This survey course aims at a broad historical overview focusing on the major poets from the colonial period to the present. From the Puritanism of Ann Bradstreet, the Republicanism of Philip Freneau and Phyllis Wheatley, the Romantic imagination of Poe, Emerson, Dickinson, and Whitman, to the formal innovation of Modernists like Pound, Cummings, Stein, and Moore, the political radicalism and commitment of Hughes, Ginsberg, and Rukeyser, and the experimental postmodernism of contemporary poets, we will explore the stylistic and thematic scope of American poetry via the close reading of representative texts.