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This course is simply brilliant. I don't think it’s an exaggeration to say that Al Filreis is an extraordinary teacher with a unique in-depth approach to understanding poetry and teaching others to understand it. He’s so enthusiastic and welcoming he just draws you to him. No wonder he’s gathered such a wonderful crew of very bright and well versed people around him (including ModPo community). Thanks to Prof. Filreis and his TAs this course is very engaging, dynamic, mind-opening, entertaining. Somehow it exemplifies for me what education should be about: it teaches you to think independently about challenging issues and shows you how to shift perception in order to go beyond the surface. Ultimately, it teaches you how to be free! I decided to take this course out of sheer curiosity, without much prior knowledge of or any special interest for American poetry. Now (7 weeks later) I’m totally in love with the subject & feel so extremely grateful for the whole experience. I really hope there will be MopPo 2!