ENGL 90

Shakespeare

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Michael Allen Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Stephen Dickey Full Profile > 4.5 Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.8 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness
OVERALL: Professor Dickey’s Introduction to Poetry (ENGL 91A) was an enjoyable, rewarding class. The course overviewed various forms, functions, and tec... (May 3, 2014)
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Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.2

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OVERALL: Professor Dickey’s Introduction to Poetry (ENGL 91A) was an enjoyable, rewarding class. The course overviewed various forms, functions, and techniques of English poetry. Course readings range from poems many centuries old to contemporary poetry. The class is not hard, but it takes some work.

STRUCTURE: The lectures were roughly structured as follows. Professor Dickey provided a list with assigned readings for each class, organized by themes (e.g., sonnets, elegies, or love poetry). The reading was not long—maybe ten to fifteen poems per class—and the time it takes to complete them depends on how much one would like to analyze the poems. In class, Professor Dickey would typically begin with a introduction to the day’s theme and then go on to create a class discussion in analyzing one or a few poems. His introductions were insightful, organized, and well thought out. The discussions were a pretty interesting experience. The room is filled with about one-hundred fifty smart people and anyone can raise a hand and contribute an understanding to the poem under discussion, which was deconstructed line by line. In my experience, sometimes this was fun and sometimes it was dragged out.

GRADES: Midterm, essay, discussion, and final.
- Discussion work is not stressful. My TA, Miss Tally Ravid, was an incredible person and teacher. Her sections were enjoyable. Both the TA’s for this class were great people.
- The midterm was pretty similar to what was in the test bank—includes some vocabulary, scansion for two poems, and a free response essay. Makes up a nice chunk of your grade, so do or die. It’s not hard if you put in an adequate amount of work.
- The essay was pretty open to however you approached it. Professor Dickey gave a couple of topics and you can choose to write about any poem in the Norton Anthology of Poetry (the class text).
If you are a good writer and put in the time, you will do well.
-The final was similar to the midterm, but with two free-response questions.
-There were two ungraded assignments: a poetry reading in front of the class by heart and a poem that you write yourself. Could be horrible or wonderful. It’s truly ungraded.

ADVICE:
- Go to the test bank and get the old tests.
- The class textbook is available as a torrent if you’re into thievery.
- Do the readings to make the most of the class. Try to engage with them when you have free time. The texts are popular and you’ll encounter them later in life. If you want to really walk out of this class gaining a lot, you will have to be proactive.
- Know how to write before you take this class.
- Use Quizlet to learn the poem identifications he puts on the exams. Just search for his class and there are a bunch of sets already made.
- Consider taking this class during your freshman year, especially if you are a premed student. Getting the A is not difficult, and the style of the class is conducive to making new friends. I took it as a freshman in fall of 2013 and it definitely helped me transition into college. The instructors were really nice, too, and will give you good feedback if you pursue it.

May 3, 2014
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Arthur Little Full Profile > 3.0 Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 3.6 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness
Professor Little is an awesome professor and his lectures are actually moving. I cannot believe how much I enjoyed Shakespeare with him. The complaints ... (March 20, 2015)
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Professor Little is an awesome professor and his lectures are actually moving. I cannot believe how much I enjoyed Shakespeare with him. The complaints of favoritism may be a little true, there certainly was one kid that he would always look at and call on just for random jokes and whatnot, but what can you do. The student went to his office hours, and Prof Little appreciated it and was friendly with him, I don't think there's that much to it. The one thing I did find annoying is that there will always be a group of Theater majors in a Shakespeare class, and theater majors will be theater majors, but again, what can you do. They did add a unique perspective to the plays though, as they could give insight on stage directions and production for certain characters or scenes that added to the value of the class.

Anyways, Professor Little has a wealth of knowledge and works incredibly hard to share that knowledge with his students. The class is not easy, however it is worth it.
I really appreciated how he made Shakespeare relatable to our own lives, and how this became less of learning for a class and more about life in general.He knows when to be funny and when to be serious. After all, themes in Shakespeare can be serious stuff. I would recommend the course to anyone interested in Shakespeare or just looking for a meaningful course!

March 20, 2015
Michael North Full Profile > 4.3 Overall 1.2 Easiness 1.8 Workload 4.2 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness
Actual Class: English 91c He isn't amazing, but he isn't terrible. This class wasn't that great to me, and in my opinion, a lot of the work fell on the ... (Dec. 3, 2014)
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Overall 4.3 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.8 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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Actual Class: English 91c
He isn't amazing, but he isn't terrible.
This class wasn't that great to me, and in my opinion, a lot of the work fell on the shoulders of the TA's as the professor didn't do much other than give us a brief biography of each of the authors and point out a few passages he thought were interesting.

Dec. 3, 2014
Robert Watson Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
Phenomenal professor, phenomenal class. By far the best course I've taken at UCLA. Professor Watson is one of those rare professors who can convey not o... (Winter Quarter 2018)
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Phenomenal professor, phenomenal class. By far the best course I've taken at UCLA. Professor Watson is one of those rare professors who can convey not only the content and knowledge he's gained from his research but the excitement it induces as well. You can tell from the first day that he legitimately cares about student learning and wants everyone to leave loving Shakespeare as much as he does. His lectures are always very interesting, as he teaches over a mix of more well-trodden plays (like Hamlet) as well as esoteric ones (like Measure for Measure). I think the selling point for me in this class was when we went over R&J; to be quite honest, I'm not a huge fan of it just because I've read it for so many different classes, but somehow he was able to provide a fresh new perspective on the play that was legitimately mindblowing. The midterm and final were both a piece of cake, and the two essays we wrote were also similarly easy. As long as you show up to class and discussion you don't really need to study. My TA, Misho, was also very good! Office hours are helpful, both for help on essays or just to discuss different plays with the TAs/professor. tldr; an absolutely fantastic class: interesting professor + great TAs + easy courseload = the best GE class at UCLA.

Winter Quarter 2018
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