Poetic Influence from Shakespeare to Hart Crane, HUMS 153b

Meeting Time: 
Th 1:30-3:20

Course Description:

The complexities of poetic influence in the tradition of the English language. Works by Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Robert Browning, and Yeats, followed by an American sequence of Whitman, Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, and Hart Crane.

Admissions Procedure:

Students who wish to apply should submit several pages about their qualifications, their interests, and their knowledge concerning the subject matter of this discussion group. 

Please leave a hard copy of your remarks in Harold Bloom’s first floor mailbox at the Whitney Humanities Center or send an attachment by email to norma.thompson@yale.edu by TBD.

Led by:

Professor Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom is a literary critic and Sterling Professor of Humanities Since the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom has written more than forty books, including twenty books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and a novel. He has edited hundreds of anthologies concerning numerous literary and philosophical figures for the Chelsea House publishing firm. 

Some of his many books include: The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages, Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism, The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry, Wallace Stevens: The Poems of Our Climate, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, How to Read and Why, Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages, Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds, A Map of Misreading, and Hamlet: Poem Unlimited. He is also co-editor with Lionel Trilling of Romantic Poetry and Proseand Victorian Poetry and Prose. They have been translated into more than 40 different languages.


This course was previously offered in the Spring of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Testimonials are taken from student course evaluations.

  • “Harold Bloom’s status among the greatest luminaries of the modern day cannot be understated; it evokes the best of his class. His piercing gaze into literary argument, both in tutorial and his 9-person seminars, is matched only by the deep and caring interest he takes in every student (and family!) that pass through his doors. “
  • “Even if a student thinks that they do not like poetry, they will discover some text in this class that will mean a lot to them.”
  • “though Prof. Bloom’s reputation might be intimidating I found that the course itself was not”