Essay on Poem Analysis : Head, Heart, And Divorce By Billy Collins

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The majority of people can relate to losing someone in their life that was close to them and having to let them go, whether it be in the form of failed love or death. In the process of coping after a loss there are many different emotions and thoughts that an individual can be overwhelmed with. In the two poems, “Head, Heart” by Lydia Davis and “Divorce” by Billy Collins the poets’ examine the similar concept of losing someone and being faced with letting them go, but Davis selects aural qualities and Collins chooses figurative language to express their inner feelings over this subject which are the poems one difference. These differences may be accounted by the fact that Collins’s form consist of figurative language to express losing and letting go of someone you love in the manner of a significant relationship. Meanwhile, Davis’s form has a combination of aural qualities to express the common heartache felt by individuals when they lose someone to death and must move on.
“Divorce” and “Head, Heart” have similar content because they have the same subject of losing someone, corresponding theme of life will go on after losing someone, and an identical subgenre of lyric free-verse. The two poets pick to express this theme in a lyric free-verse because it is meant to evoke feeling. The pain and emptiness that both poets express that is caused by losing someone is a common/relatable feeling that is felt by a majority of people in their life at some point. Choosing this relatable…

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