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Short Introduction to English Poetry

Friday, August 19, 2022 to Saturday, August 27, 2022

The Program

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.


  • What Is a Poem?
  • Forms and Occasions
  • Voice and Drama
  • Individual Genius


The Speaker

David Bromwich
Sterling Professor of English, 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.



  • 4 90-minute online lecture and discussion sessions (a total of 6 hours) over 2 weeks
  • Pre-program reading selected by the professor

Those who attend 100% of the sessions will each receive a certificate of completion.

The language of the program will be English.

Participation Format

Please download and install the Zoom Application beforehand. Yale Center Beijing’s staff will contact confirmed participants for further testing in advance of the program to ensure a pleasant experience.


Date & Time

China Standard Time

  • Friday, August 19; Saturday, August 20; Friday, August 26; Saturday, August 27;
  • 8:00-9:30 pm




  • Middle / high school / university students and anyone who is interested in literature and poetry (Recommendation: be at least 16 years old)
  • English language proficiency for meaningful participation during discussions


  • Flash Sale (by July 3): RMB 3,299
  • Early Bird (by July 17): RMB 4,299
  • Student Ticket: RMB 5,299
  • Alumni Ticket: RMB 5,299
  • Group Discount Price (at least three persons): RMB 5,299
  • Standard Ticket: RMB 6,299

*The registration fee for the event is non-refundable. Unless due to a force majeure reason, Yale Center Beijing will not refund any part of the registration fee if a participant fails to attend the event.


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