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Carpet Weavers, Morocco An analysis of Carol Rumens poem 'Carpet Weavers, Morocco' This poem deals with the issue of child labour in Morocco. In Morocco you will find that most carpets have been made by children who should actually be at school. However their parents can't afford to send them there so they are made to work. Many of them start weaving from the age of five. They are sent to work early because there at least their parents will know that they are fed. This is what Carol Rumens saw when she visited Morocco which inspired her to write this poem. In the first stanza Rumens describes what the children who weave the carpets are like. ...read more.


The next stanza describes how the children make the carpet. She refers to the knots in the carpet as television because that is their entertainment whereas in other countries children have televisions as entertainment. 'The Garden of Islam' is the carpet's abstract pattern which represents heaven and paradise with its fragrant flowers and fountains. Many carpets from that area have Islamic patterns on them as the majority of the population in these areas is Muslim. The bench being raised is saying that when the carpet is almost finished the children's seats have to be raised as they can't reach the top of the carpet. This is because they are so small. The next line describes the delicate and intricate details in the branches of the tree-tops being weaved in to the carpet. ...read more.


However it also means that the mosque is giving these children money for their work so that they can survive. In the last line of the stanza the word 'give' has more than one meaning. The first is that the carpet will yield to the pressure of the worshipper's weight the other is that the worshippers give for the welfare of the children who made the carpets. The last stanza says that the children instead of going to school learn from experience in making carpets. The patterns in the carpet symbolize history being woven and 'frozen' into the carpet. The poet uses alliteration throughout the poem as well as a lot of metaphors. This poem gives a very clear and accurate image of what these children go through and I feel that it is a great poem by Carol Rumens. It makes you want to do something to help the children and stop this injustice. ...read more.

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This essay shows a good understanding of the contextual factors that influenced the writing of this poem. There is some good analysis of language and form; however analysis of the structure of the piece needs developing further.

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