• Length:
    7 Weeks
  • Effort:
    4–5 hours per week
  • Price:

    FREE
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  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English

Prerequisites

None

About this course

This course prepares you to read more deeply and write more clearly about works of literature. Through an engaging collection of videos, authentic readings, and support material from a variety of sources, you will learn to appreciate literature from different genres. You will learn about different genres of poetry and the history of some of our greatest poets.

You will broaden your vocabulary while you sharpen your academic and creative writing skills. Interaction with other students will help you to refine your thinking about the reading and writing as well. You will learn to write under time pressure, and have the opportunity to complete practice assignments that are similar to those you will find on the AP examination.

There are no prerequisites; you don’t have to take the AP exam to join the course. If you want to learn about poetry, literature and writing, this course is for you.

What you'll learn

In part two, you’ll learn:

  • How to read and appreciate classic poetry
  • Cultural and historical background of different poems
  • Academic writing skills
  • Test-taking strategies

Week 1: Introduction to Poetry
Overview of poetic form and vocabulary
What use is poetry?

Week 2: Latin
Poetry of old: Words of the Ancients
How do we talk about poetry?

Week 3: Chinese
Chinese Poetry: The Six Dynasties and the Tang Dynasty
Why is imagery important?

Week 4: British
England: Romantics and Victorians
How should we read poems?

Week 5: American
American Modernism: New Poems for a New Country
How do we write about poems?

Week 6: Writing About Poetry
Analyzing Poems: Themes and Verses
Articulating themes

Week 7: finish homework and grading

Meet your instructors

Maggie Sokolik
Director, College Writing Programs
University of California, Berkeley

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