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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“ModPo”) by University of Pennsylvania

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About the Course

ModPo is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, with an emphasis on experimental verse, from Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman to the present. Participants (who need no prior experience with poetry) will learn how to read poems that are supposedly "difficult." We encounter and discuss the poems one at a time. It's much easier than it seems! Join us and try it! ModPo is open all year, so you can enroll now, or any time, and join us. Each year we host a lively, interactive 10-week session, in which we move together through the ten-week syllabus. The next live 10-week session of ModPo will begin on September 5, 2020, and will conclude on November 16, 2020. Al Filreis will be in touch with you by email before the September 5 start of the course with all the information you'll need to participate. If you have questions, you can email the ModPo team any time at modpo@writing.upenn.edu. Much more information about ModPo can be found at modpo.org. During the 10 weeks of the course, you will be guided through poems, video discussions of each poem, and community discussions of each poem. And (unique among open online courses) we offer weekly, interactive live webcasts. Our famed TAs also offer office hours throughout the week. We help arrange meet-ups and in-site study groups. If you are curious about the ModPo team, type "ModPo YouTube introduction" into Google or your favorite search engine, and watch the 20-minute introductory video. You will get an overview of the course and will meet the brilliant TAs, who will be encountering the poems with you all the way to the end. If you use Facebook, join the always-thriving ModPo group: from inside Facebook, search for "Modern & Contemporary American Poetry" and then request to be added as a member. If you have any questions about ModPo, you can post a question to the FB group and you'll receive an almost instant reply. We tweet all year long at @ModPoPenn and you can also find ModPo colleagues using the hashtag #ModPoLive. ModPo is hosted by—and is housed at—the Kelly Writers House at 3805 Locust Walk on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia USA. All ModPo'ers are welcome to visit the Writers House when they are in our area. Our discussions are filmed there. Our live webcasts take place in the famed "Arts Cafe" of the House. To find out what's going on at the Writers House any time, just dial 215-746-POEM....

Top reviews

WC

Mar 21, 2017

best coursera class of them all. The instructor and teaching assistants are closely in the class + there is a lot more interaction with them and the rest of the students than any other MOOC.

MF

Dec 30, 2016

Enriching, wide reaching in scope. The Prof. Al Filreis lets ideas, not necessarily his own, in for debate and comment. The TAs are simply brilliant both in form and content. Bravo!

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By Kaushik B

Aug 24, 2018

I am simply loving it

By Daniela M V

Nov 17, 2019

Best thing in life!

By stanislava o

Jul 23, 2017

Best decision ever!

By Shinichirou K

Feb 16, 2020

Very good course.

By Sandy L

Jun 12, 2017

Wonderful course.

By Paccelli J M Z

Nov 17, 2016

Excellent course!

By Mônica M

Oct 03, 2017

Learning lots :)

By Helen M

Jun 15, 2020

Best course k

By yumeng

Jun 03, 2018

das ist toll

By Ana P S A

Jan 27, 2020

Mind opener

By Deleted A

Apr 23, 2020

excellent

By Jack H

Nov 16, 2019

Excellent

By Akanksha v

Sep 08, 2018

nice

By Ehud S

May 21, 2020

The course is approachable for people with little to no knowledge in poetry yet is interesting and challenging. It is well explained and manageable.

By Tammy P

Apr 02, 2020

The professor interrupts the panel so much it’s incredibly distracting and it makes even the transcript hard to read.

By Suresh D

Nov 19, 2016

not bad!

By Christos V

Jan 18, 2017

Al Filreis is an excellent instructor and very charismatic, unfortunately the poetry taught consists of only one worldview: secular humanist. Its too bad, otherwise I would offer 5 stars.