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Sharon Weinstein

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This course was simply fabulous and I'm sorry to see it end. Al Filries is an incredible teacher -- passionate about his subject, devoted to his students and extremely well organized. The use of a seminar with his TAs rather than lecturing was a great idea. It allows online students to participate in studying these sometimes difficult poems at a high level. The discussion forums were well run as well, with Professor Al (as we call him) and the TAs monitoring the posts on a daily basis and responding to student comments. With 30,000 students taking the course, I always felt that my voice would be heard.ModPo exposed me to a range of poets that I probably would not have read on my own and left me with an understanging not onoy of their works, but of the broad arc of many artistic movements. If this review allowed a ten star rating, this Coursera offering would get it.