Billy Collins: A Poet Speaks Out

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  1. Watch Billy Collins' audio/visual poem:
  2. Listen to a talk by Billy Collins on his craft and how it relates to the reader:
  3. Write a paragraph in which you:
    • Identify at least three specific ideas from these two links and the article in 3.0 on "How to Read a Poem" that are relevant to you as a student and/or writer of poetry.
      • Include details from the links and the article and provide MLA in-text citations for them.
      • Explain your ideas fully.
      • Post


      The purpose of this activity is to read about the Reader-Response critical theory as it relates to the Billy Collins lecture and poem, Introduction to Poetry, in which he encourages us "not to tie a poem to a chair." Exploring this approach will be used later to write a Reader-Response analysis for a Billy Collins poem.Directions
      1. Read the poem by Theodore Roethke:
      2. Read about Reader-Response Criticism .
      3. Read the essay about "My Papa’s Waltz" that is written from a Reader-Response Approach .
      4. Write two paragraphs that:
        • Explain the two different reader responses present in this poem.
        • Provide evidence from the essay to back up each response.
        • Indicate which one you agree with and why.
      5. Post

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School: Cornell University


3.1 - Billy Collins: A Poet Speaks Out
From the poem by Billy Collins Introduction to Poetry the author expresses difference
idea especially in the field of poem writing and learning. The specific idea from the poem is the
frustration that Billy has on the process of teaching students how to write poems, as the students
do not seem to grasp the creativity process correctly. In the poem, Billy expresses his frustrations
and demonstrates how proper creative poetry sound and look like. In the poem, he says, "I want
them to waterski across the surface of a poem waving at the author's name on the shore"(Collins
28). Billy explains how he wanted his students to acquire kno...

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