[One of my students said], 'Poetry is harder than writing,' which I found both erroneous and profound.

Billy Collins

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“Everyday Moments, Caught in Time.” TED2012. Feb. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Everyday Moments, Caught in Time." TED2012. Feb. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This Billy Collins quote is from the two-term U.S. Poet Laureate's 2012 TED Talk in which he shares several animated film versions of his poems. In this quote, Collins is saying that his student's statement, that "poetry" is more difficult than "writing," does not make sense because poetry is a form of writing; at the same time, it makes perfect sense, because writing poetry is so different from writing anything else. Watch the full TED Talk here: Billy Collins - Everyday Moments, Caught in Time