Billy Collins Introduction To Poetry Analysis

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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.

“Introduction to Poetry” has irregular meter with some lines using iambic pentameter. It is 16 lines made of 7 stanzas, written in free verse with no set rhyme scheme. This allows the poet to use a variation of styles and tactics to express the idea of the poem. The author, Billy Collins is an American poet, who served two terms as Poet Laureate of the United Stated and has been an educator most of his life. He is currently a Professor of English at Lehman College in New York. This information is important in understanding Introduction to Poetry, because it is written from the perspective of a teacher explaining to his students, how poetry should be examined, something Collins has firsthand knowledge of. Introduction to Poetry compares and contrasts how the poet wants his students to approach poetry, to the unforgiving nature of their examination, which distorts the intended experience of the poem.
The title sets the scholastic tone. Introduction to Poetry is a course you could find in any college catalogue, confirming theeducational theme. The word “introduction,” could also be seen as a subtle hint of the personification to come at the end of the poem. In each of the first five stanzas, Collins explains how he wants his students to experience poetry through the senses.
In the first stanza learn the speaker and the subject of the poem and are asked to examine poetry through sight. The speaker is a teacher, who is trying to show his students various methods of examining poetry to find it’s meaning. The speaker asks the students to take a poem and not read it, but hold it up to the light like a color slide. A color slide is a small square of cardboard with a film image in the center that can be put in a projector and viewed on a screen when light is passed through it. This simile compares a poem to a film transparency, suggesting the need to shed light on the subject to see the images within it.
Stanza 2 is one line of iambic tetrameter which is convieniently used in the only stanza that references sound. Here Collins uses the metaphor of a poem being like a bee hive
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