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How Do The Two Poets Show You Something Important About The Cultures They Write About.

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How Do The Two Poets Show You Something Important About The Cultures They Write About The poem Blessing by Imtiaz Dhaker is set in India just outside the bustling city of Bombay. The poem is set in the dry season in India and shows the suffering from the lack of water as well as the blessing of water. Imtiaz Dhaker focuses on sound and visuals in this eye-opening poem. Here is how Imtiaz Dhaker shows the important aspects of life within the Indian culture. The poem starts with a simple bold statement, 'the skin cracks like a pond. There is never enough water'. The simile shows the reader how dry it actually is. The next verse starts with the word 'Imagine', this magnifies the paragraph and makes the reader think and picture the poet's words more. Imtiaz Dhaker shows the beauty and how amazing the water is by making the reader imagine the sound of the water. 'Imagine the drip of it, the small splash, echo in a tin mug, the voice of a kindly God'. ...read more.


The following verse shows the joy and how much of a blessing the water is to the people that have to endure the drought. But it also shows that the joy is short lived. 'Naked children screaming in the liquid sun, their highlights polished to perfection, flashing light, as the blessing sings over their small bones'. The ending can be interoperated in many ways. For me the mention of bones brings a dark element to the poem. It shows that the moment and miraculous blessing will last for a short while. You may never see these children again. The poem District Six by Tatamkhulu Afrika is set in District Six an unofficial settlement outside of Cape Town. During apartheid it was raised to the ground and was a large contrast to the multicultural town before. This is an autobiographical piece of poetry and Tatamkhulu Afrika shows his anger at what has happened to the place he feels is home. This powerful poem is written in the present even though it happened in the past. ...read more.


The two restraints are symbolic of the apartheid. The whites only inn is symbolic of the comforted and cushioned life the whites led, and the workingman's caf� shows the undignified and poor life the blacks went through. 'I press my nose to the clear panes, know, before I see them, there will be crushed ice white glass, linen falls, the single rose'. Tatamkhulu shows his resentment and his bitterness towards this sweet and indulgent life. All he was left with were bunny chows. 'Wipe your hands on your jeans, spit a little on the floor: it's in the bone'. This is ironic and magnifies his bitterness towards the stereotype of the blacks and the whites 'superiority' over the blacks in apartheid. 'I back from the glass, boy again, leaving small O of small, mean mouth. Hands burn for a stone, a bomb, to shiver down the glass. Nothings changed'. Tatamkhulu still feels the divide is there. This is symbolised by the glass, he doesn't want to throw a stone at it like when he was a little child, he wants to destroy the divide for once and for all with a bomb to end the apartheid. ...read more.

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