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12th Grade Literature

12th Grade Core Literature

The list below outlines the core pieces we often cover in the 12th Grade Literature course at Chenango Forks High School.  The literature includes: Ancient Greek tragedy--Sophocles: The Oedipus Cycle translated by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald.  The textbook Prentice Hall Literature: The British Tradition is utilizedThe Shakespeare is used from either the Prentice Hall or Baron's Shakespeare Made Easy series. 

The bold titles are the standards.

Sophocles: Oedipus Rex; Antigone

Shakespeare: Hamlet  and Macbeth if possible—Hamlet if only one can be accomplished

Anglo-Saxon: Beowulf (excerpt)


  Malory:  Morte d’ Arthur (ex)

  Chaucer: Canterbury Tales Prologue and Pardoner’s tale

  Gawain and the Green Knight (ex)

  Everyman (ex)


  Marlowe:  The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus (ex)

  Sidney:  Sonnet 31 or 39

  Spencer:  Sonnet 1, 26, 75

  Shakespeare: Sonnets 29, or 73 and 116 and 130

  King James Version of the Bible:  Psalms 23


  Jonson:  On my first son

Puritan Poets:  

Donne: Holy Sonnet 10Meditation XVII (17) (Scroll to pre page 108)

  Herbert:  Easter wings


 Cavalier Poets:

Marvell: To His Coy Mistress

  Herrick: To the Virgins, to make much of time

  Suckling:  The Constant Lover; Song

  Lovelace:  To Lucasta, on going to the Wars



More Puritans:

  Milton:  Selection from Paradise Lost

  Bunyan:  Selection from The Pilgrim’s Progress (start at Pilgrim at Vanity Faire 116- In Stocks 121)


18thC Restoration lit:

  Blake: The LambTyger; Infant SorrowA Poison Tree (Original manuscripts are linked on Blake's name)

  Dryden:  A Song for St. Cecilia’s day

  Pepys:The Diary (ex)

  Defoe: Journal of Plague year (ex)

  Swift:  Modest proposalGulliver's Travels (ex)

  Johnson:  Dictionary of the English Language (ex)

  Gray:  Elegy written in a country churchyard

  Burns: To a mouseTo a louse


  Wordsworth: Lines composed a few miles above tintern abbey

  Coleridge: Rime of the Ancient Mariner

  Byron: She walks in beauty; Don Juan

  P. Shelley: Ozymandias

  Keats: Ode on a Grecian urn

  M. Shelley:  Introduction to Frankenstein


  Browning: My Last duchessHome-thoughts from Abroad

  E. Browning: Sonnet 43

  AE Housman: To an Athlete dying young

Moderns:  Orwell: 1984 or Shooting an elephant

  If time:  Thomas:  Do not go gentle into that good night

  Lawrence, Eliot, Shaw . . . .

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

Laurence Olivier



Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke

David Tennant

David Tennant

Derek Jacobi

Derek Jacobi

Richard Burton

Richard Burton

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