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Compare The Ways In Which Imtiaz Dharker (Blessing) and Arun Kolatkar (An Old Woman) Write About The Startling Effects Of A Simple Incident.

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Carr Hill High School Tim McHugh Assignment 2 Dec 03 Group SET Compare The Ways In Which Imtiaz Dharker (Blessing) and Arun Kolatkar (An Old Woman) Write About The Startling Effects Of A Simple Incident. The "Blessing" written by Imtiaz Dharker and "An Old Woman" by Arun Kolatkar are poems set in India, which have similar themes although the events described are quite different. Both poems explore what happens after an unexpected experience. In "Blessing" the poet talks about the dryness in the settlement. Then a water pipe suddenly bursts and the mood and pace changes. In "An Old Woman" an old beggar woman says she will take a man to the horseshoe shrine for a fifty paise coin. Half way through the poem, the man's perspective changes and he wonders how this old woman has kept alive this long. Neither of these poems has any particular rhyme or rhythm and both are written in free verses. ...read more.


But at this point the 'you' changes perspective totally and he wonders how this woman has survived for so long. When the woman turns to face the man and says "what else can an old woman do on hills as retched as these?" everything changes. It gives you the image that the woman has survived wars and droughts and famine. The poet says you can see "clear through the bullet holes she has for eyes." Then it goes on "and as you look on the cracks that begin at her eyes spread beyond her skin." because of the droughts her skin is all dry and cracked. "And the hills crack," because of the dryness, "And the temples crack," because of the religious wars, "And the sky falls" because everything caves in around the old woman. "With a plate glass clatter around the shatter proof crone who stands alone." She's standing tough on her own, though everything she's been through, she's still alive. ...read more.


The woman was begging him for money and now he feels no bigger than "small change" in her hand. Both poems make interesting language choices. The poems contrast in that in the "An Old Woman" the poet tries to make a picture of the old woman but in "Blessing" the poet sets an atmosphere around all the people. There is also a religious setting or place but in "Blessing" the poet just uses words to express a sense of religion. Out of the two poems, "An Old Woman" means the most to me because it just pictures the old woman in you head and the bullet holes for eyes. The poet is a graphic artist as well as a poet and to me this picture he creates in words expresses that he want you to imagine the old woman in your head, and he does it well. ...read more.

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