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Constantly Risking Absurdity Analysis



Author: poem of Lawrence Ferlinghetti Type: poem Views: 37

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Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performs
above the heads
of his audience
the poet like an acrobat
climbs on rime
to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
above a sea of faces
paces his way
to the other side of the day
performing entrechats
and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
and all without mistaking
any thing
for what it may not be
For he's the super realist
who must perforce perceive
taut truth
before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance
toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
with gravity
to start her death-defying leap
And he
a little charleychaplin man
who may or may not catch
her fair eternal form
spreadeagled in the empty air
of existence

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I think that Ferlinghetti's comparison of the poet to the acrobat was very creative and original. Much of the time, poets are compared to artists who use a brush or pencil rather than their bodies. I feel that Ferlinghetti's analogy was more appropriate. Poets put all of themselves into their poems for the public to see. Much the same way that acrobats perform their art using their whole bodies. Both reach for beauty and the approval of the observers.

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