Poetry in America [Non-Credit]

Led by Harvard Professor Elisa New, this free, not-for-credit online Poetry in America series offered through HarvardX 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 takes learners on a journey through the literature of a nation. Along the way, distinguished guests—including 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.

Explore the courses below to journey through the American poetic tradition with Elisa New and the Poetry in America Team.


By enrolling in Poetry in America, students learn: