The school year is going through some changes. We now end at 3 PM and the Holidays are upon us. Whether your celebrate Hanukah, Christmas, nothing at all, or something entirely different, December is a magical time. People gather to celebrate. There are two weeks of no school. It may snow. Hot chocolate and sweaters fill homes. These are some of my favorite things.
The final change is that I, Mr. Hatchel, will now be working through our Blog Posts and guiding you through a mystical journey of cyberspace and language. Now, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I love poetry. I love to write and read poetry. I love to hang out with poets and daydream about poetry. I keep poetry with me always. I want to share my love of poetry with you all today and hope to continue to share poetry with you in the following months.
So I would love to start with one of my favorite poems of all time, “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins. It is a magnificent way to start any worthwhile discussion about poetry.
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.
So for your post this, there are two possible entries:
1.) Where else besides poetry do you think people focus too much on what it “means” and do not enjoy it as it is? What good is poetry if it doesn’t have to mean anything? How else should we approach poetry besides looking for what the poem means?
2.) If you write poetry, do you think people should read the poem and only focus on what it means? How does it ruin the poem to become obsessed with meaning? Do you write poetry only to get a message across? Why else would you write poetry?