Analysis Of `` The Names `` By Billy Collins Essay

950 Words Mar 31st, 2016 4 Pages
When Billy Collins wrote “The Names," America was enamored by tragedy. Speaking of tragedy, the pain in his poem is shockingly detailed among few lines. The presentation of his captivating words, paints pictures in the minds of his readers. For me, as I read this piece of his work I had the same experience. The United States monuments Sept. 11, 2001, as the day that will never be forgotten. My insight will reflect on the effects this attack had on our communities, lives of Americans and the tightening of the security in the U.S.A. Right off the top communities were hit hard, effects of the event put citizens in financial binds. Although times got difficult it brought civilians, closer together as a Nation. Offices, businesses, even corporations were put on hold, destroyed or damaged. Relief funds were set up to help support victims. The dollar amount of damage done in the wake of this event was a towering number. Wikipedia states, “There was $10 billion dollars of property and infrastructure damage. Moreover, a total of $3 trillion dollars in cost.” Resulting in the attacks of 9/11 included a greater focus on home life and time spent with family. Radio industries responded by playing certain songs over the radio. Others took songs off the radio for less demeaning reasons. Point being the main goal was to draw us closer, for unity. Billy Collins writes, “A boy on a lake lifts his oars. A woman by a window puts a match to a candle.” (Lines: 38-39; Page: 1295) Symbolism of…

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