Pioneers of Poetry: Women Poets of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

In this one-time class, students will learn about four women poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Jennifer Smith (she/her)
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Class Experience

Students will develop a knowledge of feminist poetry and see how four women poets helped to shape and influence the world of literature and poetry.
I am the author of the book Mountains and Melancholy: A Collection of Poems About Life With Depression. I was a mental health blogger for the Coping With Depression blog at HealthyPlace.com from August 2017 until April 2020. I'm sharing this information here to show that I am capable of handling the topic of mental health in a sensitive and educated manner. I have been reading, studying, and writing poetry since I was in elementary school. I am a certified teacher and taught in the public school system for many years. I am a veteran homeschool educator who has taught poetry to all ages. I have also led poetry workshops for adults. I am currently enrolled in graduate school earning my MA in English.

There will be no mandatory homework; however, I will offer optional readings for those who are interested in further study.
Student progress will be assessed informally through class discussion and participation.
1 hour 25 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
There will be brief discussions of abuse, imprisonment, labor camps, execution, sexuality, mental illness, and suicide, as related to the experiences of the poets in this class. These are certainly heavy topics; however, in my opinion, one cannot discuss the works of these brave, strong, and influential women without acknowledging the pain and the struggles they faced. The discussions about depression and other mental illnesses and suicide will be handled with gentleness and sensitivity, and the discussions about abuse, imprisonment, labor camps, and execution will also be handled in the same way. As for discussions of sexuality, there will be nothing overt or graphic. The topics will center on liberation and freedom for women and will be handled in a delicate and tasteful manner. Please know these discussions are just one facet of the class. Our main focus will be on the strength, resilience, and poetic power of these amazing women.


Jennifer Smith (she/her)"The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting." - Plutarch
108 total reviews
149 completed classes

About Me

I teach Literature, Writing, Poetry, Mythology, Folklore, History, and Philosophy classes for Middle and High School. I also teach a wide range of classes for elementary-aged students and preschoolers.

I have a degree in Elementary Education; I... 
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