Poetry in America: The Poetry of Early New England

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Poetry in America: The Poetry of Early New England

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This course, the first installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, covers American poetry in cultural context through the year 1700. The course begins with Puritan poets--some orthodox, some rebel spirits--who wrote and lived in early New England. Focusing on Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, and Michael Wigglesworth, among others, we explore the interplay between mortal and immortal, Europe and wilderness, solitude and sociality in English North America.

Led by Harvard Professor Elisa New, Poetry in America surveys nearly 400 years of American poetry. Through video lectures, archival images and texts, expeditions to historic sites, interpretive seminars with large and small groups, interviews with poets and scholars, and conversations about poems with distinguished Americans, Poetry in America embarks on a journey through the literature of a nation. Distinguished guests, including President Bill Clinton, Elena Kagan, He...

This course, the first installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, covers American poetry in cultural context through the year 1700. The course begins with Puritan poets--some orthodox, some rebel spirits--who wrote and lived in early New England. Focusing on Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, and Michael Wigglesworth, among others, we explore the interplay between mortal and immortal, Europe and wilderness, solitude and sociality in English North America.

Led by Harvard Professor Elisa New, Poetry in America surveys nearly 400 years of American poetry. Through video lectures, archival images and texts, expeditions to historic sites, interpretive seminars with large and small groups, interviews with poets and scholars, and conversations about poems with distinguished Americans, Poetry in America embarks on a journey through the literature of a nation. Distinguished guests, including President Bill Clinton, Elena Kagan, Henry Louis Gates, Eve Ensler, John McCain, Andrea Mitchell, Michael Pollan, Drew Faust, Tony Kushner, and Nas, among others, bring fresh perspectives to the study of American Poetry.

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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 10 months ago
From the perspective of the construction of official history, it is certainly a great truth and lie told by half, poetry was indeed a mirror of the most simple and real things that portrayed America.
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Rosalyn Slater

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
I took Professor New's courses in all the wrong order but thoroughly enjoyed the whole series. I had taken an online poetry course on Coursera and wanted more Emily Dickinson. From there, I found the other courses offered here. The method of teaching was totally enjoyable and abundantly worthwhile. I enjoyed the different venues. Being at the Concord while discussing the history...so great! I'm reading Richard Slotkin's book, "Regeneration through Violence" at the moment and probably will have to review the course afterwards. Thanks so much, Professor New and support staff and guests and edX!
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2 years, 6 months ago
The course wasn't brilliant, but nevertheless it was very interesting. I took the pilot course a year ago and I hope that the new one which is going to start soo will be improved. It was quite difficult to follow Professor's New speech, but subtitles helped. It's not because my difficulties with the language, but because of constant "eh", "ah" and pauses. Although the scientific and informational aspects of the course were perfect. You'll have to work closely with poems and analyze all the details. It's not just reading and discussing poems.
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5 years, 1 month ago
I took the pilot version of this course a year ago. It was excellent! Professor New is a very inspiring teacher. You've never read anything like Wigglesworth's "Day of Doom". And Anne Bradstreet is great. \---Paul Reiners
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5 years, 1 month ago
One afternoon walking through Mount Auburn cemetary will tell you how this course would be only a benefit. Almost three and a half decades since owning my first Riverside Press or Houghton Mifflin will tell you that I don't know what I'll learn. (I'm near to completing my fifth course; two from Future Learn, three from Coursera- Future Learn should be four this year; Coursera could become seven)
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