‘Blessing’- by Imtiaz Dharker. By Sally Yu. Poem. Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker The skin cracks like a pod. There never is enough water. Imagine the drip of it, the small splash, echo in a tin mug,
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‘Blessing’- by Imtiaz Dharker. • By Sally Yu.
Poem • Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker • The skin cracks like a pod. • There never is enough water. • Imagine the drip of it, • the small splash, echo • in a tin mug, • the voice of a kindly god. • Sometimes, the sudden rush • of fortune. The municipal pipe bursts, • silver crashes to the ground • and the flow has found • a roar of tongues. From the huts, a congregation : every man woman child for streets around butts in, with pots, brass, copper, aluminium, plastic buckets, frantic hands, and naked children screaming in the liquid sun, their highlights polished to perfection, flashing light, as the blessing sings over their small bones.
situation • symbolism poem • poor country, drought • pipe busts (like rain, water)
poetic devices used • extended metaphor • symbolism • free verse • imagery • simile • personification
extended metaphor • extended metaphor: A metaphor that is extended by multiple comparisons of unlike objects or ideas. • ex)”He is a pig, he is trash.”
How extended metaphor is used • line 7,8,9: • “rush of fortune” + “silver”=water
symbolism • symbolism: symbols to represent ideas. • ex) “The rose you gave,”
how symbolism is used • line 6: “the voice of a kindly god” • “kindly god” symbolizes water, and hope. • line 11: “a roar of tongues. From the huts” • “roar of tongues” symbolizes people shouting.
how symbolism is used • line 11: “screaming in the liquid sun” • The sun is the center of the universe. Therefore, it is referring “sun” as water. (water=life)
free verse • free verse: having no fixed metric poem. • ex) down to the beach on a sunny day we go.....
how free verse is used • There are no patterns of anything. ( no rhyme scheme, or a stanza.)
imagery • Imagery: descriptive, and figurative language. • ex) “glistening oily bodies radiating with sensation”
how imagery is used • line 3~4: • sound, shape
simile • simile: two unlike things compared. • ex) “The baby was like an octopus” • This simile is implying that the baby was grabbing things really fast, like the baby had a lot of arms like an octopus.
how simile is used • line 1: “The skin cracks like a pod” • Since there is “like” it is a simile. • The “skin” is the earth.
personification • personification: Giving a non-human thing a human aspect. • ex) “She saw a smiling moon in the sky” • The “moon” is a non-human thing, and “smiling” is a human aspect.
how personification is used • line 23: “as the blessing sings” • “blessing” is a non-human thing, and “sings” is a human aspect. • line 11: “a roar of tongues. From the huts,” • The tongue is a non-human thing, and “roar” is a human aspect.
About the poet • poet: Imtiaz Dharker. • Imtiaz Dharker, the poet of “Blessing”. • Works internationally. • education, and human lives.
HOw it relates to the poet • Poem might have been created when she saw a scene of devastation in a developing countries. • Interest in happy lives, and sad lives
Bibliography • "Imtiaz Dharker." wikipedia. 8 January 2009. wikimedia. 13 Jan 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imtiaz_Dharker>. • Bahatt, Sujata. "Imtiaz Dharker 'Blessing'." search my tongue. 17 Jan 2009 <http://www.open.ac.uk/crete/movingwords/ pages/poetry/poems/blessing.html>. • Imtiaz, Dharker. "Drawings." Imtiaz Dharker. 2007. 17 Jan 2009 <http://www.imtiazdharker.com/drawings>.