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Poetry Closed Reading Assignment:Billy Collins

1065 words - 5 pages

Poetry Closed Reading Assignment
For this assignment, I have decided to write about a famous poem of Billy Collins which is titled as ‘Introduction to Poetry’ written in 1996.
Billy Collins has used a specific metaphor, simile, rhyme and personification in his poem ‘Introduction to poetry’ in order to show how one should better understand a poem. This poem focused on what the poem actually mean and how a poem should be clearly understood. Throughout the poem, Billy Collins has presented a clear way of understanding the poem by using a very interesting imagery, symbolism, metaphor and a very sensitive sound. The words used in this poem are so powerful that the readers are convinced to think about the issue presented in the poem.
Overall, it expresses the love and affection of Collin about this poem. This poem is basically looked at, or listened to, and the rodent tested. Such imagery used in poem supports the central ideas of Collin in poem, that the reading poetry must be, just like a good exploration, a discovery act. The poem has a very conversational effect and scholastic feel in it. First stanza directly linked to the second stanza while the third and fourth stanza of this poem has distinct thoughts in them. Similarly, the six stanzas come in a follow-up way but the mood actually changed in the last two stanzas of the poem. In short, Collin has written this poem in a very special and artistic way which really changes other’s minds about how to better understand a poem by knowing its actual meaning.
“Billy Collins' “Introduction to Poetry” isn’t an ars poetica poem about writing poetry, but about reading poetry. The speaker is a teacher who tells his students that they should experience a poem, rather than dissect it. The focus on experience is emphasized by using metaphors that refer to concrete physical actions and activities, which can easily be connected to distinct ways of reading poetry.” (Genius Media Group Inc.)
Throughout the poem, Collins has tried to enlighten all of his readers by giving them an important message. This important message that Collin has given to his readers or students is that all of us must endeavor to get the deep inside of the poem in order to experience it, rather than only figuring out basic meaning of the poem by skimming it. In fact, this overall theory actually does not just apply to appreciating the poetry; however, it deeply applies to the great deals of our daily situations or scenarios.
There is a strong use of the metaphors in this poem. Initially in the first stanza, the author has compared the poem with the light just like a color slide and in this way; author has tried to create an imaginary in the eyes of the readers. In the second stanza, he has compared the poem to the hive. “Collins compares “poem” to “a maze” and “a room in a house”, it reveals the feelings of lost, frustration and uncertainty. I agree with Collin’s point of view as we are afraid of insecurity when facing the unfamiliarity...

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