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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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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.
  • Know 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.
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Course Lessons

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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. 58 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Enjambments
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 1 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Introduction

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. 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: chapbook.rtf
  • Review Article: Definition of Irony in Poetry
  • Review Article: Examples of Verbal Irony
  • Review Article: Poems about Irony
  • Review Article: Tone--- from the Many Worlds of Poetry
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 2 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Irony and Tone

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. 63 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Definition of Denotation and Connotation in poetry
  • Review Article: Examples of Connotation
  • Review Article: Examples of Denotation
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment B
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 3 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Denotation and Connotation

Lesson 4: Literal and Figurative Meanings

Literal and figurative languages are often used in poetry to give it meaning and, oftentimes, a second meaning. 51 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Glossary of Poetic Devices
  • Review Article: Poets on Figurative Language
  • Review Article: The Poetics of Robert Frost- Examples
  • Review Article: Irony and Poetry
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment B
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 4 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Literal and Figurative Meanings

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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Imagery Poems
  • Review Article: Allegory Poems
  • Review Article: An example of assonance in poetry
  • Review Article: Caesura Literary Term
  • Review Article: Definition and Example of Consonance
  • Review Article: Examples of Alliteration Poems
  • Review Article: Examples of Allusions in Poetry
  • Review Article: Examples of Hyperbole
  • Review Article: Wordsworth
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 5 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Poetic Devices A-I

Lesson 6: Poetic Devices J-Z

In this lesson, we're going to cover more of the poetic devices listed in Lesson 4. 77 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Example of oxymoron
  • Review Article: Examples of metaphors
  • Review Article: Examples of metonymy
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment C
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 6 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Poetic Devices J-Z

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. 62 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: How to write rhyming poetry
  • Review Article: Meter in poetry
  • Review Article: Rhyme Schemes
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment B
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 7 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Rhyme and Meter

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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Archetype Literary Term
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 8 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Symbolism and Archetypes

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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Example of Sonnets
  • Review Article: Examples of Rondeau Poetry
  • Review Article: Poetry Forms
  • Review Article: Short Poems of Tanka, haiku, sijo
  • Review Article: Tanka Poetry
  • Review Article: Villanelle Poetry
  • Review Article: What is jintishi?
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 9 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Cultural Concepts

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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Five Tips on Translating a Poem
  • Review Article: How to Write a Parody Poem
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 10 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Parody and Translation

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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Blank verse
  • Review Article: Walt Whitman Free Verse Poems
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 11 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Free Verse and Blank Verse

Lesson 12: Sound and Meaning

There are two basic effects that should be achieved in any poem. Those two effects are sound and meaning. 48 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: turninglanguageintopoetry.doc
  • Review Article: Sound in Poetry
  • Review Article: The Sound of Poetry
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 12 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Sounds 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. 79 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: readingandverbaltechniques.doc
  • Review Article: Different Types and Examples of Poetry
  • Review Article: Types of Poetry Examples
  • Review Article: Pyrokinection
  • Review Article: the Bridport Prize
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 13 Essay
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13: Types of Poetry and Verse
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Poetry Writing 101
Course Number: 7550295
Languages: English - United States, Canada 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).
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
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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.
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