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Introduction To Poetry - Poem by Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.


Comments about Introduction To Poetry by Billy Collins

  • Gold Star - 8,161 Points Ernest Makuakua (1/29/2016 4:11:00 AM)

    true sometimes we just have to find the meaning to understand what the poem is about
    simply because we write with a motive

    thanks for sharing love it.
    i invite you to read my new poem. What is poetry to you (Report) Reply

    7 person liked.
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  • Gold Star - 21,150 Points Raymond Farrell (1/25/2016 8:19:00 AM)

    Pretty much sums it up. And then you got people trying to tell everyone what some of this surrealistic type material written by Ashbury and Stevens is all about and none of them can arrive at a concensus. It is nice to see something written in plain English about the subject. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 30 Points Wes Dixon (11/25/2015 3:07:00 PM)

    Yup...that's what I remember from 8th grade English Class! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Poetry

  1. 1. Introduction To Poetry , Billy Collins
  2. 2. Poetry , Pablo Neruda
  3. 3. Dis Poetry , Benjamin Zephaniah
  4. 4. Poetry , Marianne Moore
  5. 5. Some Like Poetry , Wislawa Szymborska
  6. 6. Of Modern Poetry , Wallace Stevens
  7. 7. Poetry , Charles Bukowski
  8. 8. Poetry , Don Paterson
  9. 9. In Dispraise Of Poetry , Jack Gilbert
  10. 10. Poetry Reading , Charles Bukowski
  11. 11. Because You Asked About The Line Between.. , Howard Nemerov
  12. 12. The Uses Of Poetry , William Carlos Williams
  13. 13. Goodbye To The Poetry Of Calcium , James Arlington Wright
  14. 14. Poetry , Claude McKay
  15. 15. The Progress Of Poetry , Jonathan Swift
  16. 16. Poetry And Religion , Les Murray
  17. 17. A Poetry Reading At West Point , William Matthews
  18. 18. reiterative Poetry , Sidi J. Mahtrow
  19. 19. ! Love And Poetry; Poetry And Love , Michael Shepherd
  20. 20. About My Poetry , Nazim Hikmet
  21. 21. To One Who Loved Not Poetry , Sappho
  22. 22. Poetry For Supper , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  23. 23. Apollo Musagete, Poetry, And The Leader .. , Delmore Schwartz
  24. 24. Spirit Of Poetry, The , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  25. 25. ! Call That ****ing Poetry? , Michael Shepherd
  26. 26. ! The Hallmark Of Poetry , Michael Shepherd
  27. 27. On Donne's Poetry , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  28. 28. Poetry Can Damage Your Health , John Thorkild Ellison
  29. 29. Love Me - Love My Poetry , Bonnie Alden Phillips
  30. 30. Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry.. , Delmore Schwartz
  31. 31. Poetry , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  32. 32. Various Quotes From On Poetry And Craft:.. , Theodore Roethke
  33. 33. Hasslefree Poetry , Linda Ori
  34. 34. Love, The Soul Of Poetry , Anne Killigrew
  35. 35. ! 'Poetry Means...Uh...' , Michael Shepherd
  36. 36. Poetry , Akara K.
  37. 37. A Defense Of Bad Poetry , Michael Shepherd
  38. 38. An Address To Poetry , Helen Maria Williams
  39. 39. Chickens In Poetry , Nick Hilton
  40. 40. Against The Dispraisers Of Poetry , Richard Barnfield
  41. 41. ! ! Gertrude Stein Is Interviewed On Ame.. , Michael Shepherd
  42. 42. A Little More Poetry , Sandra Osborne
  43. 43. To His Friend Master R. L., In Praise Of.. , Richard Barnfield
  44. 44. In Praise Of Poetry... , Michael Shepherd
  45. 45. The Poetry Of Life , Friedrich Schiller
  46. 46. His Poetry His Pillar , Robert Herrick
  47. 47. At A Poetry Party I Am Given The Rhyme C.. , Li Ching Chao
  48. 48. On Writing Poetry , C.J. Heck
  49. 49. 0158 For Fjr; Here's To Poetry , Michael Shepherd
  50. 50. Poetry-My Window , >Starr Williams<
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