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Comparison of 'Blessing' and 'Island Man'

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6/12/09 How are people presented in 'Blessing' and 'Island Man'? Characters are the people whose personalities, emotions or actions are portrayed in a poem and poets use various techniques to present their characters. In 'Island man' we see a Caribbean island man who is away from his home of the blue seas, the soft sands and is waking up reluctantly to the horrible reality of London, leaving his peaceful past on the pillow. Whereas 'Blessing' is strongly about the desperation of people in water ridden countries, but with the very rare stroke of luck and a water pipe bursts, then the utter appreciation and gratitude is shown. Receive The structure of the poems is related to how the characters are portrayed. ...read more.


In each poem the style of language used affects the perception of the characters as well. In 'Blessing' as the island man is still waking up from his home life in his dream, the repetition that the poet uses reiterates the time in which he is taking to wake up from him confusion and conjure up his thoughts "groggily groggily". Also the poets replaces the correct, appropriate words with words of the island to show more in depth the merging of waking from his dream "Comes back to sands". However, in 'Blessing' the use of imagery used by the poet shows a clear picture of the people in there reckless state of deprivation as the water pipe bursts, yet in there utter joy from the 'rush of fortune' that has come their way "From the huts, a congregation...", "frantic hands". ...read more.


In contrast, 'blessing' does the opposite, the poem starts of with the total bereavement of the people, yet as if like a flick of a switch in the middle of the poem it changes its attitude as the water pipe bursts and the children and adults all come together as one to celebrate what most take for granted. These poems have characters that are similar in the way in which they are not happy with how there life is and wish for better. Yet saying that, the things they are wishing for are different, the island man who has all things needed is wishing for the simpler life of just the sands and the seas. However the people in 'Blessing' who have the simpler life are wishing for the so called luxuries in there eyes. They are wishing for what each other have. ...read more.

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