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ENGL 90
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OVERALL: Professor Dickey’s Introduction to Poetry (ENGL 91A) was an enjoyable, rewarding class....
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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.

ENGL 91A
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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...
ENGL 95A
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Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 3.8

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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.

ENGL 141
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ENGL 141
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ENGL 142
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ENGL 142A
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I have taken Professor Dickey three times, and he really shines in the 142C setting. This class...
ENGL 142A
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I have taken Professor Dickey three times, and he really shines in the 142C setting. This class does not have a TA, so Dickey is really involved and interested in your work and understanding of the material. It's a really unconventional, fun class and he changes the topic frequently, so I can't really comment on the structure or process of the course. The one I took was titled "Shakespeare: Sources and Offshoots" and we examined the original source material for a few Shakespearean plays. No midterm or final, just a 10 pg paper and a really laid-back presentation. Just about any class with Dickey should be really interesting, but he has mentioned that seminars and 142C are among his favorites, so you'd benefit from seeing him in his element. He's a fair grader, so as long as you go to class, take notes and at least try a little, you should get nothing lower than a B+.

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ENGL 181A
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ENGL 182A
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Took a seminar on the Beat generation with Professor Dickey. He is a lively, passionate, and...
ENGL 182A
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Took a seminar on the Beat generation with Professor Dickey. He is a lively, passionate, and enthusiastic speaker, and class was always entertaining. Grade consists of one-page responses to the readings each week, a student-led class discussion based on a reading/theme of your choice, and a final paper. Class was very structured for a seminar and I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Final grade was a B, but the experience was definitely worthwhile. Definitely take him! Looking forward to taking him for Shakespeare B next quarter.

ENGL 183B
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