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Thematic Custom Text Starter List: Death, Loss, and Mourning

Created for the convenience of instructors assembling custom texts, the following is an incomplete list of materials in The Broadview Anthology of British Literature that may lend themselves well to courses focused on the representation of death, loss, and mourning in literature. Many other works in the anthology may of course be taught with such a focus. While this list is drawn from The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, instructors assembling custom texts are invited to incorporate materials from almost any of our anthologies. With the exception of readings that are in-copyright to a rights holder other than Broadview Press, the majority of material published by Broadview is available for inclusion. More than 400 stand-alone works are also available to be packaged with or reprinted in custom texts, from Paradise Lost to In Memoriam, and from King Lear to The Turn of the Screw. If you are having difficulty finding the texts you need or would like help assembling your custom text, please contact custom@broadviewpress.com.

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    Y Gododdin
    Anonymous
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    Exeter Book Elegies
    Anonymous
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    The Dream of the Rood
    Anonymous
    4 pages @ $0.10/page
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    From Middle English Lyrics, “Erthe tok of erthe erthe with woh”
    Anonymous
    1 pages @ $0.10/page
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    From Middle English Lyrics, “Farewell this world, I take my leve forever,” & “To dy, to dy. What haue I”
    Anonymous
    1 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.10
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    Sir Orfeo
    Anonymous
    12 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Chaucer, The Pardoner’s Tale
    Geoffrey Chaucer
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    Chaucer, The Prioress’s Tale
    Geoffrey Chaucer
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    from The York Corpus Christi Play: The Slaughter of the Innocents, The Crucifixion
    Anonymous
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    Everyman
    Anonymous
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    Sir Thomas Malory, from Morte DArthu, Book 8, The Death of King Arthur
    Sir Thomas Malory
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    William Dunbar, “I that in heill wes”
    William Dunbar
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    Thomas More, A Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation
    Thomas More
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    Thomas More, The Tower Correspondence
    Thomas More
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    Thomas More, In Context: Thomas More
    Joseph Black et al.
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    The Martyrdom of Anne Askew: from Anne Askew, “The First Examination of Anne Askew” & from John Foxe, Acts and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Days & others
    Anne Askew
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    The Order for the Burial of the Dead
    Joseph Black, et al. (editors)
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    Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, “Wyatt Resteth Here”
    Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
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    King James I, “An Epitaph on Sir Philip Sidney”
    King James I
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    Francis Bacon, “Of Death”
    Francis Bacon
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    Robert Southwell, “A Vale of Tears,” “Mary Magdalen’s Complaint at Christ’s Death”
    Robert Southwell
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    William Shakespeare, King Lear
    William Shakespeare
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    Ben Jonson, “On My First Daughter,” and “On My First Son,”
    Ben Jonson
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    Ben Jonson, “To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr William Shakespeare, And What He Hath Left Us”
    Ben Jonson
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    Anne Bradstreet, various poems
    Anne Bradstreet
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    Katherine Philips, “On the Death of My First and Dearest Child, Hector Philips”
    Katherine Philips
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    Thomas Carew, “An Elegy upon the Death of the Dean of St. Paul’s, Dr. John Donne”
    Thomas Carew
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    John Milton, “Methought I saw my late espoused saint”
    John Milton
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    John Milton, Lycidas
    John Milton
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    Daniel Defoe, “A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal the Next Day after her Death”
    Daniel Defoe
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    Jonathan Swift, “Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D.”
    Jonathan Swift
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    Samuel Johnson, “On the Death of Dr. Robert Levett”
    Samuel Johnson
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    Thomas Gray, All Selections
    Thomas Gray
    6 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Popular Ballads
    Joseph Black et al.
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    William Cowper, “On the Loss of the Royal George”
    William Cowper
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    Phillis Wheatley, “On the Death of the Reverend Mr. George Whitefield,” “A Funeral Poem on the Death of C.E., An Infant of Twelve Months”
    Phillis Wheatley
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    Anna Laetitia Barbauld, “On the Death of the Princess Charlotte”
    Anna Laetitia Barbauld
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    Hannah More, “Inscription on a Cenotaph in a Garden, Erected to a Deceased Friend”
    Hannah More
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    William Wordsworth, “We Are Seven” & “The Thorn”
    William Wordsworth
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    William Wordsworth, “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways” “A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal” “Lucy Grey”
    William Wordsworth
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    William Wordsworth, Michael
    William Wordsworth
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    William Wordsworth, The Ruined Cottage
    William Wordsworth
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    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Epitaph”
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    Felicia Hemans, “The Image in Lava,” “The Grave of a Poetess”
    Felicia Hemans
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    Felicia Hemans, “Indian Woman’s Death Song”
    Felicia Hemans
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    John Keats, “This Living Hand”
    John Keats
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    John Keats, Letter: To Charles Brown, 30 Nov 1820
    John Keats
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    John Keats, In Context: The Death of Keats
    John Keats
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    Letitia Elizabeth Landon, “The Little Shroud”
    Letitia Elizabeth Landon
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    Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Morte d’Arthur,”
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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    In Memoriam A. H. H.
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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    “Crossing the Bar”
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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    Arthur Hugh Clough, Seven Sonnets on the Thought of Death
    Arthur Hugh Clough
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    Matthew Arnold, “Dover Beach”
    Matthew Arnold
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    Christina Rossetti, “Remember” “After Death” “Echo”
    Christina Rossetti
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    Christina Rossetti, “Song” “Dead Before Death”
    Christina Rossetti
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    Christina Rossetti, “Sleeping at Last”
    Christina Rossetti
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    Rudyard Kipling, The Story of Muhammad Din
    Rudyard Kipling
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    Thomas Hardy, “The Convergence of the Twain,” “The Voice,” “Transformations”
    Thomas Hardy
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    A.E. Housman, “To an Athlete Dying Young”
    A.E. Housman
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    A.E. Housman, “Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries”
    A.E. Housman
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    Siegfried Sassoon, All Selections (poetry)
    Siegfried Sassoon
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    Rupert Brooke, All Selections
    Rupert Brooke
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    Isaac Rosenberg, All Selections
    Isaac Rosenberg
    4 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Wilfred Owen, All Selections
    Wilfred Owen
    13 pages @ $0.10/page
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    John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields”
    John McCrae
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    William Butler Yeats, “An Irish Airman Foresees his Death,”
    William Butler Yeats
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    William Butler Yeats, “In Memory of Major Robert Gregory”
    William Butler Yeats
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    James Joyce, “The Dead”
    James Joyce
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    Katherine Mansfield, “The Garden Party”
    Katherine Mansfield
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    Robert Service, “The Cremation of Sam McGee”
    Robert Service
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