• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Night of the scorpion and blessing

Extracts from this document...


In 'Night of the scorpion' it is about a place where the poet's mother was stung by mother. Nissim Ezekeil describes what happened to his mother on that night and what the reactions of people were. This all creates an image of a place in the reader's mind. Similarly, in 'Blessing' the poet creates an image of a place where there is a lot of importance for water. He mentions the reactions of people as well which makes'Blessin' and 'Night of the scorpion' similar. The theme of the poems are different. In 'Night of the scorpion' the main theme is the religion and their beliefs. On the other hand, in 'Blessing' the main theme is necessity of water. Although the themes are different, they still relate as they both bring in poor stuff such as in 'Blessing' they bring in "pots and mugs" to get as much water as possible. ...read more.


Similarly, in 'Blessing' when the "municipal pipe bursts" everyone "buts in" and he also uses " the blesing sings" which is also linked to religion as it might mean they are blessed by God. He also mentions "congregation" which shows everyone was praying for water and they were blessed by God for having water. The structure of these poems is different. In 'Night..' the poet is a narrative himdelf and narrates what happened to his mother. The first stanza, from lines 5-45 there is a lot going on. Everyone "sat around" with his mother in " the centre". The peasants were performing rites and his father a "rationalist" was trying his best to save the poet's mother. This contrasts with the last stanza as it is so calm because after enduring so much pain, she only says "Thank God the scorpion picked on me and spared my children". ...read more.


So, the poet doesn't believe in the theory of recarnation. In 'Blessing' the poet is sad about "there never is enough water" but, is also happy that sometimes a "sudden rush of fortune" happens and they do get water. Finally, in conclusion both poems are good. 'Night...' tells us about the incident happened to his mother and also about the place where he lived. In 'Blessing' it is about the necessity of water. Both poems are good but, I prefer 'Blessing' because it doesn't make me as sad as 'Night...' and also has a happy ending. "The children screaming in the liquid sun" makes me feel happy that the children are happy because they get water. These poems also make me feel so lucky that I am living in such a country where there is enough water and good facilities as I can go to the doctor if somethin happens. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparing poems section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparing poems essays

  1. Night of the Scorpion & The Blessing

    I now intend to write about how the poets use language to show the villagers attitudes. Both poets use metaphors. In 'Blessing' the water is described as " silver ". This quotation suggests that the people see water as a precious substance.

  2. Comparing Poems From Other Cultures; Night of the Scorpion and Nothing's Changed

    Night of the Scorpion is written in free verse with varying line lengths and no rhyme scheme. The first part is long and full of activity, the scorpions bite and the reaction of the villagers while the second part - the mothers reaction is merely three lines long.

  1. Compaison of two poems - 'Night Over Birkenau' and 'Earrings.'

    Harchik does this by describing the holes dug in which the camp prisoners' corpses to be buried in, "The empty holes," and, on the next line they are described as 'grown shut.' This is a very effective way to use language, it emphasises nature's attempt to stop the finding of the Jews' corpses after the massacre.

  2. How is Imagery portrayed in two poems (Night of the Scorpion and Blessing) you ...

    This 'blessing' can be interpreted in a positive or a negative way; the poet could simply intend to present the water as a blessing to the people or on the other hand, water is considered a blessing when you are thirsty, not when you are dying of thirst, then water is a necessity.

  1. Vultures and Night of the Scorpion

    But in the middle of this stanza: 'nestled close to his mate,' showing the small yet gentle and soft disposition of the vulture. It also symbolizes that in the middle of all the filth and hideousness there are also some love and care within the vultures.

  2. Comparison between Dulce et Decorum Est & The Last Night

    taken its toll, the young men evolving -- or more appropriately, regressing -- into haggard and withered creatures that have faced acute pain and loss. However, the change in pace within the stanza is evident - when faced by death, we experience "an ecstasy of fumbling", and this change in

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work