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Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

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Introduction To Poetry


I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
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  • Rookie - 29 Points Robert Howard (5/20/2008 10:22:00 PM)

    ...tie the poem to a chair with rope
    and torture a confession out of it.

    Literary analysis in a nutshell! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie James Morrison (10/23/2006 12:57:00 PM)

    this is by far one of the coolest poems i have ever read.
    other things i enjoy include;
    potatos and potato including treats.
    loud music and fishing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Dorn (7/25/2006 9:59:00 AM)

    We'd like to think every poem has this profound, deep rooted meaning. We tend to analyze and analyze until we (in many cases) over analyze. Maybe the meanings are closer to the surface than we think? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raynette Eitel (4/18/2005 11:39:00 PM)

    This touches the heart of a true poem. How many poems could you hold up to the light like a color slide? There just has to be something mystical about the way poets string metaphors, rhythm and meter like pearls and hands to us mere mortals who don't know how to wear them properly. I love this one! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jordan Hyde (2/25/2005 5:14:00 PM)

    This is a great poem. He expresses the desire of all poets for their poems, and the unfortunate process they usually go through. (Report) Reply

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