Poetry, By Billy Collins, The Writer

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Poetry comes in many forms, rhythms, tones, and meanings whether metaphoric or realistic. One thing, however, which is a common trait of poetry, is that they all carry a message to the reader. In some poems the message appears very clear and understandable, while in others, the author may hide the message within metaphors and imagery. In the poem “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins, the writer “enlightens” his reader with an important message that poetry is something to experience. He uses this poem to instruct and challenge the reader to search line by line for deeper meanings and purpose within the poetry they encounter. The reader can read more deeply by using critical and analytical thinking rather than taking poem literally.…show more content…
The last two stanzas, however, allude to a way of thinking that the message of poetry will simply and vividly stand out and lead to a way that allows them to be taken literally or at face value. Also, the writer’s tone clearly shows in the last two stanzas: 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. (12-16) They emphasize the exact way of thinking that the writer is instructing against, challenging the readers to use their critical thinking by example of the first five stanzas. Critical thinking is what the poem “Introduction to Poetry” calls for the reader to draw on and is a skill that people develop through time and experience. A report from The Institute for Academic Excellence defines critical thinking as “purposeful self-regulatory judgment, which manifests itself in giving reasonable consideration to the evidence, methods and conceptual structures within which a decision is made about what to believe or what to do.” Contingent on the learning condition of a classroom, students should be acquainted with critical thinking and encouraged to begin practicing by the instructors. To cultivate critical thinking, students need to be studying topics of interest. They need meaningful discussions and exposure to others’ ideas in an atmosphere which supports the students’ ideas and thinking. A topic of interest is most important
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