An important note: I will extend the deadline for the ENG 4U Hamlet assignment to Monday. You can ask all of your questions tomorrow.
Today, you will watch a stirring collection of visual poetry. You will also start an argument with the former Poet Laureate of the United States.
Don’t get your Anti-Poetry Deflector Shields up. You won’t need them. Today, Billy Collins, author of Introduction to Poetry, will explain why.
- Watch Billy Collins’ visual poetry. Pay particular attention to the poem Collins reads at the end of the video. It is dedicated to an unnamed 17 year-old.
- In a short, in-class response, take issue with Collins’ last poem. Your response may be in the form of poetry or prose. Play the role of 17 year-old, and tell the poet what you think. Is Collins right? Are you angry? Are you as lazy as the poet suggests, or does the fault lie elsewhere?