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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6 years, 1 month ago
This course doesn't compare to others. Or rather, other courses can't be compared to THIS. The amazing professor Al Filreis, together with his wonderful TAs, have worked really hard to create a syllabus and audiovisual material that is thorough, enriching, challenging, and absolutely enjoyable at the same time... and then, they have committed to participating actively in the forums and collaborative teaching-learning experience in such a way that when you take ModPo you don't feel you must do this or that, you just feel welcomed and honestly encouraged by this incredible group of people... ModPo is much more than a course. It's a life changing experience.
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6 years, 1 month ago
This is the second year ModPo has been offered. I completed it last year and loved it so much I signed up again. There's still so much to learn about the subject. I have been following poetry for years, reading it most of my life, and I've been lucky enough to participate in some marvellous workshops and classes, but ModPo is something unto itself. Perhaps it's the fact you can interact with people from all over the world in the forums. Perhaps it's the amazing lack of negative remarks that show up all too often in public chat sites. Perhaps it's the friendships forged by a common interest in words and the myriad ways they can be bumped up against one another to form not only ideas and images, but something more than that, something akin to spiritual. But mostly, I think, the success of ModPo is thanks to its incredible head honcho, Professor Al Filreis, whose enthusiasm and humour shines through every conversation he's part of (and ... This is the second year ModPo has been offered. I completed it last year and loved it so much I signed up again. There's still so much to learn about the subject. I have been following poetry for years, reading it most of my life, and I've been lucky enough to participate in some marvellous workshops and classes, but ModPo is something unto itself. Perhaps it's the fact you can interact with people from all over the world in the forums. Perhaps it's the amazing lack of negative remarks that show up all too often in public chat sites. Perhaps it's the friendships forged by a common interest in words and the myriad ways they can be bumped up against one another to form not only ideas and images, but something more than that, something akin to spiritual. But mostly, I think, the success of ModPo is thanks to its incredible head honcho, Professor Al Filreis, whose enthusiasm and humour shines through every conversation he's part of (and he is part of so many I swear he must be cloned). If ModPo is an example of how we'll learn things in the future, we have little to worry about.
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6 years, 1 month ago
I suppose this course could be done quite nicely in 5-7 hours but it is so interesting and inspiring that you can't help but go on chasing the threads through all the online resources. The effort by all the ModPo staff and TAs is most appreciated. The study of poetry is life-changing and there is no better way to be led through the journey than by the esteemed team at ModPo UPenn. FANTASTIC class!
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6 years, 1 month ago
This course went far beyond my expectations. The method is very engaging - we follow the discussions of an enthusiastic teacher - Al Filreis - with his group of bright and ever so generous young students. It's lively, unexpected and fun most of the times. Complementing, there's talks with other poets, teachers, and other people who get together to share something they are passionate about. And we feel part of it all the way, the course is WITH us, not just for us. Working in a full time/overtime job and not being able to enrol classic courses to pursue my interests or simply stretch my mind, I'm finding this online course a precious source of knowledge. Although "fast paced", all matters are discussed "substantially" and accurately. And even if I not able to participate in the forums as often as I wished, it's always a joy to sign in and discover and learn and be surprised once again. I am sure that all the texts, references and idea... This course went far beyond my expectations. The method is very engaging - we follow the discussions of an enthusiastic teacher - Al Filreis - with his group of bright and ever so generous young students. It's lively, unexpected and fun most of the times. Complementing, there's talks with other poets, teachers, and other people who get together to share something they are passionate about. And we feel part of it all the way, the course is WITH us, not just for us. Working in a full time/overtime job and not being able to enrol classic courses to pursue my interests or simply stretch my mind, I'm finding this online course a precious source of knowledge. Although "fast paced", all matters are discussed "substantially" and accurately. And even if I not able to participate in the forums as often as I wished, it's always a joy to sign in and discover and learn and be surprised once again. I am sure that all the texts, references and ideas that are crossing this amazing community will stay with me a long time and provide me chances to dig in deeper in poets and poetry. I will be forever grateful to the amazing team and all the classmates of ModPo. The sessions for week 6 have just been uploaded, I'm rushing now, only time to add that I'm from Lisbon, Portugal, and English not being my first language, I'm having no trouble following the texts or the videos - so don't let language or distance deter you!
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6 years, 1 month ago
An incredibly well-organised and inspiring course. This is a MOOC at its best - engaging video discussions, committed and caring teaching staff and very lively forum debates. Modpo is an amazing experience and I couldn't recommend it more!
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6 years, 1 month ago
I find the course easy because I am so absorbed in it. The level of difficulty is really high, but it doesn't seem that way. Describing the course as 'intense' is accurate! I put in a lot more than the 5-7 hours, but in theory a participant could focus very carefully and keep to this number of hours. I keep on recommending this course to people I meet.
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6 years, 1 month ago
This is the first online course I've taken and I was new to the subject, but it has opened my mind up, not just to poetry, but to new ways of examination and learning. There is a great sense of genuine community and knowledge sharing via the fora etc and the staff and TA's are incredibly helpful. The course was recommended to me by someone who has completed several MOOCs and who told me it was life-changing. I agree and I cannot praise it enough. It is challenging and fast paced, especially for novices but any minor issues can be brushed aside in the face of how marvellous ModPo is. It's great fun too!
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6 years, 1 month ago
I would go as far as to say this is the greatest learning experience I've ever had - and I spent 7 years at University! Professor Filreis is utterly brilliant, conveying a passion for poetry that I've rarely seen emulated elsewhere. His teaching style is as far from didactic as it could be - which, I think, is where this course bests all the others I've taken. All hail Socrates and Al Filreis. The community are also absolutely brilliant, always helpful, inspiring and pushing you further than you ever thought possible. What's being done on ModPo is both special and important. Everyone should give it a go. Don't be shy. Go forth - hard and fast!
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6 years, 1 month ago
I have in Greece taken courses on Creative Writing and on Editing, organised by the Greek National Book Center. But this course is a lifetime experience that i could not possibly compare to any other courses, relevant or non- relevant to the subject of Modern Poetry. First of all I would like to praise the effort of the professor Al Filreis, who is an inspiration to all of the students and in particular to me. He has the qualities of a great teacher. He is organising the class and the themes in such a way, that a student can not miss anything of the videos, the assignements, the quizzes. He is so passionate about Poetry that he transfuses all this passion and love to me. He is always present, ready to answer all questions, comment on our posts. He is the kind of teacher that rather than offering a one man show, he shows the way to his students, makes one think and go into a deeper analysis of all subjects. Although some of us are far... I have in Greece taken courses on Creative Writing and on Editing, organised by the Greek National Book Center. But this course is a lifetime experience that i could not possibly compare to any other courses, relevant or non- relevant to the subject of Modern Poetry. First of all I would like to praise the effort of the professor Al Filreis, who is an inspiration to all of the students and in particular to me. He has the qualities of a great teacher. He is organising the class and the themes in such a way, that a student can not miss anything of the videos, the assignements, the quizzes. He is so passionate about Poetry that he transfuses all this passion and love to me. He is always present, ready to answer all questions, comment on our posts. He is the kind of teacher that rather than offering a one man show, he shows the way to his students, makes one think and go into a deeper analysis of all subjects. Although some of us are far away from other countries he constantly makes us feel as if we belong to a class, to the community of ModPo. All his students and partners are excellent, taking part in our forums. Taking part in this class is a life-changing experience, learning so much, going far beyond in thought and reading.
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6 years, 1 month ago
Amazing course. I studied Literature at a top university and this course easily measures up to the experience. The videos give you an authentic experience of a tutorial-style of teaching, and the links and audio material add an extra dimension. I particularly love the honesty of the discussions - there are no gimmicks or dumbing-down, just a heartfelt debate about poetry that brings thousands of people together in shared appreciation! Try it out.
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6 years, 1 month ago
I review it as 'medium' because this awesome course works on so many levels- and we are free to go really really deep, or skate happily on the surface. It is that flexible. The requirements for certification are straight forward but have rigour, a beautiful community gathers around the fabulous teaching style of Professor Fireis. Rather than being told what to think, we are encouraged to say what we see- therefore I feel equipped to continue in poetry after the course. It is challenging- some of the material we study is on the edge, but the edge enriches the centre and holds it together. Highly recommended
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6 years, 1 month ago
This is by far the best course I have ever taken, virtual or otherwise. It has made the world of modern poetry come alive in away that I could not have possibly imagined . Prof. Al Filreis is quite simply a brilliant, passionate, funny, and thought provoking teacher who ignites a spark, or rather a veritable firestorm of critical thinking in his students. Amazingly through the crowd sourcing effect of the Forum discussions this effect is multiplied a thousand fold. In that sense even though the aim of the course is to whet the appetite for Modern poetry the resources and trajectories generated by its form are quite literally limitless. I would also like to give a shout out to the super helpful TA's and PennSound which is an amazing poetry resource and one which will continue to delight and intrigue me for a very long time. ModPo has enriched my life in words beyond words.
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6 years, 1 month ago
Life changing, life affirming course led by the wondrous Al Filreis and his amazing TAs. No lectures, instead - stimulating recorded discussions which are then followed with a vast array of student-led forums. Take this course, it will change your life forever.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 1 month ago
Fabulous course, well organized, easy to navigate, fantastic subject, engaged faculty. I am learning so much, and loving every minute
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9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years ago
Prior to taking this course, I had high school English plus some University courses, many poetry workshops, and am working as an aspiring poet with some limited success (am published in several print and on-line journals as well as being selected for numerous anthologies. I also read for the Found Poetry Review and do some free-lance editing, both for poetry anthologies and for post-secondary school students, on an ad-hoc basis). I've done distance education via the Internet off and on for years but anything I've taken before comes nowhere close to this course as far as how wonderfully presented it is, how enthusiastic both the professor and the TA's are, how much I'm learning...just everything about it is very top-drawer and while I'm sure I could do the work in the suggested 5-7 hours, I find myself willingly putting in more time (hence the 8-11 cited above) as I enjoy doing as much reading as there is available, and more if I can ... Prior to taking this course, I had high school English plus some University courses, many poetry workshops, and am working as an aspiring poet with some limited success (am published in several print and on-line journals as well as being selected for numerous anthologies. I also read for the Found Poetry Review and do some free-lance editing, both for poetry anthologies and for post-secondary school students, on an ad-hoc basis). I've done distance education via the Internet off and on for years but anything I've taken before comes nowhere close to this course as far as how wonderfully presented it is, how enthusiastic both the professor and the TA's are, how much I'm learning...just everything about it is very top-drawer and while I'm sure I could do the work in the suggested 5-7 hours, I find myself willingly putting in more time (hence the 8-11 cited above) as I enjoy doing as much reading as there is available, and more if I can ferret out other sites. I haven't taken another MOOC so can't compare this one to any others as yet but expect this will be a hard act to follow. Professor Filreis seems to have an uncommon knack of remembering every student that calls in (a really personal touch for the live webcasts that are just that, personal) or that asks questions in the forums. We all joke that he seems to never sleep, but he keeps irregular hours so he's accessible to people all over the world at various times and has made learning such an open experience, I can't praise his influence highly enough. And, I don't think he sleeps much, no joke. The only thing I've found to dislike about the course is that some people have been posting comments under an "anonymous" name,in the forums, and often the comments have been slightly quarrelsome or complaining, sometimes on the verge of offensive. However, one such person mentioned recently that it might be hazardous to post under their name where they are, and it occurred to me that not everywhere in the world do students have the same luxury or freedom as some of the rest of us, to state their opinions freely on any site or topic, so I've decided to back off on this petty complaint now. However, you wondered what I might dislike about the course, so I'm telling you. It seems picayune when measured against so much that's positive. If I haven't made it clear by now, I absolutely think this is one of the best things I've ever done for myself and I understand many students take it more than once; I can see myself being one of those. It's that good.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 1 month ago
I had no prior experience with poetry. This course helped me understand the basics of modern poetry. I like the videos, the disccussion forums and the grading system. Great course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
Always liked poetry but had minimal background. This course draws you in on day one and doesn'tlet go. If your time is too limited, just sign up and enjoy the bits you have time for. Every session gives you something
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6 years, 2 months ago
Remarkable course. One of the best courses I've taken on or off line. You don't just take a course, you effectively join a community of like learners and are in maximal contact with them and the course staff. They even have office hours! The class is high level but very inclusive and friendly. I'm absolutely addicted to this class--soooo stimulating and so much fun. 34,000 people at the moment and I've since had multiple posts on my work from the instructor himself and his TAs. How amazing is that? Great videos, live webcasts, awesome forums. Best use of the Coursera platform I've seen in any classes--by a wide margin. For me, relatively new to modern poetry, I can feel my brain stretching........
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9/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 5 months ago
Excellent introduction to poetic scene and background of the different epochs of America that deals progressively with the style and form and eventually metapoetic transformation.
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6 years, 5 months ago
Al Filreis's "ModPo," as it's affectionately known, has become legendary in the MOOC universe, deservedly. This is due primarily to the participative energy and enthusiasm that Filreis and his assisting TAs bring to the enterprise, and the somewhat unorthodox pedagogy, which eschews lectures and uses videos of Socratic close readings to teach students not only what the poems may mean, but more importantly how to approach any "difficult" poem they might encounter. This approach puts the lie to the assertion that online learning has to be impersonal and dry. The importance of the energy factor can't be overstated. While professors of several other MOOCs I have taken have made at best cameo appearances in the discussion forums, Filreis (and his TAs) monitored and commented on thousands of student discussions, encouraging and challenging us as we explored and questioned the material. Questioning the material was also a key characteristic... Al Filreis's "ModPo," as it's affectionately known, has become legendary in the MOOC universe, deservedly. This is due primarily to the participative energy and enthusiasm that Filreis and his assisting TAs bring to the enterprise, and the somewhat unorthodox pedagogy, which eschews lectures and uses videos of Socratic close readings to teach students not only what the poems may mean, but more importantly how to approach any "difficult" poem they might encounter. This approach puts the lie to the assertion that online learning has to be impersonal and dry. The importance of the energy factor can't be overstated. While professors of several other MOOCs I have taken have made at best cameo appearances in the discussion forums, Filreis (and his TAs) monitored and commented on thousands of student discussions, encouraging and challenging us as we explored and questioned the material. Questioning the material was also a key characteristic of the course. Much of the poetry, particularly the more contemporary examples, was not only difficult but challenged traditional ideas of what poetry is, should be, and what it does. Some of the new methodology of such artists as Kenny Goldsmith and Charles Bernstein is of the "uncreative" school, and can raise the hackles of more traditional lovers of poetry. If you want an intellectual experience that blows out the cobwebs, makes you angry and amazed by turns, and turns many of your assumptions about literature on their head, take this course.
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6 years, 5 months ago
ModPo helped me gain a greater understanding and appreciation of poetry and the positive role that it can play in my life. The course does not require a lot of time but I found myself spending many enjoyable hours just participating in the discussion fora. The course is unlike any other Coursera course I have taken, both in its format (the videos are a roundtable on a particular poem) and content. It is sui generis -- for that alone you shouldn't miss it. I didn't like the format at first but it grew on me as it will on you. If you love poetry, take this course. If you are baffled by poetry, take this course. If you want your life enriched, take this course. I am a retiree. I graduated Penn long before Al Filreis was teaching there -- my loss then but I am making up for it now through this excellent medium.
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6 years, 6 months ago
Great course! I love literature, but didn't have a lot of exposure to the American poetry before (excluding Emily Dickinson and a couple of other names). I learned many new names and had an opportunity to get a bit of insight into the historical context behind their work. The relaxed way in which the course was taught (the professor was discussing the course subjects with his students, which is more engaging than a monologue, especially with a topic like poetry), the challenging (in a good way) topics for the essays and the friendly community of the co-learners, all combined, made it a good experience. Also, I might be taking this course for another time after a while, especially if there will be some new names in the syllabus.
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6 years, 9 months ago
I couldn't have had better initiation to the MOOCS. This class exceeded my expectations in every possible way. Al Filreis and the TAs are engaging, enthusiastic, accessible, and passionate.
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6 years, 9 months ago
A pen pal of mine asked me to join her in taking this poetry course.When she told me this online course was free I could not believe it.Especially since the course was from the U of Penn.I gladly joined my friend.I had the usual course nervousness,but the nerves went away when I saw the course videos of Professor Al Filreis & his TA's. I learned so much & enjoyed the poem discussions.The writing of the essays became easier as the course progressed.What amazes me the most is that Professor Al knew students by name & what s/he wrote on FB or in the forums.He went out of his way along with Julia,Chris & others to make sure I received my certificate & I did.This MOOC course formed groups of students from all over the world.The students became very close.& I made two local friends.Can one imagine this occurring from an online course of over 30,000 students? Professor Al Filreis kept me engaged & although I have had poetry course before;I ... A pen pal of mine asked me to join her in taking this poetry course.When she told me this online course was free I could not believe it.Especially since the course was from the U of Penn.I gladly joined my friend.I had the usual course nervousness,but the nerves went away when I saw the course videos of Professor Al Filreis & his TA's. I learned so much & enjoyed the poem discussions.The writing of the essays became easier as the course progressed.What amazes me the most is that Professor Al knew students by name & what s/he wrote on FB or in the forums.He went out of his way along with Julia,Chris & others to make sure I received my certificate & I did.This MOOC course formed groups of students from all over the world.The students became very close.& I made two local friends.Can one imagine this occurring from an online course of over 30,000 students? Professor Al Filreis kept me engaged & although I have had poetry course before;I didn't know how to close read a poem.For the last essay of the course ,I wrote a poem.I was surprised to receive my best reviews.I haven't shared my own poems before. This course helped me to share my writing as others did too. Thank you Professor Al for a poetry course I will never forget.I may even take again.Thank you
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6 years, 9 months ago
Two things in particular struck me about this course: First, how fitting it is that ModPo should be one of the first courses offered through Coursera, given the way in which American poetry, and modern American poetry in particular, has welcomed immigrants and celebrated their lives & freedom, beginning with the "world-wide welcome" of Emma Lazarus' poem on the Statue of Liberty and Whitman's celebration of the people of New York. ModPo, in the same spirit, welcomes everyone. Second, I think ModPo demonstrates the art of teaching at its best i.e. prompting, showing (not telling) students how to be intellectually curious - to wonder, to ask questions, to seek & explore alternative answers/solutions/methods/etc., to be open to others, to question & listen to them, to discover the things that aren't already known & written down, to "wrestle with faith and doubt," as Elizabeth Samet put it in "Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through ... Two things in particular struck me about this course: First, how fitting it is that ModPo should be one of the first courses offered through Coursera, given the way in which American poetry, and modern American poetry in particular, has welcomed immigrants and celebrated their lives & freedom, beginning with the "world-wide welcome" of Emma Lazarus' poem on the Statue of Liberty and Whitman's celebration of the people of New York. ModPo, in the same spirit, welcomes everyone. Second, I think ModPo demonstrates the art of teaching at its best i.e. prompting, showing (not telling) students how to be intellectually curious - to wonder, to ask questions, to seek & explore alternative answers/solutions/methods/etc., to be open to others, to question & listen to them, to discover the things that aren't already known & written down, to "wrestle with faith and doubt," as Elizabeth Samet put it in "Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point," with uncertainty & ambiguity in beliefs & values. Maybe a better way to put it: ModPo engages us in the process - the process of reading & writing poetry, of thinking, feeling & learning, the process of living the examined life. Other courses convey information and teach students to think critically & creatively, but ModPo takes learning to the next level, teaching the art of intellectual inquiry - teaching us to fish instead of just handing out fish! ModPo should be the poster child for MOOCs, and Al Filreis the model for teachers of the future!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 9 months ago
I really enjoyed this course. The poetry selections were great and some were poems I have never read or writers I never heard of. The video lecture helped in the sense that they taught me how think about the poems. After that I felt I could write something on the Discussion Forums which I found to be a wonderful experience. I have never done anything like that before and really enjoy the discussion and try go out of my comfort zone and participate. I found the course so good that I signed up for the course again. It would be nice to see a list of suggested reading before the course so you can keep up with readings and read more background information on the poets.
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6 years, 9 months ago
In two words or less: "Great Course." One must have a mind of poetry to enjoy its breathless fascination. To get in the Mode, Let the soul Explode! And Explore a world of Expression. Let Go and just Go.
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6 years, 9 months ago
What a wonderful surprise this course turned out to be -- the course started strongly and just kept getting better! The format used is ideal for poetry discussion and evaluation -- readings, audio files, and video discussions by a group of TAs led by their erudite and non-judgemental professor Al Filreis. The essays allowed participants to truly examine the poems and share ideas with each other, further enhanced by peer evaluations. The discussion fora were amazing --- the online interaction with other students (as well as the TAs, and even Professor Al) were an integral part of the entire course. It would be hard to improve an already excellent course. (Although, on occasion it was difficult to find/reexamine specific topics in the discussion fora, and some duplication of discussion ensued.) This was my first MOOC and it has whetted my appetite for others.
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6 years, 9 months ago
The ModPo community is a vibrant one -- engagement is definitely a plus point for this course. You really feel like you're part of a group of people who share the same interest (if not passion) in the subject. Apart from learning about Modern Poetry in general you have a deeper appreciation of it all, which is just a fantastic bonus.
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4 years, 3 months ago
If I were to recommend one course to my friends, one course to get a taste of optimal on-line learning, that course would be Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. The only prerequisites for the course are fundamental literacy, inspired curiosity, and the willingness to take the intellectual roller coaster ride of a lifetime. It is also much more than a course in poetry. It is a course in history, it is a course in social thought, and it is a course in cultural anthropology, all wrapped up into one. Because that's what poetry is. Check it out. You will not regret it.
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