Henry 1Ryan HenryMr. DamasoHonors English 2, Period 64 May 2010Second Draft³Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us whilewe live.´By Norman CousinsDeath, as bitter and dismal as it is, always occurs. From the second all living beings are born, it is time to start counting the remaining days to live. On September 11,
2001, 2,819 peopleunexpectedly had their life taken right before their eyes. Death is a common style on which art isformed thus making us wonder, why is it such a pertinent topic? The most logical explanation isthat everyone dies at some point. Throughout the art world, death takes a major role in the production of many pieces.Billy Collins has an open mind in all his poetry, but due to the conditions he wrote in, alot of his works deal with death. Billy Collins wrote from the late 20
century up until this veryday. Collins takes what is usually a serious topic such as death or religion, and adds a variety of words to make it humorous and easier to retain in your mind (³The Afterlife´ 38).
Since Collinswrote at the end of the Gulf War and a little after September 11
he got the full affect of writingin a post war era. In ³The Afterlife,´ ³Picnic, Lightning,´ and ³Tomes´ the idea of death is present but vague. While vividly portraying tragic situations, Billy Collins uses diction andhumor to describe matters associated with death.