• 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 is a poem by Nissim Ezekiel, in which the poet uses Indian English, to bring out Indian culture and ideology

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Night of the Scorpion 14/05/12 Mannat Sehgal ________________ ?Night of the Scorpion? is a poem by Nissim Ezekiel, in which the poet uses Indian English, to bring out Indian culture and ideology. Ezekiel uses a style known as ?Poetry of Situation? to depict the typical maternal reaction of selflessness on being bitten by the Scorpion ? ?Thank God the scorpion picked on me and spared my children?. This essay will explore how the poet?s use of various poetic devices and colloquial language enable him to bring out the Indian belief system and values. Ezekiel begins his poem on a very non-judgemental note. In the beginning of the poem, we see the scorpion portrayed as a mere victim of circumstances as the poet explains ?ten hours of steady rain had driven him to crawl beneath a sack of rice?. With this, Ezekiel shows a connection with nature as he is able to point out nature as the driving force behind such occurrences, showing it as a supreme force. ...read more.

Middle

On the surface, the poet uses a detached tone, simply narrating the events as and when they take place; however, there is an underlying tone of sarcasm for the main part of the poem, which has been separated from the last three lines. Ezekiel breathlessly narrates the action-filled part of the poem, without any attached emotions after which he sensitively presents his mother?s sacrificing nature in the last three lines of the poem. Before this point, there is much repetition through which the poet establishes an impatient tone as he is able to list some typical Indian superstitions one after the other and apply them to every situations with the use of crisp metaphors. The use of enjambment throughout this part of the poem also makes it seem like a long list- ?More candles, more lanterns, more neighbours? more insects, and the endless rain?. With these words Ezekiel clubs the ?insects?, ?neighbours? together, giving them equal importance. This seems to bring out the Indian belief that all forms of life are equal as our existence is defined by nothing more than the karma which relates all life forms. ...read more.

Conclusion

The tone changes from negative and mechanical to a more positive, hopeful one with the presence of light- ?flame feeding?. The last five lines of the poem are distinct from the previous block of the poem as it is the only part of the poem that does not involve the use of enjambment, and instead comprises of short lines that are read more slowly due to a decreased pace. These last five lines perfectly capture the Indian mother?s ideology-?Thank God the scorpion picked on me and spared my children?-bringing out the richness of Indian culture. Ezekiel writes these last lines with a tone of pride and amazement as he witnesses complete selflessness-?My mother only said?. In his poem, Ezekiel uses many vivid images to portray different moods, as they keep changing throughout the poem. He constantly includes symbols of ?darkness? and ?light? in his poem, referring to elements of nature and the universe to bring out themes of spirituality such as karma. The episodic structure of the poem becomes the writer?s main tool as he is able to illustrate various cultural aspects through the use of symbolism and dialogue. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature 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 International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Casualty is an elegy written by Irish poet and writer Seamus Heaney. It is ...

    or to the 'lore of the horse and cart', presumably referring to manual labour; or, the word itself placed at the end of the stanza and left to linger in the reader's mind, the 'Provisionals'-a reference the Provisional Irish Republican Army (whose campaign against the partition of Ireland involved violence in itself), and, more extensively, the highly political Troubles themselves.

  2. How does Showboat raise issues of race in American culture and bring serious issues ...

    Vallon the sheriff is obviously grossly racist referring to the miscegenation case as a 'negro woman married to a white man'. This is where Steve says ' You wouldn't call a man a white man that's got negro blood in him, would you?'

  1. The Repetition of Three. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, number symbolism ...

    As the Green Knight swung his ax with all his strength, for the first time, Gawain "glanced up aside /As down it [the ax] descended with death-dealing force...his shoulder shrank" (2265-67). Gawain's fear of dying made him flinch as the ax was coming down.

  2. IB English Oral

    She communicates through dialect and wears overalls. Daisy is refined and carries her self as a lady. She is a bit dizzy and has vague and superficial thoughts. She is white, always has a bored look to her and is shallow.

  1. Comparative Essay Myth and Poem of Sisyphus

    Furthermore he adds the description of how his body changes, beyond the obvious details, how his hands get dirty "security of two-earth clotted hands" (Camus, 30), this also complements to what Fanthorpe mentions that the task wasn't easy for

  2. Lord of the Flies Allegory Essay

    When Jack refuses to adhere to the system of laws devised by Ralph, is when Jack has allowed his true personality to surface. Golding shows that whilst humans may never escape their savageness, civilization can palliate their impulses. Evil is often defined as an intention to create discomfort or unease among others on purpose, which stems from negativity.

  1. The Old English epic poem Beowulf demonstrates the Anglo-Saxon ideal of leadership as personified ...

    When the king orders Beowulf to sail to the Bright-Danes and defend Hrothgar?s great mead hall, Beowulf, like a brilliant warrior, agrees immediately. The Beowulf poet explains that Beowulf is a loyal warrior when Beowulf elucidates: ?We belong by birth to the Geat people/ and owe allegiance to Lord Hyleglac? (260-261).

  2. How does Browning bring vividly to life the men and their relationships in Porphyrias ...

    the mood for the entire poem, but also the mind set and mental state of the actual speaker. ?The rain set early in tonight, The sullen wind was soon awake, It tore the elm-tops down for spite, And did its worst to vex the lake: I listened with heart fit

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