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Read the excerpt from Billy Collins’s “Man Listening to Disc.” And if any of you are curious about where this aggregation, this whole battery-powered crew, is headed, let us just say that the real center of the universe, the only true point of view, is full of the hope that he, the hub of the cosmos with his hair blown sideways, will eventually make it all the way downtown. What message does Collins convey in this excerpt?

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Samantha Barber on September 14, 2018

In this part of the poem, "The man who Listens to the Album," Collins is making reference to how the narrator is so intertwined with the music that is listened to through the earphones that the person and the band be heard can be considered as a unit. A possible interpretation of these lines is the message that the music has such a unique ability to be uplifting and increase the confidence that one could considers himself or herself to the proverbial center of the universe.


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