• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparing poems section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparing poems essays

  1. Night of the Scorpion & The Blessing

    In 'Night Of The Scorpion' the scorpion is described as " The evil one ". This metaphor shows that the people are comparing the scorpion to the devil.

  2. Balance sheet by John Montague - In Romney Marsh by John Davidson - ...

    The poet conveys these feelings to the reader by emphasizing the point of isolation and loneliness; he also uses a large number of commas that allow the poem to be slowed down to a pace such as the one where the poet is walking to the where the old woman lives.

  1. "How does the poet use the theme to present a happy event in the ...

    us feel sympathy to them however, we understand that we are very fortunate that we are safe and well-off where we were born and don't have to move anywhere else. In the poem 'Blessing' the poet utilises structure to show the flow of water.

  2. Comparing and Contrasting Poems

    Here it is clearly shown that the poet doesn't believe that anything that the 'peasants' did helped in any way and shows us that in his opinion time healed the sting. We interpret this line like this because 'After twenty hours' has been put on its own to prove its significance to the readers.

  1. Night of the scorpion and blessing

    However, in 'Blessing' th poet involves the reader and asks us to "imagine the small splash of water in a tin mug. First two stanzas are about sadness and the last two are for happiness. The structure creates an image in 'Blessing' that there is atleast happiness in the poem and this is what makes it different.

  2. Discuss the Reasons Browning(TM)s Characters Have for Murdering Their Victims

    Here the Duke personifies his family name because he is basically saying she doesn't appreciate him enough, but she appreciates everything given to her, irrespective of size or value. The most obvious similarity between the poems is that both the murderers are male.

  1. Compare the ways in which the poet presents people in night of the scorpion ...

    Although the father does not believe in the religious side of the society he tried all of them at the thought of loosing his wife. After all of the events that happened she only was grateful that it took her and not one of her children.

  2. What can you learn about teenage fashion from source one?

    and the goods were expensive and in the 1940s there was not a lot of money around in Britain. In the 1950s there was more money around, so the general public could spend more money on luxuries. Rather than going without.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work