Billy CollinsTeaches Reading and Writing Poetry

Billy CollinsTeaches Reading and Writing Poetry


Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins illuminates and demystifies the fundamentals of poetry, showing how anyone can take pleasure in reading and writing poems.


A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and supplemental materials.

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Lesson Plan

  • 01

    Introduction: The Pleasure Poetry Gives Us

    Meet your new instructor: Billy Collins, one of the most popular and prolific poets of our time. In your first lesson, Billy introduces the many pleasures of poetry and illuminates how poetry connects you to the history of the human heart.

  • 02

    Working With Form

    Billy teaches you how to use form to win the love of your readers, an audience of strangers.

  • 03

    Discovering the Subject

    In poetry, you can do anything and go anywhere. Learn how to embrace the freedom of poetry to embark on explorations of subject, progression, and the balance of clarity and mystery.

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  • 20

    A Poet's Journey

    Billy invites you to join the club of poets who have been writing since the beginning of time.

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