Modern & Contemporary American Poetry

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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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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Andrea Buonincontro profile image
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6 years, 7 months ago
This class has exceeded my expectations in every possible way. Al Filreis and the TAs are brilliant, engaging, enthusiastic, accessible, and passionate. From a syllabus that is carefully constructed for maximum impact to lively video discussions that lead seamlessly to the discussion forums, this class is exquisitely thought-out and executed. Al has managed to make this a highly challenging class without excluding those of us who are not used to Ivy League level discourse. I cannot recommend this course emphatically enough!
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6 years, 7 months ago
Initially I was unsure if I should take the course because my knowledge of poetry was limited. I sent a tweet to Al, our professor: "I signed up for class. Poetry has been a mystery to me." He surprised me by responding: "I hope it won't be a mystery in the end." And so began my adventure into Modern & Contemporary American Poetry. What have I gained from the class? If one of Al's goals is to share his love of poetry so that others might learn to love it too, Al has certainly achieved that goal! His enthusiasm and joy to share what he loves and knows is totally effective even in our class of 34,000 students! Before this class I read a poem now and then and often dismissed it as being impossible to read or dismissed myself as being incapable of reading it. Now, in addition to the class assignments, I am reading slowly with newly learned confidence: "The Poems of Emily Dickinson" edited by R.W. Franklin; "Lucy Church Amiably" by Gertru... Initially I was unsure if I should take the course because my knowledge of poetry was limited. I sent a tweet to Al, our professor: "I signed up for class. Poetry has been a mystery to me." He surprised me by responding: "I hope it won't be a mystery in the end." And so began my adventure into Modern & Contemporary American Poetry. What have I gained from the class? If one of Al's goals is to share his love of poetry so that others might learn to love it too, Al has certainly achieved that goal! His enthusiasm and joy to share what he loves and knows is totally effective even in our class of 34,000 students! Before this class I read a poem now and then and often dismissed it as being impossible to read or dismissed myself as being incapable of reading it. Now, in addition to the class assignments, I am reading slowly with newly learned confidence: "The Poems of Emily Dickinson" edited by R.W. Franklin; "Lucy Church Amiably" by Gertrude Stein; and "Book of Sketches" by Jack Kerouac. Isn't that amazing? Thank you Al. Thank you ModPo. Thank you TA's. Thank you ModPo staff and students. Thank you Kelly Writers House. Thank you University of Pennsylvania. Thank you Coursera.
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6 years, 7 months ago
In the past 7 weeks I dwell in possibility. My host, Al Filreis, is of the fairest, and so are his wonderful crew. I think this is the most interesting and fulfilling studying experience of my life. A journey through modern american poetry, culture, language, that I hate to see coming to an end in 3 weeks. Still, to quote a famous poet of my country, Constantinos Cavafis, in his poem ITHAKA " Ithaka gave you a splendid journey. Without her you would not have set out. She hasn't anything else to give you. And if you find her poor, Ithaka hasn't deceived you. So wise you have become, of such experience, that already you'll have understood what these Ithakas mean." So don't miss your splendid journey to this Ithaka with Al as your captain.
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6 years, 7 months ago
I'm a 70 year old OAP , resident in the UK but currently most at home in the world of ModPo now sweeping through the New York School having left behind but not forgotten Emily, Walt, William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Niedecker, Cid, Rae, the pre post modernists, HD, Ezra, and Marcel. Then there's Stein, the Baroness, Tristan, Dadaists, Bishop, the anti- modernists, a visit to Harlem and Frost. Did I forget theModernists? Who could forget the Beats? Those of you on/in/up for this course know the exhilaration of the trip we're on, recognise the unobtrusive professionalism of Al and his teams. I say teams because although we see his very able & accomplished team of students/researchers in front of the cameras what lies behind & beyond them? For anyone contemplating taking the course - please do it when it comes round again. You will gain immeasurably in terms of learning about the poets but also about the times they wrote in. You... I'm a 70 year old OAP , resident in the UK but currently most at home in the world of ModPo now sweeping through the New York School having left behind but not forgotten Emily, Walt, William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Niedecker, Cid, Rae, the pre post modernists, HD, Ezra, and Marcel. Then there's Stein, the Baroness, Tristan, Dadaists, Bishop, the anti- modernists, a visit to Harlem and Frost. Did I forget theModernists? Who could forget the Beats? Those of you on/in/up for this course know the exhilaration of the trip we're on, recognise the unobtrusive professionalism of Al and his teams. I say teams because although we see his very able & accomplished team of students/researchers in front of the cameras what lies behind & beyond them? For anyone contemplating taking the course - please do it when it comes round again. You will gain immeasurably in terms of learning about the poets but also about the times they wrote in. You will be moved, saddened, surprised and involved. Al & his team & the poets will take you on an exciting road which you'll not want to get off. What am I going to do when the course finishes? Thanks to everyone associated with putting this together not to forget those of you participating and especially those evaluating my assignments. Thanks for being patient............Vern PS If only you had 10 stars.........
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Emilio Quintana profile image
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6 years, 7 months ago
This course is amazing. I´m rethinking all my ideas about Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. I have many first editions of the poets and books (from Ezra Pound to nowadays) and I´m really reading again all the stuff. It´s an amazing process, so much vivid and fruitful. In addition, I´m discovering poems I didn´t know and I´m rediscovering (in a close reading) those poems familiar to me. I love the way Al Filreis manage the process of teaching and sensemaking. One of the best learning experiences I remember. Congratulations.
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Jaime André profile image
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6 years, 7 months ago
As a first time student of online courses, I couldn't have had a better initiation. Prof. Al Filreis and the team of TA's have a way of teaching us without lecturing, making us feel part of the discussion, and giving us different ways in which we can interpret and learn these poems and poets. Despite english is not my native language I have been overcoming the natural difficulties of studying and writing essays in a different language, having to adress the meaning of poems and of some of the words that can be hard to understand. But I guess that the sense of community and partnership I feel in this course, helps me to follow through and rewards all my efforts. So Thanks to all the ModPo people, and I hope this community will grow in numbers and friendships!
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Barbara Crary profile image
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6 years, 7 months ago
This course has exceeded my expectations in every way. I have never taken a poetry course before, nor have I been part of a MOOC. Professor Al Filreis has done a tremendous job structuring this course so that it feels very intimate despite the fact that there are tens of thousands of students enrolled. For this subject matter, the use of classroom discussion between Professor Filreis and his TAs is an excellent means of modeling the "close reading" of poetry that forms the heart of the course. There are live webcasts from the University every week, with the opportunity for students to ask questions from around the world. There is a tremendous sense of community among the classmates through the numerous Discussion Forums, as well as the optional use of Facebook and Twitter. Take this course - you will not regret it!
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6 years, 7 months ago
I am currently in week 7 of the 10 weeks in the Modern & Contemporary American Poetry course from Coursera. Affectionately known as ModPo. The content is first rate, and the involvement by Al Filreis (and his wonderfully knowledgeable TAs) has transformed this course into a community of poetry lovers. A community that is worldwide and more than 30,000 strong. This is a groundbreaking course that should be the gold standard for the MOOC. Coursera did it right this time! If you have the opportunity to take this course, jump!
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6 years, 7 months ago
You want to take this course. Yes, you! This is the kind of course you can take no matter what your previous potetry experience. There are students who have backgrounds in poetry and writing and English majors and those who have never taken a lit class in their lives. People from all over the globe coming together to discuss poetry. Professor Al and the TAs are so passionate about the subject and involved in the success of their students. A wealth of learning matterials are provided - poems, recordings of poets reading their poems, and more add to video discussions between professor Al and the TAs that teach the matterial. A weekly live seminar at the Kelly Writer's House is open to students to drop in, call in, and ask their questions over social media. Fun, educational, and completely interactive - ModPo is an experience you don't want to miss out on.
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Christine Nichols profile image
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6 years, 7 months ago
ModPo has exceeded my expectations and I cannot express how much I love this course. I look forward to each lesson. The instructor and the TAs are the best. Every time I watch a video or go through a lesson, I feel like I have been given a gift. The flexibility of the course material is wonderful. You can get as much or as little out of the course as you want. The TAs and instructor are highly responsive to suggestions about the course and/or lessons or content. This course feels very agile. I especially like how the instructor includes historical aspects and alternative means of art in the poetry lessons. The community of the ModPo class is also a big part of its charm. Every time I think of 30,000 people, sharing a love for poetry, it makes me want to cry. It's so hard to find others that love poetry like I love poetry, and knowing there are others allows me to legitimize and validate my feelings about poetry. Thank you for sharing... ModPo has exceeded my expectations and I cannot express how much I love this course. I look forward to each lesson. The instructor and the TAs are the best. Every time I watch a video or go through a lesson, I feel like I have been given a gift. The flexibility of the course material is wonderful. You can get as much or as little out of the course as you want. The TAs and instructor are highly responsive to suggestions about the course and/or lessons or content. This course feels very agile. I especially like how the instructor includes historical aspects and alternative means of art in the poetry lessons. The community of the ModPo class is also a big part of its charm. Every time I think of 30,000 people, sharing a love for poetry, it makes me want to cry. It's so hard to find others that love poetry like I love poetry, and knowing there are others allows me to legitimize and validate my feelings about poetry. Thank you for sharing this class. It's been one of the greatest gifts of my life, and I believe it is LIFE CHANGING and LIFE AFFIRMING for so many people. If I had to suggest something for improvement, I would ask first for a second level ModPo class. And perhaps more content on current poets. Please contact me if you have any questions. And again, I thank you for this class from the depths of my heart. And my brain thanks you too! Best, Christine
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6 years, 7 months ago
Tremendous course! Al Filreis and his TAs are superhumanly committed and accessible. They are open to many points of view and are very encouraging and accepting of newbies' perspectives. This course will transform your understanding of poetry, your relationship with language, and your outlook on life. I recommend this course without hesitation - you have nothing to lose and many brilliant insights to gain.
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6 years, 7 months ago
This class will be even better once the kinks are worked out with coursera and some of the technical aspects are smoothed out a bit. The TAs, for this class, Julia, Kristen, Emily, Amaris (sp?), Dave, Allie, Anna, Molly, Max, and Jason are well-versed in the subject, are prepared in the videos, and go out of their way to be helpful. Chris on tech and the camera person are equally great for their parts, and Lilly, too. And the course would not be the same without Al Filreis whose breadth of knowledge is amazing and who genuinely cares about students and reaches out to them despite the daunting numbers. I cannot say enough about Al, the TAs and Chris. I would score them to infinity. It is amazing to me how often Al pops up on the forum. He seems to have an endless amount of energy. Chris was not quite as boundless, but he, too, helped countless numbers of students. Kristen and Julia did their part, too. I would say the class is more ch... This class will be even better once the kinks are worked out with coursera and some of the technical aspects are smoothed out a bit. The TAs, for this class, Julia, Kristen, Emily, Amaris (sp?), Dave, Allie, Anna, Molly, Max, and Jason are well-versed in the subject, are prepared in the videos, and go out of their way to be helpful. Chris on tech and the camera person are equally great for their parts, and Lilly, too. And the course would not be the same without Al Filreis whose breadth of knowledge is amazing and who genuinely cares about students and reaches out to them despite the daunting numbers. I cannot say enough about Al, the TAs and Chris. I would score them to infinity. It is amazing to me how often Al pops up on the forum. He seems to have an endless amount of energy. Chris was not quite as boundless, but he, too, helped countless numbers of students. Kristen and Julia did their part, too. I would say the class is more challenging at the start than as it goes along. This is partly because of the unfamiliarity with the software and the schedule of essays, evaluations, and quizzes, and partly because Emily Dickinson is a difficult but rewarding poet. The course is set up to give a clear sense of the different movements in modern and contemporary poetry from the 19th C to the 1970's, and the course teaches how to do close readings of poems. Al is amazing as a professor. The videos they have created and the webcasts give both a strong overview and teach how to parse a single word or phrase in a poem. You will leave the course wishing you could study with Al in person.
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6 years, 7 months ago
What i have learned and unlearned and savored on line and my own time poetry passion as artist with academic insight to favorites and unknowns and genres and verse for words and phrases that please and disappoint abstract and obtuse made plain and how can i use this new found knowledge to enhance my thinking of them and expressing my feelings via my verse. Thank you, ModPo.
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6 years, 7 months ago
ModPo is excellent. The professor is a dedicated and experienced top professional. His insights and classes would be worth paying for, thank goodness it's all for free! They offer well thought through assignments that are backed-up with discussion forums and threads that connect students to a myriad of topics and information that enhances their personal interests and knowledge. The video discussion classes with the TAs are stimulating and interesting because they further the discussion and scope of the topic.
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6 years, 7 months ago
This course has come to me like a breath of fresh air,both the contents and the format are so user-friendly and Professor Filreis is one of the best teachers I have ever had. this course is so well-planned and the Instructor and the TAs are so helpful and communicative.can do this over and over again.
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Mimi Shapiro profile image
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6 years, 7 months ago
The Modern Poetry course at Penn is amazing. I have not formally studied poetry - but love it - this has opened my eyes to a how to learn and understand what is going on in the poems, from the poets point of view. All the teaching assistants and Professor Filreis, are so helpful and giving. Having never taken an on-line class before ! this one surpassed my expectations. If you ever wanted to learn about Modern and Contemporary poetry ! this is the class to take!!
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6 years, 7 months ago
How do we distinguishes good poetry from bad ones. Almost everyone can write a poem or has written sometime in his life. How can one know that it worth wider audience? By exposing the MoPoers to various kinds of poetry ,Prof Al and his team have given us the capacity to discern merits or otherwise in any poem with the journey we have taken so far. The course has made us better readers of poetry. Was it worth the trouble? As we have learnt about modern poetry ,it was an excellent endeavour.
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5 years, 8 months ago
Prof. Filreis and his Teachers Assistant wiz team have provided me with a life-changing experience, and a lifeline in the form of this MOOC. The ModPo course is valuable and enriching beyond expectations. It is also challenging, but not without enthusiastic support from Prof. Filreis and the TAs. We are now seven weeks into the course and I’ve gained more knowledge about poetry than I’ve managed to gather in 4 years on my own. What is remarkable is Prof. Filreis’s knowledge and the passion with which he shares it. He is indefatigable in his drive for successful online learning and although this is the first online ModPo course, he is making a huge success of it. We all love Prof. Filreis, and respect him and the team, and many of us are going to feel bereft at the end of this course. \--
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6 years, 7 months ago
5 stars! Best course I have ever taken in a solid or virtual place of study. This experience has totally changed the scope of my future and the range of possibilities in which I dwell. I am constantly thinking about poetry and Al's voice has become a soothing part of my daily rhythm. The man is a genius and we all love him!
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6 years, 7 months ago
How do I begin to recount the utter wonderfulness of this course. Though there have been over 30,000 participants on this - some of whom have not attended university, some of whom don't speak English as a first language, a hugely diverse range of ages and backgrounds, and yet we've formed an almost intimate community of readers who are reading some of the most complex and rewarding poems of the modern age at what I believe to be a supremely high level. I've learned as much from my fellow-students (even those who are studying poetry for the first time) as the amazing instructors. I've learned as much about myself as I've learned about the poets that formed this course. And above all, I've revelled in the extreme beauty and challenges of language at its most expressive. I recommend "ModPo' so highly (and indeed have been talking about and recommending it to anyone who cares to listen to my poetic ravings), that my recommendation is bur... How do I begin to recount the utter wonderfulness of this course. Though there have been over 30,000 participants on this - some of whom have not attended university, some of whom don't speak English as a first language, a hugely diverse range of ages and backgrounds, and yet we've formed an almost intimate community of readers who are reading some of the most complex and rewarding poems of the modern age at what I believe to be a supremely high level. I've learned as much from my fellow-students (even those who are studying poetry for the first time) as the amazing instructors. I've learned as much about myself as I've learned about the poets that formed this course. And above all, I've revelled in the extreme beauty and challenges of language at its most expressive. I recommend "ModPo' so highly (and indeed have been talking about and recommending it to anyone who cares to listen to my poetic ravings), that my recommendation is bursting out of this small white recommendation box. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
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6 years, 7 months ago
I can't recommend this course highly enough. The energy brought by the professor and TAs is astounding, and they have managed to create not just a class, but a community. Whether you are a poetry fan or a beginner looking to learn more, this class is for you. The class is taught through a variety of mediums, such as video discussions, webcasts and discussion forums, which truly allows you to learn and immerse yourself at any level you choose. I feel as if I am not only gaining a respect for poetry, but becoming a better reader and student.
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6 years, 7 months ago
I am a high school senior. This class is great. Sadly, poetry is often taught in middle/high school as a boring and stuffy subject. I used to hate poetry because that's how it was presented to me -- all we were taught to do was count meter and determine scansion, and we never explored poems that were particularly heart-rendering or uplifting, only what was given in our textbooks as examples of iambic pentameter and whatnot. I only took this class because I had stumbled across some spoken word poetry videos and found those interesting. Deciding to give other forms of poetry a try as well, I decided to take this class as a way of learning how to approach those tricky "modern" poets, those who I thought wrote weird poems that often didn't rhyme and had no consistent pattern. How, I wondered, is that poetry? This class was perfect in guiding me to understanding those poems I previously found confusing, as well as other contemporary/moder... I am a high school senior. This class is great. Sadly, poetry is often taught in middle/high school as a boring and stuffy subject. I used to hate poetry because that's how it was presented to me -- all we were taught to do was count meter and determine scansion, and we never explored poems that were particularly heart-rendering or uplifting, only what was given in our textbooks as examples of iambic pentameter and whatnot. I only took this class because I had stumbled across some spoken word poetry videos and found those interesting. Deciding to give other forms of poetry a try as well, I decided to take this class as a way of learning how to approach those tricky "modern" poets, those who I thought wrote weird poems that often didn't rhyme and had no consistent pattern. How, I wondered, is that poetry? This class was perfect in guiding me to understanding those poems I previously found confusing, as well as other contemporary/modern poems that did things I had never seen before (such as Bishop's "A Recollection). Although my schoolwork and college applications make it hard to watch the videos during the week, I'm able to catch up on the weekends. I'm very glad that I enrolled in this class, and would encourage anyone reading this to do the same. Poetry is really a great art that I believe is often forgotten buried under other matters in our fast- paced society. Take this course and discover what you've been missing.
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6 years, 3 months ago
I signed up for this course with modest expectations -- I wanted to learn what MOOCs are about, and I chose ModPo because a friend of mine is a poet and I thought it would help me critique her poems better. Those modest objectives were met after the first week. And so much more has happened as well -- I discovered I love Gertrude Stein, who I was sure I would hate -- I learned to listen as well as read -- in Al Filreis and his TAs I discovered a community of incredible teachers -- I found that the world of people who love poetry is so much bigger than I ever realized before. ModPo is life enhancing -- I've been singing its praises since I viewed the first video, and I will continue to do so. If you want -- or need -- to love life more, take this course.
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6 years, 7 months ago
Words cannot express, not even poetic words can express, how much I am enjoying this course. On Sundays, I usually watch all of the videos for the week, and I return to the course several times during the week. My knowledge and enthusiasm for modern and contemporary poetry has grown. The workshop style videos make the class seem intimate, even though more than 30,000 people signed up to the class. Al Filreis and all of the Mod Po cast of characters excel in making the class accessible, but also complex and fascinating. It's a phenomena that has improved my life. Just tonight, I was describing the course to a college friend, and he will be checking it out. I recommend it to all. (I will be completing the course, but there is no option below for that. Also, beginners will feel comfortable with this course, but intermediate or advanced students will also be rewarded by participating in this class.) Also, I'm so excited to discover Poem ... Words cannot express, not even poetic words can express, how much I am enjoying this course. On Sundays, I usually watch all of the videos for the week, and I return to the course several times during the week. My knowledge and enthusiasm for modern and contemporary poetry has grown. The workshop style videos make the class seem intimate, even though more than 30,000 people signed up to the class. Al Filreis and all of the Mod Po cast of characters excel in making the class accessible, but also complex and fascinating. It's a phenomena that has improved my life. Just tonight, I was describing the course to a college friend, and he will be checking it out. I recommend it to all. (I will be completing the course, but there is no option below for that. Also, beginners will feel comfortable with this course, but intermediate or advanced students will also be rewarded by participating in this class.) Also, I'm so excited to discover Poem Talk and Penn Sound through this course (which I will be listening to regularly after the conclusion of the course.)
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6 years, 7 months ago
I am a high school English Literature teacher in Mexico City. I also am a professional student. My Literature studies were more focused on English Literature and I had never really had a course based on American Modern Poetry. It is the first course I have taken in Coursera and it has been wonderful. I wish I could devote more time to the classes yet with limited time I have been able to do the basic work and it has been amazing. Al is an excellent teacher, the course material is interesting and challenging and new to me. It is extremely well organized and it covers way more than it says it does. I like the way American culture is explained through poetry and how poetry is related to other art. Every week I think I have found a favorite poet and I am afraid I will have major ModPo withdrawal when the course is over. If you have any interest in poetry whatsoever or if you want to learn about poetry please take this course. It will be ... I am a high school English Literature teacher in Mexico City. I also am a professional student. My Literature studies were more focused on English Literature and I had never really had a course based on American Modern Poetry. It is the first course I have taken in Coursera and it has been wonderful. I wish I could devote more time to the classes yet with limited time I have been able to do the basic work and it has been amazing. Al is an excellent teacher, the course material is interesting and challenging and new to me. It is extremely well organized and it covers way more than it says it does. I like the way American culture is explained through poetry and how poetry is related to other art. Every week I think I have found a favorite poet and I am afraid I will have major ModPo withdrawal when the course is over. If you have any interest in poetry whatsoever or if you want to learn about poetry please take this course. It will be well worth your time!!!
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6 years, 7 months ago
This is a lively course that really does a wonderful job of exploring poetry. The professor and his TA"s are enthusiastic and their love of poetry is really evident. The course has drawn people from all walks of life, from around the world, but all have come together in a generous learning environment. The video discussions are vibrant; not just a prof reading a lecture from notes. There are always other resources available to further study the chapters, whether it be audio files or more readings. Al has definitely put tons of time, thought and energy into making this on-line course sucessful!
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6 years, 7 months ago
I am so fortunate to find this course as my first MOOC experience. The materials for the course are all provided within the syllabus and anyone with an interest in poetry can immediately start a great adventure with Al and the gang. The videos are round table discussion style and are filmed in a style that allows the viewer to feel a sense of location. I have sat here in Kentucky with my laptop and felt transported right to the Kelly Writers House and there seems to be a chair at the table for anyone. Discussions are open and all opinions are welcomed as long as you do the work to support the opinion. Quizzes are teaching tools and the real meat of the course is the discussion groups. Such a wealth of knowledge and creative energy in the discussions--that is what truly gives the energy and the scope of this new way of learning. I wanted to know more about poetry, I got to know more about the world.
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6 years, 7 months ago
I can't believe that a course could be as much fun, enlightening, engaging and fulfilling as ModPo. Al Filreis is a passionate teacher and the TA's are enthusiastic and helpful. The course proves that poetry is for everyone and just about everyone seems to be excited about participating. Sharing ideas and impressions in a supportive virtual environment with an accessible professor and charming TA's encourages a love of poetry and an appreciation for the word. This course is where to begin.
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6 years, 7 months ago
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 com... 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.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
This course has exemplified all the qualities I associate with American education (I'm in Scotland): informal; direct; humorous; high academic standards. Al Filreis has been simply inspirational and the TAs excellent. In the hours of video discussions I've watched, they never seem stumped and appear constantly engaged. Not only has the course introduced me to new poems and poets but also to many new and exciting ideas about language, modernity and post-modernity - and political ideas about, for example, being socialised to perceive language in certain ways. I have already prompted many friends to keep an eye out for any reappearance of this course. I can't recommend it too highly. I should like to add my voice to those who have already said that a huge sense of connection exists across various countries - amazing considering the numbers involved! Facebook groups have been great for this. Having spent so many hours with Al and the TAs... This course has exemplified all the qualities I associate with American education (I'm in Scotland): informal; direct; humorous; high academic standards. Al Filreis has been simply inspirational and the TAs excellent. In the hours of video discussions I've watched, they never seem stumped and appear constantly engaged. Not only has the course introduced me to new poems and poets but also to many new and exciting ideas about language, modernity and post-modernity - and political ideas about, for example, being socialised to perceive language in certain ways. I have already prompted many friends to keep an eye out for any reappearance of this course. I can't recommend it too highly. I should like to add my voice to those who have already said that a huge sense of connection exists across various countries - amazing considering the numbers involved! Facebook groups have been great for this. Having spent so many hours with Al and the TAs I have the odd feeling that we would recognise one another in the street. Certainly we would now have a great deal to talk about. Sorry to end that sentence a preposition with...
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