Cohen – Collins Compositions Comparisons Comparison
As a result of serendipitously viewing videos of “Litany” by Billy Collins and “Is This What You Wanted” by Leonard Cohen, I realized that this poem and song by two artists I admire effectively employ the same device: the comparison by the narrator of himself and his lover to a number of unexpected items, personages, and conceits.
And, although these authors created their compositions with different themes and tone, they both came up with some funny lines in the process.
Billy Collins Recites “Litany”
Leonard Cohen Performs “Is This What You Wanted”
Credit Due Department: Leonard Cohen photo by Dominique Issermann. Billy Collins photo by Pattymooney – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons