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A Different History
Transcript of A Different History
Sarasvati, Hindu Goddess of the arts
Pan, Greek God of Nature.
What themes does the poem explore?
Structure of the Poem:
Free verse, 31 lines, second stanza after the 18th, complex sentences only with no rhyme scheme or specific syllabic pattern this emphasises the contemplative tone and slows down the reader. There is no caesura just varying end-stopping and enjambment. Capital in literally correct places only; at the start of sentences and for proper nouns. There is not a capital letter at the beginning of every line.
A rather lacklustre timeline.
A Different History
Um... What do I write here?
By Sujata Bhatt, Innit!
A D I F F E R E N T
H I S T O R Y
"snakes or monkeys"
"Every tree is sacred"
"without offending the tree"
The poet evokes the impression that natural things are sacred and powerful.
"To be rude to a book"
"Which language has not been the oppressor's tongue?
"Which language truly meant to murder someone?"
"A sin to toss"
YOU HAVE NO PROOF.
YOUR LIFE IS A LIE!
WASTE OF MONEY
EVEN BIGGER WASTE OF MONEY
SHAMELESS PRODUCT PLACEMENT.
Born in Ahmedabad in India.
Moved to USA
Won a Cholmondeley Award
Now lives in Germany
• Onomatopoeia: slam, toss.
• Alliteration: soul scythe swooping.
• Negative Lexis: dead, sin, emigrated, rude, torture.
• Figurative Language: rude to a book, offending the tree, language truly meant to murder (personification). Books symbolise language. ‘Conqueror’ is war and death. ‘Sin’ and ‘Gods’ is religion, god like beauty. References to Gods , both Greek and Hindu ‘Pan’ and ‘Sarasvati’.
• Rhetorical questions are used at the end; ‘which language has not been the oppressor’s tongue’. No Question mark at the end of the last question means she gets carried away and forgets it’s a question.
• Nature Lexis: ‘tree’ ‘snakes’ ‘monkeys’.
And how does it happen
that after the torture,
after the soul has been cropped
with a long scythe swooping out
of the conqueror’s face-
the unborn grandchildren
grow to love that strange language.
hard on the table
a sin to toss one carelessly
across a room.
You must learn how to turn the pages gently
without disturbing Sarasvati,
without offending the tree
from whose wood the paper was made.
has not been the oppressor’s tongue?
truly meant to murder someone?
Great Pan is not dead;
he simply emigrated
Here the gods roam freely,
disguised as snakes or monkeys;
every tree is sacred
and it is a sin
to be rude to a book.
It is a sin to shove a book aside
with your foot,
a sin to slam books down
Get it? Eh? No? Fine...
So what have you learnt?
Absolutely nothing except that Patrick tells awful jokes.
Also that the poem is about the immense power of language... But you just paid attention to the terrible jokes, didn't you?