Year 10 Poetry: Continuum


D Moon Night Sky


Watch the link above. What relevance does this have to the poem below. Leave a comment.

Continuum by Allen Curnow

The moon rolls over the roof and falls behind

my house, and the moon does neither of these things,

I am talking about myself.

It’s not possible to get off to sleep or

the subject or the planet, nor to think thoughts.

Better barefoot it out the front.

door and lean from the porch across the privets

and the palms into the washed-out creation,

a dark place with two particular

bright clouds dusted (query) by the moon, one’s mine

the other’s an adversary, which may depend

on the wind, or something.

A long moment stretches, the next one is not

on time. Not unaccountably the chill of

the 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 demiurge, who picks up

his litter and his tools and paces me back

to bed, stealthily in step.

8 thoughts on “Year 10 Poetry: Continuum

  1. The video above is similar to the Continuum by Allen Curnow, because of couple or reasons; as for the poet is writing about his inspiration coming within him self.
    He creates a mood swing of a depression,and loneliness. This in return gives the reader a sense of that mood. The relevance is that the Old Lady was talking about the mood, feelings and inspiration in starting a poem as well describing what is a poem in basic terms. the Loneliness mood is creates right at the beginning “The moon rolls over the roof and falls behind” I assume that it’s something that never stops, such as the mood. He tells us that he feels the same everyday in his every day life. he mentions that even the dreams are not that more interesting as the life itself by “It’s not possible to get off to sleep”.this shows that he is mostly insignificant towards his life. the point of this comment is that the video is telling the basic rules of why/how to write a poem with emotions. as this poem is a perfect example ;)
    (1:04 am, i am pretty sure it will be the only comment on this poem)

  2. This poem speaks about sweet dreams and how bed id comfortable :D

    this poem starts with moon rolling over and the poet tries to explain what he does when he is dreaming. Than he starts talking about his dream and how he depends on the wind and that means he depends on someone or something.

    When you get into the 6th stanza his dream starts to end and he tells that to us by saying “night sky empties the whole of its contents down”. That represents the end.

    In last stanza he talks about trying to get back into the bed.

  3. Madita : In the poem “Continuum” by Allen Curnow the poet can’t get off to sleep, so he goes out in his garden and looks at the sky. Curnow is confused and tired, so he keeps on switching his thoughts and this shows his short attention. He uses Enjambement, which shows a connection between the stanzas, but he also uses no rhyme, which suggests the disconnection of the lines. In the first stanza he compares himself to the moon which ” rolls over the roof and falls behind my house”. This also underlines that his thoughts go back and forward. Furthermore the moon is orbiting around the earth, so this suggests that the poet is stuck and can’t get out of his routine. In the 4th stanza he mentions an “adversary”, this suggests that he doesn’t just has problems with himself, also with others. The stanza ends with “something”, this suggests a unfinished thought and provides the idea of his short attention.

  4. I think that both the video & the poem are very interesting. In the poem, the writer shows some interesting ideas, but also kills it by sometimes extreme exaggeration completly absurd ideas when he compares himself to the moon. (Mr. Stanyard would call it personification, I call it randomness :D :P )

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