The Lanyard By Billy Collins And A Song Of The Front Yard By Gwendolyn Brooks

969 Words Nov 3rd, 2014 4 Pages
When a poet chooses the right word or collection of words, the reader is carried away into the world they are trying to create. The use of figurative language and imagery are elements of literature that give poets the opportunity to open doorways in the minds of those reading their literary works. They paint the picture, bring back the smells, and give the quiet pages sound. Such is true in the poems “The Lanyard” by Billy Collins and “A Song in the Front Yard” by Gwendolyn Brooks. These poets allow the reader to feel and see the thoughts of the speakers through their descriptive verses. The speakers of these works are of different ages, one an adult and one a child. The common bond between the two are childhood. The speakers of the poems are voicing their feelings and reflecting on their childhood.
In “The Lanyard” the speaker is a male adult reflecting back to a small gift he made for his mother. A simple red and white lanyard he constructed while in summer camp. The memory floods him as he notices the word “Lanyard” in the “L” section of a dictionary. Collins brings the reader into the poem by opening with the speaker moving about a blue room like a sluggish moving bullet: “The other day I was ricocheting slowly / off the blue walls of this room / moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano” (lines 1-3). There is a visualization of an unhurried man plundering through a room, possibly his library, but not really searching for a particular item. Then his…

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