Free Online Poetry Courses from Top Universities

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Poetry courses are available online for free at prestigious universities such as Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With these courses, students can learn about poetry on their own time at no cost.
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Free Poetry Courses

Free poetry courses can be taken online with a laptop or home computer and an Internet connection. Among other things, students can study poets like Sorley MacLean and W. B. Yeats.

Yale University

Yale University offers courses on modern poetry and John Milton. Interested individuals can access these audio and video lectures from Yale's Open Courses platform. These courses are also available on YouTube and iTunes.

Open University

Open University gives students the opportunity to learn about poetry online for free. Read through lessons on form or discussions on what poetry is from the OU website, or download an entire lesson as an eBook.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT's OpenCourseWare offers a variety of online poetry courses for free. Choose from literary interpretation courses or specific areas of study - like gender and lyric - or learn about major poets and their influences on the literary world.

Free Online Poetry Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Modern Poetry course from Yale University Undergraduate Audio/video lectures Yes Yes Yes
Milton course from Yale University Undergraduate Audio/video lectures No Yes Yes
Approaching Poetry course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes No Yes
What is Poetry? course from Open University Beginner Text, audio files Yes No Yes
The Poetry of Sorley MacLean course from Open University Advanced Text, audio files Yes No Yes
Form and Uses of Language course from Open University Beginner Text, audio file Yes No Yes
Writing and Reading Poems course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources Yes No Yes
Digital Poetry course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources Yes No Yes
Literary Interpretation: Beyond the Limits of the Lyric course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources, text Yes No Yes
Literary Interpretation: Interpreting Poetry course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Studies in Poetry: 'Does Poetry Matter' course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources, texts Yes No Yes
Studies in Poetry: Gender and Lyric -- Renaissance Men and Women Writing about Love course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources, texts Yes No Yes
Major Poets course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources Yes No Yes
Studies in Poetry: From the Sonneteers to the Metaphysicals course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources Yes No Yes
Poetry in Translation course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources, texts Yes No Yes
Modern Poetry course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources, texts Yes No Yes
Studies in Poetry - British Poetry and the Sciences of the Mind course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources Yes No Yes
Studies in Poetry: 'What's the Use of Beauty?' course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources Yes No Yes
Studies in Poetry: 20th Century Irish Poetry: The Shadow of W. B. Yeats course from MIT Undergraduate External reading resources Yes No Yes

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Colorado State University Global

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