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Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Poetry
by Billy Collins

Introduction to Poetry Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Free Verse"Introduction to Poetry" is written in free verse, meaning the poem does not follow any preset patterns. Admit it, you were thinking "free" in the sense of who would pay for this stuff? W...

Speaker

With just a little work, and an educated guess or two, we can pretty easily work out some key information about the poem's speaker.When we take into consideration the scholastic tone of the title a...

Setting

For most readers, the title places them in a scholastic setting—you know, sitting in a funky smelling room in an uncomfortable desk (who-knows-what stuck to the underside) with a clock that seems...

Sound Check

Billy Collins is known for writing poems that are plain spoken and direct and this poem totally fits the mold. Overall, the poem basically sounds like everyday speech. In other words, it has a very...

What's Up With the Title?

Titles are almost always important in poems and this one is no exception. First of all, the title functions as we described in the "Summary." It looks like, it sounds like, it is a description from...

Calling Card

A Life ObservedCollins' poems often take the form of close, witty observations of the world around him—things from his daily life and experience. In "Introduction to Poetry," Collins draws on his...

Tough-o-Meter

(1) Sea LevelTrue to form (and in keeping with the idea of something introductory), Collins keeps this one pretty clear throughout. The trail is wide and there aren't really any fallen branches to...

Trivia

Billy Collins was called "the most popular poet in America" in a New York Times article by Bruce Weber. Being the rock star of the poetry world does afford certain perks—like a six-figure book de...

Steaminess Rating

GIf you are looking for romance or sexual innuendo, look elsewhere.

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