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The American Muse

Curriculum Overview

How can poetry contribute to our shared national memory and help shape our national identity? The American Muse: Poems for Free Men and Women examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.

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Abijah Canfield Liberty in the Form of the Goddess of Youth Giving Support to the Bald Eagle, 1800 now at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
Session 1: Poems for Free Men and Women
The American Muse

How can poetry contribute to our shared national memory and help shape our national identity? The American Muse: Poems for Free Men and Women examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.