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Richard Wilbur's creation, Juggler presents the reader with number of images making this a very vivid poem.

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Sumarsono Darsono Richard Wilbur's creation, "Juggler", presents the reader with number of images making this a very vivid poem. On the literal level, by using devices such as movement, shape, sound and color the reader can picture the juggler's amazing performance. For example, Wilbur suggests positive responses from the audiences on the juggler's performance. "The boy stamp and the girls Shriek, and the drum booms..." On the other hand, this poem can also be read on the symbolic level, the juggler's performance can be understood as the cycle of our life. When the juggler "graze his finger ends" the ball will bounce higher and higher, however eventually it will slow down and down, Wilbur reminds us that we can only "won for once over the world's weight" ,but not forever soon or later the ball will fall down again. The poet is trying to leave us a message that both happiness and sadness are inevitable in our life. ...read more.


The analogy made here is that each of five red balls could be a separate unit, a separate world spinning in our own world. The poem produces an effect of a sense of our galaxy, as each planet is rotating at its own orbit to our centre of the galaxy. The use of sound is also very effective in this poem. The poet presents a type of rhythm that reflects the spinning balls, for example words such as "whee", "batter", "booms" forces the reader to listen and pay attention to the sound and the action that the juggler performed. By seeing the steady pace of this poem, (such as in line 10 and 11) "Grazing his finger ends", "Cling to their course there". The style of writing of this poem is third person limited focuses on the cognitive. By cognitive, it means Wilbur seems very unemotional in writing this poem as he mainly concentrates on reporting the event as they happened. ...read more.


The poet makes a comparison at here, between the image of "heaven" and "earth" of weight and weightlessness. The red balls are liken to the world each whirling around, each in it own "sphere" Another contrast is made between the juggler's energy at the beginning of his performance and how he slows down, becoming tired. The analogy made her is between the juggler and the balls. As this spinning gradually slow down and stop so to his ability to keep the entire ball in the air. In, conclusion the reader can see by using devices such as movement, shape, sound, color, the poet has created a lively performance. In addition to this by reading this poem, Wilbur is trying to bring us a sense of optimism. In the last two lines "For him we batter our hands", "Who has won for once over the world's weight", the poet appears to convey us a that despite we are living in this heavy and difficult world, there is the moment we can enjoy ourselves. ...read more.

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