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ENGL031212 days ago

Professor Parini brought life to the room in his reading of poetry. He shared personal stories of his life experiences with certain poets and other authors. It made for one of my favorite classroom environments that I have been apart of here at Middlebury.

Chill and RelaxedFair Grading
2hrs / week Low difficulty Very high value Would take again
ENGL03124 months ago

The closest shade to how an english class ought to be taught, Parini understands what's actually important in poetry (and in life) and it reflects in both his teaching style and course content. Give Jay an excuse to make an aside, though, and he will take it—his stories are incredible in each sense of the word. That is not to say he is oblivious; while Professor Parini is older, he is remarkably self-aware and charmingly self-deprecating at times. Your intellectual yields in this class will double the effort you put in, but little effort is needed for the A—you only need lift a finger. I highly suggest that every student take one Parini class before they graduate, because he is the only one who has the gall to admit that most things take themselves too seriously.

The closest shade to how an english class ought to be taught, Parini understands what's actually important in poetry (and in life) and it reflects in both his teaching style and course content. Give Jay an excuse to make an aside, though, and he will take it—his stories are incredible in each sense of the word. That is not to say he …Read more

Easy Grading
1hrs / week Extremely low difficulty Very high value Would take again
CRWR01755 months ago

Jay Parini is the best professor I have ever had and one of the coolest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. His laid-back teaching style only inspired my poetry further and the class discussions were rich and enjoyable.

Chill and RelaxedUngradingNo Exams
1hrs / week Low difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
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