Collins was born in in New York City. He served two terms as the US poet laureate, from , was New York State poet laureate from , and is a regular guest on National Public Radio programs. In , as US poet laureate, Collins was asked to write a poem commemorating the first anniversary of the fall of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on September The reading was in front of a joint session of Congress held outside of Washington, DC.
They begin beating it with a hose to find out what it really means. It is 16 lines made of 7 stanzas, written in free verse with no set rhyme scheme. This allows the poet to use a variation of styles and tactics to express the idea of the poem. The author, Billy Collins is an American poet, who served two terms as Poet Laureate of the United Stated and has been an educator most.
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The author feels disdain for the readers for being ignorant and close-minded when looking at poems. He shows the readers how to enjoy the poem instead of letting it become a frustrating and painful experience. Many believe that there can only be one meaning to a poem, but it depends on who is reading it.
Billy Collins has described analyzing poetry in a very pleasurable and unique way. This poem is written in stanza form with no regular rhyming scheme. Author Billy Collins informs his readers to read poetry for enjoyment instead of dissecting it, and trying to figure out a deeper meaning. Disclaimer: This work has been submitted by a student. This is not an example of the work written by professional academic writers.