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Commentary on "Blessing" by Imtiaz Dharker

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Introduction

"Blessing" by Imtiaz Darker The skin cracks like a pod. There never is enough water. Imagine the drip of it, the small splash, echo in a tin mug, the voice of a kindly god. Sometimes, the sudden rush of fortune. The municipal pipe bursts, silver crashes to the ground and the flow has found a roar of tongues. From the huts, a congregation : every man woman child for streets around butts in, with pots, brass, copper, aluminium, plastic buckets, frantic hands, and naked children screaming in the liquid sun, their highlights polished to perfection, flashing light, as the blessing sings over their small bones. ...read more.

Middle

Therefore "drip" illustrates only a tiny amount. This is exemplified by the fact that when reading the poem these three words are sounds, made briefly and only once. This in turn, juxtaposes the sounds that occur in the third stanza: "The sudden rush of fortune. The municipal pipe bursts, silver crashes to the ground....roar of tongues" (7-11). These examples of onomatopoeia are very different from the earlier ones, the sound much more loud, violent, and much stronger. They are appropriate, considering the situation of people rushing towards the sudden burst of water, the mere occurrence of it a miracle. The peoples emotions are wild and excited, emphasized by onomatopoeia and the strong contrast it poses to the sounds from the first two stanzas. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another technique Dharkar uses to emphasize the lack of water is with imagery. Firstly he describes very strong images like "naked children screaming in the liquid sun, their highlights polished to perfection" (18-20). Here the naked children are exposed to the burning "liquid" sun. By using a reference to water Dharkar poses the illusion of the sun being so hot that it is liquid, and in turn creating the irony that the object creating the draught is in fact (or compared as) the substance most needed. This image is very powerful also because it evokes a sense of anguish and suffering mainly through the word "children screaming". It also elicits pity in the reader since the children are symbolized as vulnerable, due to their nakedness and risk to be burned by the sun. ...read more.

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