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- Marked by Teachers essays 21
I will never forget the look on Tim's face when he said goodbye. This is what I was fighting for; I was fighting for my life, I was fighting for them. *** ...I remember the first time I met James, we were working together on the construction site, it was his first day and I was the one to "show him the ropes". At first I was uncertain of his character, but I grew to like him and we soon became the best of friends. I can recall one particular day at the construction site.
- Word count: 921
The first stanza is about just after his son has died and he and his brothers are burying the son. This stanza contains very dull imagery. An example of this is in line 3 when the narrator says "rain blackened the horizon, but cold winds kept it over the Pacific". This quote sets the overall atmosphere of the poem. It indicates that winter is coming and depicts a very miserable and negative image. The weather and the seasons represent how the narrator is feeling at that point in time.
- Word count: 648
In the first stanza Rumens describes what the children who weave the carpets are like. Looms are the machine on which carpets are made but in the poem they have a second meaning which is that another world is coming into view for them. 'Another world' could be talking about their dreams. The fact that they have oiled and braided hair could indicate that the children don't have time or money to cut their hair so they braid it. 'Their dresses bright' is a metaphor for happiness as bright and colourful things are thought to be happy and joyful.
- Word count: 589
Another important part of this poem is the way in which he describes the blind man's appearance. He describes by, for example, personifying the hump on the man's back by saying that it "looms" over him which gives the impression that his hump is almost controlling him. He also contrasts the man "shambling uncouth" to the "clinical gleam" of the toilet and says "his brooding reflection darkens the mirror" One simile he uses is saying the old man is "like a monstrous animal caught in a tent".
- Word count: 877