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Compare how visual images are used in"Blessing" and one other poem (Vultures) to highlight political issues

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Compare how visual images are used in "Blessing" and one other poem (Vultures) to highlight political issues. The poet of Blessing Imtiaz Dharker and the poet of Vultures Chinua Achebe both use visual images to highlight the political issues in both poems. However both poems are very different from each other and contrast from of the poets' views. The poem Blessing is about a water pipe bursting and how that is a blessing, as in the country they live in water is very limited and it doesn't rain much in the country. The poem Vultures is about the evil of war and how evil always has good and good always has evil. The contrast in the two poems is Blessing is about Poverty and lack of water, whereas Vultures is about war and ethnic dying. In the poem Blessing the poet discusses the theme of third world poverty and the lack of water through using different language feature. ...read more.


The poem with the title "Blessing" is a metaphor. After the first time in reading the poem the first thing that comes to mind would when it water in the country they people find it as a blessing, "the sudden rush of fortune" fortune is a positive word which represents the riches, values and wealth. On the other hand after reading the poem a couple of times we realise that the pipe bursting is not a blessing. "The municipal pipe bursts," the pipe in the village bursts this is a tragedy as the village will not water for a number of days until the pipe is fixed. In the poem Vultures we see the vultures as horrible creatures that have no feeling and eat up everything and then show an affectionate side. The poet then goes on to showing as how the worst, uncaring humans and also love. "Nostrils will stop at the wayside sweet-shop" the horrible commandant will stop at a shop to bye his child chocolate. ...read more.


In conclusion the visual images are used constantly through both the poems Blessing and Vultures to show the different political issues. In the poem Blessing visual images are portrayed about third world poverty, and in the poem Vultures it more about war a more political issue. Even though poverty is a political issue it could be easily stopped but would take a long time. War alternatively would take a long time and could also easily be. In contrast poverty could only be created by other countries it could also be created by the country it's self. For example in the poem Vultures the commandment could stop imposing rules for others to follow, this would bring a stop to evil. However gathering the money to bring poverty to end would take a number of months. The in poem Blessing I thought the country may have been living in poverty for a number of years and didn't have water for a number weeks. This could have lead to a number of deaths. ?? ?? ?? ?? ANJALI BADIANI 10 WHITE Poetry Essay ...read more.

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