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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 - 182,443 Points Mahtab Bangalee (11/7/2019 12:47:00 AM)

    all they want to do
    is tie the poem to a chair with rope
    and torture a confession out of it.// it wonders me
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  • Gold Star - 57,514 Points Michael Walker (9/19/2019 9:19:00 PM)

    Vivid imagery indeed. All the ways you can teach poetry. I know. I did that. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 33,596 Points Jane Campion (8/7/2019 1:50:00 AM)

    To torture a poem to it squeals we see our destiny. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 11,630 Points Britte Ninad (7/8/2019 3:40:00 AM)

    I want them to waterski
    across the surface of a poem
    waving at the author's name on the shore. ||| brilliant writing, brilliant poem shared
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  • Rookie yourmom (5/15/2019 11:36:00 PM)

    poems suck and make noooooooo sense im only on here for school (Report) Reply

    Rookie someone (6/26/2019 5:48:00 AM)

    That's not true. Poetry is more than some lame homework, Perhaps you haven't found the right poem yet. But you will, only if you search. Search out of your coursework. XO

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  • Rookie Ankusha (1/22/2019 1:46:00 AM)

    Nice.. check out dream world by ankusha for some more wonderful poems... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Sukirty (12/3/2018 4:42:00 AM)

    Thanks for poem Iove it (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie hiloolollolo (9/29/2018 8:50:00 AM)

    fxck this is shxt lol Already Reported Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,604 Points Raynolds Moseamedi (9/3/2018 6:42:00 PM)

    A great poem, thank you Billy for sharing (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Boyo Bulatao (8/3/2018 11:01:00 PM)

    How can I contribute a poem here? Thanks! (Report) Reply

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Poetry Poems
  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. Poetry Reading
    Charles Bukowski
  10. 10. In Dispraise Of Poetry
    Jack Gilbert
  11. 11. Because You Asked About The Line Between..
    Howard Nemerov
  12. 12. The Uses Of Poetry
    William Carlos Williams
  13. 13. Poetry And Religion
    Les Murray
  14. 14. About My Poetry
    Nazim Hikmet
  15. 15. The Progress Of Poetry
    Jonathan Swift
  16. 16. To One Who Loved Not Poetry
    Sappho
  17. 17. Love Me - Love My Poetry
    Bonnie Alden Phillips
  18. 18. Poetry
    Claude McKay
  19. 19. ! Love And Poetry; Poetry And Love
    Michael Shepherd
  20. 20. Love, The Soul Of Poetry
    Anne Killigrew
  21. 21. Poetry For Supper
    Ronald Stuart Thomas
  22. 22. Goodbye To The Poetry Of Calcium
    James Arlington Wright
  23. 23. Poetry Is Poetry
    MAHTAB BANGALEE
  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. reiterative Poetry
    Sidi J. Mahtrow
  28. 28. Poetry Writes, Poetry Reads, Poetry Lives
    Bharati Nayak
  29. 29. A Poetry Reading At West Point
    William Matthews
  30. 30. On Donne's Poetry
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  31. 31. Apollo Musagete, Poetry, And The Leader ..
    Delmore Schwartz
  32. 32. Poetry
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  33. 33. Various Quotes From On Poetry And Craft:..
    Theodore Roethke
  34. 34. ! 'Poetry Means...Uh...'
    Michael Shepherd
  35. 35. Poetry Can Damage Your Health
    John Thorkild Ellison
  36. 36. Hasslefree Poetry
    Linda Ori
  37. 37. Poetry
    Akara K.
  38. 38. Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry..
    Delmore Schwartz
  39. 39. The Poetry Of Life
    Friedrich Schiller
  40. 40. At A Poetry Party I Am Given The Rhyme C..
    Li Ching Chao
  41. 41. A Defense Of Bad Poetry
    Michael Shepherd
  42. 42. Against The Dispraisers Of Poetry
    Richard Barnfield
  43. 43. ! ! Gertrude Stein Is Interviewed On Ame..
    Michael Shepherd
  44. 44. A Little More Poetry
    Sandra Osborne
  45. 45. To His Friend Master R. L., In Praise Of..
    Richard Barnfield
  46. 46. In Praise Of Poetry...
    Michael Shepherd
  47. 47. His Poetry His Pillar
    Robert Herrick
  48. 48. On Writing Poetry
    C.J. Heck
  49. 49. Poetry-My Window
    >Starr Williams<
  50. 50. 0158 For Fjr; Here's To Poetry
    Michael Shepherd

Poetry Poems

  1. Dis Poetry

    Dis poetry is like a riddim dat drops De tongue fires a riddim dat shoots like shots Dis poetry is designed fe rantin Dance hall style, big mouth chanting, Dis poetry nar put yu to sleep Preaching follow me Like yu is blind sheep, Dis poetry is not Party Political Not designed fe dose who are critical. Dis poetry is wid me when I gu to me bed It gets into me dreadlocks It lingers around me head Dis poetry goes wid me as I pedal me bike IÕve tried Shakespeare, respect due dere But did is de stuff I like. Dis poetry is not afraid of going ina book Still dis poetry need ears fe hear an eyes fe hav a look Dis poetry is Verbal Riddim, no big words involved An if I hav a problem de riddim gets it solved, IÕve tried to be more romantic, it does nu good for me So I tek a Reggae Riddim an build me poetry, I could try be more personal But youÕve heard it all before, Pages of written words not needed Brain has many words in store, Yu could call dis poetry Dub Ranting De tongue plays a beat De body starts skanking, Dis poetry is quick an childish Dis poetry is fe de wise an foolish, Anybody can do it fe free, Dis poetry is fe yu an me, DonÕt stretch yu imagination Dis poetry is fe de good of de Nation, Chant, In de morning I chant In de night I chant In de darkness An under de spotlight, I pass thru University I pass thru Sociology An den I got a dread degree In Dreadfull Ghettology. Dis poetry stays wid me when I run or walk An when I am talking to meself in poetry I talk, Dis poetry is wid me, Below me an above, Dis poetry's from inside me It goes to yu WID LUV.

  2. Poetry

    I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in it after all, a place for the genuine. Hands that can grasp, eyes that can dilate, hair that can rise if it must, these things are important not because a high-sounding interpretation can be put upon them but because they are useful. When they become so derivative as to become unintelligible, the same thing may be said for all of us, that we do not admire what we cannot understand: the bat holding on upside down or in quest of something to eat, elephants pushing, a wild horse taking a roll, a tireless wolf under a tree, the immovable critic twitching his skin like a horse that feels a flea, the base- ball fan, the statistician-- nor is it valid to discriminate against 'business documents and school-books'; all these phenomena are important. One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the poets among us can be 'literalists of the imagination'--above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, 'imaginary gardens with real toads in them', shall we have it. In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand, the raw material of poetry in all its rawness and that which is on the other hand genuine, you are interested in poetry.

  3. Poetry

    And it was at that age ... Poetry arrived in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where it came from, from winter or a river. I don't know how or when, no they were not voices, they were not words, nor silence, but from a street I was summoned, from the branches of night, abruptly from the others, among violent fires or returning alone, there I was without a face and it touched me. I did not know what to say, my mouth had no way with names, my eyes were blind, and something started in my soul, fever or forgotten wings, and I made my own way, deciphering that fire, and I wrote the first faint line, faint, without substance, pure nonsense, pure wisdom of someone who knows nothing, and suddenly I saw the heavens unfastened and open, planets, palpitating plantations, shadow perforated, riddled with arrows, fire and flowers, the winding night, the universe. And I, infinitesimal being, drunk with the great starry void, likeness, image of mystery, felt myself a pure part of the abyss, I wheeled with the stars, my heart broke loose on the wind.

  4. Some Like Poetry

    Some - thus not all. Not even the majority of all but the minority. Not counting schools, where one has to, and the poets themselves, there might be two people per thousand. Like - but one also likes chicken soup with noodles, one likes compliments and the color blue, one likes an old scarf, one likes having the upper hand, one likes stroking a dog. Poetry - but what is poetry. Many shaky answers have been given to this question. But I don't know and don't know and hold on to it like to a sustaining railing. Translated by Regina Grol

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