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While concentrating on the poetry of Whitman and Dickinson, we will consider the full sweep of nineteenth-century American poetry. We will read poets better known for their prose�Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, and Melville�poets popular in their time�Longfellow, Whittier , Holmes, and forgotten precursors to Modernism. We will also consider the emerging women and African-American poets. We will read these, among other poets, in relation to American, English, and European literary history, American painting and music, and the cultural upheavals of Abolition and the Civil War.