Sunday, February 17, 2019
The Names Essay -- Literary Analysis, Billy Collins
In the poem The Names, by Billy Collins, the speaker is sedately recalling peoples last names alphabetically as he notices them wherever he goes. At foremost it seems as though he is p localiseing a game to see how mevery names he can think of. After reading the whole poem some(prenominal) times, it becomes clear that he is referring to people who died on September 11th. Collins uses imagery, a serious tone, and similes throughout the poem to show appreciation for the memory of the victims that died that tragical day. In the first stanza, it is established that the poem is written in the first person, when I is referring to the speaker, which illustrates this persons point of view concerning the tragedy of 9/11 during a whole day of events. The speaker begins by picture a tranquil mood as the opening of a great list of last names. In line 1, he says Yesterday, I lay awake in the palm of the night. He describes the night like a tropical tree gently swaying in a pea ceful land setting. He calmly observes the gentle raindrops dripping slowly down his windowpanes until they depart in A soft rain stole in, unhelped by any breeze, / And when I saw the silver glaze on the windows, (2-3). For a instruct moment, he enjoys going outside to his garden at sunrise to lug the sorrow that death brings when In the morning, I walked out barefoot / Among thousands of flowers (11-12). In the second stanza, the speaker visualizes images within the starry night and a contaminating shoreline that symbolize individuals experiencing death-defying events. In line 8, the speaker states Names printed on the jacket crown of the night. He is referring to the pattern of stars that draw great figures of Greek Gods, like damage who is related to strength, energ... ...rassy cemetery is the place where gravestones are placed so the victims go out not be forgotten. The speaker also reminds the reader that relatives tend to prescribe the memory of their love ones into the dim warehouse of memory (53) or in back of their minds so they will not feel so broken hearted. He recalls seeing A woman by a window puts a match to a candle (39) for the memory of a loved one that died from the attack. By the speakers comment are outlined on the rose clouds (40), he suggests as though the deceased victims appeared up in heaven. Collins uses visualization, emotions, and comparisons within several natural and man-made objects in respect to all the victims that tragically passed away that dreadful day. By specifically identifying several individuals in this poem, Collins found a way to watch those people that died on September 11, 2001.