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About the Course

Why just write poems when you can write better ones? This course is built on the notion that the most exciting writing begins after the first draft. It is specifically for folks who believe that writing poems just to express oneself is like using the Internet just for email. After all, poetry can change the way you and your readers think of the world and its inhabitants; it can break new ground for language; turn a blank sheet of paper into a teeming concert of voices and music. Though any of us may have the potential to make that happen, having an understanding of how several tools of poetic composition can be used (and audaciously “mis-used”) gives you more ways to try (and if we do this right, we might surprise ourselves most of all). We'll cover key poetic terms and devices by studying poems by a handful of modern and contemporary poets and then get a chance to try our own hand at writing new poem drafts from a select number of prompts. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to workshop your poem drafts and get feedback on your work, working towards a more polished poem....

Top reviews

Jun 22, 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.

Jun 11, 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.

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By Jack A

Sep 5, 2015

This was a great introduction the English poetry. Thank you.

By sneha k

Jul 23, 2020

this course really helped me write and appreciate poetry

By Mark D

Jul 1, 2020

Great instruction on how to get the most of your poetry.

By Waby

Feb 6, 2016

A great course. Not only informative but introspective.

By Ester

Sep 30, 2015

thank you Dough for sharpening and making change sight!

By Vabis E D

Sep 26, 2015

One of the most enjoyable Course.

Brilliantly engaging.

By Jasroop B

Nov 22, 2018

It's a great course for learning about poetry in depth

By Himanshu G

Dec 14, 2015

Wrote my best poem yet, on a homework in this course!

By andres u

Apr 16, 2016

wonderful teacher, its funny at the same time smart.

By Muli A

Oct 11, 2020

Great course to take

Delivery was engaging and clear

By Katherine Y

Aug 29, 2015

How fun and easy! I love it on a Saturday. Thanks!

By Jose M

Jun 22, 2020

Very enriching and meaningful learning experience.

By Rachita C

Aug 1, 2017

One of the best courses I've ever taken on poetry!

By Ronnie R L

Jul 9, 2021


By Hariharasudhan R

Apr 5, 2017

There can be more assignments. More original work

By Victoria H

Nov 23, 2015

a course definitely worth taking. I learned alot!

By Michele C

Apr 23, 2020

Brilliant Instructor, great videos and prompts!!

By Sonia C

Oct 7, 2015

Superb course. Well structured, I learned a lot.

By Kimberly C

Jun 12, 2020

This course was incredibly awesome! Thank you!!

By Jasmin R

Nov 2, 2016

Fantastic, fun, educational, and indeed, sharp.

By Ruiying X

Mar 23, 2016

Nice course! Very funny and helpful professor!

By Valerie A

Jan 6, 2017

Greatly enjoyed the activities and professor!

By Sara P

Sep 10, 2015

Love poetry! Thank you for the inspiration.

By Tammy S

Feb 14, 2021

i really enjoyed the whole class thank you

By Ra-miel

Jul 14, 2021

It open my mind go deeper in my writing.