For" by Henry David Thoreau
"In the Far East our soldiers were landing in their helicopters into jungles their propellers swept like weeds seen underwater while perplexing shots were fired from those beautiful green gardens into which these dragonflies filled with little men descend."
"How I Learned to Sweep" by Julia Alvarez
"I have heard the mermaids singing each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me."
"The Long Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot
"I met a traveler from the antique land
Who Said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert--"
"Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelly
"He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed -- love an honor and pride and compassion and sacrifice."
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech (1950) by William Faulkner
"For the second time there was no sign. again no bridegroom and the priest in the house. She could not remember any other sorrow because this grief wiped them all away. Oh no, there's nothing more cruel than this -- I'll never forgive it. She stretched herself with a deep breath and blew out the light."
"The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" by Katherine Anne Porter
"Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
"A Blessing" by James Wright
"I placed a jar in Tennessee
And round it was, upon a hill."
"Anecdote of the Jar" by Wallace Stevens
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."
"The Death of the Hired Man" by Robert Frost
"And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But he still fluttered pulses when he said,
'Good Morning,' and he glittered when he walked."
"Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson
"'Oh Lord!' he prayed. 'Break forth and wash the slime from this earth!'"
"The Life You Save May Be Your Own" by Flannery O'Connor
"In the fall the war was always there, but we did not go to it anymore. It was cold in the fall in Milan and the dark came very early."
"In Another Country" by Ernest Hemingway
"And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home--
Than Oars divided the Ocean,
Too silver for a seam--
Or Butterflies, off Banks of Noon
Leap, plashless, as they swim."
"A Bird Came Down the Walk" by Emily Dickinson
"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul...then I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
"Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat. City of the Big Shoulders."
"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg
"And pulseless and cold, with a Derringer by his side and a bullet in his heart, thought still calm as in life, beneath the snow lay he who was at once the strongest and the weakest of the..."
"The Outcasts of Poker Flat" by Bret Harte
"Little Mrs. Sommers one day found herself the unexpected possessor of the fifteen dollars. It seem to her a very large amount of money..."
"A Pair of Silk Stockings" by Kate Chopin
"As lightning to the children eased
With explanation kind
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind--"
"Tell all the Truth" by Emily Dickinson
"I celebrate myself and sing myself
And what I assume you shall assume
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs
"Song of Myself - 1" by Walt Whitman
"All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks...If man will strike, strike through the mask!"
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
"Home's the place we head for in our sleep.
Boxcar's stumbling north in dreams
Don't wait for us. We catch them on the run."
"Indian Boarding School: The Runaways" by Louis Erdrich
"...I began to examine the peculiar gift of freedom my father -- whose entire church was in the church, and in his exuberant, bewitching tongue -- had granted me through his silence."
"New African" by Andrea Lee
From the poem (#33) comes an allusion that is the title of the first Broadway play written by an African-American woman: Name the play and author.
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
"Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and...we saw a long or iron-gray hair."
"A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner
Finish the poem and identify the author:
"To make a prairie it take a clover and one bee,
One clover and bee..."
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few."
"To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee"
by Emily Dickinson
"Since then -- t'is Centuries -- and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses Heads
Were toward Eternity--"
"Because I could not stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson
"...if the sages ask thee why
Thy charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
Tell the, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then Beauty is its own excuse for being..."
"The Rhodora" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because it is because he hears a different drummer."
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
"'Out of my way, all you foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons, and wild animals!...Keep out from under these feet, little bobwhites.'"
"A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty
"...loved the Medici,
Albeit he had seen one;
He would have sinned incessantly
Could he have been one."
"Miniver Cheevy" by Edwin Arlington Robinson
"The people along the sand
All turn and look one way.
They turned their back on the land.
They look at the sea all day."
"Neither Out Far Nor Deep" by Robert Frost
"Brothers and sisters, this morning -- I intended to explain the unexplainable -- find out the undefinable-- ponder over the imponderable -- and unscrew the inscrutable."
God's Trombones by James Weldon Johnson
"With Blue -- uncertain stumbling Buzz --
Between the light -- and me --
And then the Windows failed and then
I could not see to see -- "
" I Heard a Fly Buzz" by Emily Dickinson
"Suddenly your adversary's checker disappears beneath the board, and the problem is to place yours nearest to where his will appear again...At length, he uttered one of those prolonged howls...and immediately there came a wind from the east and rippled the surface, and filled the whole air with misty rain..."
Walden - Brute Neighbors by Henry David Thoreau
"Camerado...this is no book. Who touches this touches a man."
The Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
"How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Til rising and gliding out I wandered off by myself,
In the mystical moist night air, and from time to
Looked up in perfect silence at the stars."
"When I Heard the Learned Astronomer" by Walt Whitman
"I never saw a Moor--
I never saw the Sea--
Yet I know how the Heather looks
And what a Billow be...
(Finish the Poem and Name the author)
"...I never spoke with God
Nor visited Heaven--
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the checks were given--"
"I never saw a Moor" by Emily Dickinson
"I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of
hopeful green stuff woven.
Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord."
"Song of Myself - 30" by Walt Whitman
"Suddenly there as a oath, the thud of wood on the ground, and a swift murmur of astonishment among the ranks. The two lieutenants looked at each other."
"A Mystery of Heroism" by Stephen Crane
"Dat ole lion give John de Book; de bookety book."
"How the Lion Met the King of the World"
by Zora Neale Hurston
"My first six months were disappointing. I found out later that it was not because I had not talents for research, but because I did not have the right approach. The glamour of Barnard College was still upon me. I dwelt in marble halls." (From an autobiography - give the author only)
Zora Neale Hurston
"Degerate sons and daughters,
Life is too strong for you--
It takes life to love Life."
"Lucinda Matlock" by Edgar Lee Masters
In what American classic are the lines above alluded? (Give name of work and author)
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
"...Earth's the right place for love:
I don't know where it's likely to go better."
"Birches" by Robert Frost