famous poetry
| Famous Poetry | Roleplay | Free Video Tutorials | Online Poetry Club | Free Education | Best of Youtube | Ear Training

Constantly Risking Absurdity Analysis



Author: Poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti Type: Poetry Views: 5018

Sponsored Links

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






Sponsor



Learn to Play Songs by Ear: Ear Training

122 Free Video Tutorials

[Video Tutorial] How to build google chrome extensions

Please add me on youtube. I make free educational video tutorials on youtube such as Basic HTML and CSS.

Free Online Education from Top Universities

Yes! It's true. Online College Education is now free!



||| Analysis | Critique | Overview Below |||

.: :.

Ferlinghetti does a masterful job of showing the risk a poet takes in creating a poem that hopes to \"catch\" beauty/truth momentarily. Attempting a poem is a risk similar to the one a tightrope walker takes on. You create the words, set them\"out there,\" hoping to \"catch\" beauty/truth. If you fail, beauty slips through your fingers and the words on the page. If you succeed, it is a breathlessly fine achievement.
Mary S.

| Posted on 2012-02-05 | by a guest


.: :.

When a poet or any other writer takes a chance/risk in choosing words to get his/her point across to \"the people\", he/she hopes the audience will take a similar risk to try to understand what the words mean.
As this is not an easy feat or \"trick\" , this performer, like any other (acrobat used but it could be a magician or an actor on a stage) must use some slight \"tricks\" and the poet\'s tricks are words, rather than distraction or the possibility of a fall (isn\'t that what everyone is waiting for when watching an acrobat? No? Really?) to get everyone thinking again. The \"death\" is not necessarily the poet failing; what about the audience failing to hear what the poet is saying? To the poet, it might seem like more a failure of the audience he/she risks, rather than his/her own.
The Beauty is when the poet and the audience both come to the point of one sending a message (poet) and one receiving and processing (audience), or maybe the audience sees the poet as this small man saying not much of anything, and that is when Beauty might or might not be caught.
It wouldn\'t be tragic or result in death, but it would be a pity to leave words hanging about out in the air, with no one to catch them.
If poets and writers and artists and musicians and actors are constantly worried about their work and whether or not they be judged harshly, then they would be in the wrong profession, for don\'t those professions require a person with vision waiting for those to see, even if it takes a lifetime of waiting tables....
Signed
The Person Who Sees What Others Don\'t

| Posted on 2011-03-27 | by a guest


.: :.

The poet wrote this poem to talk about the risk and challenge he puts on himself by having others criticizes his writing. He compares his poem with the life of an acrobat. In my own opinion its a great way to express his feelings toward being criticized. -->Alejandra, Cristina, & Yessenia, Ms. Hensly 0 period :D

| Posted on 2009-04-05 | by a guest


.: :.

Ferlinghetti wrote this poem to show people its not easy being a poet. By using metaphors he explains how poetry is like acrobatics. He explains how he fears the judgment of the audience. He also explains how there are different ways to make your "act" unique. He explains how by making one judgment it can only lead to more and more problems that may never end.
~AMANDA KUTSCHKE~

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by kutschke


.: :.

Constantly Risking Absurdity shows us the risks a poet must take when making their poems public. This poem also displays the risks all performers take when ever they put themselves in front of the public. When performing you have to be willing to take criticism and be comfortable with yourself.
Jon H

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

I believe that the writer talks about how they are waiting for an expression from their followers. Which i believe he talks about in his poem when he says "Balancing on eyebeams."

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by StephS


.: :.

This poem seems to compare the challenges of an acrobat to the challenges of a poet. I believe that Ferlinghetti wants people to take risks no matter what the difficulty. A poet does not have the largest risk compared to an acrobat but still takes a risk every time he publishes.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by CodyB


.: :.

Well the poem is very symbolic in the fact that the poet compares the life of a acrobat with that of himself. The meaning being that the poet must catch beauty as it falls to him or it will continue to fall and become wasted. This is true due to the fact that, poets poem is not good not one will remember it and it will just be words.
Dakota C.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

I believe that Ferlinghetti is telling about how when being a poet we must put ourselves out there and not be afraid of being at risk of what people think about your poetry. In the poem Ferlinghetti compares poetry to and acrobat and the risk he takes of losing balance. Also, I believe that a poet should be willing to express how they feel no matter what.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by MikeG09


.: :.

The poem is about how poets have to put there work out there for everyone in the world to look and talk about their work. and he also compares poets to acrobats. Every move they make is watched and criticized. If they make one wrong/bold move their whole world could be falling underneath them.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by timothy


.: :.

both the tight rope walker and the poet know that what they do is very high risk. the tight rope walked faces the obvious dangers of falling. while the poet faces the risk of being ridiculed by his pears and those who would rad his work. they both know that the rewards are greater.
Jim Martin

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

Everyday artists and performers put their ideas and expressions out for everyone to see. They're consistently being put on the line for judgements from their peers, such as acrobatic performers. Both of these performers have a lot on their shoulders when it comes to pressure, yet always seem to pull through. They are professionals and have made it this far, yet the scrutiny still can get to them.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by MikeB


.: :.

Ferlinghetti compares poetry to acrobats. In poetry you have to take risks and express thoughts just like being an acrobat and entertaining the crowd while concentrating on balancing on the thin wire. Everyone gets judged and you as a person have to decide when the time is right to take the next step.
Jacquie T...

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

The author of this poem is obviously comparing his career and life to that of the life and career of an acrobat. Everyday each "risk" their lives in hopes that their audience enjoys what they are doing, however one mistake can end their life and career as they know it.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by JarrettD


.: :.

Ferlinghetti, a beat poet, portrays in his poem, "Constantly Risking Absurdity" that poets and acrobats face the same struggles. Both professions involve portraying one's own hard work, so both are constantly risking absurdity, or in other words scrutiny from an audience. If the artist messes up even once their career may be over. Despite this, the acrobat and the poet still thrive.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by JordanM


.: :.

The poet and the acrobat must both carefully think out how to do what they do or risk losing everything. Taking either as a job requires one to give their all for the entertainment of people the will never meet.
~Dillon W.~

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

I believe "Constantly Risking Absurdity" compares the ways in which an acrobat expresses themself to the way a poet expresses themself. They are both performers and it is their job to express their emotions in a way of entertaining the audience. If they cannot entertain the audience, they have failed.
-Kayla D.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

Ferlinghetti describes the hardships faced by a poet by cleverly comparing to an acrobat. Both create and perfect their work while at the mercy of a judgemental audience. This poet suggests that that is worth taking a risk, for without a risk there is no possibility for success. "Constantly Risking Absurdity" serves as a message about life. We must be strong. We must accept the possibility of failure and take risks, for risks lead to success. KyleJ

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

This poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti he is comparing himself to an acrobat. Acrobats and people who write poems are similar in that they both are risk takers. The point of this poem is to tell be to take risks in life.
Jeanette V

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

Both the poet and the acrobat realize that their work will be heavily scrutinized. They still enjoy what they do regardless of public opinion. Both are artists.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by MattM


.: :.

This poem is about how poets and acrobats take risks. With is a great comparison. They both get to a certain point and cannot have a saftey net to fall into.
Jesse M

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

Ferlinghetti, a Beat poet, wrote this poem to describe the hardships of being a poet. He uses an extended metaphor to explain and compare how poetry is like acrobatics. Writing a poem is like being on the line of a high rope. There is so much pressure and fear of the puissant crowd. A bad remark would mean failure; one slip and he is done. There are also tricks to perfecting beauty. The fancy foot work of the acrobat and the fancy word choice of the poem. Each one determines the amplitude of the Art;bad words lead to poor amplitude. One bad movement can lead to the artist being licentious.
Jordan D.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

Ferlinghetti, a Beat poet, wrote this poem to describe the hardships of being a poet. He uses an extended metaphor to explain and compare how poetry is like acrobatics. Writing a poem is like being on the line of a high rope. There is so much pressure and fear of the puissant crowd. A bad remark would mean failure; one slip and he is done. There are also tricks to perfecting beauty. The fancy foot work of the acrobat and the fancy word choice of the poem. Each one determines the amplitude of the Art;bad words lead to poor amplitude. One bad movement can lead to the artist being licentious.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

Like an acrobat, the poet is constantly judged by the crowd. On stage or on the tight wire people want to be entertained, theirs risks either way. The crowd can either love you and you succeed or you fall the the safety net below. Raegen D

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by raegend


.: :.

Like an acrobat, the poet is constantly judged by the crowd. On stage or on the tight wire people want to be entertained, theirs risks either way. The crowd can either love you and you succeed or you fall the the safety net below.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by raegend


.: :.

The poem is about how poets have to put there work out there for everyone in the world to look and talk about their work. Also he talkes about the risks of being a great poet and how if you mess up even once it will be over.
Ben L

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by benlupton


.: :.

This poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a great way to say J-Bish is dumb.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

Well, Ferlinghetti states in his poem that the life of a poet and an acrobat will always risk absurdity and death while constructing their very different yet completely identical pieces of art. The only one real difference is that one is viewed within the mind, the other is can be seen in three dimensions. Like an acrobat, poets take the risk of pouring their heart and sole into a piece of work and hope that others will be able to relate or see it in a new and inspiring way. But along with this risk comes Death. Yet again, the death of the acrobat would be physical and in three dimensions while the death of the poets would be in the mind. One wrong move/word could make a poet completely vulnerable to the environment around them.
Cory B!

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

This poem is a wonderful comparison between the art of poetry and that of an acrobat. The poet takes many risks when putting his work out into the world, just as the acrobat takes many risks when he steps out to perform. One risks their job, while the other risks their life.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by ShanaB


.: :.

I believe that Ferlinghetti is comparing a poet to a tight-rope walker in the aspect that the tight-rope walker can not afford to make a mistake or they will fall off the tight rope. The same goes for the poet in the sense that they can not afford to make a mistake or they will fall off of the "Eye beams" of their audience and loose the audiences attention.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by EricW


.: :.

I believe that Ferlinghetti is comparing an acrobats experience with a crowd to a poets experience with readers. Acrobats have to put almost everything on the line to impress the audience and to get an applause. While a poet has to risk putting his words into a published work of art for other people to read. If the poet or the acrobat was to fail, their work may not be accepted and no one would want to see a show or read a new poem from them.
:3 Ryanne S.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

I believe this poem was the poet's way of expressing how important poetry is to him. By comparing poetry to acrobatics, he explains that there is a chance to fail at poetry, similar to the death of a acrobat if a mistake is made. By making the poem an extended metaphor he is expressing that poets and other artists must take risks even if there is a chance of failing, or falling in the case of the acrobat.
Sarah M. :D

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

This poem gives a good comparison of the risks of being an acrobat compared to the risks of a poem being judged by the public. Ferlinghetti is taking the risk of putting his poetry out for the public to read and judge. it will take time to gain the respect of the audience that Ferlinghetti wants. that is why his poetry is as risky as being an acrobat.
~KYLE P.~

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by KyleP


.: :.

This poem gives a good comparison of the risks of being an acrobat compared to the risks of a poem being judged by the public. Ferlinghetti is taking the risk of putting his poetry out for the public to read and judge. it will take time to gain the respect of the audience that Ferlinghetti wants. that is why his poetry is as risky as being an acrobat.
~KYLE P.~

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by KyleP


.: :.

In this poem, Ferlinghetti compares himself to an acrobat. This makes sense because both acrobats and poets must take risks in their professions. Acrobats throw themselves around in mid air and poets expose their feelings to the world through their poetry. He is trying to tell us that we must not be afraid to take risks in our lives.
Jessica B

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by JessicaB


.: :.

I believe that in this poem Lawerence Ferlinghetti is trying to tell us to take risks and not be afraid to express yourself. In poetry, the poet has to take a risk by writing what they feel. Ferlinghetti compares poets to acrobats. Acrobats must take risks, good and bad, to balance on the rope. Poets must take risks, also both good and bad, to balance on eye beams, or their audience. Whether it be poets or acrobats, everyone takes risks in life.
Casey B

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by caseyb


.: :.

This poem to me means that everyone should put themselves on the edge even if the risk of getting judged is high. Be yourself at any expense. Matt H

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

This poet talks of having to keep people entertained and if not he is going to be considered a bad poet. even one bad poem can ruin his reputation as a great poet. wich is why he is constantly risking absurdity.
J-Bish

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

This poet talks of having to keep people entertained and if not he is going to be considered a bad poet. even one bad poem can ruin his reputation as a great poet. wich is why he is constantly risking absurdity.
J-Bish

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


.: :.

Ferlinghetti's "Constantly Risking Absurdity" is a poem about poets and, by association, poetry. He compares the poet to an acrobat performing on the high wire, or the poet's own writing, the eyes of his readers upon him, "constantly risking absurdity", or constantly risking the poem's integrity. The acrobats tricks and maneuvers are the flourishes of the poem, and the entire performance hinges on lady Beauty's leap into the abyss. Will the acrobat catch fair Beauty, or will she fall to her death, thus humiliating the acrobat (poet)? The same dilemma applies to all poetic works.
Andrew Card

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest




Post your Analysis




Message

Free Online Education from Top Universities

Yes! It's true. College Education is now free!







Most common keywords

Constantly Risking Absurdity Analysis Lawrence Ferlinghetti critical analysis of poem, review school overview. Analysis of the poem. literary terms. Definition terms. Why did he use? short summary describing. Constantly Risking Absurdity Analysis Lawrence Ferlinghetti Characters archetypes. Sparknotes bookrags the meaning summary overview critique of explanation pinkmonkey. Quick fast explanatory summary. pinkmonkey free cliffnotes cliffnotes ebook pdf doc file essay summary literary terms analysis professional definition summary synopsis sinopsis interpretation critique Constantly Risking Absurdity Analysis Lawrence Ferlinghetti itunes audio book mp4 mp3 mit ocw Online Education homework forum help



Poetry 109
Poetry 90
Poetry 11
Poetry 139
Poetry 82
Poetry 30
Poetry 88
Poetry 153
Poetry 35
Poetry 63
Poetry 115
Poetry 188
Poetry 210
Poetry 15
Poetry 57
Poetry 16
Poetry 76
Poetry 47
Poetry 211
Poetry 181