MCT Language Arts Level 10: Shakespeare: The Complete Sonnets

NOTE: THIS IS A TWO-SEMESTER COURSE; IT CANNOT BE JOINED FOR THE SECOND SEMESTER.

Offered exclusively through the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community is Michael Clay Thompson’s Level 10, which is a full-year course. In this extraordinary, college-style seminar, students will undertake an intensive study of Shakespeare’s complete sonnets.  They will explore the language, diction, poetic techniques, and art of Shakespeare’s poetry.  They will also get an incomparable introduction to the advanced study of poetry from Michael. They will acquire advanced tools for poetic analysis that will be a lifetime intellectual benefit.

Live Classes: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Student Expectations: Students will be expected to attend and participate in each class, to memorize and recite sonnets, and to complete a final paper or project.

Student Support: Michael is available via email.

Feedback/Assessment: Students will be evaluated on the quality of their weekly live class contributions and on their final paper/project.

Materials: Every sonnet is available on the internet at no cost, but students will benefit from owning the Royal Shakespeare Company’s William Shakespeare: Complete Works. The sonnets will also be posted on the course website.

Prerequisites: A small group of students will be chosen from those who register. An interview may be required for selection.

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