This was a comment, but deserves to be above the fold:
"A few of my short faves," writes Norman Finkelstein:
Keats, "La Belle Dame Sans Merci"
--I've never taught that one, I don't think. What does one say about it? Teach it as a ballad? (I hate teaching ballads. Teach me how and why, someone, please!)
Herbert, "Prayer (I)"
--This one I've taught, but not for years. Time to put it back into rotation, maybe?
Herrick, "The Vine"
--Another one I've never tried. What do you do with it?
Shakespeare, "Sonnet XX"
--I'm embarassed to say, I had to check which one that was! It's a weird, gender-bending "master-mistress of my passion" poem. Never taught it. What do you do with it, Norman?
Milton, "On the Late Massacre in Piedmont"
--Tried this once, disastrously, my second or third year of teaching. Again, I'd love to know what one does with it in class to make it sing--
Blake, "The Lamb" and "The Tyger"
--I do the second, not the first. Time to switch or pair them?
Dickinson, "There's a Certain Slant of Light," "Mine by the right of the white election"
--Never tried either!
Williams, "Proletarian Portrait"
--Another one? Damn! I love how little we overlap here. It reminds me how various the field is, even between thoroughly canonical hedgerows. And how little I know, thank God, after only 10 years in the business. I'd had to think I'd exhausted anything already,other than myself.
The Williams is worth reprinting here, I think. Not many folks know it. You can find some scraps of criticism here, too, if need be.
A big young bareheaded woman
in an apron
Her hair slicked back standing
on the street
One stockinged foot toeing
Her shoe in her hand. Looking
intently into it
She pulls out the paper insole
to find the nail
That has been hurting her
That's one set of favorites, friends. More, please! Bring 'em on!