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How to Analyze a Poem Introduction to Poetry by billy collins in Seven Easy Steps TPFASTT

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   
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 waterski   
across the surface of a poem
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   
to find out what it really means.
Analyze  Poem Introduction to Poetry by billy collins  in  Seven Easy Steps TPFASTT:

Title: the name of a class, teacher+students like meeting someone.

Paraphrase: Right from the get-go this poem has a scholastic feel.We start with a title is basically straight out of a course catalog.Add to that fact that the speaker of the poem is a teacher and we are all set of school
In the poemthe speaker (a teacher) describes how he tries to get "them"(the student) to appraoch a poem.But try as he might.the teacher can not get the students to appreciate the poem( or poetry) at all.

Figurative language: Poem is written in Free verse ,meaning the poem does not follow any preset patterns.this form means that the poet is 'free' to usa any kind of line,stanza,and rhythm that they feel best expresses the feelings and ideas in the poem.

Attitude: The attitude of the poem is : exccited in the beginning, but seems angry or frustrated at the end.

Shifts: shift in imagery lines 3and 4
             shift un imagery mouse to room
shift in image room -->waterski
shift in imagery +attitude

Title: this poem is called ' introducation to poetry ' because : the poem is about a teacher who wants to introduce Poetry in fun way but he gets frustrated.

Theme: The purpose of this poem is : To express frustration with poeple who want to tie apoem down to only one thing and suck all the fun out of poetry as a resulat.
There is a lesson being taught in this poem, but it is not presented to us in a traditional ,academic way.On the bright side, the poem is , as poems go, pretty straightforward





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