ENG 4U 2012: Anti-Poetry Deflector Shields

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.

Steps:

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
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