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Clever Billy Collins

February 16, 2009

In his introduction to “180 more…”, Billy Collins writes that he has a weakness for ironically provocative titles such as:

“Ode: On the Death of a Favorite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes” (Thomas Gray)

“On Being Cautioned Against Walking on an Headland Overlooking the Sea, Because It Was Frequented by a Lunatic” (Charlotte Smith)

“In a Boat on a Summer Evening I heard the Cry of a Waterbird. It Was Very Sad and Seemed to Be Saying My Woman Is Cruel. Moved. I Wrote This Poem” (Lu Yu)

Hah, those are fantastic! I have a bad case of title-envy right now, especially for that last one.
Somehow, reading the rest of the poem seems irrelevant as it’s already been trumped by the title. Curiosity will soon get the better of me though.

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