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Elliott Holt


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What I loved about college literature classes was the intimate discussion of books: we'd sit around a seminar table and closely analyze texts. I didn't know how that could be replicated online. But Al Fireis and his brilliant band of teaching assistants managed to create an engaging, intimate experience in their pre-recorded discussions at the Kelly Writers House. I felt like I was in the room with them. I learned so much this semester. It was by far the best literature class I've ever taken. I was challenged in the best possible way. This was a life-changing experience. I had read quite a bit of poetry before taking the class, but I hadn't studied much poetry formally in an academic setting. I don't think the class needs prerequisites: I think Al has done a remarkable job of challenging people who are already familiar with the poems on the syllabus, yet not alienating those who are new to reading poetry. Great course.