Review Of Billy Collins 'Poem Forgetfulness'

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In his poem “Forgetfulness,” Billy Collins writes about the memories people lose while growing old. When looking at the title, one can come to the conclusion that the poem is about forgetting something. It also set the reader up for what the poem might be about. The structure of his descriptive poem is able to show how Collins would have said it as if he is reading it. The first 2 stanzas are broken up from one idea. Collins repeats this process once more, but as if to emphasize the idea and catch the audience’s attention, changes the structure of his poem to one idea per stanza for the final 3 stanzas. The line, “ It has floated away down a dark mythological river / whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall,” shows the depth of

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