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Meaning

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  • Journey from anticipation to euphoria when water arrives in Bombay Slum
    • Explores suffering of those who experience drought & feelings when find water
  • Celebration of life-giving power of water
  • Role played by religion in malnourished countries
    • i.e. Water being gift from divine presence
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Imagery #1

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“skin cracks like a pod.”

  • “skin”
    • Surface of earth - soil
      • Personification of ground of India
      • Dryness of the earth
    • Skin of people of Mumbai
      • Skin become dehydrated during dry season
  • “cracks”
    • Cracks = literal due to dehydration
      • So hot - reference of drought
      • So bad we can hear it
    • Harsh ‘c’ (constant sound) = unsettling
      • Reflects harshness of environment (drought)
    • Onomatopoeia
      • Sense of immediacy & realism = intensity of the event
  • “pod”
    • Falls from plant and opens = spilling its seed to start new life
      • Dehydrated but shows potential for new beginning to come from it
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Imagery #2

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“municipal pipe bursts silver crashes to the ground”

  • Metaphor for treasure
  • “silver”
    • Contrast with other metals (for collecting water)
      • Highlights scarcity & value
    • Precious metal - coins and money
      • Water more valuable than money to these people
  • “crashes”
    • Weight of water flowing out
      • Heavy and full - lots of water
  • “pipe burst”
    • Frantic nature / sudden rush of water
    • Showcases desperation/difficult struggle &
      tension
      • Intense environment
  • Water is there but kept from people
    • Uneducated/malnourished are superstitious
    • Driven to belief it’s a blessing = may be everyday act
    • Poem poses differences of experiences
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Tone

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Volta: desperation/anxious to euphoria

“drip”, “splash”, “bursts”

  • Juxtaposes small vs large amount
    • = Build of excitement

Empathetic & concerned

  • Voice of speaker = voice of privileged
    • Syntax of “never is” + pronoun “their”
  • Mourning for society
    • See bursting of pipe as miracle as blessing
    • But oblivious to wider implication that water’s being kept from them
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Structure #1

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Free verse

  • Mirror outpouring of water & emotion of people when municipal pipe bursts
  • But stanzas cleverly constructed
    • Beginning - when no water = stanzas short and brief
      • As though words are dried up
    • When water erupts from pipe = stanzas become
      long and flowing
    • Stanzas 3 and 4 connected by enjambment
      • Flowing syntax mimics flowing water gushing from broken pipe
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Structure #2

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Heavily enjambed lines

  • Mirroring flow of water
  • Chaos produced out of struggle for water
  • Interconnected - nature of God & people
  • Lyrical, magical quality
7
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Name 4 poem comparisons

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  • “Prayer Before Birth”
  • “Hide and Seek”
  • “War Photographer”
  • “The Tyger”
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“Prayer Before Birth” Comparison

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Anxieties of unborn child about world

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Miraculous good fourteen of children who live in hardship

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“Hide and Seek” Comparison

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Boy excluded from community during the game

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Community which comes together for miracle of unexpected good fortune

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“War Photographer” Comparison

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Photographer tries to raise awareness of hardships of
people in other countries

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People of slums who find moment of happiness within suffering

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“The Tyger” Comparison

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Comparisons between poet wondering at gifts God gives which are violent and dangerous

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& blessing given (water) in time of drought

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Conclusions

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  • Significance of symbol water
    • Universal analogy of human desires/needs
      • Basic whereas were more arrogant/oblivious
      • Attack on us being materialistic
  • Religion meaning different things to different people