Poetry in America for Credit

Led by Harvard Professor Elisa New, the Poetry in America series chronicles the history of American poetry from the Puritans to the present day. Offered in three semester-long modules, the sequence is now being offered through the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education (DCE) for undergraduate- and graduate-level credit, as well as a special low-cost non-credit option. Throughout each module, students will participate in live discussion seminars and complete rigorous analytical assignments. A dedicated Poetry in America teaching fellow will provide individualized attention and detailed feedback on assignments.


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 takes learners on a journey through the literature of a nation. Along the way, distinguished guests—including Bill Clinton, Elena Kagan, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Eve Ensler, John McCain, Andrea Mitchell, Michael Pollan, Drew Faust, Tony Kushner, Billy Collins, and Nas, among others—bring fresh perspectives to the study of American poetry.

By enrolling in Poetry in America, students learn: