Billy Collins is my favorite poet. This is neither unique or of great, vast insight. To deny Billy Collins is to deny the art of poetry, poet laureates and Poetry 180. But part of what truly makes me love Billy Collins is his role in shaping popular culture when it comes to poetry. Since this week’s posts examine poetry through the lens of media, Billy Collins is a worthy focus. More than anything else he is a poet in the public eye.
Collins is well-known. See his You Tube highlights or any of his featured spots on A Prairie Home Companion if you don’t believe it. But what makes him an appropriate topic for our focus this week on poetry and media literacy has to do with how we see his poetry “interpreted.”
Consider using the lesson below to supplement a poetry unit that already focuses on Billy Collins. Or, use one of his pieces of poetry as a starting point, and after introducing his work, use this lesson to raise larger questions about poet, media and culture. Read more