Poetic Influence from Shakespeare to Keats, HUMS 152a

Meeting Time: 
Th 1:30-3:20

Course Description:

The complexities of poetic influence in the traditions of the English language, from Shakespeare to Keats.

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 Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

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 Fall of 2015, 2016, and 2018. Testimonials are taken from student course evaluations.

  • ” Professor Bloom is one of the most delightfully warm and welcoming people I have had the pleasure of interacting with at Yale, and being welcomed into his home for regular tea sessions has been one of the highlights of my time at Yale. It’s a welcome removal from the stress and pressure of other classes, but still an amazing opportunity to learn. This class is truly one of the most unique at Yale, and failure to take it if given the opportunity would be a shame.”
  • “I still have an endless amount of improvement that I can make, but I was shocked at how effectively I was able to be at least initiated into the world of poetry through discussion and just simply jumping in.”
  • “It is wonderful, and cannot be improved.