At the beginning of the course we were asked to define poetry, I defined it as something that makes you feel some type of emotion. This class has helped me to realize that not all poetry has such a purpose and that not all writers have such intentions. The most interesting thing that I have learned about so far was the difference between “anti-poetry” and classic “wonderland” poetry. The two poems by Shakespeare, one called “Winter” and the other called “Winter Fairyland in Vermont” exhibited the difference beautifully. They each possessed a special uniqueness although they were talking about the same subject. Before I took this class, whenever I thought of poetry the “wonderland” type of writing would come to mind. I would picture everything written beautifully with special effects such as the line “When lanes are fairylands in white”. Now knowing that there is a different type of poetry I actually prefer that style and look up poems that use it. My way of thinking about poetry has changed because I no longer see poetry as the impossible to interpret. I’ve acknowledged that there is no right or wrong answer; I also appreciate this fact as well because it is interesting to hear the interpretations of others. Learning the different types of techniques is also helpful because now I am aware of certain things such as when the author ends with a couplet in a sonnet. This helps me to understand the significance of the poem and notice some of the writers intentions.