Embrace by Billie Ray Analysis

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Binta Barry
3/29/2013
The poem that I have chosen to do my analysis on is Embrace. The poem is by Billie Collins. Billy Collins was born in Born in New York City in 1941. Collins is an author of several poetry books. He has won several awards for his accomplishments in poetry. The poem Embrace has to do with the main character feelings , different feelings that he encounter in his life that lead me to believe those feelings were feelings of loneliness and sadness.

The poem starts out talking about him feeling emptiness that feeling you get when nobody is by your side, So he is a little over the edge almost feeling insecure about life. The feeling you get when you are going through something rough like his in a mental state. The author of the poem used a lot of imagery to make his poem stand out and to make it clear for us. The image he used in the poem is a man hugging himself tightly, you could easily visualize that this man is desperate, kind of lost, and needs help. I could easily tell that this man is not in the normal state, these reasons I have may conclude that he may have had a rough childhood which still disturbs him today it’s like he never had someone there for him, not even a friend.

The visual image really connects me with what he was trying to convey because for instance he talks about hands, neck, fingernails, and embraces it’s almost like he is describing different angles like the feelings of emptiness overall and the feeling of love in which he has no woman in his life. I would honestly feel the same way because I have this theory that almost every person needs love in their life, it’s something that we all look forward to. At first I did not understand the angles that he was talking about but then there was several clues that state what senses in his persona that lead me to believe that his crazy the feeling in which he wrapped his own arms around his body because he don’t have anybody by his side but then again he went back to the...
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