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THE TROUBLE WITH POETRY by Billy Collins (2006)

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Having fun with words.

Teaching, teasing. Pull, prod, poke.

“This is just to say.”



“I wonder how you are going to feel /

when you find out /

that I wrote this instead of you”


Nitty Gritty:

Who: Various unnamed characters (occasionally the poet himself, but not always!)

What: Poetry

Where: across the country

When: Present day; some flashbacks; some flash forwards

Why: An exploration and explanation of childhood, music (jazz), emotion (especially love), getting older, passing time, education, reading, writing and understanding…

How: Mainly first person POV, Simple, straightforward voice; everyday language