Poem Analysis and Comparison

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Essay Two Poetry

In the first poem, "Introduction to poetry", the speaker, in this case the teacher, is looking to provide the students with a much more interesting and exciting way to read poetry by helping them incorporate all their senses, thus allowing them to fully experience the work. The teacher wants the students to be able to appreciate poetry like they appreciate art and not just skim thought it as seen in the line "I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light" (Collins,356). Throughout the poem, it is evident how the teacher demonstrates to the students how to explore poetry by using sight, sound and even touch. In an interview with PBS, Collins explains: "Often people, when they're confronted with a poem, it's like someone who keep saying 'what is the meaning of this? What is the meaning of this?' And that dulls us to the other pleasures poetry offers" (Farnsworth).

Towards the end of the poem you can start to see that the teacher is growing frustrated that he can't get the students to appreciate the poem as a work of art like he would like. The line, "But all they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession out of it" demonstrates this dark ending perfectly, suggesting that at this point the speaker is disillusioned (Collins, 356). In the end, throughout the poem you can see the change in tone reflecting the growing frustration of the teacher. At the beginning, the tone is friendly using words like "I ask" and gradually the language changes to "I say". Over all, the poem seems in a way humorous to me: it made me smile because it made me think of the way that I see...