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What is a poem? How do we appreciate its different forms and styles? During this online program that will take place over 2 weeks, David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English at Yale University, will introduce participants to the English literary tradition through close reading of select poems from the Renaissance to the present, with an emphasis on developing skills of literary interpretation and exploring diverse genres.


  • David Bromwich (Sterling Professor of English at Yale University)

    David Bromwich

    Sterling Professor of English at Yale University

    David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English at Yale University, is a renowned authority on Romantic and modern poetry and the history of literary criticism. He has published widely, from Romantic criticism to modern poetry, moral philosophy, political history, and contemporary politics.

    He is a well-established and noted political, cultural and literary critic. He has written essays on William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Orson Welles, Barack Obama, and others, as well as book reviews in the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, and the New York Review of Books. He is also a frequent writer on political topics at The Huffington Post. 

    Among his many notable books are The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence, Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth’s Poetry of the 1790s, as well as two of his most recent books, American Breakdown: The Trump Years and How They Befell Us, and How Words Make Things Happen.

    Professor Bromwich regularly teaches a wide range of courses at Yale, from Shakespeare to Abraham Lincoln to poetry to American and French cinema and culture. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and since 2017, he has served as a trustee of the National Humanities Center. He holds a bachelor’s and a doctorate from Yale University.

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