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Poem commentary of Isphana Carpet by Elizabeth Burge

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Introduction

The poem "Ispahan Carpet" is one that describes the difficult conditions in which children have to work in a sweatshop that produces high class Persian carpets. The poems goes on to explain how the guide showing around the visitors is proud of having children working in those conditions to create such exquisites pieces of work. Then towards the end it is said that the only thing important for those children in their life is the carpets. The writer, Elizabeth Burge, uses various techniques in the effort to convey the ideas she has in mind, such as the use of repetition in the third stanza, or the use of contrasting words as well as imageries. All these are to address the abuse of child labor in developing countries. ...read more.

Middle

In the second line of that same stanza they are yet again describe as birds "bird-bones" to emphasise how vulnerable these children are. The literacy feature of consonance is used between line 2 and 3 "bird-bones bent" to create that same feeling and try to get the reader to understand what they are goin through. Elizabeth Burge uses simile on the second stanza. "Bent like old womn" to describe the premature ageing these go through even though they are still young they go through maturity earlier due to the conditions they live in. Then towards the end of the second stanza the guide explains to the visitors how proud he is of having children doing this work for them "can tie such exquisitely minute knots". ...read more.

Conclusion

Then the third stanza starts out with "eyes whose whole horizon is the carpet", as said before the only target in life those children have is finishing the carpet they are woving since they have no future to look forward to. Then on the final stanza the writer uses imageries "greenstick shoulder" these words describe the childrens situation and how fragile, helpless, small and unhealthy these children are due to the way they live and the conditions in which they are forced to work in. To conlcude from my point of view I think Elizabeth Burge conveys the speakers feelings about the child weavers very well and he uses literacy features such as repetion, simile, anafora to make it easier for the reader to understand her feelings towards the exploitation of children to do such a hard work in such conditions. By: Omar Garcia N�1 Poem commentary: Isphana Carpet by Elizabeth Burge Poem commentary: Isphana Carpet by Elizabeth Burge ...read more.

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