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ENGL 90
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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 tec... (May 3, 2014)
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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)
ENGL 91A
Introduction to Poetry Full Profile > 4.5 Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
Selling book for $20: Norton Anthology of Poetry Fifth Edition by Ferguson, Salter, and Stallworthy. 707-515-8705 (Fall Quarter 2015)
ENGL 91A
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Selling book for $20:
Norton Anthology of Poetry Fifth Edition by Ferguson, Salter, and Stallworthy.
707-515-8705

(Fall Quarter 2015)
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ENGL 91B
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ENGL 95A
Introduction to Poetry Full Profile > 4.6 Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.8 Workload 4.4 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness
Professor Dickey was a great teacher! Class discussions were wonderful. My TA was AWESOME! Get Conor O'Sullivan if you can. The midterm was reasonable... (Dec. 13, 2013)
ENGL 95A
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Professor Dickey was a great teacher! Class discussions were wonderful. My TA was AWESOME! Get Conor O'Sullivan if you can.

The midterm was reasonable. There is a scansion part and an essay writing portion. The final was more difficult, as it was 66% essay writing.

All in all, a very rewarding class and a fun experience.

(Dec. 13, 2013)
ENGL 141
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ENGL 142
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ENGL 142A
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Professor Dickey is very knowledgeable and I definitely enjoyed that he made the class very interactive. Going to class is important since he loves to g... (Dec. 12, 2008)
ENGL 142A
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Professor Dickey is very knowledgeable and I definitely enjoyed that he made the class very interactive. Going to class is important since he loves to give out quizzes. I liked that his papers topics were on very short passages, thus forcing students to really close read. The only problem I had was that he didnt' have too much structure with the TAs. I had Holly Moyer and I'm telling you now AVOID HER AT ALL COSTS. She's condescending, takes forever to answer e-mails and is a very harsh grader. She wants graduate level work but doesn't work with her students to achieve this. Other than that, it was a good class and as long as you read the final was pretty simple.

(Dec. 12, 2008)
ENGL 150A
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ENGL 150B
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I love his classes, he is a great lecturer. The work load was medium, but his quizzes were quite hard. I read all the readings but sometimes I still co... (Winter Quarter 2018)
ENGL 150B
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I love his classes, he is a great lecturer. The work load was medium, but his quizzes were quite hard. I read all the readings but sometimes I still could not answer his quiz questions. Overall he's a great professor. Take his class!

(Winter Quarter 2018)
ENGL 150C
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I am so glad I took Shakespeare with Professor Dickey. Initially, I was not looking forward to Shakespeare, but Professor Dickey took such a fresh appro... (Spring Quarter 2018)
ENGL 150C
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I am so glad I took Shakespeare with Professor Dickey. Initially, I was not looking forward to Shakespeare, but Professor Dickey took such a fresh approach to studying Shakespeare's texts! I always thought that Shakespeare's plays were entirely his original creation, but by taking this class, I learned that he ripped off of works of other writers for his plays (*gasp*)! Studying source materials for each Shakespeare play made each text more meaningful and illuminating.

Professor Dickey is a well-versed and encouraging instructor. He brings out the best of each Shakespeare text. He is funny without trying. He is always pleasant to his students. I really looked forward to going to this class and would definitely recommend you to take it as well!

(Spring Quarter 2018)
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