online poetry courses

For all the poetry fans out there, this one is for you! We’ve gathered up some online poetry courses to get you appreciating and writing them poems just a little bit better than you already do. So grab a pen and take one of these free online poetry courses to master the rhymes.

By Mariam Elhamy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT OpenCourseWare offers free online courses that will teach you all about having variety in poetry like modern poetry, romantic poetry, digital poetry and more. You can check out the syllabus, readings, assignments and course materials online before you join. Check out all the free courses

Need a more personalized course? Modpo is a live interactive webcast that is held weekly for 10 weeks. The course is an introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, with an emphasis on experimental verse, from Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman to the present. Click here to go to course for free

There are a few open Yale courses you can download for free. They cover the body of modern poetry, its characteristic techniques, concerns, and major practitioners. You can download the material and study it offline. Check out all the free courses

Modern Poetry

Milton’s Poetry

Open Learn

Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? The Open University offers free courses designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of poetry. You will learn about rhythm, alliteration, rhyme, poetic inversion, voice and line lengths and endings. Check out all the free courses

Future Learn

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a variety of free courses that you can join at any date. You will get to explore what inspires poetry, how to write poems and how to tell when your poem is finished. Check out all the free courses

Albany Poetry Workshop Classroom

This is an online classroom where you get to study and submit your poetry drafts for review and critique. You get to read weekly recommended poems and to review and comment on other poets’ writing. Click here to go to course for free

The Crafty Writer

The Crafty Writer website offers a more of creative writing course that covers How to Write Poems. You’ll learn about lyric and narrative, form, meter and rhythm and line breaks with exercises. Click here to go to course for free

For more university-taught courses click here

#WorldPoetryDay: 5 Egyptian Poets We Love