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Compare the ways an event is described in blessing and one other poem.

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Compare the ways an event is described in blessing and one other poem. Dharker and Ezekiel both use several different methods of describing a significant event in some person's life. Blessing describes a water pipe which bursts in what seems to be a dry Asian country, possibly poverty stricken. The poet describes how the people of the town reacted to the burst pipe. Night of the Scorpion however, appears to describe when Ezekiel's mother was stung by a scorpion and the events that unfolded as the poison coursed through her body, and the reactions from his father and people of the village. Both poems use onomatopoeia in their attempt to convey the events in question, however 'drip' is used to describe how the water pipe would usually distribute water which creates a negative tone, as does 'buzzing' in the Night of the Scorpion. The 'drip' of water highlights what land and life was probably like before the event of the pipe bursting; dry and harsh. ...read more.

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Another difference is, in the Night of the Scorpion the enjamberment is used throughout the whole of the poem and there are no separate stanzas apart from that at the end which shows the event is also always unfolding in the whole poem, on the other hand Dharker uses short sentence lines in the first stanza to show the lack of water to contrast with the run on lines which indicate the water to be flowing and plentiful. Also the fact that there is a separated stanza at the end of blessing could be indicative that the town could return back to the drought ridden place it was before the event occurred. This sudden move onto a new stanza could mean that no sooner has the land been blessed with water the 'liquid sun' could soon soak up that water. Similarly, Alliteration is a method used by both poets in their attempt to describe an event. ...read more.

Conclusion

On the other hand, Dharker uses metaphors on more than one occasion within Blessing. Cleverly Dharker has used 'Blessing,' the title of the poem as a central metaphor itself and from that he uses several other religious connotations in the form of metaphor to lay emphasis on the importance of the bursting water pipe. There appears to be a 'rush of fortune' followed by a 'congregation' of people, this theme of religion used to describe the effects of the event imply that Dharker sees water as a blessing itself, like life. The fact that the pipe burst could be seen as a blessing from a godly figure giving life to the dry, thirsty people of the town in question. In conclusion, many techniques used are similar in the poems but obviously the poets have used them for very different reasons. Without these devices the event described would lose meaning and significance, metaphors, personification and the like must be used in order to engage an audience into empathising with the characters within the poems. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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