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Li, 1 Ying Li Dr. Muriel Brennan ENG 110AG May 13, 2008 In the poem “Constantly Risking Absurdity”, the speaker compares poet to acrobat to reveal the challenge of being a poet. Lawrence Ferlinghetti portrays the image of a poet as one who has to take the risk of failure, even demise (of his reputation) just like the danger an acrobat faces. Employing various techniques, Ferlinghett tries to convey the idea that a poet often needs to build reputation by taking an adventure in creativity. There are many writing devices being used in this poem, such as fugitive languages and consonance. For example, the beginning of this poem, “the poet like an acrobat climbs on rhyme…” (Ferlinghetti ll. 5), clearly points out the similarity between a poet and acrobat, who are both constantly risking absurdity and death. By using witty lines such as “paces his way to the other side of day” (Ferlinghetti ll. 8), it allows the readers to better connect the two professions in that the acrobat’s feet are bouncing on the tight rope while the poet’s fingers are typing the words of the poem.
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