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The two poems that I have chosen to write about are 'Charlotte O'Neil's Song' by Fiona Farrell and 'Blessing' by Imtiaz Dharker.

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The two poems that I have chosen to write about are 'Charlotte O'Neil's Song' by Fiona Farrell and 'Blessing' by Imtiaz Dharker. 'Charlotte O'Neil's Song' is about a girl called Charlotte O'Neil who was a general servant in the nineteenth century and the type of things she would have done. She also writes about the kind of treatment Charlotte would have had, and now that she is free what she is going to do. In this poem Farrell tries to imagine what Charlotte might have said to her employers as she left for her new life in New Zealand. The characters in this poem are Charlotte and her employer who treated the servants like dirt. ...read more.

Middle

This poem does not have a rhyming scheme, although some of the lines do rhyme. What I most enjoyed about this poem is the way in which Charlotte offends the traditional British view that poor people deserve the gate. 'Blessing' is about water and what it means to people why can't get at it easily. The poem starts by describing the skin cracking like a pod. This can imply the skin of people which can crack when it is dry and lacks water. It can also apply to the land which cracks when it is dry and there is drought "The skin cracks like a pod. There is never enough water." It then goes on to describe the reaction of the people when the water pipe in the village bursts. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the first verse there is no water so it is really short. In the second verse there is a small amount of water, so this verse is a little bit longer. In the third verse a pipe bursts, there is a lot of water so this verse is longer than the first two. The length of the lines also changes. In the first verse the length of the lines are short. This gets bigger in the second verse and bigger still in the third verse. There is no rhythm of rhyme in the poem. In the poem Dharker uses metaphors. One example of this is when she describes the water as silver. "The municipal pipe bursts, silver crashes to the ground" What I most enjoyed about this poem is the way the value of water is emphasised to the readers, many of whom take it for granted. ...read more.

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