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Billy Collins

This poem turns on its head the idea that a tenth birthday is a joyous occasion. Instead, the young speaker laments the loss he is feeling as he grows older. The poem shows the pain of maturing...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2020 6:19 pm UTC

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The theme is, as others have said, the belated recognition by a son of the boundless love a mother has for her child. Looking up the word "lanyard" triggers a childhood memory as powerful in the...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 2:30 am UTC

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This poem is seemingly straight forward. The speaker, feeling restless, happens to see the dictionary opened to the "L" section and he sees the word "lanyard." This makes him recall the time he...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2013 4:18 pm UTC

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In “The Names,” our speaker is reflecting on all the people who were victims of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. Collins speaks to the everlasting impact of this...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 7:45 pm UTC

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Billy Collins's poem "Introduction to Poetry" is heavily metaphorical. Collins uses figurative language, mostly metaphors, to contrast what he thinks students/readers do when trying to analyze a...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016 8:37 pm UTC

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Starting with line 12 and lasting to the end of the poem, the mood becomes much darker, more somber, and more unpleasant. In the first twelves lines, the poem is light and playful as the speaker...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018 1:00 pm UTC

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In his poem “Silence,” Billy Collins invites us to reflect on the fact that silence can vary in quality by situation and circumstance. The silence of the crowd in the first stanza is a silence of...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2020 9:09 pm UTC

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Billy Collins's "No Time" is a poem that describes the speaker hurrying on a weekday morning to get to an unspecified location. While driving, he or she passes the cemetery in which the speaker's...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2020 12:02 pm UTC

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In the poem entitled "Introduction to Poetry," the author writes about the issue with poetry. The issue with the poem is that the reader has to learn how to get the meaning out of a poem. There is...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2012 12:40 am UTC

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The lines quoted appear in the last two stanzas of Billy Collins’s poem “Silence.” The speaker primarily uses the literary device of anaphora, which is a particular type of repetition. In Collins’s...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 6:49 pm UTC

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“The Lanyard” was published in a collection entitled The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems (2005). It is written in a conversational tone and uses the cadences of natural speech. The open form...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2020 3:24 pm UTC

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To put this quote into context, take a look at the previous lines of the poem. In essence, the speaker argues that students of poetry do not really dig into a poem to discover its true meaning....

Latest answer posted April 18, 2017 6:39 pm UTC

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The first question being asked is an opinion question, so feel free to answer it according to your personal thoughts about "On Turning Ten." Personally, I did not (nor currently do I) find this...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 3:20 pm UTC

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Billy Collins immediately establishes a central metaphor, or conceit, of armed conflict between political forces. The first line conveys that “revolution of snow” had occurred overnight. The...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2020 7:12 am UTC

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This appears to be a poem about death, or specifically, the thoughts of someone remembering and thinking of someone who has died. It is a subtle poem, so one must read it closely and examine the...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2016 2:04 am UTC

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"Afternoon with Irish Cows" is a poem by Billy Collins, who served as America's poet laureate and is among the most well-known and popular contemporary poets. He wrote this poem when he was in...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2020 8:14 pm UTC

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The speaker is looking back nostalgically at a time when he did something for his mother. Although this woven lanyard was a camp crafts project, the memory of that minor achievement propels him...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 1:42 am UTC

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Your question did not specify a title or author. It occurred to me after submitting my answer that Billy Collins is the name of a popular contemporary poet. He may be the author of your poem and/or...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2012 9:11 pm UTC

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As the first line of "The History Teacher" makes clear, the teacher in question wants to "protect the innocence" of his students. He does so by downplaying or using euphemisms to describe the...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2021 4:44 pm UTC

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The title of the poem, "No Time," provide a significant clue as to the theme of the poem. The speaker says that he is "In a rush" on a weekday morning. Such a feeling is familiar to most of us:...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020 1:49 pm UTC

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