The Poetry of Early New England

This free, not-for-credit online course offered through HarvardX covers American poetry in cultural context through the year 1700. The course begins with Puritan poets—some orthodox, some rebel spirits—who lived and wrote 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.


Before you begin, you can get a head start on The Poetry of Early New England using the Module 1 Reading List.

We also invite you to explore the following resources to learn more about the history and literature of early New England: