LIT 4930.001 Appreciating Poetry                           Dr. Laura L. Runge         

Fall 2004 / CPR 348                                                          M/W 11-12:15


Bibliography of Important Reference Works


Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th edition

A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature. Also contains Simpson' Contemporary Quotations, and The Columbia World of Quotations.  A very useful resource to trace allusions.  This is available online through


Biblical Quotations : A Reference Guide.  Compiled by Martin H. Manser. New York: Facts on File, 2001.  Useful for locating Biblical sources and allusions.

REFERENCE (non-circulating): BS391.3 .M36 2001


Brewer's Dictionary Of Phrase & Fable  Revised by Adrian Room. 16th edition. New York: Harper Resource, 1999.

REFERENCE (non-circulating) PN43 .B65 1999


Holy Bible Containing The Old And New Testaments : Authorized Or King James Version With Study Helps. Whichita, Kan. : Hertel Bible Publishers ; [Devore & Sons], c1991.  Feel free to use your own bible, but be aware that there are many versions of biblical texts.  If may help to check this authorized English version with study guide.

ON RESERVE:   BS185 1991 .W53


Historical Dictionary Of American Slang.  Ed.  J.E. Lighter.  New York: Random House, 1994.

REFERENCE (non-circulating) PE2846 .H57 1994


New Princeton Encyclopedia Of Poetry And Poetics. Eds. Alex Preminger and T.V.F. Brogan; Frank J. Warnke, O.B. Hardison, Jr., and Earl Miner. Princeton University Press, 1993.  Comprehensive reference on poetic terms.  Helpful for defining and using specific terms.  An excellent reference for your device paper.  With bibliographies for further reading.

REFERENCE (non-circulating) PN1021 .N39 1993


Oxford Dictionary Of Classical Myth And Religion  Ed. Simon Price and Emily Kearns. Oxford University Press, 2003.

REFERENCE (non-circulating) BL715 .O845 2003


Oxford Dictionary Of Slang. Compiled by John Ayto. Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 1998.

REFEREMCE (non-circulating) PE3721 .O946 1998


Oxford English Dictionary

            Standard reference on the English language.  This reference includes definitions, usage, quotations throughout the history of the use of the word (and so it is a valuable resource for historical meanings), and pronunciation.  This should be your first step in researching an annotation.  The text version of the second edition, in twenty volumes, is on permanent loan to the School of Architecture.  The most recent OED is available online through the Virtual Library:



NOTE: There are many references on myth, religion and fable. There are many slang dictionaries from which to choose. There are many reference works on quotations that are organized by different themes.  Pease browse the reference area to find the resource appropriate for your annotation.