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Compare the ways an event is described in Blessing with the ways an event is described in one other poem

Both “Blessing” and “Night of the Scorpion” describe the reactions of a community to a sudden and dramatic event. In “blessing” a “municipal pipe” bursts leading to a “sudden rush” as “every man woman child for streets around” arrives to collect water in whatever container they can find. Their frantic rush shown through Dharker’s lack of commas in this list illustrated the rarity of such an event, In a culture where there “never is enough water.” The event described in “Night...” attracts a similar amount of attention. The stinging of the poet’s mother by a scorpion results in “swarms” of peasants entering the family’s home. This image of a swarm suggests both their great number and their unwelcome presence, perhaps because of their passive attendance in the room does nothing to help the mother.

Both poems have a sense of ambiguity. In “Blessing” this lies in whether this event is actually a blessing. On one hand it can be seen as a blessing because water is so rare in this community, so Dharker describes this event as a “sudden rush of fortune” and “the voice of a kindly god”, as if this god has blessed them with water. However, the title to the poem could be seen as ironic, looking at the short term this seems like a blessing, but may have long term consequences on the community, with this municipal pipe broken where will they receive their water from in the future? It seems that the adults in the community know this, and this is shown through their frantic attempt to collect the water. However the children, unaware of this, celebrate this moment by “screaming in the liquid sun”. In “Night...” it is the ending that is ambiguous, it is unclear as to whether the mother died or not. It depends on how the reader interprets various lines, such as "after twenty hours/ it lost its sting" as well as the entire final stanza, which could be seen as either the mother’s last words or simply something she said reflecting on the event.

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Both poems use lists to create a sense of franticness. In blessing the lists are used to describe the chaos of the villagers trying to collect the water. Dharker lists objects and materials and objects: “pots, brass, copper, aluminium, plastic buckets”. This creates a feeling of lots of things happening at once. In “Night...” a list is used to describe the desperation of the father who has, despite being a sceptic, has resorted to using "every curse and blessing, powder, mixture, herb and hybrid" in the hope of curing his wife.

“Blessing” is presented in four stanzas, each displaying ...

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