Modern & Contemporary American Poetry

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ModPo is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, with an emphasis on experimental verse, from Dickinson and Whitman to the present. Participants (who need no prior experience with poetry) will learn how to read poems that are supposedly "difficult."
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Dolors Casas profile image
Dolors Casas profile image
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7 years ago
Although I haven't finished the course I couldn't stop myself from making public my amazement on how it's possible that an online course can become such an engaging experience. Al Filreis is a passionate teacher, you can tell he loves what he does, the Student Assistants team give different approaches to each poem, adding value to them and well...being my first experience with poetry, I feel like I've entered a new world. I was a bit reluctant to take the plunge at first because I studied Economics and I have no specific education regardind poetry, and even less, modern poetry. But I'm so happy that I did it ! So please, for those who doubt because of that reason, do not hesitate, you'll love this! And you won't only learn but you'll find a new cultural world full of endless possibilities! Thank you very much, don't stop!
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7 years ago
I expect nothing … pushing (as they say, but I'm no Sisyphus) 80 I try not to waste energy, especially mine. Coursera is a new word, to me. Words don't waste energy. Modern & Contemporary American Poetry? Sounds safe. Online? Sure. Saves gas. So it's turning out this course has taught me more than the New York Times Sunday Crossword; more than a Kindle of free classics; more than hanging out with my grandchildren; more than sitting around thinking, and writing, and wondering. So, I know I will think about my new friends, living and dead, long after this course ends. As Frank O'Hara says, Well … Well, what? Well, for instance, I expect this course is indelible. Gloria MacKay
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7 years ago
One among the best courses I have ever taken--certainly the best online course ever. Carefully organized and planned for a variety of learning styles and student differences. Modpo is accessible yet challenging and tempts students to reach beyond, deeper, and wider. The videos make me feel as if I am in the class, and I have inadvertently said things aloud as if I am there--later captured in the discussion forums. The TAs and professor work through the poems with an atmosphere of respect and openness even in disagreement. They are part of the learners too, and we the teachers often.
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7 years ago
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 extreme... 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!
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Joyce Butler profile image
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7 years ago
Before taking this course (thanks to my daughters) I had never heard the term 'close reading'. There is some magic going on here. Al Filreis simply loves what he does and it shows. It is a pleasure to hear each of the TAs perspectives and the sound of their voices (simply great audio). This welcoming, warm, low tech first take approach with all its fidgeting and fumbling make it real for me and it never feels too polished or slick - leaving space for my thoughts to fit into the dialogue. I will continue to feel a part of the ModPo community long after it officially ends. Thanks everyone.
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Vivian Vilmin profile image
Vivian Vilmin profile image
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7 years ago
I really don't know what to say that hasn't been said other than you absolutely need to take this class!
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delia potamianou profile image
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7 years ago
“So now we’re looking briefly at…” This is the way most of Al Filreis’ videos begin and you always want that look to be less brief no matter how intense it is. ModPo is definitely a course that makes someone richer. I recommend it to all kinds of professionals, all kind of students and everyone who is open to life, language, art and whatever exists between them. Open like most of the poems we met in ModPo in this brief yet delicious taste of American poetry which evokes a respect for American culture. My only regret: I will never actually visit Kelly Writers House. On the other hand...anyone from ModPo coming to Greece any time soon? ;-) (I have no clue about education levels in the States so I can’t help with the question.)
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7 years ago
I've been out of school for a long time and though I've had a challenging and satisfying career, I've been intellectually hungry. This course fills that hunger in a way that I can easily incorporate it into my busy schedule. The readings and format are just terrific. I feel like I'm sitting at the table with the TA's. I can't wait until the next conversation where someone starts that party game, "who -- living or dead -- would you most like to have dinner with?" My answer: Al Filreis!
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7 years ago
Al Filreis has truly mastered how to make on-line learning an intimate, educational experience. His enthusiasm, knowledge and preparedness make each video discussion an engaging conversation. I feel I have learned a lot about modern poets and poetry. My experience with poetry was primarily with much earlier periods with some Whitman thrown in during American literature during high school. I feel as though I'm at the conference table with the TAs. Great content, interesting discussions, excellent guidance from Al. Two quick things -- why no e.e. cummings? I'm convinced that "John" in "I Know a Man" is a hitchhiker who Creeley picked up on the cross-country drive. One nit: It clearly takes more time to get the full benefit of the course than I recall was estimated. You may want to review that estimate to help manage student expectations.
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Elizabeth Fader profile image
Elizabeth Fader profile image
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7 years ago
I love this course. Studying poetry with Al Filreis, his creative and literate TA's and the international ModPo community has been so much fun. Last night I stayed up until 2 AM listening to videos and thinking about poetry - I didn't want to stop. In addition to learning about modern poetry, I am developing skills in close reading in other arts such as theatre, and movies. I even find myself using "close reading" skills in many other aspects of my daily life. I feel so lucky that I was able to enrich my life by taking this course. You can, too. Thanks you WNYC radio for bringing us together!
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Michael Laszlo profile image
Michael Laszlo profile image
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7 years ago
This is a wonderful course. I thank Al Filreis and the TAs for your tremendous effort, for putting your hearts into this. I most appreciate that the video discussions were spontaneous and not rehearsed, that you were engaging the poems with the same sort of puzzlement and tentativeness and openness with which far less practiced readers (like myself) approach them. This helped me feel like I was there in the classroom. In particular, I thank you for introducing me to Emily Dickinson and John Ashbery, and I hope you will teach an online course someday on Wallace Stevens. Thanks again!
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Lola Molina profile image
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7 years ago
It's been too long since I haven't studied poetry, but I wanted to take it up again and ModPo has been a great surprise for me. I am very happy with the contents selection, as well as the videos, which have really helped me to widen my initial ideas of each poem that I have read. I hope to have more courses available like this.
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Victoria Rivero profile image
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7 years ago
ModPo is a wonderful surprise. The close reading of the poems, watched in videos where Al Filreis talks with students, is great. The discussion forums add points of view and open more possibilities to the poems. Al Filreis is always there. You can ask him questions or changes though Twitter and he answers as is there were only a few students and not over 30.000. Thaks for the course, Al.
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Lois Heckman profile image
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6 years, 10 months ago
Leave your everyday lives behind and enter the concert of ModPo. Conductor Al Filreis and his TA band will swing you into a world of harmonic poetic possibility, from Dickinson to Silliman, and supply you with the necessary notes to play that music, even if you never have before. The course is orchestrated with a comprehensive syllabus score, a bugle call introduction for each week, symphonic video close readings of explanation, drumming forum discussions, and the violin caressing TLC of extremely competent and kind teachers. The experience is guaranteed to turn your mind’s sheet music "allegretto" and change the way you see and hear poetry in the future. In fact, the notions you will learn may inspire a poetic choir to sing within you forever after!
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Concha Torres profile image
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7 years ago
I am really enjoying this course that has made me discover some poets that I didn't know and some others I only knew by name. Al Fireis and his team make a great job here with explanations that everybody can understand (no previous experience required), making me feel like in a real class with amazing class mates. Highly recommended.
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Goldenfeld Sima profile image
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7 years ago
There is little I can add to what my fellow students have so well put, and still I would like to thank our fearless - facing such a huge classroom is unprecedented - teachers, Prof. Filreis and his valiant TA's. Dear friends, you have been making "all the difference" since the moment you chose to lead us cheerfully along the road that " was grassy and wanted wear" just several weeks ago. Can you believe it - only several weeks - I can't! After listening to the introductory audio to Chapter 9-2, I just have to add one more comment, and it doesn't matter if I am repeating what others have said before: the course's great merit is in that it urges us to open our minds and hearts to what is unconventional, new , different and, at times, not so sweet - sounding to our ears. it is not easy, sometimes what we read doesn't initially make much sense, but then...
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Jan Farr profile image
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7 years ago
I can't say enough good things about this course. It's so much more effective than any university course I've done before - the concept is stunning - 33,000 of us from all over the world - a fascinating curriculum, videos of tutorial type discussions between teaching assistants and the wonderful Al Filreis for each poem we study as well as many other on line resources and a vast online enthusiastic discussion forum which includes the professor and his teaching assistants. I have learnt much more than I thought I would including how not to be afraid of online communication.
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Martin Iedema profile image
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7 years ago
Just a fantastic course! I can't wait for each new week and the new material and videos! It's amazing that there can be such a personal connection with people I've never met, thousands of miles away. Credit the instructor and the TA's. I must have more!
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7 years ago
This course is amazing in every sense of the word. We are led through a maze of words, which are configured through our learning into greater beauty. The format of the course is outstanding and very user friendly. Al Filreis is charismatic and draws us in to his world just enough that we want to come back for more.
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7 years ago
The course reveals wonders of poetry. Professor Al and the knowledgeable TA's discuss and explain the poems intelligently and playfully. I learn and understand more about poetry, the poems and poets. Certainly, the course is a joy and I experienced the joy immensely..
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7 years ago
This is an excellent course. Everyone and all ages will not only learn much more than expected, but you will enjoy it, too! This is an extraordinary teacher who understands how to effectively teach an online course.
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Sandra Levine profile image
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7 years ago
I signed up to see how an online course would work and found that Al Filreis is a master teacher. This is not to slight the bright and enthusiastic TAs he has helping him (and us) but he is the one who draws out the insights. I am an avid reader of prose -- fiction and non-fiction -- but have never read poetry for pleasure. I find a whole new world opening up to me.
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7 years ago
I have loved every minute of this course ... I didn't know a lot about poetry and nothing about contemporary & modern American poetry but that has not been an issue. Al Filreis is an amazing instructor - you will never encounter a more generous team than that of the ModPo course. In addition to the scheduled video lectures each week, there was always interaction on the forums, our facebook group and extra webcast scheduled each week. We were all given access to the incredible resources at the Kelly Writer's House. You can tell this team (Al & the TA's) are passionate and thrilled to lead this huge group of ModPo students. They have really figured out how to engage with such a large group. It has been an incredible experience. I've really grown to love poetry and see it now as an interest of mine. One to develop. I am so grateful for that.
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7 years ago
Take this course. You'll gain a new appreciation for language, and you'll remember how much joy there can be in learning. You'll see everday things in a new light. You'll find yourself fitting in study at the strangest times - not because you have to, but because you want to. You'll form new bonds with your classmates and become part of a community that feels both intimate and global. Most of all, you'll come to love learning with the ModPo teaching assistants and their truly inspiring professor, Al Filreis.
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7 years ago
Al Filreis's Modern & Contempory Poetry course is the very model of what online learning should be. Whether you currently know little or know a lot about poetry, this course has something for you. Al's enthusiasm is infectious and his generosity inspiring. This course will enhance not only your enjoyment of poetry, it will enhance your life. And that is not hyperbole. Don't miss this course!
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6 years, 1 month ago
One of the most enriching experiences that I have ever had. There is a real sense of community in this course and you are made to feel welcome and comfortable-no matter what your previous experience with poetry is. Professor Al Fireis and his TAs are very involved and really care about the students. Highly recommend this course!
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7 years ago
This is a great class for every level. The discussion boards are lively, informative and civil. The syllabus follows a logical, well defined course. The video classroom "lectures" are really round table discussions moderated by Professor Filreis. They are lively, entertaining, enriching and informative. If you've taken other courses you know how static the lectures can be. The quality of video and live webcasts on "Modpo" are superb. The Professor has a wonderful knack for making everyone in the class feel as though they have his attention. He has a constant presence on the discussion boards and in the facebook group.
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Mirela Kapaj profile image
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7 years ago
This is a great course if you love poetry, read poetry or even if you never were too much into poetry. This course introduces the modern and contemporary american poetry through some of the best poets that have written in American History. The approach that Prof. Filreis has taken to guide the students through the difficult, but enormously rewarding path of modern and contemporary poetry in America, is a new and very interesting approach. More than learning through classical academical tools, you will find yourself involved and triggered to see, read and think differently. This is a great course and I highly recommend it.
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7 years ago
This class is a model for future MOOCs. Instead of lectures, it has lively discussions. The professor and the TAs are actively engaged in the forums and have built a wonderful and supportive community. The materials are excellent and the teaching is top-notch. My life is enlivened and enriched by the class, and I expect the friendships I have made, and the projects I have begun, to continue far into the future.
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7 years ago
Nowhere else can you find such an engaging, informed, knowledgeable and yet succinct introduction to Modern and Contemporary poetry. The video discussions with the course TAs make you feel like you're eavesdropping on a seminar at a top-notch university (which you are) and the discussion forums, short assignments, and live webcasts allow you to participate at your own comfort level. Taking this course sharpened my focus and helped me renew enthusiasm for my own reading, writing and teaching of poetry. Al Filreis is charismatic and personable, as well as a master of discussion leading. ModPo is a model of innovative online pedagogy. The resources are invaluable.
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