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GCSE: Imtiaz Dharker: Blessing

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    Love after love

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    It is about the unrestrained joy of life. Both poems are optimistic about happiness. The poems have different optimism, in love after love it says "You will greet yourself arriving" and "will smile" showing that happiness will return. Also in the text it says "The stranger who has loved you all your life" it is a clam message we should discover and cherish ourselves, it is a comforting promise of permanent love. It also says "will smile at the others welcome" implying that they are happy to see each other and they will say no words because there facial expressions will show it all.

    • Word count: 610
  2. How Do Imtiaz Dharker and Grace Nichols Create Atmosphere in Blessing And Island Man

    "Crashes" is describing how the water is slamming to the floor and making a crashing sound. I believe this implies to the reader that the poet is trying to set the scene in the readers mind. This emphasises how this was such a "blessing and it over-exaggerates the reaction of the people and how it affects them. This helps the reader feel what the people are feeling. Sibilance is were a poet would use a word or words containing "s" sounds and "sh" sounds.

    • Word count: 2718
  3. inspector calls

    Throughout the play, the words 'responsible' and 'responsibility' are used by almost all the characters in the play at some point or the other. Each member of the family has a different attitude towards responsibility. There is a contrastive pair when Mr Birling's responsibility towards Eva is uncaring, brutal and miserly while his son, Eric's responsibility towards Eva is caring but na�ve and selfish in a way. There is a similarity between Mrs Birling and Shelia. Mrs Birling and Sheila's responsibility to Eva is somewhat similar as they both share and accept their guilt on Eva's death.

    • Word count: 1501
  4. Compare and contrast the 'Blessing' by Imtiaz Dharker with 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' by Moniza Alvi. How do the two poems give us an insight into other cultures?

    She is drawn to the loveliness of these things, but feels awkward wearing them. She feels more comfortable in English clothes. The poet is torn between two cultures that she feels she belongs to neither. She likes the clothes but she is embarrassed with them her knowledge to the birth place, which she left as a baby, comes to her only through old photographs and newspapers reports. In the similar way the author of the poem 'Blessing', Imtiaz Dharker was also born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1954. She grew up in Glasgow and now she lives in the outskirts of Mumbai, India known as Dharvi where she works as a film maker.

    • Word count: 1767
  5. Comparing cultures: Nothing's Changed and Blessing

    In 'Blessing', the poet uses language to show that the place has harsh conditions. The poem begins 'The skins cracks like a pod. There is never enough water' This simile gives the reader the impression that the place is dry and extremely humid because the skin will only 'crack' in extremely hot conditions. Further the fact that there is never 'enough' water shoes use how precious and rare water is to the village as there's never enough.

    • Word count: 522
  6. Comparing language: Blessing and Night of the Scorpion

    'Blessing' is set in Dharavi, Mumbai against a background of a dry drought against a background of dehydration. The speaker is an omniscient narrator and tells of a municipal water pipe bursting to the release of fresh drinking water. The speaker has a celebratory attitude towards the events and cultures explored. One recurring theme in Blessing is the struggling nature of the villagers who have little water all year round before being finally blessed. Throughout blessing, various techniques are used to give a sense of a celebratory attitude.

    • Word count: 525
  7. What Could Shakespeare Be Saying About Honour and The Difference Between Male And Female Honour?

    Those personal flaws are what makes him so neurotic about Kate's behaviour as any actions on her part which are perceived to be in any way masculine impedes upon his own masculinity and therefore his male honour. This demonstrates the fact that in the sixteenth century, most married men were more concerned about what their peers thought of them than their own wives' well-being. Returning to Much Ado About Nothing, the ideas of male, female and even familial honour play a prominent role in the story.

    • Word count: 3485
  8. Of mice and men

    However George and Lennie were very different or even the opposite. Overall they did not travel alone but travelled together, they worked as a team and suited each other on account of George being smart and Lennie being tough and well built for the ranch therefore they were a perfect set together. George and Lennie were not distant and have each other also they both share a dream together unlike the other itinerant workers in the ranch that share a dream alone, for example Curley's wife being isolated and lonely resembling the majority of the ranch also had a dream.

    • Word count: 1079
  9. Compare the ways an event is described in

    Both poems have a sense of ambiguity. In "Blessing" this lies in whether this event is actually a blessing. On one hand it can be seen as a blessing because water is so rare in this community, so Dharker describes this event as a "sudden rush of fortune" and "the voice of a kindly god", as if this god has blessed them with water. However, the title to the poem could be seen as ironic, looking at the short term this seems like a blessing, but may have long term consequences on the community, with this municipal pipe broken where will they receive their water from in the future?

    • Word count: 1069
  10. events in blessing

    This suggests the village is poor and needs to work together to survive. That first verse sets up the main event of the poem nicely because it shows the importance of water and that excess of water would get the village more excited than anything else. the poet then appeals to our senses when he uses onomatopoeias in the second verse; "Imagine the drip or it, the small splash, echo in a tin mug" They also use a religious reference; " the voice of a kindly god" to suggest that water is almost like a gift from god because they cannot obtain water and it is almost a miracle when they can get hold of it.

    • Word count: 828
  11. Compare the ways an event is described in blessing with one other poem.

    The second stanza is 4 lines long and the stanza speaks of little but some water- 'imagine the drip of it'. The third stanza is the longest and here is when the municipal pipe bursts. It is 11 lines long and this could illustrate the huge flow of water and bursts of excitement that occur as the water flows free. 'Silver crashes to the ground and the flow has found a roar of tongues'. The length of stanzas in this poem reflects the progression of the flow of water and events.

    • Word count: 968
  12. Compare and contrast the ways in which two poems from other cultures and traditions convey their message. Consider how the writers achieve their intention.

    sympathy. The writer sets out to get a message across to the reader; this is called the writer's intention. The two poems studied were 'Blessing' and 'Scavengers'. In 'Blessing' the issue of poverty is addressed in a 3rd world country and how aid is desperately needed. The writer for this poem is Imtiaz Dharker. Part of that is included in 'Scavengers' where the scavengers are lower down in society but the children in 'Blessing' are lower down than them and are very less fortunate.

    • Word count: 1171
  13. Comparing Texts - 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People In A Mercedes' - by Lawrence Ferlenghetti and 'Blessing' - By Imtiaz Dharka.

    Whereas in 'Blessing' the deprivation is much simpler, it is a physical lacking in, specifically water. It describes the yearning for and end to a drought and then the sheer joy when the monsoon finally comes. The difference between fantasy and reality is effectively shown throughout 'two scavengers...' using various poetic and litery- devices, such as similes. One instance of this is 'and both scavengers gazing down as if from a great distance, at the cool couple, as if they were watching some odourless T.V ad,' this quote shows that to the garbage men, these 'beautiful people in a Mercedes' are not, or, cannot be real.

    • Word count: 967
  14. Blessing Imtiaz Dharker's poem can be read in two ways. A straightforward reading might suggest that the poem is simply a description of an incident when a pipe bursts and people run excitedly for the water.

    The title of the poem appears to be ironic. These people are not blessed - they have little water of their own. Only superstition could lead them to count this 'municipal pipe' burst as a blessing. In reality, it shows the poor state of the pipes, part of the city's basic infrastructure, pipes that should be carrying water to the people. The fact that the people live in 'huts', that the children are 'naked' and that everyone is 'frantic' for the water tell us a lot about the living conditions. There is a lot of sensual imagery in this poem.

    • Word count: 813
  15. Compare how visual images are used in"Blessing" and one other poem (Vultures) to highlight political issues

    For example line one "The skin cracks like a pod." Using like in the sentence it shows that the poet is comparing dry skin to a pod, a pod dries out till it crack. There is also onomatopoeia used in this poem, "sliver crashes to the ground" crash is normally a negative onomatopoeia as the first thing that may come to our head may be car crash; however it is used as a positive as it is used with silver.

    • Word count: 857
  16. An analysis of 'Blessing'.

    the rush of water and the lack of commas used in the first part emphasis the rush and the use of commas in the second part quickens the pace. The theme of the poem is showing the differences between the rich and the poor. This is done by displayed by the lack of water for the poor. "silver crashes to the ground" To these people water is just as valuable as silver, to them water is there wealth. Imtiaz Dharker uses silver as it is similar to water in colour.

    • Word count: 794
  17. Comparison of Blessing and Nothing is changed

    Tatamkhulu Afrika shows us a society divided between the blacks and the whites. He also shows the difference between their cultures. 'District Six' is the name of a poor area of Cape Town. This area was bulldozed as a slum in 1966, but never properly rebuilt. Although there is no sign there, the poet can feel that this is where he is: 'but my feet know, and my hands.' Similarly the 'up-market' inn (brash with glass' and the bright sign, 'flaring like a flag', which shows its name)

    • Word count: 1470
  18. Compare The Ways In Which Imtiaz Dharker (Blessing) and Arun Kolatkar (An Old Woman) Write About The Startling Effects Of A Simple Incident.

    Neither of these poems has any particular rhyme or rhythm and both are written in free verses. However, structurally both poems are very similar. Both of the poems begin with a description of what is happening. In "Blessing" the first line is "The skin cracks like a pod" this is a good example of a simile; it puts the picture in your head that it is a very dry place. The second line tells you straight up that there is a drought. "An Old Woman" starts with the lines "An old woman grabs hold of your sleeve and tags along."

    • Word count: 814
  19. Discussion of Imtiaz Dharkers 'Blessing'.

    Dharker paints for the reader a vivid scene using strong imagery. For instance, after opening with a powerful visual image, the poet goes on to make us hear the smallest noise 'echo/ in a tin mug', before increasing the sound level with the 'roar of tongues' as people descend on the pipe. It is at this time the reader realises the irony in the title 'Blessing'.

    • Word count: 538
  20. Show how the pots create a strong sense of place in Island man and another poem form the culture section from you anthology.

    The last piece of decryption before the poem is describing the Caribbean island, and the first word of the poem is "morning" after reading the caption nine times out of ten I think the reader will still be picturing the island and the reality of discovering the man was dreaming and he's infect in London becomes ever more apparent, the where about of the protagonist is no longer questionable a sense of place has been firmly been established. The reader is now aware that the "man" was dreaming about the island and can sympathise with him taking the "dull north circular" journey he has to take into consideration.

    • Word count: 854
  21. What have you learnt about different cultures from three poems you have studied?

    He contrasts within the poem, the two sub-cultures in America, the rich and the poor. These sub-cultures are shown to be very different from each other and very far apart. The closeness we see in "Night of the Scorpion" is not show in this poem. Ferlinghetti contrasts the people in various ways. The wealthy couple are on their way to the man's place of work, while the "scavengers" are coming home, having worked through the early hours. The couple in the Mercedes are clean and cool; the scavengers are dirty. But while one scavenger is old, hunched and with grey hair, the other is about the same age as the Mercedes driver and, like him, has long hair and sunglasses.

    • Word count: 2897
  22. The two poems that I have chosen to analyse are 'Blessing' by Imtiaz Dharker and 'An Old Woman' written by Arun Kolatkar.

    This amount of money is frequently, and carelessly dropped on the floor without a second glance, in countries such as our own, yet in India an elderly woman needs this to survive. In 'Blessing' water is highly valued, and every drop is precious because their community is so short of such a substance. However, people in our, more developed, communities use it as though it will never run out. 'Blessing', is set in a small community of a third world country, and the main theme is the value of water, and important and sacred it is to the people in this community.

    • Word count: 2080
  23. In the poem Blessing, Imtiaz Ali bases the poem on a situation in which water is a very rare commodity

    The poem is structured into 4 uneven stanzas in free verse further imposing the theme of the poem- the inconsistency in water availability. The first stanza introduces the theme with the quote ?there is never enough water?. The suspense on what the poem is about is then broken as the reader is now aware that the poem is based on water scarcity. To further impose this theme in this verse, the poet has used the quote ?the skin cracks like a pod? which creates an image of dry, dehydrated skin.

    • Word count: 890

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare how visual images are used in"Blessing" and one other poem (Vultures) to highlight political issues

    "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."

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