In Billy Collin’s “Introduction to Poetry” teachers are trying to get students to analyze a poem for themselves and not always look for the teacher to tell them what the poem is about

In Billy Collin’s “Introduction to Poetry” teachers are trying to get students to analyze a poem for themselves and not always look for the teacher to tell them what the poem is about, or the message the poet is trying to convey. Teachers want the students to decipher the poem themselves and to tell them what the poem means to them. Using various types of imagery, Billy Collins explains a conflict between his desire for his students to enjoy and experience poetry and the reality of how they read it in his poem “Introduction to Poetry.”
First, Billy Collins uses the metaphor, “or press an ear against its hive” (line 4). When he says line four he is comparing the poem to a beehive. Billy Collins is saying students need to listen to the poem, so they can understand what it is saying. Beehives are known to be very dangerous for humans, like a new poem that has never been read before.

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