I have lost my turtledove: Isn't that her gentle coo? I will go and find my love.
Billy Collins wrote it in the hope that it would encourage readers and students to look, listen and react to a poem in subtle imaginative ways, rather than ride roughshod over it.
The title of the poem suggests that this will be a basic, perhaps formal presentation of poetry, where the reader gets to know the poem's fundamentals. May I introduce you to sonnet - 14 lines, terrific rhyme scheme, packed with metaphor and anaphora and has an iambic pentameter to die for.
But, Introduction to Poetry is the poet's way of saying that a poem is a thing of wonder and should be treated in a way that does not cause internal bruising to both poem and reader.
In effect, Billy Collins is declaring his love for poetry because, to him, it is a living thing, made of everyday language.
In this case, by a few metaphors and intriguing imagery. Reading a poem a day is what Billy Collins wants everyone to do 'so that the poem will be a feature of daily life and not something that's just taught.
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. Analysis Introduction to Poetry is a free verse poem of sixteen lines made up of seven stanzas.
There is no set rhyme scheme. The meter metre in UK is irregular but one or two lines bring the familiar iambic rhythm into play, for example: These all help to bring energy, texture and imagery into the field of play, which makes for a more interesting read.
I ask, I say, I want These requests are all direct yet contain a metaphorical package, various images appearing quite strongly throughout the poem.
So the tone is also one of subtle instruction, an appeal to the more sensitive, even playful side of human nature.
The speaker introduces light, a mouse, a fun activity, brightness - these are all positives and are set against the more negative images that appear later on in stanzas six and seven. Introduction to Poetry - Further Analysis First Stanza Just three short words set the tone of the whole poem - I ask them - suggesting that this is a serious poem at heart, despite later playfulness.
It is a poem of disguises and conceit and metaphor - and simile.
They all play important roles in establishing the ethos of the poem. So light is used as the prime medium through which a poem can be seen in its true color but first the language has to be held in the hand so to speak before the imagery can be understood.
The poem is a like a slide so we have here a simile,a comparison of poem with a film transparency. Second Stanza A one line iambic tetrameter four beatsasking the reader to listen to the poem, to establish whether or not the hive has occupants, rhythm, a certain buzz.
If the reader listens carefully enough perhaps the nature of the poem will become apparent? No need to look inside to determine if there's honey or not. Third Stanza This is an unrhyming couplet, two lines, again with a request for the reader, this time involving a mouse and the reader's observation.
The onus is on the reader to initiate - the mouse is to be dropped - which implies that the whiskered rodent is a newcomer to the poem, has never been in it before.Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library () and selected as the New York State Poet for Early Years Collins was born in New York City to William and Katherine Collins.
Katherine Collins was a nurse who stopped working to raise the couple's only child.
Mrs. How to Read a Poem uses images like the mouse, the hive, the switch (from the Billy Collins poem "Introduction to Poetry")—to guide readers into new ways of Reviews: Billy Collins Billy Collins was born on March 22, in New York, NY and is married to Diane Collins.
He is the son of Katherine M. Collins and William S. Collins. Collins received a Bachelors Degree at the College of the Holy Cross in and also received a Ph.D. in romantic poetry in Textbook Solutions Master the problems in your textbooks.
With expertly written step-by-step solutions for your textbooks leading the way, you’ll not only score the correct answers, but, most importantly, you’ll learn how to solve them on your own. Introduction To Poetry 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 /5(55). Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race.
By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed. Poetry is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the days of the school year.