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.
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!
by KayCee K W•
Nov 21, 2016
Any one who loves poetry or reading, as in what you think about the words your reading will enjoy this class!
by Scrambled E•
Dec 10, 2016
Best online poetry course ever! I highly recommend it to all writers, not just poets. The development of modern and contemporary poetry goes hand and foot with the development of American literature and art.
by Shabab N K•
Nov 22, 2016
Simply the best course you will ever participate in. Online or in real.
Modpo is like a family to me now.
by Anthony W•
Nov 22, 2016
ModPo is not only one of the greatest courses with regards to opening up the mystery of modern poetry, but due mostly to the methods employed by professor Al Filreis, it is both a community and an experience that can open up new paths of thinking in all areas of your life, including areas not even tangentially touching on poetry. First, he empowers EVERY student to be both a teacher and a learner. he gives everyone of the nearly 30,000 students an equal voice, while he gently leads through his brilliance, he is patient without being patronizing.
If you watch a couple of the videos, and if you spend an hour on the discussion forums, you will see a joint learning experience, with a fully engaged professor, a well informed team of grad student Teaching Assistants and a crazy dedicated team of what ModPo calls Community Teaching Assistants, or as Coursera calls them, "mentors".
By the time you understand that Emily Dickinson, was not writing nonsensical poems, but instead explaining the universe and humans role in it, and especially by the time you begin to grasp what Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, John Cage, Sid Corman, or Frank O'Hara are really saying, you will have a hard time not only of ever looking at a poem the same way, but even of contemplating the universe the same way. this class can truly be a path to enlightenment!
by Paul J F•
Nov 17, 2016
I could not possibly be any more pleased - This amazing collaborative community -
I could possibly be more pleased - This amazing community -
I could be pleased - This Community -
I could be - This -
be - This -
by Vanessa A•
Nov 22, 2016
No matter your level of interest in or knowledge of poetry this is the most worthwhile class I have taken. ModPo is more than poetry, it's the distillation of our very essence. Learning how to close read instills valuable critical thinking skills. ModPo gives us a way to take a deeper look at poetry, ourselves and our community. I am looking forward to taking the course again. Thank you for all your hard work with bringing ModPo to us all.
by Lillian A•
Nov 23, 2016
I have enrolled in ModPo for a few years now. I was new to American poetry and the range of poets and styles of poetry. The enthusiastic (!) approach of all ModPo staff was as enjoyable as has been the depth of learning. My favourites have been Walt Whitman along with Williams and a whole range of others like the Beat poets and later modern styles which I have been introduced to and what has sustained me all the way through has been the dedication of all those at Kelly Writers' House over the years I have been enrolled. One other aspect I have enjoyed is the participation of people from so many countries around the world, proving once again to me that people worldwide have more in common than we do differences. Our slogan should be "MAKE POETRY NOT WAR!". Although my reading and thinking participation has been kept up I have not been able to contribute online as much as I would have liked, nor joined in the good-hearted contesting of opinion which may occasionally happen; at 80 years of age my physical health is waning BUT my psychological health is constantly sustained , as I have mentioned, by ModPo and the constant voice of Al Filries through the computer which echoes across the ocean to Australia. I enjoin everyone who can to enrol in this most worthwhile course.
by Niels M S•
May 29, 2017
Mind blowing and life-changing. Some of the best teaching I have ever received, in class or in the internet.
by Celina C F•
Sep 21, 2016
Excellent every way you look at it. Great discussions, learned a lot with all the poems and papers. Also, you get to be a part of a really great community. You will never feel lonely again.:)
by William L W•
Nov 20, 2016
In this course, I see the future of education. It is light years ahead of any other course I've taken on Cousera or EdX, as the instructor has developed a web pedagogy that gives the course the feel of seminar -based instruction at a top-tier brick and mortar institution of higher education. In this course, students become members of a lively learning community that is always on.
(Please attribute any typos herein to the fact that I'm typing on a smartphone while riding in a subway car.)
by Mônica M•
Oct 03, 2017
Learning lots :)
by Christopher F•
Nov 28, 2016
In both its content and its pedagogy, this is the best MOOC I've taken. Highly recommended.
by stanislava o•
Jul 23, 2017
Best decision ever!
by Charles L•
Nov 09, 2016
A great course to enhance one's curiosity in the art of modern poetry!
by Hilary T•
Nov 15, 2016
Well there definitely should have been confetti flying and a band playing when I got the notification that I completed this course! Come on, Coursera, you need some flash add ons to do ModPo justice. This course is densely packed, is intellectually and creatively a marathon to actually complete, but 100% compelling and enjoyable. The act of doing this mooc draws a line in the sand. Life on the other side of having discovered ModPo will never be the same again. It will be infinitely richer and more creative. Thank you, Al and all the team, for this wonderful experience, for your exuberance and generosity in giving your time.
by Akanksha v•
Sep 08, 2018
by Kaushik B•
Aug 24, 2018
I am simply loving it
Sep 21, 2019
One of the very best courses!!!!
by Georgi S S•
Sep 27, 2019
This course is a gem, one of the most comprehensive, educational and entertaining courses one can find online. It's comprehensive, covering the early rise of modernism, cubism, Dadaism, post-modernism, formalism, New American formalism, etc.
The team or the "gang", as I like to call them , led by Al Filreis, are extremely insightful and intelligent. Somehow they create an amicable atmosphere that lures you in even if you know squat about English and American poetry.
The best part is that you don't need any background knowledge to pass this course with flying colours. I will admit though that while weeks 1 & 2 are relatively easy, the course becomes progressively more difficult as you move further and further into it. So, you may not need background knowledge at the start of the course, but I seriously advise anyone who's really into the course, and wants to make the best of it to do lots of research online.
I'm still amazed that I came upon it. It's perfect.
by Wes F•
Nov 15, 2019
ModPo is a brilliantly-designed course with a deep bag of resources and a welcoming community of instructors and students. It makes modern poetry accessible without sacrificing the rigor of academic discourse. ModPo not only delivers high-level analyses of complex poetry to its students, it makes the tools for that kind of analysis available to them, too. Many of my fellow students in this course were returning students who re-take this class every year! And who wouldn’t want to spend 10 weeks re-encountering dozens of attractive, engaging poems that demand your consideration? This course is a real experience.
by Jack H•
Nov 16, 2019
by Bob B•
Nov 15, 2019
It's 10 weeks of bliss.... this is what education should be like!
by Daniela M V•
Nov 17, 2019
Best thing in life!
by Santiago R•
Mar 13, 2019
Repetitive at times but a great way to shape a general panorama of American poetry.
by Suresh D•
Nov 19, 2016