Departmental Directory

Willard Spiegelman

Hughes Professor of English

Ph.D., Harvard


Willard SpiegelmanWillard Spiegelman teaches, and writes about English and American poetry. He also has an interest in Greek and Latin poetry, is a regular contributor to the Leisure & Arts page of The Wall Street Journal, and editor-in-chief of the Southwest Review.

Courses taught

Doing Things With Poems, Romantic Literature, Five Poems, Six Contemporary Poets, The Idea of Pastoral

Areas of Research

English and American Poetry, esp. from 1798 to the present

Publications (selected)

Wordsworth’s Heroes (University of California Press, 1985); The Didactic Muse: Scenes of Instruction in Contemporary American Poetry (Princeton UP, 1989); Majestic Indolence: English Romantic Poetry and the Work of Art (Oxford UP, 1995); How to Read and Understand Poetry (The Teaching Company, 1999); The Lives and Works of the English Romantic Poets (The Teaching Company, 2003); How Poets See the World: The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry (OUP, 2005); 'Love, Amy': The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt, ed. (Columbia UP, 2005); Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays (OUP, 2008); Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness (FSG/Picador, 2009, 2010); In the Frame: Women's Ekphrastic Poetry from Marianne Moore to Susan Wheeler, co-ed. (University of Delaware Press, 2009).

In addition, essays and reviews in The American Scholar, the Blackwell Companion to Romantic Poetry, the Cambridge History of American Poetry, Centennial ReviewComparative LiteratureContemporary Literature,  ELH, Hopkins ReviewKeats-Shelley JournalKenyon Review, Literary ImaginationModern Philology, New Haven ReviewOxford Encyclopedia of American Poetry, Paris ReviewParnassus: Poetry in ReviewPartisan ReviewSalmagundiSouthern Review,  Studies in Romanticism, Tri-QuarterlyVirginia Quarterly ReviewThe Yale Review, plus Opera News, the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. 


Distinctions/honors/awards

Fellowships and Grants from The National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Amy Clampitt Foundation, and the Bogliasco Foundation.