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Analyzing and Writing Poetry

In this eight week course, students will discuss the poetry of well-known poets and workshop their own poems.
Olivia Ivings
4 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 8 learners
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year old learners
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$5 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
55 minutes per class
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Class Experience

Each class we will discuss up to three poems from a published author, and we will workshop one poem from each student. This being said, to be prepared for class, students should read each of the poems and prepare a poem to share during class. For students who feel they have hit a writer's block, I will provide an optional prompt so that they can feel inspired to create. Homework should only take between 30 minutes and an hour each week.
To complete this class, students will need the internet to access poems from the Poetry Foundation or the Academy of American Poets. While some learners may write in a notebook, students will also need to be able to use a word processor such as Pages, Google Docs, or Microsoft Word to type their poems to share with the class.
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Learner progress will be assessed through a thoughtfully written report at the end of the course.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
We will be reading and discussing the following poems during this course:

Week 1:
"Introduction to Poetry"-Billy Collins
"Praise the Rain"-Joy Harjo
"August"-Mary Oliver

Week 2:
"Dreams" -Langston Hughes
"Acquainted with the Night" -Robert Frost
"A Bird, came down the Walk" -Emily Dickinson

Week 3:
"Filling Station" -Elizabeth Bishop
"Sci-Fi"-Tracy K. Smith
"Grace"-Joy Harjo

Week 4:
"Those Winter Sundays"-Robert Hayden
"Prose Poem (The morning coffee.)"-Ron Padgett
"The Bean Eaters"-Gwendolyn Brooks

Week 5:
"The Lanyard"-Billy Collins
"Song for Autumn"-Mary Oliver
"The Oven-Bird"-Robert Frost

Week 6:
"This Morning I Pray for My Enemies"-Joy Harjo
""Hope" is a thing with feathers"-Emily Dickinson 
"The Fish"-Elizabeth Bishop

Week 7:
"Anthem for Doomed Youth"-Wilfred Owen
"Christmas Trees"-William Logan
"The Road Not Taken"-Robert Frost

Week 8:
"Consolation"-Billy Collins
"Spring"-Mary Oliver
"One Art"-Elizabeth Bishop

All of these poems can be accessed at www.poetryfoundation.org or www.poets.org.


Olivia IvingsEducator and Poet
4 total reviews
3 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I'm Olivia, and I am a writer, tutor, and educator. I've taught English, creative writing workshops, and professional development courses at the college level. I am passionate about literature, and I love helping others discover the beauty... 
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