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Compare and contrast the 'Blessing' by Imtiaz Dharker with 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' by Moniza Alvi. How do the two poems give us an insight into other cultures?

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Compare and contrast the 'Blessing' by Imtiaz Dharker with 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' by Moniza Alvi. How do the two poems give us an insight into other cultures? I am going to compare two poems from different cultures, one of which is 'Blessing' by Imtiaz Dharker which is about people living in India with very little fresh water and the other poem 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' by Moniza Alvi, which is in relation to girl's heritage living in the UK who receives clothes as presents from some relatives in Pakistan. Culture is a general term for huge range of ideas such as art, traditions, knowledge and belief that is shared b country, race or a group of people. The author of 'Presents form my ..........' Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1954. She moved to England when she was few months old. Since then she did not return to Pakistan until after the publication of 'Present form my aunt in Pakistan'. She is the daughter of English mother and Pakistani father. 'Presents form my ..........' is an autobiographical poem. The speaker in the poem who is of mixed race, describe the gifts of clothes and jewelry sent to her in England by her Pakistani relatives. She is drawn to the loveliness of these things, but feels awkward wearing them. ...read more.

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In addition to this she also uses metaphor and personification 'was alien in the room'. The effect that these devices have is that they help make an image in the readers head. Next there is aural imagery which is created through words which Moniza Alvi often makes use of images that is created through sounds. For example: onomatopoeia. The poet uses words like 'snapped'. The poet here just tells us that how did it sound like when the glass bangle broke to make a aural image in the reader head and she uses onomatopoeia to create a sense of the sound. The rhythm of the poem is very smooth. In the same way the poet in the poem 'Blessing' uses the same imagery device to make the similar effects. Imtiaz Dharker uses simile in the first line of the first stanza to create the effect of emphasizing how skin cracks when there is a lack of water and the pain that we go through when the 'The skin cracks like a pod'. Other than that she uses metaphor 'The municipal pipe bursts, sliver crashes to the ground' and personification 'voice of a kindly God'. She use a metaphor to get the same effect of a simile but for a personification instead of saying water rashes to the ground she uses sliver because she is describing water as a big possession, money or currency. ...read more.

Conclusion

'Blood' introduces the idea of the poet's roots and with it a chain of clothes- introduced memories that lead her to discover the Asian half of her identity. The poem's style of narration has a sense of immediacy that is appropriate for the direct experience that is reflected in the poem. The poet's use of free verse is also effective as the poem's maze like lines help embody the poet's meandering sense of self-discovery as she reflects on a series of objects that enables her to 'discover' her roots. The narrator ornate 'present' stimulates her imagination; she recalls through the 'glass circles' of the clothes 'mirror works' how she made the uncomfortable journey to England with her parents as a young child: an event that she would otherwise have been far too young to remember. Therefore both poems gives us a insight of their culture. I prefer the poem 'Blessing' because when I read the poem it makes me feel sympathy for the people of Dharvi but the on the other hand it make me a bit relived that the people have got some water when the pipe bursts. The poet makes us thinks that sometimes things can be better. The way people fight for water shows how desperate they are; and though the children are happy when the water 'sings' over them, we finis with 'small bones' and know that soon their will be no water again. The poet sees their problem as her problem. ...read more.

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