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Rachel Loosemore


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An absolutely outstanding course! The syllabus was very comprehensive, covering major poets and movements in 20th century America. The assignments and quizzes were all interesting and thought-provoking. Professor Al Filreis is a highly gifted and wonderful teacher who knows his subject inside and out. He engaged his TAs in a series of fascinating close readings of poems using a round table format for the videos, which was such an inspired technique. I felt really absorbed in these conversations and learnt a great deal from them. It was great to see Al and the TAs everywhere in the discussion forums, posing and answering questions, and encouraging us all. There was an enthusiastic community spirit amongst students, which added greatly to the enjoyment of the course. I have some poetry background from my university days, but it's not a prerequisite to taking this course. It's easy to find resources online to brush up on poetic lingo and do a little reading on the American social and economic situations that influenced these poets. I recommend this course to anyone with an interest in poetry and language. Thank you Al, Ally, Amaris, Anna, Dave, Emily, Kirsten, Max and Molly, and everyone else behind the scenes, for a hugely enjoyable experience. I'm now seeing poetry everywhere! :)