Introduction to Poetry

Stephen J Dickey

Introduction to Poetry

English department

Stephen J Dickey

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Winter 2010
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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 13, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

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.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 22, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Dickey was the best professor I have ever had, and I am a non-english major. 95A is a good GE to take if you're down to read some poems and think pretty deeply about them. His class is honestly pretty awesome and he is unbelievably smart and funny. Take Dickey for sure. His TA's rule also.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 22, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

Dickey was probably the most enthusiastic North Campus professor I've had at UCLA. He, at least during my quarter, didn't really care about grade distribution, just about conveying poetry to the class. I sucked at poetry, and couldn't understand most of what was going on in the beginning of the class, but ended up appreciating it by the end (and appreciating my A in the class). The midterm/final/paper are very straightforward, and as long as you can spit out some reasonable connections in the essays, you'll be fine. It's seriously a fun GE, and this is coming from a South Campus premed. Take 95A with Dickey.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 19, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

Though he is very enthusiastic in class, I still felt that the grades were on discretion of the TA. I put in a decent amount of effort and received a B last winter. I don't recommend this as a GE because your grade will totally depend on your TA.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 10, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Dickey was no doubt my favorite professor thus far at UCLA, including my super hot french TA, so you know he's legit.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 30, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Nice guy and very interesting lecturer. His exams and essay prompts were difficult (and too long), but overall a good professor. Other people have complained that your grade depends entirely on the TA and this is definitely the case; however, my TA rocked and I heard good things about the other one too. You'll put in a decent amount of work for a GE, but you'll probably have a good time doing it.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 3, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

I wholeheartedly recommend any class with Professor Dickey, but particularly Intro to Poetry! Prior to his class, I was barely interested in poetry, yet I was looking towards getting more familiar and fascinated with it in order to write lyrics (as a music composition major), and boy did Dickey provide me that. After studying so much poetry, Dickey in effect speaks quite poetically, and the meticulous ways in which he phrases his thoughts constantly make me chuckle. Classes are consistently interactive, and Dickey values every student's interpretation as an addition to the poems' flexibility. The in-class examples range from 15th century Britain to modern poetry of America, and if you're wondering, we probably looked at Shakespeare two or three times the whole quarter, baruch hashem. The course requires little time outside of class, as poems don't often take long to read, and Dickey only requires that a student write one poem, recite one poem, and analyze one in a single 6 - 8-page paper. My TA enlightened our poetic understanding with, in some cases, insightfully vulgar and sexual poems, but of course that has little to do with Dickey himself. Didn't study much for the midterm; scored one point from an A-. This class has transformed me into a lover of words and inspired me to dabble into poetry myself. Bravo!

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