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The cockroach, by: Kevin Halligan

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on 6 November 2013

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Transcript of The cockroach, by: Kevin Halligan

The cockroach's path
The second stanza starts off with "but soon". The "but" signifies a big turn in the poet´s life, which leaves his "clear path", to "jog in crooked rings". This suggest, that at this point the author was confused. By placing the word "BUT" at the beginnig of the sentence he is emphasizing it, letting the readers he walks in circles. His Life is different than before and he does not know where to go anymore. The Word used in the Poem "JOG" is used to imply the period went by slowly, as people usually jog for long distances runs.
The real meaning
When we first read the poem, we suggested that the author is talking about a simple cockroach. But, as we analyze it deeper, it later appears that the detailed description of the cockroach is an extended metaphor of either, the person (presumably the poet himself) or of humans in general. The first hint is when the author uses the word "giant"; is it large for its species, or large to the point it is the size of a human? Later, we can confirm this, by the activities of the animal, which are "jog", "trace", "circle".
Structure
The poem is written in from of the sonnet . There's a regular rhyme scheme is ababcdcd and then it goes defdfd . The change of rhyme gives certain rhythm to the poem. When the change occurs a change in the path of the cockroach can be seen. When the rhyme changes we can see how the cockroach seems confused, she now is wondering what to do with her life, she now is wondering if what she did on her life was right or wrog and realized she lost the path of life.
The Cockroach
Later on, we could see that the author starts changing the tone of the poem, from a very confused to a more confident one. The author uses phrases, such as: “climbed” on an “open shelf”. “Climbed” suggests that the poet was much stronger and working very hard. The fact that he was climbing upwards suggests improvement, as if he was doing better than before. “Open shelf” creates the image of a vast, wide area with endless opportunities .
The cockroach
THE COCKROACH is a poem written by Kevin Halligan. Kevin is one of the most famous Canadian poets in the world. In this poem, Kevin uses an extended metaphor to compare the humans life to the path of the cockroach passing by the house. He tries to explain today's generation by comparing them with the path of a simple cockroach.
Cockroach starts to pace
Metaphorical meaning
LANGUAGE
LANGUAGE
During the poem, the author uses words like, "jog", "circling" , "looked" and "scratched". This words are used for actions that humans do. From this we can conclude that the cockroach is representing the path of someone, the life of someone, is not just a cockroach is a human confused and uncertain of his future.
But in the poem those words are no the only word use to express the metaphor of life. He express this idea by using time phrases like "at first", but soon", "over time", "after a while".
However, there is a very abrupt “and stopped”. It makes the readers a little uncertain of what to think, which is exactly what Halligan wants, because he writes in the same line that he “looked uncertain where to go”. The impact of these words are that they reflect on the natural human behavior. He seems to have planned his dreams and goals so clearly, yet when he achieves them he doesn’t expect it and somehow doesn’t know what to do.

The poet ends all with the line “Except I thought I recognised myself”. It reassures the reader that he was indeed trying to refer to himself in the poem, his thoughts, his actions and his past.
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