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Litany

Billy Collins

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Litany
2002-09-30
Added by: Nick B
Absolutely brilliant. Pulls the comfortable rug FROM under the padded feet of at least 83% of poets. Straight INTO my top 5.

Cheers, Nick
2003-04-01
Added by: Jackie
Kind of reminds me of Shakespeare's Sonnet 130- My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun... Both poems are critical of the traditional Petrarchan conceit.
I, Too, Am the Bread and the Knife
2003-06-27
Added by: Matthew Sullivan
You know, up until the end, it was a cute, gimmicky poem.

And then, for whatever reason, the last stanza gave me fucking chills. That was love, man. I'm going to go fall in love.
Litany by Billy Collins
2003-10-21
Added by: Karen
i think this poem gallantly and elegantly stands on that razor sharp edge of self-mockery and conceit, between meaing and being. it made me giggle. i want to share it widely. and yes, the love, all the way through, just in its many essences.
i am in love
2003-12-18
Added by: Katey
I am so in love with Collins' and his poems. This one is definitely one of my favorites. Talk about taking a quote and running with it. Yes...it definitely displays both mockery and conceit. Nicely put. My favorite part? "It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge, /
maybe even the pigeon on the general's head,"
2004-05-13
Added by: Abra
yes, brilliant. like many of his poems, especially the ones on love, Collins is toungue-in-cheek and infinitely tender. I would refer those who enjoyed this one to "Sweet Talk" (also by Collins) in The Art of Drowning collection
Cry
2004-09-12
Added by: Ben
I cry every time I read this poem. I don't know why. Usually I can allow myself to be taken away by a poem while at the same time read it critically and understand. This poem is senseless to me, but powerfull.
Litany
2004-10-05
Added by: Raymon Parker
Quite possibly the best poem of our time by certainly the best poet of our time. Billy Collins is the bomb, so to speak.
LITANY
2004-10-26
Added by: Eric!
I saw Billy read this in Jersey last month. He is a living legend. His efforts to bring poetry to classrooms with Poetry 180 are refreshing. It is my hope that Collins inspires a new generation of "blue jeans" poets.

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