Not unaccountably the chill of he planking underfoot rises. In the throat, for it’s part the night sky empties the whole of it’s contents down. Turn on a bare heel, close the door behind on the author, cringing demurrage, who picks up his litter and his tools and paces me back to bed, stealthily in step. Continuum: anything that goes through a gradual transition from one condition to a different condition, without any abrupt changes or discontinuities In this poem, Cornrow explains the hardness of poem. He is waiting for inspiration for his poem and he is bored about thud and wants to sleep.
He explains that writing a poem is an endless cycle. He personifies moon as a symbol for himself which creates a restless mood. The poet can not rest until he finished his poem. “l am talking about myself” this sentence suggests the reader that the poet is lonely and isolated. His source for inspiration is nature in this poem and he sass “Better bare-foot it out the front” because he wants to connect directly with the nature. He can not concentrate anything because of his restless mood. “washed-out creation” and “dark-place” miseries suggest that he wants to find SST unique. A long moment stretches, the ext one is not on time. ” this sentence means that the poet doesn’t notice the time had gone. Cornrow used “(query)” because he want to explain his sense of questioning. The “cringing demurrage” is the creative side of the persona and he Is In an inner-conflict because one side of him wants to sleep the other one wants to write a poem. At last stanza, we are not sure but we understand that he found SST like inspiration and he turns to his bed, stealthily in step. Cornrows punctuation suggests that he Is lack of control. His commas shows that he is Jumping from thought to Hough.
Cornrows enjambment rambling poet’s own thoughts. The poems structure is also explains the theme and title of the poem, “Continuum”. The poem is also 1 OFF Allen Cursor’s “Continuum” is a poem on the continuity of poetic inspiration. The poetic source of stimulation of great poets since ages has been the landscape. The moon has been a persistent metaphor for poetic inspiration in celebrated poems like Samuel Coleridge “Dejection: An Ode. The poet’s quality of being a satirist is prominent here. He first asserts that the moon rolls over the roof, and falls back.
This is to imply that his poetic capabilities are sinking. Subsequently, he goes on to substantiate that the moon does neither of these things, he is talking about himself. When poets generally do falter in poetic output or due to lack of inspiration, they tend to blame the external circumstances. However, Here Allen Cornrow asserts that the poet himself is to be blamed; for, Poetic inspiration comes from within and not from outside. Being sleepless is not an excuse for writing a poem. Sleeplessness does not necessarily allow one to ruminate over a subject, or planet or subjective thoughts.
The condition of insomnia can also be dodged conveniently by walking barefoot on the front. The speaker’s then visualized as an onlooker of nature. As he stands at the porch he beholds an objective view of himself, as he discerns “across the privets/and the palms a “washed out creation”. This portion is a dark space. The poet moves to his satiric tone yet again. This dark space contains two particular clouds, one was supposed to be a source of inspiration for the poet, and the other for his adversary- the other fellow poet. Bright clouds dusted(query) by the moon, one’s mine
The other’s an adversary, which may depend on the wind or something. The clouds seem to dust the moon for the poet in his quest/query for poetic stimulation. Nevertheless as one cloud functions in his favor, the other (cloud) poses as an adversary that may shadow the cloud, accompanied by the wind. Poetic brainwave or competence must not mar the other’s inspiration, for each poet has his individualistic insight that springs from within and does depend on external features. Creative Inspiration The poet gets the feeling that he has overcome his writer’s block.
As creativity begins n impulses, there are gaps. The next gap is a long one, and obviously the next poetic impulse is not on time. Corresponding to the inner lack of productivity, the feet outside lack warmth as the chill of the planking underfoot rises. As the poet cringes for poetic output based on external inspiration, the night sky The speaker then turns on his bare heel and closes the door signaling the end of his creative endeavourer. This is He, the objective Author, feeding on this litter of the scenic sky and employing his poetic tools in the process. Therefore, he is aptly the cringing demurrage.
The demurrage is a concept from the Platonic, Middle Platonic, and Napoleonic schools philosophy for an artisan-like figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of typically universe. Although a fashioner, the demurrage is not quite the creator figure in the familiar monistic sense; both the demurrage itself and the material from which the demurrage fashions the universe are the product of some other being. ” (Wisped) The poet Allen Cornrow asserts that he neither is he original, nor his poetic source of insight. This is because the motivating stimuli did not spring from Him. It is objective, when it should be rather subjective. Continuum * Allen Cornrow} In the poem Continuum by Allen Cornrow, he tells us about his lack of inspiration or his lack to “create”. The theme of the poem revolves around poetic inspiration, and how he is unable to get that inspiration. He uses a variety of literary devices to portray this. The title, “Continuum”, shows us that the problem he talks about, his lack of inspiration is never ending and is continuing all the time. The first stanza shows us Cursor’s unstable thoughts; “the roof falls behind”, as he is unable to compose otter he is in a sense of rolling and falling all over the place.
In the first line, the word “moon” is used as a metaphor, as a symbol for himself. As the moon is unable to shine on its own, as it depends on the sun, Just like that Cornrow depends on his writing to keep him going in life. The first stanza also tells you about the setting and time of the poem which is at night. The poem has no rhyme scheme, this tells us that the poet is finding it difficult to express his thoughts, and he cannot tap into the world of imagination. The last line of the first stanza; “l am talking about myself. ” Also wows his frustration. In the next stanza, Cornrow is seeking connection with nature to find poetic inspiration.
The line, “It’s not possible to get off to sleep”, tells us that the poet is unable to sleep which shows that something is troubling him. Cornrow goes out “barefoot”, to rid himself of the human material and wants to connect with nature. He stands in the porch looking at the moon and the clouds, not really conscious of either the time or the chill that he starts to feel. Cornrow eventually goes back to bed having written this poem. He writes about himself as another person or thing – He says he is the moon; in the last stanza he writes as if he is describing what he did to the “the author”.
Cornrow walks “stealthily in step” as if half of him is afraid of what is happening to him. Summary: The author writes about his inability to sleep due to his another form of text). He therefore gets up in the dead of night when everyone is asleep and experiences a surreal world as his reality and dreams blend together in one beautiful work of poetry. It is ironic however, that when he finds nothing to write about, he writes about his inability to write. Significant poetic devices and their significance (egg: Metaphors, symbols, rhyme scheme, form, imagery, repetition… Etc) Structure based analysis No rhyme scheme. This is used to indicate a sense of disorientation in the writer’s thoughts and the way he puts it into words in the form of the poem. It also shows how his confusion affects his interpretation of the world at night as something surreal. 2. Three lines per paragraph. This demonstrates the author’s short minded-thinking and his inability to study any particular concept in depth. Note how he ends off the paragraph mid-sentence. This is used as enjambment to display the name thing, that he is unable to upkeep a coherent train of thought.
The structure of the poem is also disorganized, with little patterns to it, elucidating the fact that the writer has spent little time redrafting his work concerning the poem. Signs of literary awareness “The moon rolls over the roof and falls behind my house”. This is a form of imagery at the start of the poem to create surrealism as the moon obviously cannot do such a thing. The words that follow “the moon does neither of these things” indicate that the writer is aware that he is half asleep, and that he is desperately ring to break out of this rut. 2.
The Moon is cleverly used as a symbol for loneliness as there are no other objects in the sky mentioned in the poem. Furthermore it is usually the brightest thing we see in the sky in the dark of night, creating the image of the writer also being alone at night. 3. Alliteration in “better barefoot”. The word “better” has the tendency to be read quickly by readers, as it was designed to do. This is used by the author to create the image of the speaker in the poem to try and Jolt himself out of his surreal world to try and get himself into reality here he can finally have a focused mind to try and create any ideas to work on.
Furthermore the fact that he wants to “Better barefoot out the front” demonstrates the fact that he wishes to throw himself out in the open and force himself into a more awake state of mind as he tried to make his body realize the dangers of the outside world without any protective apparel. 4. There is the use of slow vowels, especially in the word “moon” which is used 3 times. This creates a slow-paced speed for reading to exemplify the writer’s muddled thinking and slow evaluation of the world around him. . The last stanza can portray both the failure and a sudden success of the speaker of the poem.
Note that at the last stanza, the ‘author’ part of him becomes another person, thus the lines “on the author”at the beginning of the last stanza. This author part of him “picks up his litter and his tools and paces me (him) back to bed, stealthily in step. ” a. This could be a sign of his failure as a poet or author to be able to create good material as the author side of him picks up his litter and tools, perhaps a sign of him giving up if the author entity wishes to dispose f it or return it to the shelf (or wherever he keeps his tools).
The fact that he puts the person back to bed stealthily in step creates an image of the author being ashamed of being unable to produce any good material. B. On the other hand, it could be a up his litter to review his drafts again and picking up his tools to use. The fact that he wants to put the person back to bed stealthily in step indicates that the author would not want to make a big news out of it, and perhaps surprise his counterpart in the future, if he manages to create a piece of course. If not, it would forever stay hidden that he had a glimpse of hope in the first place.
Speaker of the poem: The writer himself. Allen Cornrow Speaker’s attitude toward the subject of the poem: Dissatisfied, unhappy, annoyed, confused, isolated, alone, discombobulated, detached. Paired poems (Identify poems in the anthology and why they are appropriate to be paired) 1 . The Woodsier because they both address the concept of being detached as The Woodsier is written in the past tense, where you cannot change anything and where you are looking back on the past as a third person. 2. The Woodsier to be able to look at the contrast in organization in the form of the poem.
As you can see, The Woodsier is written with a clear rhyme scheme, clear paragraphing and overall very organized in the imagery conveyed, the direct opposite of what is happening in the Continuum. 3. The Woodsier as they both convey a surreal image as The Woodsier tends to deal with peculiar weather patterns. The winds suddenly die and start again, as well as a sense of fading within reality and the world of dreams as the character within The Woodsier sleeps and arises in the dead of night.
Memorable lines (that reinforce poetic devices) “The moon rolls over the roof and falls behind my house, and the moon does neither of these things, I am talking about myself. ” 2. “Better barefoot it out the front” “It is not possible to get off to sleep or the subject or the planet, nor to think 3. Thoughts”. This shows surrealism as he mentions trying to get off the planet. This is due to his lack of coherent thinking, such the lines “nor to think thoughts” “Bright clouds dusted (query) by the moon, one’s mine the other’s an adversary 4. Which may depend on the wind, or something. ”