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The Landyard Essay

  • Submitted by: demosh
  • on February 17, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 521 words

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The Lanyard" is a reminder that ordinary objects can connect to powerful memories, and like many of Collins's poems, it shows that a poem can be funny and moving at the same time. The poem begins with a casual time marker announcing a deliberately imprecise occasion– "the other day." The speaker's mind "ricochets" slowly about the room, suggesting the abrupt turning of his thoughts, rebounding upon themselves. Moving "from typewriter to piano,/ from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor," the speaker is searching for something—looking mainly to words and texts—when the word "lanyard" sends him back to his childhood. With a playful allusion to Marcel Proust and the madeleine cookie that sparked his seven-volume novel, Remembrance of Things Past, the speaker returns to summer camp and the workbench where he made a plastic lanyard for his mother. Ironically, he "had never seen anyone use a lanyard/ or wear one," but still the speaker labors on, weaving strands of plastic together just as he weaves the memories of his distant past with his present perspective, "until I had made a boxy/ red and white lanyard for my mother."
Having finished the present "for my mother"—a phrase repeated to emphasize his sense of purpose, but also for comic effect—the speaker mocks his gift saying, "She gave me life and milk from her breasts,/ and I gave her a lanyard," comparing the enormous gifts of life and nurturing with a simple summer camp trinket. His mother cared for him when he was ill, taught and nurtured him through his youth; in contrast, his gesture seems paltry and insignificant. The appearance of dialogue in the fifth stanza underscores the speaker's feeling and he braids his voice with that of his mother: "Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,/ strong legs, bones and teeth,/ and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,/ and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp." Her words are poetic and graceful. Her gifts have helped her child become strong,...

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  • Submitted by: demosh
  • on February 17, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 521 words
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