Study Guides on Works by Billy Collins

American poet Billy Collins wrote "Afternoon with Irish Cows" while on a trip to Ireland. The speaker describes a field of cows in detail, even suggesting that the cows are "mysterious" and "patient." He suggests that the cows have a personality...

The History Teacher was written by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins as part of his anthology collection Questions About Angels (1991).

In the poem, a teacher fails to do his job properly as a history teacher, and instead decides to create his...

The poems of Billy Collins seem destined to assure he is always relegated to that odd sphere of “major” minor poet. As Ogden Nash discovered before him, having a sense of humor and not being afraid to flaunt it means a deduction in critical points...