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The Cockroach - Kevin Halligan

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kris Ambro

on 1 March 2014

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Transcript of The Cockroach - Kevin Halligan

The Cockroach - Kevin Halligan
By: Kris, Moss, Mudmee, Parit

In this poem Kevin Halligan uses extended metaphor to compare the human's life to the path of the cockroach passing by the house. He tries to explain the modern's generation by comparing them with the path of a simple cockroach.
The real meaning
When you first read the poem, you may think that the author is talking about a cockroach, but if you analyse it deeper, it appears that the detailed description of the cockroach is an extended metaphor, of the poet himself.

During the poem, the author uses words like "jog", "circling", "looked", and "scratched". These words are used for actions of the humans (personification). From this we can infer that the cockroach is representing the path of someone's life. Its not just a cockroach, its a human confused and uncertain of his future.
About the Author
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 Halligan is born in 1964
Cockroach started to pace
Metaphorical Meaning
Those words are not the only word used to express the metaphor of life. Kevin Halligan also expresses the idea by using time phrases such as "at first", "but soon", "over time", "after a while".
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. The word "jog" is used to imply the period went by slowly, as people usually jog for long distances runs.
Later on, You 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 is working hard and was becoming much stronger. The fact that he was climbing upwards suggest improvement. "Open shelf" creates the image of a vast, wide area with endless opportunities
Begins with "and stopped". It makes the readers a little uncertain of what to think which is what the author wants.
"Looked uncertain where to go". The impacts of the words are that they reflect on the natural human behavior. He planned his goals but when he achieves them he doesn't expect it and somehow doesn't know what to do
The poet ends it with " Except i thought i recognised myself". It reassures the reader that he was indeed trying to refer to himself in the poem.
Final Stanza
His thoughts
His actions
His past
Poem structure
The poem is written as a sonnet.
Regular rhyme scheme: ababcdcd and then it goes defdfd.
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