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A September Night
George Marion McClellan
A speaker describes a September night in the bayou.
Excerpt from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
British Colonial Christian preacher, Jonathan Edwards, describes hell as a real place.
A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes how best one can live their life.
A narrator describes their mother’s life and past career as a trapeze performer.
Young Goodman Brown
A religious man enters the woods and finds his faith tested by what he witnesses there.
Orpheus and Eurydice
Ovid, translated by Brookes More
This classic myth tells the story of Orpheus’s trip to the underworld in an attempt to retrieve his deceased wife, Eurydice.
East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl)
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A young girl shares the experience of having her hair braided by her mother.
The Monkey's Paw
A man makes a wish on a charm that is given to him by an old friend and suffers the consequences.
The Coming of Night
This short poem describes the speaker’s peace with the inevitability of death.
Was It a Dream?
Guy de Maupassant
A grieving man visits the grave of his deceased lover, where he discovers an awful truth.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
In this poem, the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.
A boy takes a trip into the forest with his friends.
I Ask My Mother to Sing
In this poem, the narrator’s mother and grandmother sing about China.
In this poem, a speaker describes the happiness he finds in eating a summer peach.
The Most Dangerous Game
A big game hunter falls off his yacht and is rescued by a mysterious general who claims to hunt only the most dangerous game.
Assassination of the President
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theatre. Lincoln would die the following day.
Dulce et Decorum Est
The horrors of chemical warfare during World War I are described in this gripping poem.
The Battle of Bull Run: The End of Illusions
Ernest B. Furgurson
This passage recounts the events of the First Battle of Bull Run, as well as its role in the disillusionment of the American people in the early stages of the American Civil War.