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

all they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession out of it.// it wonders me
Vivid imagery indeed. All the ways you can teach poetry. I know. I did that.
To torture a poem to it squeals we see our destiny.
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
poems suck and make noooooooo sense im only on here for school


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