BC: The End
FC: It's the little moments that make life big. | Billy Collins
1: March 22, 1941 | Birthdate
2: Birthplace: New York City
4: Education | -Professor at Lehman College - | Professor at Lehman College
6: The | Other works that he has written: | The Art of Drowning
7: Taking Off Emily Dickinsons Clothes
9: Billy Collins
10: Introduction To Poetry
13: Paraphrased: I want them to take a poem and look at it in the light.
15: Paraphrased: Put an ear up to the outside to listen
17: Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you. | Paraphrased: Put a mouse into it and let it find its own way out.
19: Paraphrase: go deep into the poem, into the dark, and feel for the light. Find your way out.
21: Paraphrase: I want them to glide across the poem, taking in every aspect of the poem.
23: Paraphrase: All readers want to do is to over analyze the poem.
25: Paraphrase: All readers want to do is to over complicate the poem and not appreciate it for its full value and worth.
27: Poetry is something that should be experienced and enjoyed.
28: The Speaker:
29: The poem is written in the speakers point of view.
30: Tone: | The tone is encouraging with a humorous, yet mocking twist.
31: When the speaker personifies the poem as a prisoner, Collins is not trying to give poetry a negative connotation He is creating a mocking attitude to alert the readers. .
32: Poetic Devices:
33: Metaphor | Simile | Imagery | Rhyme Scheme | Symbol
34: Metaphor | The poem is compared to a color slide. The poet is saying that the reader needs to squint their eyes to see the picture clearly.
35: An open home, an open heart, here grows a bountiful harvest. | Simile | Rhyme Scheme | "hold it up to the light like a color slide." The poet compares the poem to a color slide. | There is no "set" rhyme scheme. The lines are broken up by the five senses.
36: Symbol | The room is a symbol for having the option of just going in a finding it the easy way, or actually going through, taking one time to grasp the true meaning. | When the poet talks about walking into the poem's room and feeling the walls for a light switch, the poet is making the room a symbol.
37: Imagery | The imagery in the poem is vivid. The way the poet describes the poem is with clear pictures. One can clearly visualize the poem.
38: Connection to Never Let Me Go:
39: In Never Let Me Go, at Hailsham, the students are encouraged to create. Just like Billy Collins does to encourage his readers.