Poetry, dessert or the nasty veggies on your plate? As I opened up Billy Collins’ Sailing Alone Around the Room, I groaned aloud when I realized that it was a collection of his poetry. Poetry is a topic you either love or hate. Personally, I hate poetry, but I rather enjoyed reading this collection. With topics such as a cigarettes, books, and nightlife, there is a poem everyone can relate to on a personal level. Poetry in general is open to interpretation; Billy Collins specifically has a gift for relating to each Individual In his audience. He could reach me through poem about coffee and someone else with one about a dark nightclub. In Billy Collins’ Sailing Alone Around the Room he takes every objects and makes them memorable, or in his own words “reader-friendly, hospitable, congenial, welcoming” (Welch, par. 28). While his main aim is to ensure the reader enjoyment if they want it, deeper issues await them in between the lines. One of the poems that sticks out in my mind is Collins’ “Introduction to Poetry. ” This poem Is an easy read that brings a smile to the reader’s face. While it is entertaining, If one […]

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