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Introduction to Poetry Essay

Updated on November 2, 2017

Introduction to Poetry

In reading this poem you can feel the almost overwhelming joy that he experienced while writing it. In the poem he asks his readers to “Hold it up to the light like a color slide.” (Collins, 2011) This is really a very interesting statement, because it entails that the author feels his work is worthy of the highest regards. But no matter how many times the author asks this of his readers, they do nothing more than disregard his work in a way that he finds unacceptable.

In the end the poem represents the pain that the author feels from the utter disregard that has been paid to his writing. At the end he states that, "But all they want to do / is tie the poem to a chair with rope / and torture a confession out of it." (Collins, 2011) With this statement the author reveals the pains that he has had to struggle with. He uses one pain to get to another pain.

In the article that you can refer to in the New England Review (Mary Ebbott) it is said that the projection of pain onto something else is a metaphorical strategy that we often use to understand and articulate our own pain. Which in many ways when you think about it we are good at ignoring our own personal pain and projecting it off onto something else. We sometimes wonder if dealing with our own pain is even worth it.

In the article written by the The Clearing House (Michael Smith, and Billy Connelly) is said that most English classes can relate to the poem “Introduction to Poetry” written by Bill Collins. It is also said that, “We have often had feelings similar to those expressed by the poet Billy Collins in his poem.” Which in many ways I am sure is possibly true. When it comes to writing the emotions surrounding it can change almost rapidly from one to the next. You can feel many different feelings all in the space of a 5-minute poem. Writing is really not to different from thinking. All you are doing is giving life to your words by writing them down.

© 2017 Vic Watts

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