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Poetic Thinking 2016 | April 2, 2020

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Tags and Categories

To Categorize and Tag Your Post

After writing your response, select a category by checking a box under the heading Categories (to the left of the main text box). Directly beneath the Categories box is a smaller box labeled Tags. When you type into the little text box, a related tag should pop up. Select it, type in a comma, and add as many tags as apply to your post (each separated by commas). Tags help you to see what are the most commonly discussed topics and organize/group posts according to topic. Easy!

Available Categories

  1. Announcements – an easy way for Professor Eshel to address & inform entire class.
  2. Assignments – specific tasks or prompts designated by Professor Eshel to class, which may include informal writing or creative prompts given at the end of a lecture for the following class.
  3. Essay – analytical and/or expository responses to readings. Straightforward exploration.
  4. Responses – free form, lyrical, poetical, hybrid, musical, and/or unconventional responses.
  5. Final Projects - use this category for your final projects.


  • Athletics/Sports
  • Beauty/Aesthetics
  • Autobiographical (includes personal experience, anecdotes, family, childhood, etc.)
  • Communication (interpersonal or digital, between writer & reader, men & women, friend & friend, individual & society, etc.)
  • Class Discussion (for picking up where a class discussion has left off, expanding upon arguments, ideas, or points made in class….continue the conversation!)
  • Current Events
  • Literature
  • Love
  • Media (TV, hype machine, social networks, media influence, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mortality
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Poetry/Expression (for poetical/lyrical responses)
  • Political Question/Inquiry (a query, concern, challenge, etc. that you would like to pose or address to class)
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • School/Education (academics as well as things pertaining to Stanford, college, or campus life)
  • Sex
  • Sexuality (orientation, queerness, fluidity, desires, etc.)
  • Theatre & Film
  • Travel
  • Violence (war, domestic, gang-related, racial, self-harm, etc.)
  • Youth (specifically relating to our generation & the current zeitgeist)