Poetry in America: Whitman

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This module, the third installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, focuses on the poetry of Walt Whitman, a quintessentially American writer whose work continues to bear heavily upon the American poetic tradition. We will explore Whitman’s relationship to the City, the Self, and the Body through his life and poetry. Distinguished guests in this module include Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, and Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener.

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, El...

This module, the third installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, focuses on the poetry of Walt Whitman, a quintessentially American writer whose work continues to bear heavily upon the American poetic tradition. We will explore Whitman’s relationship to the City, the Self, and the Body through his life and poetry. Distinguished guests in this module include Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, and Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener.

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 starsCompleted
5 years, 3 months ago
I enjoyed this course so much. It finished more than a month ago yet I'm still working through the stack of new cds I bought to follow up my new interests. I have bought biographies of many jazz greats. You gave me background knowledge to hang my new experiences on. I loved the way it was taught too. Thank you and I may do it again next year!
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3 years, 11 months ago
I took this course in January and March of this year. It is excellent. Professor New is also excellent. I did not know a lot about poetry. This was my second online course. I did not know how to see all of the videos. I was not familiar with the edX platform. I did not know to annotate poems. I read most of the poems if Whitman, which are very good. I learned about him. I bought his book "Leaves of Grass". Due to this course, I bought the book "Walt Whitman" by Justin Kaplan and the book "Walt Whitman's America" by David Reynolds. This course inspired me to enroll in other poetry courses taught by Professor New.
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4 years, 1 month ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the course, particularly the professor's enthusiastic presentation. Thank you for allowing people the opportunity to discover Walt Whitman's genius.
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Great! I discovered Walt Whitman from a very different side. It was very interesting and exciting. One of the best things in the course, in my opinion, were interviews with the specialists in Whitman and with people who simply like his poetry. Discussions organized by the American Poetry team was brilliant. The tool for analyzing poetry was greatly improved if compared to the first segment of American Poetry course.
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