Jun 12, 2020
Loved the course. Douglas Kearney is amazing as an instructor. I love poetry and this workshop has made me happy during the times of COVID 19. I thank CalArts for the encouragement and appreciation.
Jun 23, 2020
This was a superb workshop. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and learned a lot that came in my way. Grasping poetry devices taught in such an fun way was really awesome. The mentors were very supportive.
By Eric N•
Dec 23, 2019
Some good ideas to progress your poems. Could be more interaction between participants.
By trish d•
Sep 02, 2015
Gently entertaining introduction to writing poetry with some good examples and advice.
By Safa S S•
Oct 16, 2020
Nice experience. Very good and useful course to the English beginning poets
Jan 22, 2019
Great course! Recommend everyone who wants to write poetry to take this up!
By Trish S•
Oct 17, 2015
Very interesting and thought provoking. I found the instructor amusing.
By Susan W•
Jun 06, 2016
I enjoyed the ideas, but the peer feedback was less than helpful.
By Niharika B•
Oct 08, 2015
I am finding it really interesting and helpful. :)
By AJ D•
Jun 27, 2020
Informative and creatively challenging.
By Sumaiya A•
Jul 23, 2016
very informative course.
By Dr.Halowine C•
Jun 29, 2016
It is a riveting
By Xhanti M•
Nov 19, 2015
By Nguyen C C A•
May 04, 2020
The course material, assignments, and the instructor are fine. The only problem I have with this is the "Peer-graded Assignment", while a lot of the time they are helpful, there is a handful of people who have no idea what they are doing. They do not read the instruction (as for grading) at all and give the wrong mark (as in technical requirement, not in whether the poem sounds good or not). For example, it said "give 2 points if response to the other prompt" and yet the "peer" give 0 point? Some people cannot read and their response show that they have no knowledge about certain types of poem and their feedbacks are even sometimes contradictory? This same problem occur in other courses as well so I will stop using Coursera due to its inttelligent "peer" grading syste.
By Carol M•
Jun 17, 2020
I learned one thing from this course- that I write poetry in trochee, not iambs. I can't think of a poem that I've written that hasn't begun with a stress ... and emphasis. Best exercise of the course, for me, came in the Forms week. I gave writing in iambs a try and think that I should practice more as routine.
I have peer reviewed before and have found it helpful in revision. In this community, I'm not sure that all of its participants were familiar enough with poetics to closely review a poem. I would say that one reviewer would give insightful consideration of their read, and the second lacked experience in reading poetry.
With that said, learning one thing is learning something, so I was generally satisfied.
By Scott D•
Nov 22, 2016
Doug's lectures were great! He's entertaining and he gets the concepts across very clearly. I struggled with the course itself, however. The participation rate was low and the iOS app was so buggy I deleted it. The web interface was better but still difficult to work with.
The iOS app would forget I was in the course and lose my assignments. It also wouldn't let me open the discussion forums. With the technical problems and low participation I can only give the course 3/5.
By Victoria B•
Jul 06, 2019
I think this course is good if you're just starting out and want to know the basics. But it's not a great course for more advanced students. The peer graded assignments are a gamble because some people fail to understand what the assignment actually is before they try to grade your assignment. Also, I don't like how certain sections are heavily focused on rhythm and rhyme. This course isn't really geared toward free verse poets.
By Elizabeth D•
Aug 01, 2016
The annotations of the different poems were great and taught me a lot about different poetic elements, but the lectures were unbearably corny with all of the different sound effects and bits. I found myself reading the transcripts because I could not watch the videos without feeling like I was being talked down to or that the instructor didn't take the course seriously.
By Samantha A•
Sep 09, 2015
Not as much creative flexibility as I thought there would be. Writing to prompts left very little room to create poetry that felt like my own. Good short course (knocked it out in a couple of days) for revising/learning techniques.
By Stefan W•
Sep 06, 2020
This course seems to be aimed at absolute beginners. If you don't know what a rhyme is, this "workshop" is definitively worth your time. Else, there may be better investments.
By Hari K D V•
Oct 28, 2017
there's got to be more poems, more reviews. 1 poem to be reviewed makes the brilliant course flippant
By Jennifer F•
Sep 05, 2020
ok. some tools are missing, like a resource page referred to by the instructor.
By Liz A•
May 21, 2018
A stimulating course. Great online interaction with tutors. Some great links.
By Garrison G•
Sep 01, 2017
The course could have used more content. That is, it is too brief.
Sep 21, 2015
Elementary and entertaining with some unique and creative prompts.
By Lama B•
May 07, 2020
It was a great course, however it was very short and brief.
By Keegan O•
Jul 21, 2020
This course is a brief overview of poetry. For that it is fine. The lessons are extremely brief and it takes very little time to get through this course. The problem with taking a workshop online and in this setting is that you rarely get valuable feedback as a large percentage of your classmates will have very little to say about your poem. Many take an approach of I need to do these two peer workshops to get a grade and breeze right through it. Another negative I have with the course is it never allows you to workshop a poem that is not derived from a prompt in a lesson and many of these prompts are extremely forced. If you are someone who is already writing poems I doubt this is the course for you. My advice is to seek out people in the discussion forum who seem to know what they're talking about and start a correspondence with them. You will get better feedback and can workshop things outside of silly prompts. I apologize if this came off as pretentious. I spent at least 30 minutes with every poem I was asked to workshop. 2 out of 3 submissions my workshop feedback was one sentence long. I got one valuable piece of advice from 3 workshops.