After reading the poem «Continuum» in Literature class, we had to watch a presentation and answer the questions to reflect and think about.
- Why did the poet entitled the poem, “Continuum”? What does he mean by this use of the term?
In my opinion, the poem is entitled as “Continuum” because it’s a continuity. The poem is about a writer who cannot find inspiration to write a poem, so it’s like ironic “I am talking about myself”. Here I found more analysis related to the relationship between the poem and the title: http://www.enotes.com/homework-help/how-does-poem-continuum-by-allen-curnow-relate-its-362393
- What is the role of irony in the poem?
We can identify irony because it’s a poem about a writer writing a poem about not knowing what to write about. And when he gets inspirited, he writes about his feelings, and we can clearly identify the blurriness in his mind.
- Are there examples of personification?
Yes, I could identify personification in the moon. The moon is personified in stanza 1, lines 1-2 “The moon rolls over the roof and falls behind my house”. This moon represents loneliness.
- Is the tone the same throughout the poem?
In my opinion it is. The tones of this poem are: gloomy, dazzled, confused, tormented, lonely, frustrated, dark, reflective, blurred and blind.
- What is the extended metaphor and what is its significance?
That while he is looking for inspiration to write a poem, he’s writing a poem.
- What is the effect of enjambment in the poem?
Enjambment is present in this entire poem. We have to read the entire poem to understand its meaning.
- Explore the meaning in the final sentence/stanza.
The writer finally found his inspiration, so he picks up his “tools” (pen, paper) and goes to sleep.