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I registered for the Cousera seeking to deepen my understanding and appreciation of Poetry. In the first week, I felt like someone who learnt to swim as a child, but had not the opportunity to do so again until adulthood, jumping into the deep end of an Olympic sized swimming pool! It took the passion and enthusiasm of Prof Al and his team, and a great desire to learn, to keep me afloat. I have had many first time experiences with Poetry over the last 7 weeks and learnt so much taking this course. It's been an exhilarating and enriching experience but sometimes frustrating because of my limited basic knowledge of poetry - rhythm and meters etc. But I am swimming more surely now close reading poems. It is worth the time and the effort. I will never read Poetry the same way again! Many thanks to ModPo!