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Throughout his poem he focuses on the importance of the blessing, because of the reason that a blessing is more valued when it is received after great longing and prayers. Dharker stresses that although a community of people are suffering and find the basic staples of life as a blessing, they enjoy it when they finally receive this blessing, even when they could use many more to make life more manageable.
The full poem can be read here.
This is an important point to notice for the reason that it conveys the fundamental and concentrated message of deficiency to the reader. He starts this poem titled Blessing by demonstrating the absence of it.
This is a powerful strategy as it reveals the importance of the blessing before the reader is even aware of what it could be. Right away, the reader understands that the subject of the poem is an imperative one to cause quite the damage and deficiency if absent. The skin here could represent many things but the most obvious is the human body or population.
In view of the fact that he has already mentioned the severe lack of water, the first line of this stanza is quite telling.
By doing this, he has created a very dramatic effect for just one line. By moving from the drip to a splash, Dharker is emphasizing, in slow motion the dramatic effect of a simple drop of water.
Through focusing on just a tiny drop instead of a large body of water Dharker is bringing attention to the severe dehydration that people are facing; Moreover, underlining the notion that when there is a shortage of something, even the most common of things, the value of it undeniably increases.
In line five Dharker give emphasis to the fact that the splash of water is in a tin mug; this is significant because an empty tin mug would cause a louder echo, drawing attention to the reality of how empty it is. Third Stanza This third stanza is the longest in the poem, mainly for the reason that it discusses the abundance of the blessing instead of the lack of it.
Line eight describes a public pipe bursting, this is important since it involves the community which the reader assumed was suffering because of their skin cracking. Illustrating a gush of water that bursts the community pipes the reader realizes, this is where the blessing finally steps in the picture.
By having the first two stanzas focus on the lack of the blessing water and portraying the consequences of its deficiency, the reader thoroughly understands why the water is such a blessing, and appreciates its arrival in this stanza.
Line nine describes how intense the water or blessing is when it finally arrives; demonstrating the notion that when it rains it pours, literally in this case.
The final line of this stanza contains two words: Fourth Stanza The finishing stanza of the poem concludes with the depiction of joy whilst maintaining the undertones of suffering to remind the reader that the blessing truly was a blessing for these people.
The word blessing, which holds high importance as it is the title of the poem is finally mentioned in the final two lines of the poem.This poem describes how precious water is to poor people in a hot climate (in this case India, in the largest slum of the continent), where thirst is ever-present and there is dangerous shortage.
Born in Pakistan and brought up in Scotland, Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker who divides her time between London and India. This mixed heritage and itinerant lifestyle is at the heart of her writing: questioning, imagistic and richly textured poems that span geographical and cultural displacement, conflict and gender politics, while also interrogating received ideas.
Poet Imtiaz Dharker explains her background and the clash of cultures she experienced, her move from Scotland to Bombay and the reaction of her family. She then talks in detail about the. Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker is a poem with four stanzas that highlights the “blessing” of water in people’s lives.
Throughout his poem he focuses on the importance of the blessing, because of the reason that a blessing is more valued when it is received after great longing and prayers. I think this is the second poem by Imtiaz Dharker that I have posted on this blog.
I just think she is an extremely exciting poet; she uses such bright, colourful language. I love the opening of this poem, with its image of skin that “cracks like a pod”.
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.