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Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop

California Institute of the Arts via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Literature
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long

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Why just write poems when you can write better ones? This course is built on the notion that the most exciting writing begins after the first draft. It is specifically for folks who believe that writing poems just to express oneself is like using the Internet just for email. After all, poetry can change the way you and your readers think of the world and its inhabitants; it can break new ground for language; turn a blank sheet of paper into a teeming concert of voices and music.

Though any of us may have the potential to make that happen, having an understanding of how several tools of poetic composition can be used (and audaciously “mis-used”) gives you more ways to try (and if we do this right, we might surprise ourselves most of all).

We'll cover key poetic terms and devices by studying poems by a handful of modern and contemporary poets and then get a chance to try our own hand at writing new poem drafts from a select number of prompts. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to workshop your poem drafts and get feedback on your work, working towards a more polished poem.

Taught by

Douglas Kearney

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Reviews for Coursera's Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop
4.2 Based on 15 reviews

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Charles S
5.0 3 years ago
by Charles is taking this course right now.
I have taken Robert Pinsky's very engaging "Art of Poetry" and Eavan Boland's 10 Premodern Female written poems MOOCS, and both were solidly foundational for me. But what "Sharpened Visions" is doing is helping me develop my self-understanding as a poet while helping me gain conscious awareness of some writing strategies which poets writing today use.
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Anonymous
3.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is excellent with serious content delivered in a clever (a little corny) way. The quizzes and assignments should not be taken lightly. I took copious notes throughout the course and when it was done, I went back and reviewed all the lessons.
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Abhijeet K
5.0 a year ago
by Abhijeet is taking this course right now.
A highly engaging and entertaining course which goes into a good amount of depth on the formal art of poetry (but it perhaps could have gone a bit deeper). The instructor is energetic and charismatic and it is very easy to watch his videos. The writing prompts provided at the end of each week are varied and challenging, and focus on the particular aspect of poetry focused on for that week. Overall, a very worthwhile course for me.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Focused and concise while remaining engaging and entertaining throughout. Excellent use of peer-assessed assignments with an active community of learners and mentors. Could have gone into more depth for my taste, but I think it absolutely excelled at what it set out to do-a quick and inspiring introduction to writing poetry.
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Diane S
5.0 a year ago
Diane completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I loved this course, it was presented really well and had lots of information new to me. It was easy to understand and I enjoyed the tasks. I felt inspired by the whole thing! Absolutely recommend and I hope he does another course!
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Jason P
5.0 2 years ago
Jason completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Prof. made easy to understand and entertaining videos. Content was easily learned and applications challenging enough to be worthwhile. Great course to get you writing.
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Joan P
2.0 2 years ago
by Joan completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The teacher uses humor and silliness to get his points across. He introduces quite a lot of formal terms. A useful course.
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Suzanne T
5.0 4 months ago
Suzanne is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Going through the class on my own until it officially starts, I'm on week three. I've dabbled with writing poetry for years, but never took a formal class. Pieces of the puzzle are coming together for me in this informative and inspiring course, and my writing and comprehension of the form has already improved.

Douglas Kearney is a wonderful teacher; concise, with a great sense of humor, he makes understanding poetry accessible and fun.
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Jennifer R
5.0 2 months ago
by Jennifer completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I have written poetry for a number of years and taken a couple of classes in Creative Writing at my community college, but this class was very helpful in that it gave me another take on the same concepts, exposed me to new poetry, and used more modern examples as models. I found the basic concepts of poetry were well explained and the other students provided timely and helpful feedback.
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