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
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After reading it several times, people will find that the underlying message is very clear. It is not unusual if you hear someone says: ¡§ I don¡¦t understand what this poem is talking about.¡¨ People may think the poet is ridiculous. This is the risk of being a poet. People may not acknowledge the poet¡¦s idea; may even laugh about it, just like they laugh about the acrobat. Therefore, the author uses the image of the acrobat to convey his feelings about being a poet.
Similarly, ¡§betting on the muse¡¨, by Charles Bukowski, is a poem about the poet as well. Although it has the same subject as the first poem, it focuses on the different aspect of being a poet. The author believes that being a poet is much better than being an athlete because the poet can be a lifelong career and the longer one is engaged in literary work, the better one can be.
Like Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowski uses numerous vivid languages to describe the athletes¡¦ lives of their later years to set off the advantages of being a poet. The diction in this poem is relatively simple and direct compare to the first poem. However, by using many repetitions, the author portrays two completely opposite images. One is a vigorous, complacent young athlete and the other one is a low-spirited, lonely old man. For instance, ¡§scrapbook with the yellowing pages. there you are, smiling; there you are, victorious; there you are, young.¡¨ and ¡§to be