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English 102 - CRITICAL THINKING AND LITERARY ANALYSIS - Groper

Introduction to Poetry

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 say drop a mouse into a poem                                             5

and watch him probe his way out,

 

or walk inside the poem's room

and feel the walls for a light switch.

 

I want them to water-ski

across the surface of a poem                                                10

waving at the author's name on the shore.

 

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                                            15

to find out what it really means.

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