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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

  • Rookie jack frost (11/21/2017 3:42:00 PM)

    i like this poem a lot good job billy | Delete this message

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  • Gold Star - 93,128 Points Sandra Feldman (11/14/2017 10:56:00 PM)

    Over analysis of anything is never good,
    You end up with nothing, understood,
    Like a dried out dish, that's overcooked.

    This is a striking poem not only for the original images and metaphors but also because of how vividly the poet presents his case. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jayatissa K.Liyanage (11/11/2017 10:21:00 PM)

    Yes, we sometimes, truly struggle with some poems. Still, poet may have a definite objective in his/her mind, when the poem is crafted, like viewing it against light like a slide, or dropping a mouse in to it and watching how it would struggle to get out or finding walls in a room of poem etc. etc. It makes us thinking, indeed. Enjoyed. Thanks for sharing. X | Delete this message

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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 , Don Paterson
  8. 8. Poetry , Charles Bukowski
  9. 9. Because You Asked About The Line Between.. , Howard Nemerov
  10. 10. Poetry Reading , Charles Bukowski
  11. 11. In Dispraise Of Poetry , Jack Gilbert
  12. 12. The Uses Of Poetry , William Carlos Williams
  13. 13. Love, The Soul Of Poetry , Anne Killigrew
  14. 14. Poetry , Claude McKay
  15. 15. Goodbye To The Poetry Of Calcium , James Arlington Wright
  16. 16. The Progress Of Poetry , Jonathan Swift
  17. 17. reiterative Poetry , Sidi J. Mahtrow
  18. 18. ! Love And Poetry; Poetry And Love , Michael Shepherd
  19. 19. A Poetry Reading At West Point , William Matthews
  20. 20. About My Poetry , Nazim Hikmet
  21. 21. Poetry And Religion , Les Murray
  22. 22. To One Who Loved Not Poetry , Sappho
  23. 23. Poetry For Supper , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  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. Love Me - Love My Poetry , Bonnie Alden Phillips
  28. 28. On Donne's Poetry , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  29. 29. Poetry Can Damage Your Health , John Thorkild Ellison
  30. 30. Poetry Writes, Poetry Reads, Poetry Lives , Bharati Nayak
  31. 31. Various Quotes From On Poetry And Craft:.. , Theodore Roethke
  32. 32. Apollo Musagete, Poetry, And The Leader .. , Delmore Schwartz
  33. 33. Poetry , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  34. 34. Hasslefree Poetry , Linda Ori
  35. 35. ! 'Poetry Means...Uh...' , Michael Shepherd
  36. 36. Poetry , Akara K.
  37. 37. Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry.. , Delmore Schwartz
  38. 38. At A Poetry Party I Am Given The Rhyme C.. , Li Ching Chao
  39. 39. A Defense Of Bad Poetry , Michael Shepherd
  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. On Writing Poetry , C.J. Heck
  48. 48. 0158 For Fjr; Here's To Poetry , Michael Shepherd
  49. 49. Poetry-My Window , >Starr Williams<
  50. 50. An Address To Poetry , Helen Maria Williams
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