28 Feb. 2013
Laughs for Realization
There are many famous poets out there but “the most popular poet in America” by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, states that Billy Collins carries that position. Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself. He has such a wonderful way of writing his poetry to appeal to any audience and that will make you chuckle to yourself. He is a very creative and enthusiastic writer and writes on a very broad spectrum of subjects. He has a way of making every day common things into a hysterical form of comedic writing He hints at these as shown in these poems stated: “Another reason why I don’t keep a gun in the house”and “Flames”. Billy Collins uses humor in these two poems to create a possibility of an epiphany in the audience.
In the poem “Another reason why I don’t keep a gun in the house”, Mr. Collins uses humor to express the speaker’s annoyance. The speaker is obviously annoyed with the barking dog next door. The title is referring to the notion that if he had a gun in the house, he would most likely go next door, and kill the dog. I’m guessing he would regret his decision afterwards, so he decides not to keep a gun in the house all together. The title definitely catches the reader’s attention, in the fact that it is humorous, and just an odd title. The repetition of certain phrases, such as “The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking” (Collins), stresses to the reader really how annoying this dog must be. The poet turns the annoyance of the dog, into a playful and humorous event, placing the barking dog into Beethoven’s orchestra. “He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark that he barks every time they leave the house. It’s like bad stream-of-consciousness, and Collins is content to leave it that way, allowing the entire weight of the poem to