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How does the poet convey a sense of the importance of water to this community? The poem "Blessing" was written by Imtiaz Dharker. The poem is set in a slum in India

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Introduction

How does the poet convey a sense of the importance of water to this community? The poem "Blessing" was written by Imtiaz Dharker. The poem is set in a slum in India and is about water and its importance. The importance of water in this community is shown throughout this poem using mainly imagery to portray it. I will be analysing the techniques of the poet and finding the meanings behind them. The first two lines of "Blessing" set a powerful context for the poem as they immediately reveal that this poem is likely to be set in a place where water is scarce. The first two lines read "The skin cracks like a pod. There never is enough water." From this simile it can be seen that imagery has been used to create a picture in the reader's mind of what happens to a seedpod or a human's skin if it doesn't have water. The human or seedpod would die. ...read more.

Middle

It could be suggested that this community has a lack of faith in God because they rarely have water to drink. However this is very ironic because the poem talks of a rush of fortune (help from god) which results in them having water. In the third stanza it says "sometimes, the sudden rush of fortune. The municipal pipe bursts, silver crashes to the ground". From this quote it is clear that the poet is comparing this "sudden fortune" to the "echo" and how gradually this "fortune" will disappear. That is why everyone in the community rushes outside with pots and pans to contain the water because they know this "fortune" will soon be gone. It is further made evident that the water will soon be gone as the last line of this stanza says "frantic hands". Before this line the poem talks of how everyman women and child is outside rushing to collect the water. ...read more.

Conclusion

In addition to this silver used to be thrown to the poor, I believe she is reminiscing on these times and is comparing this to how the pipe which belongs to the rich is giving them water (silver). The last stanza of "Blessing", even though separated from the third is connected with the conjunction "and". This separation that is still connected maybe representing the adults and the children. The adults who are trying to collect the water are very serious and want to collect as much as possible. This is not how the children act as they are enjoying this moment. This is evident because the poet refers to this as the highlight of their day and how it's "polished to perfection". The poems structure in stanza three is also related to water as the stanza is structured as water flowing. This becomes apparent after the water has burst from the "municipal pipe". After this the poem is written in a list. This list is suggested to be signifying the water and how it is flowing. ...read more.

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