Upon reading Billy Collins' book, Aimless Love, I felt a strong emotional impact, chuckled to myself from time to time, and overall became enthralled by his unique work of poetry. I admit, there were times when I dreaded picking up the book, but after each poem, turning the page turned into a choice rather than a "must". What fascinated me most is how different the poems are compared to regular, cliché poetry, as it contains a seeming sense of humor, rarely any use of rhyming, and the clever technique of "surprising" the readers. Each poem also had its similarities and differences as well. While many of them were whimsical, others evoked an emotional sense of awe. Collins' poems are also simple, short, and the clean language made it easy to understand.
"Here are thousands of meals, she said, / and here is clothing and a good education." (61)
Throughout the numerous amount of poems, one in particular that significantly resonated with me was "The Lanyard." Something about this poem enlightened my mood but at the same time, gave me a sense of guilt. At first, the title did not excite me, nor did the first stanza. I thought, what do library books have to do with lanyards? As I the read on, I found out the lanyard ties in with his mother. To be honest, I thought it was going to conclude negatively with his mother seeing the craft as worthless, or he deciding to not give it to her, but to my relief, both of my predictions were contradicted. In fact, the image of "crossing strand over again and again / until I had made a boxy / red and white lanyard..." (60) had me thinking of myself as an eleven-year-old intertwining multiple different- colored strings. Furthermore, the use of juxtaposition between the nurture and the small gift really opened my eyes on the relationship between a mother and a child. I've realized that we cannot entirely give back to our mothers the things she has done for us, but we still try, even if it's a piece of artwork we created in...
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