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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And that word suddenly alters the reader’s mindset by implying that memories can go just like that, in the blink of an eye. He doesn’t hide things from us, as I think lesser poets do.

clolins The speaker is someone likely to be experiencing this slightly disturbing phenomena: Thought provoking and easy to understand. This supports coklins Maven widget and search functionality. It’s typical of Billy Collins to suggest, tongue in cheek, that the first memory to be lost is that of the author’s name.

Some articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. Alliteration There are several examples of alliteration, which helps with sound texture and interest: It’s often helped in many instances in life ramble. This is an ad network. Screw you this poem sucks Report Reply.


No wonder you rise in the middle of the night to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war. Forgetfulness is an inspiring poem of the daily challenges of getting older. This is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center.


The moon in the final stanza is a symbol of time and in this specific case a time of romance and love. It shows the way it works without explanation.

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Forgetflness need to read this poem again. That’s a poignant thought. Hyperbole Stanza six suggests that the memory has floated away down a dark mythological riverquite an exaggeration. No wonder you rise in the middle of the night to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.

They paint such a creative image in my mind’s eye. I should get back to memorizing it. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Analysis of Poem Forgetfulness by Billy Collins

His work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and has been chosen several times for the annual Best American Poetry series. No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.

When older, we forget names and faces and things that are important. It can – why not try to store to memory the order of the planets? 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 fotgetfulness those who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.


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 is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal.

Forgetfulness Poem by Billy Collins – Poem Hunter

Some articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. All of us face memory loss sooner or later so the poem deals with the universal as well as the personal. We’re wired to remember, wired for instant recall of fact, yet the truth is that some day our memories will simply not be there. Add this poet to MyPoetList. Like many of his lyrics, the conversational style and lack of rhyme disguise the artifice of the poem, and it seems like a reasonably interesting idea worked up with some clever imagery — worth reading to hear an intelligent musing aloud, but not particularly memorable.

Forhetfulness poem has collins the hallmarks of a classic Billy Collins poem: