Constantly risking absurdity Paper

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Matt Hudson English 1022 Mr. Michael Nesset “Constantly risking absurdity” In Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem, “Constantly risking absurdity” (17-18), the speaker compares writing a poem to the heart-pounding high wire acts of an acrobat. The acrobat performs an act of “entrechats and [. . .] high theatrics,” looking to astound the audience which the actors are performing over (Line 15-17). The poet, like the acrobat, is attempting to make the “death-defying leap” in order to create a resounding effect on their audience. Both the poet and the acrobat attempt the same ideal of “Beauty,” but are constantly scrutinized by their audience (Line 25). Using imagery, denotations and connotations, Ferlinghetti is truly able to convey the hardships of expressing art and, on a broader scale, life. In order to effectively communicate the hardships of a poet, the speaker compares a poet to an acrobat. The poet uses comparative images to describe the actions of an acrobat that also demonstrate the absurdity of a poet. For an acrobat, the act starts high above the audience, “balancing on eyebeams,” referring to all the eyes of the audience on the acrobat and the performance about to be made (Line 10). Similarly, a poet is performing to their audience of readers. The acrobat then begins “sleight-of-foot tricks” as the body of their performance (Line
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENGL 1022 taught by Professor Pueschner during the Spring '08 term at Century College.

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