Poetry 101

A beginner's guide to understanding and writing the technical aspects of poetry!
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 5 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Some examples of technical aspects we will cover over the course of the semester include:
-poetic meter
-rhyme schemes
-poetic devices such as alliteration, metaphor, and simile, among others
-poetic structures such as limericks, haikus, sonnets, blank verse, and free verse

We will look at examples from famous poets such as:
-Edward Lear
-Matsuo Basho
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning
-Robert Frost
- e.e. cummings
-and many more!
I have been teaching poetry for years, and I understand how difficult it is to wrap your head around the finer points of poetic devices! I have developed interactive ways to illustrate poetic techniques, such as metaphor and stressed/unstressed syllables. I will walk students through the process of using these and many other techniques. 
Students may have to spend time during the week to complete poetry writing prompts.
All poetic examples will be provided.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
 I will be providing constructive feedback on their work to help them better understand the techniques and improve their writing, but the main goal is to learn how to read and appreciate poetry as a challenging but beautiful art form. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
We will be looking at examples of classic poems, many of which are love poems and some may have religious themes. 


Becky McCoy Experienced teacher with a Masters degree in Children's Literature
15 total reviews
11 completed classes

About Me

Hello and Welcome!
I graduated from the University of Reading (England) in 2013 with my Masters (research) in Children's Literature, and I have been teaching ever since! I have collected a wide range of teaching experience over the years,... 
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