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Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker

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Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker

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

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

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.


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