Continuum- Allen Curnow

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KEY THEME: internal battle between realism (nature and science) and abstract (creation and arts) 

  • Poet seems conflicted and confused throughout the poem which makes the reader feel confused
  • 'Continuum'- never ending
  • Calm mood 
  • Explores private and unanswerable questions --> philosophical?
  • Pathetic Fallacy shows the poet's feelings

STANZA 1:

'moon rolls over' - personification of the moon anthropomorphises the supreme forces of nature.

'the moon does neither of these things' - scientific view --> denial

'I  am talking about myself'- reflects himself in nature, links the two together 

STANZA 2: 

'Not possible to get off to sleep' - Poet is restless

'out the front' - enjambement leading into the third stanza

STANZA 3:

'Washed- out creation' - metaphorical…

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