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Compare and contrast the presentation of dreams in 'Island Man' and 'Blessing'

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Compare and contrast the presentation of dreams in 'Island Man' and 'Blessing' In 'Island Man' written by Nichols and 'Blessing' written by Dharker, dreams are portrayed, but in different situations. The poets explore the meaning of dreams and the happiness they can bring if made true. 'Island Man' and 'Blessing' similarly show that the people they are about are not happy with their normal lives. The want and need something new to happen. The island man is bored with his life, whereas the village of people rejoice when their dream comes true after the "silver crashes to the ground". Both poems use language in different ways to portray the effect of dreams. In 'Island Man' the colours that are used are to describe the different locations, for example, "blue surf" and "emerald island" show that the island is precious and idyllic, those colours are also relaxing and calm colours of the sea. In addition "grey metallic" gives the effect of dullness and a monotonous surrounding. ...read more.


In both poems there is enjambment and a bit of illiteration to show irregularity and to give the poems a flow. The structure of both poems is similar but to reveal different meanings. The structure in 'Island Man' includes enjambment all the way through to demonstrate that the man has just woken up and his thoughts are all mixed up and not in order, so therefore the poems structure is mixed up and not in order. 'Blessing' on the other hand has enjambment most of the way through, this is because the poem is about water and so the poem flows. Dharker restricted the amount of punctuation to make the reader read through the poem quickly as fast as the flow of water and with the chaos of the villagers the poem would be interpreted so it is read faster. Both the island man and the blessing contain ideas relating to water and its affect both on the individual seeking solace and its power as a unifying force. ...read more.


All because he is alone. The two poems create very different emotions through their use of tone throughout. 'Island Man' generates feelings of melancholy and lament through the use of "another London day" it does this because the island man does not want to return to reality and face the chaotic polluted world that he is in, he would rather be in his home land. The reader can try to understand what the man is going through but they cannot fully understand him. On the other hand 'Blessing' utilizes phrases such as "polished to perfection" and "the sudden rush of fortune" that generate very opposite emotions. The poem is based around the idea of hope and joy. These feelings are generated because the people that are in poverty and need water the most get it, and knowing that someone got what they need makes the reader feel better for them and emotive towards them. I felt that the island man was a realistic portrayal of what immigration may be like in today's world, whilst blessing despite its message of hope has few lessons that can be applied to Britain's current social context. ...read more.

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