Our literature teacher, Pato Chujman, asked us to answer the following questions in order to reflect on the poem we read and analyzed in class called “Continuum”
What is a ´continuum´?
A continuum is a continuous extent, series, or whole which cannot be divided into parts.
Why did the poet entitled the poem, “Continuum”?
The poet entitled the poem continuum because the poem can’t be divided, you have to read it all together. There are enjabments that make the poem flow as a whole.
What does the poet mean by… “All poems are rash acts”?
What i interpreted from that quote is that he believes poems are improvised, they are the fruit of life’s inspiration. You can’t create inspiration, you have to find it, therefore when you do, you can’t help but pour ideas into a poem.
What is the role of irony in the poem?
The poem is about the writer not being able to find inspiration, yet him writing the poem means that he has some inspiration.
Are there examples of personification?
An example of personification in the poem, would be the moon. The writer begins the poem by describing how the moon hide behind his house and later states “I am talking about myself.” The loneliness of the moon in the sky reflect the isolation of the thought’s in the voice’s mind.
Also, the cloud is being personified since it represents confusion and inability to create.
Is the poem the same throughout the poem?
The tone of the poem include gloomy, puzzled, dark, disturbed and blurry.. But as the poem progresses and the voice starts to evolve, we can see his clearer mind and how he finds stability. Therefore the voice is tranquil, settled and fruitful.
What is the effect of enjabment in the poem?
The effect of continuity, that it cannot be divided and that every though is related. Also hoe the writer/voice has a confusion in his mind, therefore, write in a disorganized way.
Explore the meaning in the final sentence/stanza?
it could be interpreted in 2 ways:
that he goes back inside, picks up his drafts and starts writing (since he got inspired by nature) and then goes to sleep. Maybe, he wrote this poem about his experience. This is the one i believe happened.
Then again, it could happen that he goes back inside, puts back his drafts into and gives up, lat going to sleep.