“Introduction to Poetry”
The poem, “Introduction to Poetry”, by Billy Collins, begins
by comparing a poem to a color slide and says that to
understand it, you must “listen” to it’s sound. He paints a
picture of a mouse finding it’s way through the maze that is the
poem, and you groping through the poem’s room to find the
light switch (the light switch indicating understanding).
Collins says that to discover meaning, you must water ski
across a poem, or have fun with it, be whimsical and
acknowledge the author. Although most people (they) want to
beat the answer and comprehension out of a poem, to get a
profession of it’s meaning.
In the poem, it would seem that this could be taking place just
about anywhere. The author creates relatable imagery
throughout. So it’s happening out on a lake, or in a dark
ambiguous room ect. T-Title
“Introduction to poetry”, the reason he chose the title is very
obvious. The point of Collins when he wrote this, was to show
someone how to read poetry to understand it. Therefore;
“Introduction to poetry”.
Excited, compelling & frustrated.
Collins is centralizing his poem on the idea that to truly find
definite meaning in a poem, you mustn’t just skim the surface. You
must actually have fun and explore the poem itself.
In this poem, Collins portrays an English teacher who is preaching
to his/hers students to analyze poetry. It is written in first person
In the poem, “Introduction to...
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