Study Guide

Introduction to Poetry Tough-o-Meter

By Billy Collins

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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