Language used to show different people in different cultures 'Night of the Scorpion is set in a Mud hut, located in a village against a rainy night. The speaker is the poet which explores the Hindu tradition of reincarnation. The speaker appears to have a disbelieving attitude towards the culture explored and doesn't believe in reincarnation. One recurring theme in Night of the Scorpion is the strength of the memories of the event as the speaker is able to recall the night the scorpion bit his mother perfectly which emphasizes his love for his mother. 'Blessing' is set in Dharavi, Mumbai against a background of a dry drought against a background of dehydration. The speaker is an omniscient narrator and tells of a municipal water pipe bursting to the release of fresh drinking water. The speaker has a celebratory attitude towards the events and cultures explored. One recurring theme in Blessing is the struggling nature of the villagers who have little water all year round before being finally blessed. Throughout blessing, various techniques are used to give a sense of a celebratory attitude. For example the title itself - 'blessing'. The title itself is an extended metaphor for water which clearly emphasizes the importance of water and also the preciousness. Blessing can also be associated with the religious imagery used in the poem: 'kindly God'. This puts forward the idea
Compare how visual images are used in"Blessing" and one other poem (Vultures) to highlight political issues
Compare how visual images are used in "Blessing" and one other poem (Vultures) to highlight political issues. The poet of Blessing Imtiaz Dharker and the poet of Vultures Chinua Achebe both use visual images to highlight the political issues in both poems. However both poems are very different from each other and contrast from of the poets' views. The poem Blessing is about a water pipe bursting and how that is a blessing, as in the country they live in water is very limited and it doesn't rain much in the country. The poem Vultures is about the evil of war and how evil always has good and good always has evil. The contrast in the two poems is Blessing is about Poverty and lack of water, whereas Vultures is about war and ethnic dying. In the poem Blessing the poet discusses the theme of third world poverty and the lack of water through using different language feature. For example line one "The skin cracks like a pod." Using like in the sentence it shows that the poet is comparing dry skin to a pod, a pod dries out till it crack. There is also onomatopoeia used in this poem, "sliver crashes to the ground" crash is normally a negative onomatopoeia as the first thing that may come to our head may be car crash; however it is used as a positive as it is used with silver. Silver is a value metal and is precious, this shows how precious the water was to them. In the poem
Blessing Imtiaz Dharker's poem can be read in two ways. A straightforward reading might suggest that the poem is simply a description of an incident when a pipe bursts and people run excitedly for the water.
Blessing Imtiaz Dharker's poem can be read in two ways. A straightforward reading might suggest that the poem is simply a description of an incident when a pipe bursts and people run excitedly for the water. A more considered reading, however, would see the poem as being more ominous and disturbing. Under the apparent good fortune and excitement of the scene are darker ideas about the poverty and superstition of the people in the poet's native country. It is the second reading we will be exploring in this revision programme. Either way, the attitude to water in the poem should make us in the West wonder at how much we all take for granted, and how too often we squander the earth's resources. Dharker paints for the reader a vivid scene using visual and aural imagery. For instance, after opening with a powerful visual image, the poet goes on to make us hear the smallest noise 'echo/ in a tin mug', before upping the sound level with the 'roar of tongues' as people descend on the pipe. The title of the poem appears to be ironic. These people are not blessed - they have little water of their own. Only superstition could lead them to count this 'municipal pipe' burst as a blessing. In reality, it shows the poor state of the pipes, part of the city's basic infrastructure, pipes that should be carrying water to the people. The fact that the people live in 'huts', that
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
Comparison of Blessing and Nothing is changed Compare and contrast the way the poets show the problems affecting the culture they are writing about in 'Nothing's Changed' and 'Blessing'. Tatamkhulu Afrika, author of 'Nothing's Changed' has written a probably autobiographical poem, where he is revisiting scenes of his childhood; a reflective poem, that is very emotional. The poem set in South Africa, illustrates a society where rich and poor are divided. He remembers when he was a boy and the laws, enforced by police that separated the whites from the blacks. He has come back to Cape Town and seen that 'Nothing's changed' in the apartheid. Imtiaz Dharker author of 'Blessing' has written a descriptive poem, set in a hot country, where there is a shortage of water, as told in the opening lines of the poem where the human skin is compared to a seedpod, drying out till it cracks. The poem is set in India, in a village where there is poverty. We know that this because firstly there is a shortage of water, and secondly they live in huts. Consider also the last line, 'their small bones'. This could mean that there is also a shortage of food or it can also emphasis the size of the small children. In line 18, when it says 'and naked children', this also shows us that they have no clothes or it can emphasise the need of water to wash. Tatamkhulu Afrika shows us a society divided
'An Inspector Calls' - Coursework Your school School address Postcode Dear Mr Priestley, I have chosen to stage your play, 'An Inspector Calls' as I found it very appealing. The setting of the play was really attractive as it was written at the end of the Second World War. People wanted to entertain themselves after so much tension and stress during the War. So a play based on life 30 years ago was perfect. However, this play did more than just entertain. It is a thought-provoking play which encourages people to think about society and responsibility. The audience in 1945 would have just experienced a terrible Second World War, with great loss and destruction. They would also be aware of the First World War which was an earlier catastrophe. The fact that the play was set in 1912 before the First World War, means that the audience have additional knowledge of the world, unlike the Birlings. As you have used the theme of responsibility, it reminded me that we all have responsibilities in our lives. There are still people who are going to war without realising the consequences and the effects on lives of innocent people. There are still people in the world today who are starving while people who are extremely rich and getting richer by the minute take no note of the poor. There are people around us who are peddling drugs without thinking of
The poems "Blessing" and "Night of the scorpion" both describe an event. "Blessing" describes an event where a water pipe bursts in a small Indian village. "Night of the scorpion " describes an event in the past where the poet's mother was bitten by a scorpion and the ways the whole village became involved with the proceedings. "Blessing" is written by Imtiaz dharker. It describes the event of a water pipe bursting and the excitement it creates, especially among the children. The poet shows the water is valuable in the village in the first verse of the poem using imagery and a simile; "The skin cracks like a pod. There is never enough water". This tells us that the land is extremely dry, doesn't get much precipitation and is probably unsuitable for growing crops. This suggests the village is poor and needs to work together to survive. That first verse sets up the main event of the poem nicely because it shows the importance of water and that excess of water would get the village more excited than anything else. the poet then appeals to our senses when he uses onomatopoeias in the second verse; "Imagine the drip or it, the small splash, echo in a tin mug" They also use a religious reference; " the voice of a kindly god" to suggest that water is almost like a gift from god because they cannot obtain water and it is almost a miracle when they can get hold of it. The fact that
What have you learnt about different cultures from three poems you have studied? You should consider the following: * The way people feel, * Problems in their cultures, * The good side of their culture. Imtiaz Dharker author of 'Blessing' has written a descriptive poem, set in a hot country, where there is a shortage of water, as told in the opening lines of the poem where the human skin is compared to a seedpod, drying out till it cracks. The poem is set in India, in a village where there is poverty. We know that this because firstly there is a shortage of water, and secondly they live in huts. In the last line the author describes the children with 'their small bones'. This could mean that there is also a shortage of food or it can also emphasis the size of the small children. In line 18, when it says 'and naked children', this also shows us that they have no clothes or it can emphasise the need of water to wash. 'Night of the Scorpion' is a narrative poem written by Nissim Ezekiel. In this poem he recalls "the night" his "mother was stung by a scorpion". The public in this poem are peasants that live in a village and are a rural community. There culture is very superstitious as the peasants' efforts to "paralyse the Evil One", the scorpion. The peasants believe that the scorpion's movement makes the poison in the victim's blood move. Lawrence Ferlinghetti
How Do Imtiaz Dharker and Grace Nichols Create Atmosphere in "Blessing" And "Island Man" Imtiaz Dharker - "Blessing" The theme of this poem is very religious. This is shown from four references to religion. The first one being "blessing", repeated twice, first on stanza 4 line 5 and in the title. This will imply to the reader that they are religious but not of any set religion of yet. The second one being "kindly god", this shows to the reader that they are not of a Christian background and therefore are not Christian them selves. This is as Christian God would be spelt God, with a capital letter. For example the Greek god's will be spelt "god" without a capital letter. This would then impact on the reader that these people are not Christian's even though the Dharker uses the word "congregation". The poet specifically uses this language too emphasise how this village is a multi-cultural place and highlights that there is not one set religion. "Congregation" is a Christian word that describes a gathering in a church this may contradict her statement about "god", but it will enhance the idea of the settlement being a multi-cultural, missed religious place. In the poem "Blessing" Dharker uses the poetic technique onomatopoeia. The poet also uses the technique of sibilance. An example of onomatopoeia in "Blessing" is when Dharker says the word "splash" in stanza 2 line 2.
Blessing The structure of the stanzas is a metaphor for the water in the pump. "The skin cracks like a pod. There is never enough water." This is the first stanza it is very short just as the water is only dripping. As we go further the stanzas get longer "Sometimes, the sudden rush of fortune... plastic buckets, frantic hands," This stanza shows the pipe bursting and water rushing out and in the poem this is shown by the size of the stanza. The sentence structure is also a metaphor for the water. "The skin cracks like a pod. There is never enough water." Here the sentences are short just as they are short of water, where as in the third stanza the sentences get longer. "From the huts, a congregation: every man woman and child for streets around butt in, with pots, brass, copper, aluminium, plastic buckets, frantic hands," This sentence is long as it shows the rush of water and the lack of commas used in the first part emphasis the rush and the use of commas in the second part quickens the pace. The theme of the poem is showing the differences between the rich and the poor. This is done by displayed by the lack of water for the poor. "silver crashes to the ground" To these people water is just as valuable as silver, to them water is there wealth. Imtiaz Dharker uses silver as it is similar to water in colour. This metaphor is also repeated when it says "polished to