Essay- Comparing two poems
‘Blessing’ by Imtiaz Dharker and ‘Island Man’ by Grace Nicholls are set in different cultures and countries. ‘Blessing’ is set in a poor Middle Eastern country, and the poem is set around the bursting of a water pipe. ‘Island Man’ on the other hand, it set in London. It is based around a Caribbean native who is reminiscing about his old life, as he wakes up to go to work, in a cold and Busy London.
The title ‘Blessing’ in the context of this poem, is ironic, because the events described in the poem are both a blessing, and a reminder of the poverty they have. It also describes the ‘water pipe bursting’ as a blessing, which is usually a word to describe a short and ephemeral moment. This is effective because it informs the reader that this water is a rare occurrence, and will not last long. This contrasts with the meaning of the title ‘Island Man’ for several reasons. Firstly, ‘Island Man’ could be taken in the literal sense, meaning what he is ‘a man from the Caribbean’. Or it could mean how lost the man is in London, like an island in the sea.