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Poet Billy Collins’s 3 Tips for Reading Poetry

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 16, 2021 • 2 min read

Billy Collins has produced 12 collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Ballistics, and Nine Horses, and served as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. Collins is an authority on the art of reading poetry, and his reading tips can help you fully appreciate poems and prose.