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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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