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Course Description

This poetry course is created for the lover of poetry who wants to learn how to appreciate the art even more. It is also for student poets who want to improve their craft.  This course is thorough in teaching all students everything they need to know about reading, interpreting, and writing poetry. This course is a must-take for any budding poet out there who wants to hone their skills and learn to write high quality, great poetry that others will appreciate. 

Through various assignments and essays, each student will learn to do the following:

  • Determine and understand the meanings of poems.
  • Recognize and utilize the devices used in writing poetry.
  • Understand the theory and history of poetry to strengthen their skills and appreciation.
  • Write different types of poetry.
  • Become a skilled, knowledgeable poet or lover of the art. 
  • Identify different types of poetry.
  • Create a chapbook suitable for publication.
  • And much more.

Poetry is a verbal art form that requires both understanding and appreciation to master. Simply reading a few poems and having their meanings explained to you is not nearly enough to fully appreciate poetry – or to become a great poet.   That is why this course will provide each student with a great deal of lessons, explanations, essays and assignments to deepen understanding and apply what has been learned.

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Introduction: The Art of Poetry

    Poetry is a beautiful art, and it's an art that you're going to learn about in-depth throughout every lesson in this course.
  • Lesson 2: Irony and Tone

    The biggest mistake you can make as a poet is to believe that a poem's purpose is to show emotion or convey a thought.
  • Lesson 3: Denotation and Connotation

    Denotation and connotation are two terms that are very important in poetry, especially when you're writing it, because they can determine the meaning of your words and help to set the tone of the poem.
  • Lesson 4: Literal and Figurative Meanings

    Literal and figurative languages are often used in poetry to give it meaning and, oftentimes, a second meaning.
  • Lesson 5: Poetic Devices A-I

    Poets achieve their art by using poetic devices. These poetic devices allow poets to create tone, connotation, figurative language, and more.
  • Lesson 6: Poetic Devices J-Z

    In this lesson, we're going to cover more of the poetic devices listed in Lesson 4.
  • Lesson 7: Rhyme and Meter

    Rhyme is a poetic device that is defined as the repetition of two similar sounds in two or more different words.
  • Lesson 8: Symbolism and Archetypes

    Symbolism in poetry is defined as a way to write about, or show something, that is already tangible, but to show it in a new light.
  • Lesson 9: Cultural Concepts

    In this lesson, we're going to discuss the cultural influences of some poetry, as well as learn the forms associated with different cultures.
  • Lesson 10: Parody and Translation

    Parody is the imitation of another body f work, either by another writer or of another style. It relies on deliberate exaggeration to achieve a satirical, comical effect.
  • Lesson 11: Free Verse and Blank Verse

    Although free verse and blank verse both contain non-rhyming verse, there is a difference, as you'll learn in this lesson.
  • Lesson 12: Sound and Meaning

    There are two basic effects that should be achieved in any poem. Those two effects are sound and meaning.
  • Lesson 13: Types of Poetry and Verse

    In this lesson, we're going to list the different types of poetry, such as a haiku or a sonnet.
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Course Title: Poetry Writing 101
Course Number: 7550295
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Melissa Behrend
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify and demonstrate irony and tone.
  • Identify and demonstrate denotation and connotation.
  • Describe literal and figurative meanings.
  • Define poetic devices A-Z.
  • Describe rhyme and meter.
  • Describe symbolism and archetypes.
  • Describe cultural concepts.
  • Summarize parody and translation.
  • Describe and demonstrate free verse and blank verse.
  • Describe sounds and meaning.
  • Define types of poetry and verse, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment15
Lesson 1 EssayAssignment30
Lesson 1: IntroductionExam8
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment5
Lesson 2 EssayAssignment25
Lesson 2: Irony and ToneExam8
Lesson 3 Assignment AAssignment15
Lesson 3 Assignment BAssignment15
Lesson 3 EssayAssignment25
Lesson 3: Denotation and ConnotationExam8
Lesson 4 Assignment AAssignment15
Lesson 4 Assignment BAssignment15
Lesson 4 EssayAssignment15
Lesson 4: Literal and Figurative MeaningsExam6
Lesson 5 EssayAssignment25
Lesson 5: Poetic Devices A-IExam8
Lesson 6 Assignment AAssignment15
Lesson 6 Assignment BAssignment15
Lesson 6 Assignment CAssignment15
Lesson 6 EssayAssignment25
Lesson 6: Poetic Devices J-ZExam7
Lesson 7 Assignment AAssignment15
Lesson 7 Assignment BAssignment15
Lesson 7 EssayAssignment25
Lesson 7: Rhyme and MeterExam7
Lesson 8 EssayAssignment25
Lesson 8: Symbolism and ArchetypesExam8
Lesson 9 EssayAssignment25
Lesson 9: Cultural ConceptsExam8
Lesson 10 EssayAssignment25
Lesson 10: Parody and TranslationExam8
Lesson 11 EssayAssignment25
Lesson 11: Free Verse and Blank VerseExam8
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment15
Lesson 12 EssayAssignment25
Lesson 12: Sounds and MeaningExam8
Lesson 13 EssayAssignment25
Lesson 13: Types of Poetry and VerseExam8
The Final ExamExam46
Total Points:641

Student Testimonials

  • "Have enjoyed the instructor in all the classes I have taken with her. She has always been so prompt. Thanks for offering the course where I was free from worrying about passing a college course, though it all worked out good. This has been the most difficult of the four courses I have taken with you, but one in which I learned the most." -- Janet N. M.
  • "I learned a lot and found the lessons most interesting. I am enrolling in the creative writing class next." -- Robert K.
  • "The course was helpful. The instructor was very knowledgeable, and understanding. I think writing the essays was most helpful. By putting in writing what you have learned and expressing your personal feelings about the different aspects of poetry helped me to retain information. I also enjoyed writing poetry for my Chap Book. I know my poems are not perfect. I still find myself going back and re-writing and editing most of them." -- Barbara C.
  • "Breaking down a poem and helping to explain the various parts was most helpful to me. Instructor was A++." -- Eddie M.
  • "I really enjoyed doing this course. The topics were very helpful and I learned a lot." -- Antonia J.
  • "I think that the whole thing was useful to me. I think the instructor was excellent in this field of study...she really knew what she was doing, and what she was talking about." -- Joslyn A.
  • "Very pleased with the instructor and have taken other courses from her and enjoy them all." -- Jim B.
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