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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 the student poet who wants to improve his/her 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.  

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Irony and Tone

Lesson 3: Denotation and Connotation

Lesson 4: Literal and Figurative Meanings

Lesson 5: Poetic Devices A-I

Lesson 6: Poetic Devices J-Z

Lesson 7: Rhyme and Meter

Lesson 8: Symbolism and Archetypes

Lesson 9: Cultural Concepts

Lesson 10: Parody and Translation

Lesson 11: Free Verse and Blank Verse

Lesson 12: Sounds and Meaning

Lesson 13: Types of Poetry and Verse

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment15
Lesson 1 Essay30
Lesson 1: Introduction8
Lesson 2 Assignment5
Lesson 2 Essay25
Lesson 2: Irony and Tone8
Lesson 3 Assignment A15
Lesson 3 Assignment B15
Lesson 3 Essay25
Lesson 3: Denotation and Connotation8
Lesson 4 Assignment A15
Lesson 4 Assignment B15
Lesson 4 Essay15
Lesson 4: Literal and Figurative Meanings6
Lesson 5 Essay25
Lesson 5: Poetic Devices A-I8
Lesson 6 Assignment A15
Lesson 6 Assignment B15
Lesson 6 Assignment C15
Lesson 6 Essay25
Lesson 6: Poetic Devices J-Z7
Lesson 7 Assignment A15
Lesson 7 Assignment B15
Lesson 7 Essay25
Lesson 7: Rhyme and Meter7
Lesson 8 Essay25
Lesson 8: Symbolism and Archetypes8
Lesson 9 Essay25
Lesson 9: Cultural Concepts8
Lesson 10 Essay25
Lesson 10: Parody and Translation8
Lesson 11 Essay25
Lesson 11: Free Verse and Blank Verse8
Lesson 12 Assignment15
Lesson 12 Essay25
Lesson 12: Sounds and Meaning8
Lesson 13 Essay25
Lesson 13: Types of Poetry and Verse8
The Final Exam46
Total Points:637

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