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Tissue by Imtiaz Dharker
Transcript of Tissue by Imtiaz Dharker
a poetry lesson and presentation by Ingrid, Zoe, Catherine, Karina, and Sofia
L/O: To annotate and understand four different interpretations of the poem 'Tissue' by Imtiaz Dharker.
Interpreting The Poem
Starter Activity: Write down ideas or thoughts associated with the word tissue. Here are some possible ideas (try and be original!)
copy of the
Paper that lets the light
shine through, this
is what could alter things.
Paper thinned by age or touching,
the kind you find in well-used books,
the back of the Koran, where a hand
has written in the names and histories,
who was born to whom,
the height and weight, who
died where and how, on which sepia date,
pages smoothed and stroked and turned
transparent with attention
If buildings were paper, I might
feel their drift, see how easily
they fall away on a sigh, a shift
in the direction of the wind.
Maps too. The sun shines through
their borderlines, the marks
that rivers make, roads,
Fine slips from grocery shops
that say how much was sold
and what was paid by credit card
might fly our lives like paper kites.
An architect could use all this,
place layer over layer, luminous
script over numbers over line,
and never wish to build again with brick
or block, but let the daylight break
through capitals and monoliths,
through the shapes that pride can make,
find a way to trace a grand design
with living tissue, raise a structure
never meant to last,
of paper smoothed and stroked
and thinned to be transparent,
turned into your skin.
Dharker was born in 1954, Lahore, Pakistan but was raised in Scotland. She divides most of her time between London and India.
Her mixed heritage and repetitive lifestyle are the core of her writing: inquisitive, geographic, conflict and gender roles and cultural displacement.
Dharker examines ideas about home, freedom and faith
Tissue is mostly an extended metaphor for life
Pakistan in the '50s
Pakistan was granted independence from the British Empire
Much of the 1950s in Pakistan was a decade of searching; Figures of the country and society as a whole confronted various issues such as: conflicting ideas about Pakistan as a nation; Role of religion in the state and the government; What a person's Pakistani identity meant.
Britain in the '50s
It had been 5 years after World War II. British society was still influenced by the war.
Britain was mostly urbanized and industrialized so there was a lot of pollution and smog.
After WWII, India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon had r been granted independence from the British Empire. This led to an increase in immigration to Britain.