In "Introduction to Poetry," we're asked to explore a poem using sight, sound, and touch. The mouse meanders through the maze. We are asked to fumble around the walls of a dark room for a light switch. Again and again, Collins presents us with this idea of exploration. So what's up? Does Collins lead a sheltered life? Was he forced to live in a closet below the stairs until a white owl…scratch that. In fact, it is this sense of adventure and exploration that the speaker and, presumably, Collins want to instill in the students when they look at poems.
This is a fluffy way of looking at poetry. There's no substance here. You can't just waterski on top of a poem. You have to dive in, with your dictionary handy.
This speaker doesn't give kids enough credit. They're fully capable of exploring a poem on their own.