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A Different History
Transcript of A Different History
tongue = language
therefore the language is the weapon of the oppressor "...cropped / with a long scythe 'cropped' makes the action seem mechanical
scythe - violent imagery
bloody, crude, murderous "...emigrated / to India. Is Pan running from the West?
Image of fleeing Content Knowledge is likened
So it is respected and revered
Yet this can be destroyed
by a foreign culture Whose weapon is language However, that same language
may be loved by the
survivors of the dying culture
The poet tries to present language
as a weapon for the
destruction of culture
But destruction is not
always intended And the end result can be a twinned evolution Title ‘Different’ – refers to the
history of India as
opposed to the West
‘History’ – something
that is irreversible
and etched into current culture Significant Words Sin – repetition
emphasised the importance
of following the customs
Is Bhatt mocking the over-practised customs?
Is she saying that in the
‘gods roaming free’, there is
great restriction for the people?
Emigrated – the impression
that Pan is fleeing
From an endangered environment?
Scythe – has connotations
of death, horror
Mirrors the feeling of the people
whose culture was being
snatched from them