This free online course offered through HarvardX 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.
Before you begin, you can get a head start on Poetry in America: Whitman using the Module 3 Reading List.
We also invite you to explore the following resources to learn more about the life and work of Walt Whitman:
- The Walt Whitman Archive, a comprehensive online resource focusing on Whitman’s life and poetry
- Full-text, free online edition of Leaves of Grass (the 1855 edition)
- Walt Whitman’s America: A Cultural Biography, by David Reynolds
- Walt Whitman: A Life, by Justin Kaplan
- If you’d like to read more of Whitman’s work, both poetry and prose, we recommend Leaves of Grass and Other Writings (Norton Critical Edition).