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Consolation by Billy Collins

In his poem “Consolation,” Billy Collins attempts to comfort himself after not being able to visit Italy in the following summer. He creates a “consolation” for himself by listing all of the downsides to travelling to another country so filled with history and culture. However, his tone makes it seem as though he is unsuccessful at convincing himself that staying at home is actually a good thing. The reader can tell that he is actually disconsolate, that his efforts were in vain. Collins begins his poem by noting how nice it is that he will not be touring Italy this summer. This first line seems to slightly shock the reader. It is surprising that one would actually prefer to stay…