I've been assigned to annotate and write an essay on the poem "The Deliverer" - However I am finding it very difficult to find a starting point and how to annotate it in general- Any Ideas?
Here is the peom:
OUR LADY OF THE LIGHT CONVENT, KERALA
The sister here is telling my mother
How she came to collect children
Because they were crippled or dark or girls.
Found naked in the streets,
Covered in garbage, stuffed in bags,
Abandoned at their doorstep.
One of them was dug up by a dog,
Thinking the head barely poking above the ground
Was bone or wood, something to chew.
This is the one my mother will bring.
* * *
MILWAUKEE AIRPORT, USA
The parents wait at the gates.
They are American so they know about ceremony
And tradition, about doing things right.
They haven't seen or touched her yet.
Don't know of her fetish for plucking hair off hands,
Or how her mother tried to bury her.
But they are crying.
We couldn't stop crying, my mother said,
Feeling the strangeness of her empty arms.
* * *
This girl grows up on video tapes,
Sees how she's passed from woman
To woman. She returns to twilight corners.
To the day of her birth, How it happens in some desolate hut
Outside village boundaries
Where mothers go to squeeze out life,
Watch body slither out from body,
Feel for penis or no penis,
Toss the baby to the heap of others,
Trudge home to lie down for their men again.
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Last edited by harryisbae; 28-10-2015 at 19:17.
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1. Voice or speaker
3. Language Choices
4. Tone and Mood
5. Rhyme and Rhythm
6. Structure and Form
- 26-03-2016 00:26
This poem is good at expressing the following themes:
- identity: @dark, crippled girls' are rejected because of their appearance, showing societies views. Their identities affect the course of their lives e.g. being sent to many people
- family: "passed from woman to woman"- these girls are rejected. Don't have a real family.
Realism: "thinking the head...was something to chew"
Hope these little notes helped!