Day 48 – Media Diet Roundup (Part 2)

This is the second update of my 1000 days of media diet. In my previous post on this topic, I shared the classic short stories and poems I read in the first 25 days of my media diet plan. I had also provided links where you can read them for free. Will be continuing the same format in this post as well and change it up in the next roundup post.


Short Stories Roundup:

This time as well, I read classic short stories from the 75 short-short stories list by American Literature. Here is a list of what I read with links:

  1. A Fable – Mark Twain
  2. Emancipation. A Life Fable – Kate Chopin
  3. Advice to Little Girls – Mark Twain
  4. The Fight of the Good Ship Clarissa – Ray Bradbury
  5. Ex Oblivione – H.P. Lovecraft
  6. A Man with Two Lives – Ambrose Bierce
  7. A Haunted House – Virginia Woolf
  8. A Wireless Message – Ambrose Bierce
  9. Yuki-Onna – Lafcadio Hearn
  10. The Man in the Brown Coat – Sherwood Anderson
  11. Azathoth – H.P. Lovecraft
  12. Cousin Tribulation’s Story – Louisa May Alcott
  13. The Kiss – Kate Chopin
  14. Mix War, Art and Dancing – Ernest Hemingway
  15. The Omnibus – Arthur Quiller-Couch
  16. A Blunder – Anton Chekhov
  17. The Little Match Girl – Hans-Christian-Andersen
  18. The Reticence of Lady Anne – H.H. Munro (SAKI)
  19. Two Military Executions – Ambrose Bierce
  20. One Summer Night – Ambrose Bierce
  21. Doctor Chevalier’s Lie – Kate Chopin
  22. Hearts and Hands – O. Henry
  23. After Twenty Years – O. Henry

Poetry Roundup:

Let me be honest. I’m not into reading poetry these days. For me, reading poetry doesn’t stop with just reading the text once. I need to reread specific lines to marvel at the choice of words, the symbolism and the rhyme scheme. I need to look up a few analysis of the poem to understand the context and the hidden meanings the poet has weaved in that cannot be seen in the first glance. I’m just not willing to put in that much effort on a daily basis right now.

So instead of reading long poems, I looked up short classic poems and came across a link with 31 poems. These are so short that you can read them all in one sitting. Here are the 23 poems I read as part of this challenge:

  1. No Man is an Island – John Donne
  2. Shall I Compare Thee To a Summer’s Day – William Shakespeare
  3. There Will Come Soft Rain – Sara Teasdale
  4. If You Forget Me – Pablo Neruda
  5. O Captain! My Captain! – Walt Whitman
  6. The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost
  7. Dreams – Langston Hughes
  8. Trees – Joyce Kilmer
  9. Love After Love – Derek Walcott
  10. If – Rudyard Kipling
  11. Remember – Christina Georgina Rossetti
  12. A Fairy Song – William Shakespeare
  13. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep – Mary Elizabeth Frye
  14. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You – Pablo Neruda
  15. A Dream Within A Dream – Edgar Allan Poe
  16. How Do I Love Thee? – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  17. Warning – Jenny Joseph
  18. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night – Dylan Thomas
  19. A Poison Tree – William Blake
  20. I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud – William Wordsworth
  21. Mother To Son – Langston Hughes
  22. I Choose The Mountain – Howard Simon
  23. A Smile To Remember – Charles Bukowski

Reading Forecast:

Starting today, I will be reading a collection of Russian short stories from Project Gutenberg. This collection has 19 stories, so the next roundup post will be on Jan 9th or 10th. As for poetry, will look up poems related to winter, cold and ice because today happens to be the Winter Solstice in my hemisphere.

I’m tracking the short stories I read for this media diet in a goodreads shelf. Check it out if you are interested. If you have any suggestions for classic short stories or poetry, please leave them in the comments below.

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