Appreciation of Poem

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Poetry is the most compressed form of literature, which should be read slowly and savored attentively. Poets employ different poetic techniques to convey their ideas, opinions, and express their feelings. Some poems can be understood easily while others seam vague. But whatever they are, they all contain some common elements of poetry such as theme, figurative language, and tone, etc. ¡§Constantly risking absurdity and death¡¨ and ¡§betting on the muse¡¨ are two poems which are written by two different poets. By comparing and contrasting these two poems, the full beauty of the poems can be greatly appreciated and their theme can be deeply explored. ¡§Constantly risking absurdity and death¡¨ by Lawrence Ferlinghetti talks about what a poet is. The author compares poet to acrobat to reveal the difficulty and complexity of being a poet, because sometimes the poet has to take the risk of failure (another form of death) and of being absurdity just like the acrobat. In the poem, the author does not describe the difficulty and complexity of being a poet directly. Instead, he uses numerous vivid languages to describe what the acrobats do to convey the underlying theme. ¡§he performs above the heads of his audience¡¨, ¡§the poet like an acrobat climbs on rime to a high wire¡K on eyebeams above a sea of faces¡¨. The author uses metaphor, and even makes up new word ¡§sleight-of-foot¡¨ in the later sentence. These descriptions bring the readers to the atmosphere of nervousness of watching the acrobats¡¦ performance in circus. In the poem, there are many verbs and adjectives are used to depict the performance of the acrobats. For example, ¡§climbs¡¨, ¡§paces¡¨, ¡§perceive¡¨, ¡§stands¡¨, ¡§waits¡¨, ¡§catch¡¨, ¡§high¡¨, ¡§taut¡¨, ¡§death-defying¡¨, ¡§charleychaplin¡¨, and ¡§spreadeagled¡¨, etc. By using these words, the author provides different moving pictures to the readers. Obviously, the tone of the poem is reflective. At the first glance, it seems no connection between...
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