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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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 8 months ago
This class is fantastic - great professor, awesome readings and an extremely engaged class. I'm looking forward to the coming weeks and will definitely be interested in taking anything Professor Filreis offers in the future.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 6 months ago
Noone and no course is perfect, tho this course has lots of well thought-out features. Didn't think I'd like Modern Poetry because some people just slop together words "and call it modern poetry". But, like some skilled, wonderful modern Visual artists who also take random elements but arrange them well (like Klee for instance), many of the readings/poems used in Modern Poetry (nicknamed ModPo) were well constructed. (All readings were free online, incidentally.) There were only four assignment dates and one did not have to pick a score to assign to one's peers. So tempers stayed calm amongst the thousands of us students...and we focused on the poetry. I read/viewed almost all videos, but this class was a pleasure also because of the lighter homework load. From Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman up to some modern poets whom Prof. Al Filreis knows and interviewed...it was an engaging class. And the Prof will continue the 2012 ModPo foru... Noone and no course is perfect, tho this course has lots of well thought-out features. Didn't think I'd like Modern Poetry because some people just slop together words "and call it modern poetry". But, like some skilled, wonderful modern Visual artists who also take random elements but arrange them well (like Klee for instance), many of the readings/poems used in Modern Poetry (nicknamed ModPo) were well constructed. (All readings were free online, incidentally.) There were only four assignment dates and one did not have to pick a score to assign to one's peers. So tempers stayed calm amongst the thousands of us students...and we focused on the poetry. I read/viewed almost all videos, but this class was a pleasure also because of the lighter homework load. From Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman up to some modern poets whom Prof. Al Filreis knows and interviewed...it was an engaging class. And the Prof will continue the 2012 ModPo forum for a year. So some of us peek in and read/read closely some suggested poem. The regularly appearing video gang (Several returning members of the Prof's students who discussed the latest poetry which we read) were quite engaging. My small suggestion, tho, is that they incorporate more students of different ages to get more diversity of opinion. (Students not far from high school...are less likely to differ with popular opinions/or the Prof's opinions than older students.)
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 6 months ago
I could go on and on about this course, like I usually do, but it is sufficient to say that this is an extraordinary experience. Anybody interested in poetry, online learning, pedagogy, or the future of education should take this great Coursera MOOC with Al Filreis and his TAs at the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. Students from 11-90, from all over the world, speaking scores of languages, putting in an hour to a full forty- hour work week on the poetry, from US Senators to skateboarders in Cali will benefit from ModPo.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
Unsure how to approach modern poetry? Well, this is the course you should consider taking. This is a survey course that puts you in close contact with stimulating poetry through close reading, and interaction with a worldwide community of students. You may not like some of the works you will read; some you will want to carry in your pocket to read and re-read whenever you get the chance. The combination of the engaging, ecumenical teaching style of Al Filreis, engaged and bright Teaching Assistants, and probably some of the authors/artists whose works are read during the course, will renew your love in learning if it needs renewal. The students, some 36K strong, who signed up for the 2012 edition of the course, made generous and smart contributions. When you finish the course, and you are still unsure if you like modern poetry, you probably will have found something of great value in the course: Hope. The course offers a community of... Unsure how to approach modern poetry? Well, this is the course you should consider taking. This is a survey course that puts you in close contact with stimulating poetry through close reading, and interaction with a worldwide community of students. You may not like some of the works you will read; some you will want to carry in your pocket to read and re-read whenever you get the chance. The combination of the engaging, ecumenical teaching style of Al Filreis, engaged and bright Teaching Assistants, and probably some of the authors/artists whose works are read during the course, will renew your love in learning if it needs renewal. The students, some 36K strong, who signed up for the 2012 edition of the course, made generous and smart contributions. When you finish the course, and you are still unsure if you like modern poetry, you probably will have found something of great value in the course: Hope. The course offers a community of teachers/students and students/teachers, and that community will convince you that there is great good in humanity. Yeah -- the course is that good.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
Modpo was amazing! It was my first online class and first poetry class! Al Filries was the best teacher i have had in my entire education. I am sad that things are going to end now, and I hope that there will be more classes along the same lines!
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6 years, 7 months ago
This course is not just about poetry - it is poetry! I have learned more about poetry in context through this course than I imagined could be learned in ten weeks. I felt the constraint of Emily Dickinson in week one as she wrote about dwelling in possibility while living within cultural suppression. At the conclusion of the ten-week journey with poets who explored and exploded the creative possibilities of word and art I felt liberated. Foremost, the passion of Professor Al Filreis fueled the course - passion for poetry, for teaching, and for students. Then a class atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, compassion, community, humor, and delight created a palpable energy that made students want to stay up late and rise early to go to class, to be within the class energy. It is not saying too much to predict that others who take this course will touch some of the grandness of what it is to be human, will identify more poetry in pe... This course is not just about poetry - it is poetry! I have learned more about poetry in context through this course than I imagined could be learned in ten weeks. I felt the constraint of Emily Dickinson in week one as she wrote about dwelling in possibility while living within cultural suppression. At the conclusion of the ten-week journey with poets who explored and exploded the creative possibilities of word and art I felt liberated. Foremost, the passion of Professor Al Filreis fueled the course - passion for poetry, for teaching, and for students. Then a class atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, compassion, community, humor, and delight created a palpable energy that made students want to stay up late and rise early to go to class, to be within the class energy. It is not saying too much to predict that others who take this course will touch some of the grandness of what it is to be human, will identify more poetry in people and life, will enlarge their imagination, and will expand their wonder about creativity and Mystery. Thank you, consumate professor Al Filreis … intelligent, curious, involved TAs … able behind-the- scenes crew … generous companion students … Coursera … Al Gore … and all others who brought about this meaningful internet experience for me and thousands of others.
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6 years, 7 months ago
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.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
I love this course and have a renewed appreciation for poetry. The reason this course works so well is the committment from the instructor and the TA's. The video discussions, their participation in the forums are all so important to an online humanities course, and contribute to making us feel like we're part of something, instead of just completing modules in isolation. I think Coursera can apply a lot of what works about this course and improve some of the other humanities courses, and also seek to create more in this vain. I think a modern art survey course would be absolutely perfect. Al, can you teach us that too please?
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6 years, 7 months ago
This is a wonderful course. I studied literature in Mexico and then emigrated to Italy and I missed so much to have someone with whom I could speak in the same passionate, enthusiastic and deppen way as I did it when i was at home. I found this through my computer with Al and Dave and Amaris, Cristine and Emily and all the rest teacher-fellows. I was also very encouraged about doing the essays and also about learning how and which elements could I evaluate from the others. I love the Facebook grupo that was formed and encouraged even before the beginning of the course. And I am always surprise when I see that Al takes his time to participate in it and I´m very moved also when he ask us for help, for example, when he linked us a thread in which one guy had just incorporated to the course and was asking for advises.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
I had to repress the desire to give all five stars to this course in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Pennsylvania due to an over-effusiveness in subjectivity. I began my route to the course by finding it advertised on Twitter and being the curious-type thought to pursue it , and to blog about it at Open Salon as it proceeded. The ModPO MOOC is set up so that the student can access substantial archives of teaching materials, these include video Introductions, both audio and text versions of the poets' work under consideration, healthy discussion forums for questions and comment, and assorted Wikis, huddle-groups, quizzes, and writing assignment mechanisms. We were asked on a thread about comparing this course with others, and although I had not tried a MOOC before, I have some experience of blended learning which is established on a similar, but less intense basis. I find the ModPo Mooc to be well-designed and unfrightening. The sta... I had to repress the desire to give all five stars to this course in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Pennsylvania due to an over-effusiveness in subjectivity. I began my route to the course by finding it advertised on Twitter and being the curious-type thought to pursue it , and to blog about it at Open Salon as it proceeded. The ModPO MOOC is set up so that the student can access substantial archives of teaching materials, these include video Introductions, both audio and text versions of the poets' work under consideration, healthy discussion forums for questions and comment, and assorted Wikis, huddle-groups, quizzes, and writing assignment mechanisms. We were asked on a thread about comparing this course with others, and although I had not tried a MOOC before, I have some experience of blended learning which is established on a similar, but less intense basis. I find the ModPo Mooc to be well-designed and unfrightening. The staff , from Al Filreis, through teaching assistants and to visiting poets are friendly, professional, enthused and passionate about modern poetry. I am enjoying the course because I can take my time with the threads and syllabus. The fact that the course will remain open for another twelve months after teaching and its end proper, is quite simply a boon. We have not yet finished the course. I will be aggregating my blog about the course's devlopment in due time, and I hope to condense the entire into one post which will elaborate on the experience of participating in a MOOC. In the interim, thanks to the staff and poets who enabled this introduction to Modern and Contemporary Poetry at PENN. It is great to have an inside track in how this can be done with both excellence and commitment by those involved.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
Taking Modpo (Modern and Contemporary Poetry) with Al Filreis and the team of TAs is an outstanding learning experience. Along with the lively discussion of each poem available via video, there is a constant dialog via the discussion threads, along with weekly live webinars. But that’s just a starting point, as Al has assembled a treasure trove of materials, with poets reading their own poems (on Penn Sound and other), along with discussion forums with other poets. The warm, welcoming style of Al and the TA team makes the experience very accessible and unintimidating, and it is clear that many students intend on visiting the Kelly Writer’s House (KWH), and that the door at KWH is always open. As a topic, modern and contemporary poetry seems very well suited to an online course as the reading (the poems) are generally short enough to allow the chance to hear the poet and have a thorough discussion without an overly long video or audio... Taking Modpo (Modern and Contemporary Poetry) with Al Filreis and the team of TAs is an outstanding learning experience. Along with the lively discussion of each poem available via video, there is a constant dialog via the discussion threads, along with weekly live webinars. But that’s just a starting point, as Al has assembled a treasure trove of materials, with poets reading their own poems (on Penn Sound and other), along with discussion forums with other poets. The warm, welcoming style of Al and the TA team makes the experience very accessible and unintimidating, and it is clear that many students intend on visiting the Kelly Writer’s House (KWH), and that the door at KWH is always open. As a topic, modern and contemporary poetry seems very well suited to an online course as the reading (the poems) are generally short enough to allow the chance to hear the poet and have a thorough discussion without an overly long video or audio file. The writing assignments have also provided a good learning experience and the lively conversation about the difference between an evaluation rubric and an assignment received over 4,600 views in a short period of time. It was fascinating to observe some students' desire for more structure and lectures, as contrasted to the course’s teaching philosophy of learning through discovery and discussion. The class uses a peer evaluation process, and this too has been a learning experience. The points and discussions raised in the class and the discussion threads go well beyond poetry, shedding insight into how we like to learn and interact. I have recommended this class and also Coursera to many of my friends and colleagues who are lifelong learners. We are signing up for future courses together, though ModPo and Al have set the bar very, very high for other classes to live up to.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
Graduated in 1990, with a BA in English Lit. Probably been just that long since I've read any poetry, sad to say. Signed up for the course, and have really enjoyed it. Have to say that the video discussion between Dr. Al & his TA's have been more interesting & enlightening than any of my actual college courses. The ability to discuss more in-depth with fellow students via discussion forums added much as well. While my own personal interpretation of some poems didn't always jive with Dr. Al's (we all bring different experiences to our poetry, and I think sometimes it's hard to know the exact experience of the writer), I learned so much about additional aspects of a poem to consider that I never learned in college. Dr. Al's passion (as well as his TA's) for Poetry is contagious and while I'm still in week 7 of 10, I really have enjoyed this class! This course is great for poets, those interested in poetry, as well as those with limited... Graduated in 1990, with a BA in English Lit. Probably been just that long since I've read any poetry, sad to say. Signed up for the course, and have really enjoyed it. Have to say that the video discussion between Dr. Al & his TA's have been more interesting & enlightening than any of my actual college courses. The ability to discuss more in-depth with fellow students via discussion forums added much as well. While my own personal interpretation of some poems didn't always jive with Dr. Al's (we all bring different experiences to our poetry, and I think sometimes it's hard to know the exact experience of the writer), I learned so much about additional aspects of a poem to consider that I never learned in college. Dr. Al's passion (as well as his TA's) for Poetry is contagious and while I'm still in week 7 of 10, I really have enjoyed this class! This course is great for poets, those interested in poetry, as well as those with limited exposure with a desire to learn more. Thanks to Dr. Al, his staff & Coursera for this most enjoyable MOOC!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
I suppose if you have gotten as far as reading my review, you have already seen the dozens and dozens which sing the praises of ModPo. And so should the praises be there! I decided to take this course because in August I wasn't sure how I was going to stay motivated with a Dec 21 dissertation deadline while teaching First-Year Writing full-time +. I know it sounds silly to take on yet another obligation but something told me that this was going to work. And it has! My new enthusiasm for poetry has bubbled over to my own research and ModPo has given me the push to finish! I'm not quite there yet but I know I will make the deadline. Luckily, I will meet that deadline with some new knowledge on poetry -- and teaching!
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6 years, 7 months ago
I have found Modpo to be both extraordinary and frustrating.The resources provided including the video presentations (discussions with the professor and T.A.s, web casts of discussions by poets, links to copies of poems studied and to poets reading their own poems, links to poem talks etc., etc, etc. are truly extraordinary. The student is enveloped in a plethora of riches. The poems are presented via close readings, but also with reference to the social and artistic context of the times. Every effort has been made to provide the technology for interaction between student and instructors and amongst students. Technologically all of this has been brilliant. The frustrations arise from all of the above. It is not possible to take in all of the information. The encouragement to interact makes the limitations of interacting with more than 30,000 people painfully apparent. There is an urge to respond immediately, personally, and vocally t... I have found Modpo to be both extraordinary and frustrating.The resources provided including the video presentations (discussions with the professor and T.A.s, web casts of discussions by poets, links to copies of poems studied and to poets reading their own poems, links to poem talks etc., etc, etc. are truly extraordinary. The student is enveloped in a plethora of riches. The poems are presented via close readings, but also with reference to the social and artistic context of the times. Every effort has been made to provide the technology for interaction between student and instructors and amongst students. Technologically all of this has been brilliant. The frustrations arise from all of the above. It is not possible to take in all of the information. The encouragement to interact makes the limitations of interacting with more than 30,000 people painfully apparent. There is an urge to respond immediately, personally, and vocally to video discussions amongst the instructors. If I did not have the opportunity to share what I am learning and experiencing with a group of friends with whom I have been reading poems for 25 years I think I would be driven to throwing things at the computer screen.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 5 months ago
As (primarily) a student of science, I signed up for ModPo looking to expand my horizons, but with no intent to delve very deep or even finish the course. After the first week, however, that all changed: the course was taught in a style that draws people from all backgrounds into the global discussion of modern poetry. I was hooked, and ended up looking forward to the new videos each week and (joyfully) spending hours perfecting my essays. The professor, Al Filreis, is very engaged and helps to make the class into an intellectual community. Overall, ModPo has been one of my favorite MOOCs - definitely give it a try!
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2/10 starsTaking Now
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6 years, 6 months ago
I enjoy this course but the important question is, so what? This is the reason why this country is in horrible shape - instead of teaching useful things that are pertinent to jobs, universities are offering courses about poetry. I don't get it.
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6 years, 6 months ago
Interesting topic. A little challenging for someone with electric engineering background. However, I do value the content. This will help me appreciate art more.
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6 years, 6 months ago
The professor has an engaging personality. He has obviously taught this before and it shows in the organization of it and in the poems selected. The syllabus is fantastic. This course introduced me to many new poems, poets and styles of poetry. The seminar style is lively and keeps it real. The teaching assistants are brilliant and frequently have insightful things to say. As a humanities course the closest comparison is with Science Fiction and Fantasy. I took that course and while the readings were valuable, the ModPo 'video of a seminar' format is much more interesting. In terms of creating an interactive and personal vibe, the closest comparison would be with the original Artificial Intelligence course taught by Dr Thrun. But again ModPo does it even better by having multiple personalities available to keep things interesting. The forums were amazingly active and attracted several contemporary poets who were on the syllabus to pa... The professor has an engaging personality. He has obviously taught this before and it shows in the organization of it and in the poems selected. The syllabus is fantastic. This course introduced me to many new poems, poets and styles of poetry. The seminar style is lively and keeps it real. The teaching assistants are brilliant and frequently have insightful things to say. As a humanities course the closest comparison is with Science Fiction and Fantasy. I took that course and while the readings were valuable, the ModPo 'video of a seminar' format is much more interesting. In terms of creating an interactive and personal vibe, the closest comparison would be with the original Artificial Intelligence course taught by Dr Thrun. But again ModPo does it even better by having multiple personalities available to keep things interesting. The forums were amazingly active and attracted several contemporary poets who were on the syllabus to participate. In addition there were connections to other active poetry websites with valuable resources This course has changed my life in that I have just purchased two volumes of the collected poems of John Ashbery. I think many other students are similarly stimulated and are still active in the course forums and in Facebook groups and other online venues weeks after the course has ended. You cannot ask for a better introduction to Modern and Contemporary American Poetry.
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6 years, 6 months ago
What I loved about college literature classes was the intimate discussion of books: we'd sit around a seminar table and closely analyze texts. I didn't know how that could be replicated online. But Al Fireis and his brilliant band of teaching assistants managed to create an engaging, intimate experience in their pre-recorded discussions at the Kelly Writers House. I felt like I was in the room with them. I learned so much this semester. It was by far the best literature class I've ever taken. I was challenged in the best possible way. This was a life-changing experience. I had read quite a bit of poetry before taking the class, but I hadn't studied much poetry formally in an academic setting. I don't think the class needs prerequisites: I think Al has done a remarkable job of challenging people who are already familiar with the poems on the syllabus, yet not alienating those who are new to reading poetry. Great course.
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6 years, 6 months ago
Al is putting poetry and the internet together to mold MOOCs into technology that is disruptive to lecture based education.
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6 years, 6 months ago
Modern & Contemporary American Poetry, or ModPo as it is affectionately called by thousands of us who took the course, was a revelation. I initially signed up for the course to learn how to appreciate poetry. Instead I learned to love poetry. This course is work, yet the pay off for the time you put into the readings, the videos and participating in the forums is ten-fold. At the end you are honored with a certificate for completing all of the assignments. This is not nearly as notable as the community of poetry loving friends I am honored to now call my poetic extended family.
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6 years, 6 months ago
ModPo is my first online course. This course is beautifully designed and well executed by Prof Filreis and his capable TA's. I have learned so much, far beyond my expectations, about poetry that I am committed to continue study, and to stay involved with the ModPo community for the next twelve months. Prof. Al's pedagogy is wonderful. He is a marvelous facilatator of student learning, eschews the lecture method of teaching, and encourages students to learn from each other and from sources presented by him in the core syllabus. What a wild ride this was! I will certainly continue studies in poetry and in other subjects as well through MOOC's - education for everyone. It is wonderful!!
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6 years, 6 months ago
I was very impressed and was sorry to see this course end. Professor Filreis is very knowledgable and presented the material in a way that made it very accessible. The TAs were very good, too. I regret not being able to spend more time on the course, especially the discussion forums and assignments. I would definitely like to take this course again.
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6 years, 6 months ago
Hands down the beat course I have ever taken. Al Filreis uses the Socratic method with a group of UPenn students to model a way to explore poetic form and ideas. He uses this same method on discussion boards that are like bee hives on steroids. I am sorry that the course is over but I'm still learning on my own and finding new directions through Poem Talk and The Kelly Writers House.
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6 years, 6 months ago
I dream a big dream This is the most amazing course I have experienced. I desired to learn about American literature long time ago, but did not have any chance. Luckily, I found this course. This course has brought my writing dream back to me. I have been experienced many things "new". I really appreciate the enthusiasm of Pro Al Filreis and the TAs In short, I truly love this course.
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6 years, 7 months ago
ModPo was my first poetry course and my first on-line course, and what a great introduction to both! I am so impressed with everything: the course content; the assignments; the delivery modes; the interaction with instructor and TAs; the interaction with other students; the interaction with poets whose writing we were studying! Personal engagement and interaction were fostered and encouraged in so many ways that, even with such a large number of students, everyone could find a way to connect.
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6 years, 7 months ago
What it comes down to is FUN. I had forgotten how much fun it is to learn something, without fear of grading. Professor Al and the TA's never made me feel as if I was wrong, or had a silly opinion. Honorable disagreements made for heady discussions, and those discussions opened my eyes, my heart, and my mind to other possibilities. I greatly enjoyed this course, and will plan to take others. If there is a ModPo, Level 2, I'll take that too. So, in short, thank you Coursera, Penn, Professor Al, the TAs, and my fellow students. I've learned, laughed, and grown to love Modern Poetry.
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6 years, 7 months ago
An absolutely outstanding course! The syllabus was very comprehensive, covering major poets and movements in 20th century America. The assignments and quizzes were all interesting and thought-provoking. Professor Al Filreis is a highly gifted and wonderful teacher who knows his subject inside and out. He engaged his TAs in a series of fascinating close readings of poems using a round table format for the videos, which was such an inspired technique. I felt really absorbed in these conversations and learnt a great deal from them. It was great to see Al and the TAs everywhere in the discussion forums, posing and answering questions, and encouraging us all. There was an enthusiastic community spirit amongst students, which added greatly to the enjoyment of the course. I have some poetry background from my university days, but it's not a prerequisite to taking this course. It's easy to find resources online to brush up on poetic lingo an... An absolutely outstanding course! The syllabus was very comprehensive, covering major poets and movements in 20th century America. The assignments and quizzes were all interesting and thought-provoking. Professor Al Filreis is a highly gifted and wonderful teacher who knows his subject inside and out. He engaged his TAs in a series of fascinating close readings of poems using a round table format for the videos, which was such an inspired technique. I felt really absorbed in these conversations and learnt a great deal from them. It was great to see Al and the TAs everywhere in the discussion forums, posing and answering questions, and encouraging us all. There was an enthusiastic community spirit amongst students, which added greatly to the enjoyment of the course. I have some poetry background from my university days, but it's not a prerequisite to taking this course. It's easy to find resources online to brush up on poetic lingo and do a little reading on the American social and economic situations that influenced these poets. I recommend this course to anyone with an interest in poetry and language. Thank you Al, Ally, Amaris, Anna, Dave, Emily, Kirsten, Max and Molly, and everyone else behind the scenes, for a hugely enjoyable experience. I'm now seeing poetry everywhere! :)
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6 years, 7 months ago
This was hands-down one of the best courses that I've ever taken. The instructor and the TAs were super-human in their ability to create content, monitor the forums, respond to questions and criticism, and stay connected with the students. I had no poetry background but the staff seemed to anticipate this and did not talk over me and always made me feel that the Ah- ha moment was imminent - and indeed it has been. This course has much more of a feeling of community that one might expect from an on-line class and that is fostered by Al and the TAs. I would highly recommend the course to anyone who is interested in liberal arts. Five stars!
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6 years ago
ModPo was my first online-course and I couldn't have made a better choice. It has been fabulous and life-enhancing in every way. Al Filreis is an especially gifted teacher and the ModPo Teaching Assistants have been helpful, inspiring and excellent all the time. Listening to the video lectures has always been interesting and never tiring. The course structure is well arranged, the material excellent chosen and the discussion forums very interesting. By the way a special thanks to those who are providing for the technical requirements, which have worked out very well. I especially appreciated the American way of teaching: humorous, patient and nevertheless on a very high academic standard. It broadened my mind, I made the acquaintance of numerous poets I hadn't read before and I was introduced to a broad range of poetic and also other movements. And it encouraged in a unique way to improve my own writing and use of language. Also beca... ModPo was my first online-course and I couldn't have made a better choice. It has been fabulous and life-enhancing in every way. Al Filreis is an especially gifted teacher and the ModPo Teaching Assistants have been helpful, inspiring and excellent all the time. Listening to the video lectures has always been interesting and never tiring. The course structure is well arranged, the material excellent chosen and the discussion forums very interesting. By the way a special thanks to those who are providing for the technical requirements, which have worked out very well. I especially appreciated the American way of teaching: humorous, patient and nevertheless on a very high academic standard. It broadened my mind, I made the acquaintance of numerous poets I hadn't read before and I was introduced to a broad range of poetic and also other movements. And it encouraged in a unique way to improve my own writing and use of language. Also because of the great number of dedicated students and perhaps due to the topic itself I felt quickly as part of a worldwide community. It has been an excellent course I warmly recommend.
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