1. To what sort of performer is the poet compared?
The poet is compared to an acrobat.
2. Name at least 3 feats of the poet/performer.
1) balancing on eyebeams
2) climbs on rime
performing entrachats and sleight-of-foot tricks
3. What picture of the poet does Ferlinghetti create by calling him a "little
charleychaplin man?" Contrast this image
with that of beauty in lines 25-26. What does this contrast suggest about the relationship between a poet and art? Create
links to Charley Chaplin information sites or to a Charley Chaplin short feature on the web.
He creates a picture of a clown-like
performer who is goofy looking and awkward yet talented. Beauty is in simplicity or perfection. Beauty is clean cut and good
looking unlike the awkward appearance e of Charlie Chaplin. The poet is creating something more beautiful than he is. He is
showing his beauty through his art.
4. Define realist. Since super means both "above"
and to "a greater degree”, what two ideas about poetry does Ferlinghetti suggest when he says that the poet is a "super realist."
Realist- One who is inclined to literal
truth and pragmatism
Ferlinghetti is suggesting that the poet is not only inclined
to literal truth but he goes above and beyond it. The poet thinks and writes like a realist.
5. Find three example of Ferlinghetti's inventiveness with language (puns, compound words, etc.) and describe the effects of each.
1) charleychaplin man- This compound word its make its sound
as if he is a Charlie chaplin like person. As if Charlie Chaplin were a thing.
2) spreadeagled- This compound word forms together to describe his characteristics that are similar to an eagles movement.
3) climbs on rime- The is a play on the word rime. In this spelling it means ice but spelled like
rhyme it is speaking of the poets words.
6. What is the tone of the poem? Explain.,
Speaker has a tone towards the poet of clown
like, awkward. The poet does not have beauty. Pitiful/ mockery
Speaker has a tone towards beauty or art as perfect and flawless. Awe