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How to Read a Poem Online Course

This workshop introduces students to the art of close reading as it relates to a poem. Using shorter poems as examples, we'll walk students through the basic steps of literary analysis. Students will learn how to identify the three levels of a poem -- the literal, figurative, and formal -- with the aim of seeing how each of these levels deepens, contradicts, or plays against the other. Students will then learn how to present their analysis in written form through a clear and concise exegesis of a poetic text, chockfull of original insights and observations. You will come away with the ability to read a poem, understand what's happening, and say something interesting about it, all while strengthening your reading and writing skills along the way.

What We Cover

1 hour per week for 6 weeks

Short & sweet: Ezra Pound and Emily Dickinson.
Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Poems on death & time.
Poems on love.
Poems on disenchantment.
Poems on the apocalypse.

Featured Tutor

Nick W.

After attending Saint Ann’s in Brooklyn, Nick graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2016, where he studied fine art, literature, and foreign languages. He served as a peer French tutor for the Yale Center for Language and also volunteered to tutor inmates at Connecticut Youth Prison. Since graduating, Nick has worked as a studio assistant for renowned artists and completed art residencies in London and Berlin.


Only $450 per student!

This small group course is a terrific value compared to over $1,000 for the same curriculum taught in a one-on-one setting!


Henry is thoroughly enjoying working with Jordan. Up until now, Henry has not gotten any one-on-one teaching of coding so he's thrilled to work this way with Jordan. Henry has said it's super interesting, fun and he loves it.
Kathryn H.