Poem Analysis: The Lanyard By Billy Collins

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“The Lanyard” Analysis “The Lanyard” by Billy Collins, is a poem about a grown man who flashbacks to the day he braided a lanyard for his mother at a camp thinking that making something for his mother will make her happy. Collins uses imagery and tone to illustrate that nothing in this world is enough to repay one’s mother for all that she’s done, but showing one’s love for her will bring joy and laughter into her life. A poetic device Collins utilizes in this poem is imagery. One very good example is when he was thinking about the day at camp. “The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from type write to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor” (lines 1-4). We can visualize…show more content…
“And here is your lanyard, I replied, which I made with a little help from a counselor (29-30.) In this line, we grasp how the narrator feels confident that the lanyard he braided would give his mother the passionate satisfaction that she once gave him. One of the key phrases in this line that demonstrates self- confidence in the narrator is “with a little help from a counselor”. With that help he received, he feels that the lanyard is something huge that can recompense his mother. The other tone that is seen throughout this poem is the mother’s responses. As we read, we comprehend how the mother answers with joy and excitement, like any mother would. “Here are thousands of meals, she said. And here is clothing and good education” (27-28). The mother is so happy and fortunate that she can provide all these necessities for her child. It’s a feeling that is indescribable. In conclusion, Collins use of imagery and tone, demonstrates that a mother’s love and nurture she provides for her child is non-repayable, but showing love and gratitude for one’s mother is enough to bring a smile to her

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