The Great Poems Series: Unbinding Prometheus

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The Great Poems Series: Unbinding Prometheus

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Join Eric Alan Weinstein and his team--more than a dozen eminent academics and poets from around the globe--for a free online course exploring the work of poet Percy Shelley! Start by watching the introduction video and read on to find out more... 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote “Man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains.” Poet Percy Shelley believed words could be stronger than shackles, and wrote poems intended to free mankind from their chains. 

Some have argued that poetry can do nothing--or as W.H. Auden said, "Poetry makes nothing happen." Yet Henry David Thoreau, Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela were inspired by Shelley's words to live in the service of freedom and dignity, and they changed the world. The Unbinding Prometheus MOOC investigates both what Shelley's words have meant over time, and what his words might mean for us today. 

NO previous background in literature is requi...

Join Eric Alan Weinstein and his team--more than a dozen eminent academics and poets from around the globe--for a free online course exploring the work of poet Percy Shelley! Start by watching the introduction video and read on to find out more... 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote “Man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains.” Poet Percy Shelley believed words could be stronger than shackles, and wrote poems intended to free mankind from their chains. 

Some have argued that poetry can do nothing--or as W.H. Auden said, "Poetry makes nothing happen." Yet Henry David Thoreau, Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela were inspired by Shelley's words to live in the service of freedom and dignity, and they changed the world. The Unbinding Prometheus MOOC investigates both what Shelley's words have meant over time, and what his words might mean for us today. 

NO previous background in literature is required--simply the patience and persistence to read poetry, discover beauty and find meaning in a community of learners.  Join us and experience the power of poetry.  Prometheus Unbound. Read the poem. Change the world.

 ---Eric Alan Weinstein and the Unbinding Prometheus team 

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3 years, 1 month ago
Such an amazing course. It introduced me to a poet that I did not know and opened a whole new world. Instructor is wonderful and the learners are great. Can not wait for the next session to start.
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3 years, 1 month ago
An inspiring course. Professor Eric Weinstein and his team have put together a course which brings together poetry, social history, philosophy and politics in an inclusive and enthusiastic fashion. The work the course team put in has been enormous and thoroughly engaging. I would have no hesitation in recommending any courses with Professor Eric Weinstein's involvement.
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3 years, 1 month ago
This course was superb. The materials and the instruction, the forums and the assignments, were all extremely well done. The level of discussion was very high for a MOOC. There were a lot of important Shelleyans participating in the delivery of the course. I didn't take part in discussions and forums as much as I would have liked to. But it was an enriching experiencing all the same. Bravo!
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3 years, 2 months ago
The content of this course was all encompassing! It was a big course and very satisfying. The instructor, Eric, had a wonderfully democratic approach to his work. We worked with groups of people of varying ages and occupations, with erudite academics, with creative people and with university students. Eric's personal touch was most motivating - but I often wondered when he slept. I was pretty happy with the provider.
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3 years, 2 months ago
I really can't praise this course highly enough. The instructor and his team put in an incredible amount of work in placing the poem in its historical and cultural context. A real sense of community developed with students participating eagerly and contributions were treated with respect. The instructor was involved at all times, dealing with questions with humour and interest. Wonderful. Steve Tomkinson.
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3 years, 2 months ago
I found this course to be truly transformational--I came into it liking some of Shelley's poetry, but generally thinking of him as a less than first-rate Romantic period poet. this course led to revising that opinion. I now see Shelley as not only probably the leading light of the British Romantic period, but one of the most influential English poets on 19th and 20th century poetry. This was one of the most enjoyable MOOCs I have experienced.
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3 years, 1 month ago
This has been a wonderful journey and I am sad to see it come to an end HOWEVER just like Prometheus the course will rise again in 2016!! Eric Alan Weinstein is not an instructor he is a guide and as such knows the path and the pitfalls and no one was left behind! The material is a challenge but that is the key as we learn not just of the dense work but we learn of ourselves with consideration of how we learn, approach the world and others. I cant overstate the high degree of thought and work that went into this course. One note of warning......on the other hand .....my personal book budget was blown in a short period as the periphery subjects that one is exposed to soon become a compulsion not knowing what they will lead or what one will need to acquire to read! Learning is a wonderful thing and this course is excellent...just strap yourself in and enjoy the ride!
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3 years, 1 month ago
This was a very unusual course in the sense that the subject matter would not be familiar to many folks. The Instructor has chosen one of the most challenging but rewarding poems in the English Language...maybe ANY language. The programme of study is extremely well thought out. Knowing full well that a lot of students would be approaching Shelley for the first time, Eric mapped out a very carefully layered introduction to the subject matter. A series of "Shelley in Context" modules that feature literally the who's who of Shelley studies provide an incredible backdrop to the study of this glorious poem. Whether you are approaching this with a graduate background in the Romantic poets or because you just happen to like beautiful poetry you will find something for you. You will find your instructor to be fantastically welcoming, solicitous, caring and knowledgeable. he is one of those rare educators who can communicate an intensit... This was a very unusual course in the sense that the subject matter would not be familiar to many folks. The Instructor has chosen one of the most challenging but rewarding poems in the English Language...maybe ANY language. The programme of study is extremely well thought out. Knowing full well that a lot of students would be approaching Shelley for the first time, Eric mapped out a very carefully layered introduction to the subject matter. A series of "Shelley in Context" modules that feature literally the who's who of Shelley studies provide an incredible backdrop to the study of this glorious poem. Whether you are approaching this with a graduate background in the Romantic poets or because you just happen to like beautiful poetry you will find something for you. You will find your instructor to be fantastically welcoming, solicitous, caring and knowledgeable. he is one of those rare educators who can communicate an intensity of passion for the subject that is infectious. I took this course the first time it was offered, those of you joining in the Winter of 2016 will have the benefit of going through the second time around. I know that eric is brimming with ideas to make this already great course even better. If I had a piece of advice to offer, I would suggest you grab one of the two brilliant Shelley biographies that are readily available. Holmes' "Shelley, The Pursuit" dates from the 70's and there is the more recent biography by Bieri. Both are immensely readable. I think having a grip on some facts about Shelley's life would really stand you in good stead. Enjoy this wonderful course.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 2 months ago
This course was wonderful! I learned so much and for the first time in my life was able to thoughtfully read through this great poem. Probably the best free online course I've ever taken. I hope it will be offered again in the future!
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6/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Shelley wrote this as a lyrical drama, most likely intending its performance primarily to be in the minds of his readers. Marcia Hepps, Peter Schwarz and Jim Schlatter of the Unbinding Prometheus team are producing an abridged live concert performance at Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania
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