Part of the frustration of any literature teacher is the groaning chorus of poetry haters who are not excited about the poetry unit. To help this, I try to introduce poetry via song lyrics and fun poems. One of my favorite fun poems is Billy Collins’ “Introduction to Poetry” which presents the problems of teacher expectations running into students.
It is perfect for teaching assonance, metaphor, and free form structure. And it nails #thestruggleisreal feeling teachers get when trying to get students to read beyond the surface of a poem.
I’m in the process of creating a worksheet for this poem geared toward high school students. I’ll email the first five requests in the comments a free PDF copy of it when it’s done! Everyone else will be able to buy it from my Teachers Pay Teachers store when it’s done.