About Billy Collins Billy Collins b. Collins was born into a working-class Bronx couple, and grew up in a typical middle-class neighborhood where he went to church on Sundays and listened to jazz music in his free time. He is the author of several award winding books of poetry, and a recording of reading thirty-three of his poems, The Best Cigarette, was released in 1997. The title Forgetfulness is what the subject of the poem is all about. Whatever it is you are struggling to remember, it is not poised on the tip of your tongue, not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.
But this definitely speaks to me. Kein Wunder, dass du mitten in der Nacht aufstehst, um in einem Buch über Kriege das Datum einer berühmten Schlacht nachzuschlagen. This simile suggests that a poem needs to be revealed to the reader not just looked at. Forgetfulness occurs smoothly, a process impeding but not urgent. The pain in the loved and dear ones cannot be explained in any words.
This poem is well organized. The narrator also reminds us that one day we will join these forgotten pieces of information and be forgotten ourselves. This also lead me to think that the speaker of the poem was someone who is aging or is older because as humans get older they tend to forget things more easily, especially if they are memories that they had from a long time ago. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. He has conducted summer poetry workshops in Ireland at University College Galway, and taught at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence, and Lehman College, City University of New York.
He also uses images that are seemingly unconnected to show the process of memory loss. This poem was written by poet, Billy Collins, who felt inspired to write it after his trip to Italy was cancelled due to unfortunate reasons. People do have the tendency of forgetting and many a times are in situations that the poet has explained in the poem. I tried one on this same subject, not realizing that Collins had beat me to it - and, oh, so much better. When older, we forget names and faces and things that are important.
Woran auch immer du dich zu erinnern bemühst, es liegt dir nicht auf der Zungenspitze, lauert nicht mal in irgendeiner obskuren Ecke der Milz. Collins reaches out to the older audience saying that forgetting is a normal process of life, one that must be accepted. He ends the poem by reassuring his love that even though she cannot be everything, she is still important. An Introduction to a Poet: Billy Collins Billy Collins is one of the most credited poets of this century and last. It has floated away down a dark mythological river whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall, well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle. A recording of Collins reading thirty-three of his poems, The Best Cigarette, was released in 1997.
Collins has edited Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry Random House, 2003 , an anthology of contemporary poems for use in schools and was a guest editor for the 2006 edition of The Best American Poetry. However, he then goes on to tell her that she cannot be compared to a whole host of other romantic objects. In the second stanza Collins speaks only of the aspects that he will enjoy missing by not going to Italy such as, there are no abbeys, or crumbing frescoes or famous domes back home. Enjambment is also being employed between stanza three and four as a way to unify the poem since there is no rhyme scheme. Many poems, mostly done in the mid-1990s, Collin speaks of memory loss as something which will happen to everyone as they age. Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag, and even now as you memorize the order of the planets, something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps, the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.
This poem is made up of images which help us to explore our experience of reading a poem. He is basically and American and has contributed so much into the poetry world. Collins published eight collections of poetry. Figurative language is the use of imaginative expressions to add strength, creativity or intrigue to literature. Although he refers to memories in a lighthearted, thoughtful manner, the poem gradually shifts just as memories fade to a more serious and solemn tone. Whatever it is you are struggling to remember, it is not poised on the tip of your tongue, not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.
He also uses images that are seemingly unconnected to show the process of memory loss. He has spent much of his working life in academia, teaching English at Lehman College, City University of New York, for over thirty years. In the next three stanzas, there is a continuation of description comparing the. It also uses a lot of literary elements like personification and irony. Although the poem is interesting for many reasons, I think the main reasons I found it interesting are because it conveys many messages throughout the writing that can be interpreted differently by different readers, uses variation to explain the different things the speaker has forgotten, and has deeper meaning past the more obvious ones.
No matter what age, everyone can relate to this poem. Collins uses images that one would not expect to use when discussing the degradation of memory. Once we begin to understand the storyline, we must dive further…. Laughter is a communal experience and that may partially explain Collins' huge popularity as a reader of his own work. The title is referring to the notion that if he had a gun in the house, he would most likely go next door, and kill the dog. In the poem, Collins uses metaphors, hyperbole, imagery, personification and allusion, among other figurative elements. His other honors and awards include the Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry, as well as fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.