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Compare and contrast the ways in the poets in Cluster 1 present ideas about religion.

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Compare and contrast the ways in the poets in Cluster 1 present ideas about religion. Exploring the poems in cluster one I have discovered several references to God and human nature. Through the language displayed and emotions expressed I will now discuss various ideas about religion. The poem "Blessing" expresses the value of water as "the rush of fortune" and "silver crashes". It suggests the greatness of God since he provides water - "the voice of a kindly god". Water is seen to be a gift from God and the poets line, "roar of tongues", reminds us of this as it compares to the bible, "tongues of fire". People collecting the water are described as the congregation, a term used for a collection of people as they worship God. ...read more.

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References to the treatment of black people, "soft labouring of my lungs," and the contrasting indulgence of whites, "haute cuisine," suggest the unfairness between people. As Afrika returns to where he once lived he is clearly still angry, as he exclaims, "Nothing's changed". Therefore, he still believes there is a barrier between the blacks and whites. Inequality of people is against the Christian religion. The poem "Night of the Scorpion" displays the benefits of religious belief as the women's life is saved. Her fate is in the care of "the holy man", a representative of God. "My father", the priest, provides treatment for the mother which is described as a "blessing to "tame the poison". The scorpion is "the Evil One", a metaphor suggesting a representation of the devil. ...read more.

Conclusion

The poet still questions the strangeness of love, when it accommodates evil, "kindred love is lodges the perpetuity of evil". The final verse in the poem once again expresses the greatness of God, "Praise, bounteous, providence" and suggests that although evil may be present in ourselves he grants us the mercy of love. Overall, the poems can be seen to display a positive reflection on religion. We see how the greatness of God is displayed in "Blessing", "Night of the Scorpion", and "Vultures". In all of these poems we see evidence of God granting mercy, in the provision of water, the survival of the woman, and the demonstration of love. Only in "Nothing's Changed" does the poet seem to question followers of Christianity as not everyone sees people as equal and he clearly has only seen some improvement. It is evident in this poem that inequality still exists. ...read more.

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