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Phyllis Blanck


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I have loved every minute of this course, Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. i have learned so much about the poets, how to read poetry, a context for understanding these poets, and the language of meta-poetry. There has been excellent content and material. But what has been even more rewarding has been the warmth exuded by Al Filresis and his team through the video discussions and live webcasts. I feel I know them and they have been genuinely interested in my learning experience. I am not a sophisticated tech person but I read an article about MOOCs in the New York Times and browsed the Coursera website where I picked this class. It has enriched my life for the past two months. It has caused me to take pause, read, appreciate the arts and literature, and admire the University of Pennsylvania for having such a stellar professor as Al, as well as the vivid intelligence of its students and staff. It has been wonderful to read comments from people from all over the world who are sharing the class experience. The work and commitment put forth by the staff in this class is admirable - I can tell that a huge amount of time and effort went into the preparation of the class and how it would work onllne. There are excellent resources and materials: a detailed syllabus, calendars, supporting materials etc. Al has kept me motivated throughout the process, he is very energetic and sincerely cares about students, near and far. I have literally sat at my desk in Dallas, Texas and looked up airfares to Philadelphia because I long to meet the people I have been studying with and to see the Kelly Writers House and the campus. I honestly cannot think of one single negative, or even critical, thing to say about this course.