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A new class is starting the end of June for six weeks through the International Writing Program at University of Iowa on How Writers Write Poetry. The class will feature lectures on aspects of craft and the writing process. I took the Walt Whitman course this spring through this program, and it was excellent. Start date is June 28, 2014 for the poetry class. Stay tuned for classes in fiction, nonfiction, and translation. How Writers Write Fiction starts Sept. 27, 2014. There is no cost to join.

Assignments are optional, but there is an opportunity to post your work and receive feedback. A brief description of the course:

How Writers Write Poetry, a six-week course beginning on June 28, 2014, is an interactive study of the practice of writing poetry. The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include sketching techniques, appropriation, meter, constraints, sound, mindfulness, and pleasure. The talks are designed for beginning poets just starting to put words on a page as well as for advanced poets looking for new entry points, thoughts about process, or teaching tips. The course will be taught by University of Iowa International Writing Program Director and poet/translator Christopher Merrill as well as Black Rainbow Editions Editor and poet Mary Hickman.

Lecturers/Contributors

(in order by video lineup)

Robert Hass, Kate Greenstreet, Lucy Ives, Daniel Khalastchi, Sridala Swami, Alexandria Peary, Richard Kenney, William Trowbridge, Dora Malech, Tarfia Faizullah, Nick Twemlow, Kiki Petrosino, James Galvin, Kwame Dawes, Shane McCrae, Teemu Manninen, Carol Light, Larissa Szporluk, Michael Dennis Browne, Caryl Pagel, Marvin Bell, and Mary Hickman.

Sign up on the IWP website here.

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Walt Whitman’s long poem “Song of Myself” and T. S. Eliot’s poetry are both explored in two free online courses taught by university professors.

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(From the course website:)

The Whitman course, Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself is co-taught by Ed Folsom and Christopher Merrill. Ed Folsom is the editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, co-director of the Walt Whitman Archive and editor of the Whitman Series at The University of Iowa Press. Folsom is the Roy J. Carver Professor of English at The University of Iowa. Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water, and Watch Fire, for which he received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself will take a collective approach to a close reading of America’s democratic verse epic, first published without a title in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass and later titled Song of Myself in the 1881 edition.

The class starts February 17th and runs 6 weeks. More information on the class is here and sign up is through writinguniversity.org.

This same organization, writinguniversity.org has a course listed for June 2014 that looks interesting: How Writers Write. More information here.

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T.S. Eliot

The T. S. Eliot course, Classics of American Literature: T. S. Eliot, is free and available through udemy.com here, taught by Professor Victor Strandberg of Duke University. It is available to take at any time–no start date.

The central purpose of this course is to facilitate a better understanding of poems by T. S. Eliot.  We will focus mainly on classic works such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, and The Hollow Men, but we may also take up some less prominent poems as well.  Toward this end we shall also consider some aspects of Eliot’s biography, his literary criticism, and the cultural backdrop of his times.  Our final objective will be to clarify not only Eliot’s poems but the revolution in twentieth century poetry largely attributed to Eliot and his cohort Ezra Pound. – Victor Strandberg

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Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (Modpo)

Lastly, the Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (Modpo) free online course taught by University of Pennsylvania is starting in September 2014 but is already open for registration. I can highly recommend this course since I just completed the 2013 session. This course usually runs 10 weeks. Follow Modpo on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with specific class news and general poetry news. You will be in the company of thousands of students who want to learn more about poetry.

In this fast-paced course we will read and encounter and discuss a great range of modern and contemporary U.S. poets working in the “experimental mode,” starting with the 19th-century proto-modernists Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman and ending with 21st-century conceptual poetics. Aside from providing a perhaps handy or helpful survey and chronology of 20th- and 21st-century poetry, this course offers a way of understanding general cultural transitions from modernism to postmodernism. Some people may wish to enroll as much to gain an understanding of the modernism/postmodernism problem through a study of poetry as to gain access to the work of these many poets. Participants do not need to have any prior knowledge of poetry or poetics. The instructor, Al Filreis, rarely lectures, and frequently calls for “the end of the lecture as we know it”; instead, the video-recorded lessons will consist of collaborative close readings led by Filreis, seminar-style — offering models or samples of readers’ interpretations of these knotty but powerful poems, aided by the poetry-minded denizens of the Kelly Writers House on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. – Al Filreis

More information on Modpo is available in this great summary article from Elliot Holt posted at the Poetry Foundation:

One Class, 36,000 Students

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NOTE: This course will be offered again in September 2014! See the coursera.org site link below to register.

There is a great 10-week course beginning September 7, 2013 for anyone interested in learning more about modern poetry. There is no cost, no text to buy, and the online videos/poems can be viewed on your own time schedule. Al Filreis, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, teaches the course. A writing friend took this same class last fall and is taking it again because she enjoyed it so much. A background in poetry is not required. I signed up and look forward to filling in gaps in my knowledge of contemporary poetry.

More about the course here including a Q & A and video: Modern & Contemporary American Poetry

Course description (from the Coursera site):

About the Course

In this fast-paced course we will read and encounter and discuss a great range of modern and contemporary U.S. poets working in the “experimental mode,” starting with the 19th-century proto-modernists Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman and ending with 21st-century conceptual poetics. Aside from providing a perhaps handy or helpful survey and chronology of 20th- and 21st-century poetry, this course offers a way of understanding general cultural transitions from modernism to postmodernism. Some people may wish to enroll as much to gain an understanding of the modernism/postmodernism problem through a study of poetry as to gain access to the work of these many poets. Participants do not need to have any prior knowledge of poetry or poetics. The instructor, Al Filreis, rarely lectures, and frequently calls for “the end of the lecture as we know it”; instead, most of the video-recorded lessons will consist of collaborative close readings led by Filreis, seminar-style — offering models or samples of readers’ interpretations of these knotty but powerful poems, aided by the poetry-minded denizens of the Kelly Writers House on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.