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An analysis of 'Blessing'.

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Introduction

Blessing The structure of the stanzas is a metaphor for the water in the pump. "The skin cracks like a pod. There is never enough water." This is the first stanza it is very short just as the water is only dripping. As we go further the stanzas get longer "Sometimes, the sudden rush of fortune... plastic buckets, frantic hands," This stanza shows the pipe bursting and water rushing out and in the poem this is shown by the size of the stanza. The sentence structure is also a metaphor for the water. "The skin cracks like a pod. There is never enough water." Here the sentences are short just as they are short of water, where as in the third stanza the sentences get longer. "From the huts, a congregation: every man woman and child for streets around butt in, with pots, brass, copper, aluminium, plastic buckets, frantic hands," This sentence is long as it shows ...read more.

Middle

Having the title as "Blessing" is also very good as it shows the water as holy and something to be worshiped. "Flashing light, as the blessing sings, over their small bones." In this poem the water is also a metaphor for religion. The flashing light is the light of god and the water splashing over there small bones, is symbolising baptism. Nothings changed The poem is set out in six stanzas, each of eight fairly short lines. This kind of regularity in the layout creates a sense of control: the poet is very clear about what he is feeling and not suddenly flying into a rage. But within that pattern the length of the sentences varies from a whole stanza to just two words. To explore the effect of the sentence structure in the poem, look at these examples: The structure is clearly divided into six stanzas, each of eight fairly short lines, appropriate for the clearly divided apartheid society and for a poem about " District Six. ...read more.

Conclusion

The fourth stanza contains images of, 'glass' which is a good image for the invisible barrier of apartheid separating white and black people. The line, 'No sign says it is' echoes the line in the second stanza; in apartheid it is what is NOT said that is important i.e. people in power don't like to talk about the division of whites and black but it happens all the same. The fourth stanza's, 'crushed ice white glass' belongs to the rich white areas and contrasts with the fifth stanza's 'plastic table's top' that is for the poor black people. The line, 'it's in the bone' suggests that this divide is the result of people's bodies, their race and colour. The sixth stanza again shows anger, a desire for, 'a stone, a bomb' to break the glass and symbolically to end the separation between white and black. Yet the last line, 'nothing's changed' suggests that the author has little hope that such an action would make things better. A pessimistic ending. ...read more.

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