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Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to Poetry


by Billy Collins

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

(1) Sea Level

True 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 trip you up. The conversational tone and word choice mean you won't be clicking on that dictionary icon every other line, and the figurative language that he uses is pretty straightforward.

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