Monday, September 17, 2012

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry @ FIX University Campus

updates and schedule notes as we head toward week 2

Dates/times to note:
1) week 2 starts officially on Monday 9/17;
2) week 2 videos should be available at midnight eastern time on Saturday/Sunday 9/15-16;
3) our first short essay assignment will be described starting at midnight eastern time on Sunday/Monday 9/16-17;
4) our first live webcast session is 10-11 AM eastern time on Wednesday 9/19.

Here's a little more about each:

Week 2 (second half of "chapter" 1 of our course) begins officially on Monday, September 17. On Monday, you will find a new discussion forum - with subforums for each poem - for Week 2. The Week 1 forum will remain for another week, and you can continue your conversations there. When we begin Week 3, the Week 1 forum will be archived (although still available).

The links to the Week 2 videos will be available at midnight (eastern time) on Saturday, September 15.

Week 2 is also the time when the first short essay (of four) will be written and then submitted. On Sunday night, at midnight eastern time, the instructions and directions for writing the essay will be available on the "writing assignments" page (link is on the left-hand navigation bar of our ModPo page). The open period for writing and submitting essays is 9/17/12 through 9/23/12. After that there will be a period in which peer comments and responses will be written. Essays and peer comments will be posted to a special discussion forum, whereupon any of us can also comment.

Our first live webcast session will take place for one hour starting at 10 AM (eastern time) on Wednesday, September 19. It's easy to join us. Go to our live webcast page to learn more. Basically, if you are able to watch a YouTube video, you can join this webcast. If you are in or near Philadelphia, you are welcome to join us at the Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, on Penn's campus.
Fri 14 Sep 2012 12:44:00 PM PDT

Fernando IX University

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry

Al Filreis

This course is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, from Dickinson and Whitman to the present. Participants (who need no prior experience with poetry) will learn how to read poems that are supposedly "difficult."Fernando IX University

Video discussions

introduction to the course

chapter 1, week 1 - Whitman & Dickinson

chapter 1, week 2 - Whitmanians & Dickinsonians

Festival de salsa 15 al 23

TitleAssignment startsSubmission deadlineEvaluation startsEvaluation deadline
Writing assignment 1: close reading a Dickinson poemSun 16 Sep 2012 9:00:00 PM PDTSun 23 Sep 2012 9:00:00 PM PDTSun 23 Sep 2012 9:00:00 PM PDTSun 30 Sep 2012 9:00:00 PM PDTGo to assignment
Writing assignment 2: two versions of an imagist poem by William Carlos WilliamsSun 30 Sep 2012 9:00:00 PM PDTSun 7 Oct 2012 9:00:00 PM PDTSun 7 Oct 2012 9:00:00 PM PDTSun 14 Oct 2012 9:00:00 PM PDT
Writing assignment 3: Frank O'Hara, "Why I Am Not a Painter"Sun 21 Oct 2012 9:00:00 PM PDTSun 28 Oct 2012 9:00:00 PM PDTSun 28 Oct 2012 9:00:00 PM PDTSun 4 Nov 2012 9:00:00 PM PST
Writing assignment 4: Choose ONE from The Mesostomatic or Bernadette Mayer ExperimentSun 4 Nov 2012 9:00:00 PM PSTSun 11 Nov 2012 9:00:00 PM PSTSun 11 Nov 2012 9:00:00 PM PSTSun 18 Nov 2012 9:00:00 PM PST


essay assignment #1 is ready

Click on "writing assignments" in the navigation bar at left and you'll see that our first essay assignment is ready. You have about a week to write and submit it. Later we will explain what happens after that. Meantime, have fun with your close reading of a Dickinson poem we haven't yet discussed! If you have questions about the process, please post to the discussion forums.--Al & Julia and all your ModPo TAs
Mon 17 Sep 2012 4:35:00 AM PDT

week 2 videos & week 2 discussion forums now available

Our week 2 videos are now available on the "video discussions" page and are also now linked to the "main syllabus" page. It's true that week 2 doesn't officially start until Monday, but we thought we'd give you an early start if you are inclined.

On Sunday September 16 at midnight eastern time, the first essay assignment will be available. You'll have a almost a week to write and submit essays in response to the questions posed/instructions given. After 9/16/12 midnight, click on "essay assignment" in the left-hand navigation bar.
Sat 15 Sep 2012 9:21:00 PM PDT

a thought on plagiarism

We at ModPo are well aware of the potential for plagiarism in a course like this. So we want to encourage you - right from the start - to take the "honor pledge" seriously when you encounter it before you submit your four short essays. We doubt that there will be a great many ModPo people who copy critical interpretations of our poems from websites, but we wanted to say something on the topic now. Why do we doubt? Because I think all of us will understand that close readings of poems are valuable and fun because each of us works through words, phrases, and lines as we encounter the language of a poem. It's not hard to do when you think of it as an activity that builds one line at a time. There's actually very little out there on the web that will do that for you. Another reason? We will all be actively commenting on each other's essays, but we will not be assigning "grades." To be considered a student who has "completed" the course, you need to have written and submitted the four short essays, commented on others', submitted (and minimally 'passed') the quizzes, and participated in the discussion forum. Since there is no grade per se of your essays, there will be less pressure, we hope, and you should feel encouraged to make your own attempt at interpretation.
Sat 15 Sep 2012 6:41:00 AM PDT

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