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…show more content…
Then, in the last stanza of the poem, the author uses repetition again and metaphor to depict how wonderful to be a poet. ¡§you can keep your hustle going until the last minute of the last day. you can keep getting better instead of worse, you can still keep hitting them over the wall.¡¨ The author¡¦s consummate writing skill enables him to convey his opinion clearly and vividly to the readers. In comparison with the first poem, the tone of this poem is light and amusing as well as reflective. By using terse yet light languages to describe the changes of the things around the athletes, the author delineates the cruel reality that the athletes have to face after their brilliant victory. ¡§the crowd has other heroes. the crowd never dies, never grow old, but the crowd often forgets. now the telephone doesn¡¦t ring, the young girls are gone, the party is over.¡¨ These simple and light words are the truest portrayal of the reality. The tone is also reflective because the poem leaves people the space of reflection. The brilliance of an athlete¡¦s victory is relatively short, but the achievement (works of literature) of a great poet is everlasting. Both of the poems deal with the same subject ¡V poet. However, they have quiet different themes. Both of the poets use figurative language to portray vivid images

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