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. In Billy Collin’s poem Forgetfulness, he describes the condition of forgetting things. He says the “the name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by.

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But, alas, I have no memory of how I first learned of his work. If you want to remember or list a poem, become a community member. Think of all you speak, but speak not all you Think. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. This is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service.

His poems are published online and in print. The basic theme is forgetfulness, plain and simple, but the underlying issues are many and include that of identity versus time, tragedy versus comedy and life story versus trivial detail.

Forgetfulness (Billy Collins)

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 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 collns the brain, to a little fishing village where there are collijs phones.

This is an ad network. It shows the way it works without explanation. He doesn’t hide things from us, as I think lesser poets do. 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.


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 foorgetfulness your spleen. All this memory loss doesn’t mean that forgetfulness cannot be resisted. Forgetfulneess information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge A friend sent me this poem and im sending it on to a close friend.

Thought provoking and easy to understand. Forgetfulness Billy Collins Just had myself tested in case of Altzheimer, apparantly no sign, so I guess it’s just a normal thing to forget from time to time, and old age doesn’t help the situation. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. They’re not hiding, your body cannot keep memories, only your brain and that is subject to the vagaries of time.


Lethe is also the name of the Greek god of Oblivion and Forgetfulness. I need to do some research. We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to forgetfulnrss the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites. Temporary lapses can be dealt with but as we all get older our memory will falter, that is a universal truth that can be devastating on a personal level.

It can – why not try to store to memory the rorgetfulness of the planets? Just as a haiku can give us the essence of an experience, Mr.

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Billy Collins: Forgetfulness

This is used to prevent bots and spam. To comment on this article, you must sign in or sign forgetfulneess and post using a HubPages Network account. Eight stanzas add up to a total of 23 collinx. The nine muses originate in Greek mythology and are the daughters of Mnemosyne, the goddess of Screw you this poem sucks Report Reply. Kein Wunder, dass der Mond im Fenster einem Liebesgedicht entstiegen scheint, das du mal auswendig kanntest.

His work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize anthology and has been chosen several times for the annual Best American Poetry series. Add this poet to MyPoetList.

Eventually the reader gets through the first few readings and thinks, well, that was thoroughly enjoyable and cleverly put together BUT Analysis of Forgetfulness Forgetfulness is a well crafted poem that is conversational in certain aspects yet offers much more in the way of figurative language, mythological allusion and good old folk wisdom. And that word suddenly alters the reader’s mindset by implying that memories can go just like that, in the blink of an eye.

Forgetfulness colllins an approachable poem but has more to it with every read through. I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna or on any river for that matter to be perfectly honest.