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Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins
I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
or press an ear against its hive.
I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.
But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.
Introduction to Poetry by Sirine

I ask them to take a poem
and twirl it around and around
like a kaleidoscope

or dance to its beat with your heart.

I say wander into a poem’s cave
and search for the light at the end,

or hum its verses under your breath
like a favorite song.

I want them to dive into a poem
Swim across its inky ocean
Floating above the author’s name
Written in sand.

Introduction to Poetry by Hannah G.

I ask them to take a poem
and examine it under a microscope
like a scientist looks at cells

or slide down its slippery slopes looking out for trees.

I say pour water over a poem
and watch it grow bountifully,

or pick the poem’s lock
and unleash its darkest secrets.

I want them to walk with a poem
across the warm ocean sand leaving evanescent footprints
as they smile at the author’s name.

Introduction to Poetry by Henry A.

I ask them to take a poem and let it open
like a rose, red, black, or white

or swim across its calm tide.

I say fly into a poem and
allow its clouds to kiss your cheek,

or capture the poem’s soul
and let it dance on your heart.

I want them to fall
across a poem and
feel its softness pick them up,
look at the author’s name and let it seep into your mind
and never leave it behind.

Introduction to Poetry by Grace C.

I ask them to take a poem
and plant it in the soft earth
like a tiny seed and watch it grow

or paint across its papery white walls.

I say snuggle into a poem
and let its lullaby put you to sleep,

or walk across the poem’s beaches
and leave your footprints in the sand.

I want them to dip their toes in the puddles
created by the poem’s rain, splashing at the author’s name
while it pours down.

Introduction to Poetry by Amber Damm

I ask them to take a poem
and paint it
like a sunset crimson and gold on a soul’s canvas

or listen to its waves collide with eternal rocks.

I say paddle into a poem
and float across the placid waters,

or sneak into the poem’s attic
and rummage through its relics.

I want them to waltz
across the dance floor and
twirl by the author’s name
holding their partner’s hand

POEM #4 Introduction to Poetry

Rewrite Poet Billy Collins’ work using your own figurative language.  Refer to your notes on metaphor and simile.  Your poem should illustrate many creative ways people can delve into poetry.  Revisit Collins’ original poem for help and inspiration.  When you’re finished, write your completed poem in your notebook.

POEM #3 How to Eat a Poem
Use metaphor and something delicious to “Bite” into poetry. Write a 12-line poem in your notebook about poetry using metaphor and something delicious you like to consume. Follow poet Peter Davison’s example and describe your tasty food while also “eating a poem” as you would eat your favorite food with reckless abandon. Use descriptive language and help your reader see how scrumptious it is to eat.
How to Eat a Poem By Shana 4th Hour

Take it all in, twirl it on to your fork

Savor all it says
Whisper it, consider all it contains
Destroy it, attack every piece, leave none behind
Take it with gusto, swallowing letter like nobodies business
Have words hanging out, ready to slurp them in
But don’t cook it too long, leaving less than before
Don’t boil it down to a single meaning, a single opinion
Keep stirring, adding in ideas, salt and and spices
Gulp it, crunch it, smoosh it, demolish it
Be open , mouth and mind
Take it know it and eat it!
How To Eat a Poem by Eve Merriam
Don't be polite.
Bite in.
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that
May run down your chin.
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.
You do not need a knife or fork or spoon
or plate or napkin or tablecloth.
For there is no core
or stem
or rind
or pit
or seed
or skin
to throw away.