Forgetfulness. The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly. Forgetfulness by Billy name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title the plot the heartbreaking conclusion the entire novel. US Poet Laureate Billy Collins reads his poem “Forgetfulness” with animation by Julian Grey of Headgear. This animated video poetry is.

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Forgetfulness (Billy Collins)

The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of, as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain, to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

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. 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.

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. No wonder you rise in the middle of the night to look up the date of a colpins battle in a book on war. No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.

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Why does the reader read these poems in such a monotone? You have such a wonderful way with words. They paint such a creative image in my mind’s bjlly.

Billy Collins

Yes, I know the feeling. It mentions the moon as being like a clock.

I should get back to memorizing it. I agree with Milica exercise is vital, and getting outside and walking to clear the colline and get the legs on the move. Happy landings wherever you are, or wherever you go. Just had myself tested in case of Altzheimer, apparantly no ckllins, so I guess it’s just a normal thing to forget from time to time, and old age doesn’t help the situation.

What is nice is that somewhere there’s always a positive and a negative about a poem, or poet. It does take all kinds bilpy make a world, and im happy to be part of that great mass. Screw you this poem sucks Report Reply. Wow, This a very powerful and interesting poem. Thought provoking and easy to understand. Just as a haiku colljns give us the essence of an experience, Mr. Collins’s poem gives us the experience of losing track of memories one bit at a time.

As a witness to my mother’s gradual loss of these memories I find it touching and true to experience.

What Figurative Language Is Shown in the Poem “Forgetfulness”?

Ayyyy it was bad and not goood and bad Report Reply. A friend sent me this poem and im sending it on to a close friend. A mathematical expression of poetry. Well expressed thoughts and feelings. One of my favorites One who can critic is mediocre, so I’ll just keep my thoughts to myself, my school motto was: Think of all you speak, but speak not all you Think. It’s often helped in many instances in life ramble. A good poem all the same, well organized. Mostly what I like about Collins is his great sense of humour But this poem is so sensual, so wonderfully written, so intimate – I like it on its own!


Well, I find it hard to believe that Billy Collins suffers this forgetfulness, for his mind is still so sharp and his poems to clever and articulate.

But this definitely speaks to me. I tried one on this same subject, not realizing that Collins had beat me to it – and, oh, so much better. But, alas, I have no memory of how I first learned of his work.

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