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Points of View In Lucinda Roy's poem, "Points of View", the speaker in the poem is connects women of different times and places through the imagery and symbolism of water. She refers to developed and undeveloped worlds through different points of view whilst connecting these worlds with the same theme of water. Roy emphasises these differences by using a third person woman who travels long distances and is presented with a daily challenge in order to obtain water, then to a first person point of view of a woman who does not appreciate the easy way of life that she has as she readily has water at her disposal. Roy uses this technique of different points of view to highlight the importance of water along with the contrast of the modernized to the non-modernized world. In the first stanza, the poet tells of a woman in search for water. There is an emphasis on the appreciation for water, 'offer it to men or to their children, to their elders, to blistered cooking-pots.' ...read more.


Water is 'sucking them in' to be the centre of their lives. In this first stanza, there is constant reference to women; 'women bend to rivers', 'women bend to see themselves in rivers', the rivers are alive with women's hands', 'women's fluid faces'. All these show that women have a place in their society and their world as the core life which brings the water to the rest of their village. Women bring the life to their children and elders and themselves, creating a belonging and necessity for them in life. In contrast to this way of life, in the second stanza Roy immediately shows the transition from third person to first person as it is written 'what can I know of water?'. This view of water reflects how the speaker is able to use water with ease and not know the importance of it. Here, water is now described as an everyday subject that can be 'compartmentalized' and 'tamed'. ...read more.


In contrast, the view of the modernized world describes water as 'permanent as eyes of sleepy crocodiles,' which shows that water is seen as a 'permanent' resource that will always be there to be consumed. The words in this stanza show great contrast to how the people of the developing world view water compared to the people of the modernized world. The words used in the second stanza are colder and more distant to those of the first stanza as water can now be 'compartmentalized' and is a 'beast' that can be 'tamed'. These words are polar opposites to the lively and compassionate words such as 'diamond-drops' and 'mosaics of the world.' Roy displays different points of views of water and the extent of how different these views can be on the same subject through her poem. She separates the poem into first and third person to emphasise these differences and displays the contrast of the modernized world to that of the developing world and how they perceive water. ...read more.

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