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Nissim Ezekiel

There are several themes at play in this poem by Nissim Ezekiel. The poem is about the night when the speaker's mother was stung by a scorpion. The scorpion itself, however, is largely absent in...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021, 10:39 am (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

In summarizing Soap by Nissim Ezekiel, it is important to consider the poet's intention in writing it. First of all, Ezekiel is berating (criticizing) the fact that people have no manners and he is...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2015, 2:59 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

As with the previous question, the context remains the same. The villagers have come to gather in the home of the woman who has been stung by the scorpion. Understandably, she is enduring intense...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2010, 8:21 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

As another reviewer stated, "Night of the Scorpion" is not heavy on metaphors. There is more imagery and descriptive detail in the way Nissim Ezekiel presents the anecdote of a scorpion stinging...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019, 3:40 am (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

In the poem ‘Background, Casually’ by Nissim Ezekial, look for themes of culture, identity, race, history, and above all the importance of a sense of belonging. Although the title is very off-hand,...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2013, 9:50 am (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

Nissim Ezekiel uses a variety of figures of speech in his poem “The Patriot,” including the following: Lines 2-3 use “anaphora,” because both lines begin with the same word (“Why”). In this case,...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2012, 3:58 am (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

"Island" by Nissim Ezekiel is a twenty-five-line poem divided into five stanzas of five lines each. Ezekiel, who wrote in the second half of the twentieth century, is considered the father of...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019, 3:31 am (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

This poem is about a meditative state wherein the cosmos is seen with a special focus and the common things of daily life become an argument for "What cannot be explained, do not explain" because...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2013, 9:46 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

The poem "The Night of the Scorpion" is written as a first-person recollection of when the speaker's (assuming Nissim Ezekiel) mother was stung by a scorpion. Ezekiel grew up in Bombay and his...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2011, 1:02 am (UTC)

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It is easy for a speaker of British or American English to read Ezekiel's "The Patriot" and assume that the language of the speaker in the poem is incorrect or inaccurate. However, in fact, the...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2021, 12:02 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

"Night of the Scorpion" is a poem written in 1965. The poem's speaker uses first person to relate a memory of his mother being bitten on the toe by a scorpion on a rainy night in India. In the...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020, 8:09 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

We will take this in sections. I have left out line numbers and broken it up into section. I think you can match up specific lines numbers in the version you have from school with each bulleted...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2009, 11:10 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

I would say that the "holy man" referenced would have to be a village priest. The fact that many of the villagers have already descended on the home of the woman and have begun the process of...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2010, 8:39 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

In Ezekiel's poem, the scorpion serves as a metaphor for an overbearing fear. The scorpion in the poem does what scorpions do. He stings the mother because she got too close to him. However, the...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2011, 8:30 am (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

The lines featured are spoken as the mother who has been stung by the scorpion is presumably dying of the poison that courses through her veins. The lines are spoken by the villagers who have...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2010, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

I think that the term “Indianness” has to be defined in clearer terms. I am not certain as to what this is. Certainly, with the advent of globalization, the concept of “Indianness” has been...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2010, 6:39 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

The poem “Night of the Scorpion” by Indian poet Nissim Ezekiel describes a child witnessing various people’s reactions to his mother’s stinging by a scorpion. In order to escape heavy rain, a...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020, 3:09 am (UTC)

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At first it does seem very odd that the speaker does nothing to help his mother when she is suffering so violently, but when we consider the implications of the speaker’s age as well as the nature...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2016, 5:53 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

Nissim Ezekiel was born December 14, 1924 in Mumbai. His parents were both in education, with his mother being principal of a school and his father being a professor of botanly at Wilson College....

Latest answer posted August 13, 2009, 1:52 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

In his poem "The Professor," Nissim Ezekiel employs a certain satire in order to mock Indianism, urbanity, and academic achievement in the one-way conversation of an aging professor and his former...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2014, 2:24 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

I think that the appeal in the poem is that it constructs a setting where complexity and ambiguity are present. There is little in the poem that is clear and absolute, which is reflective of...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2011, 8:25 pm (UTC)

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I think that you can make a fairly strong argument as to how Ezekiel represents one of the modern voices of Indian English poetry. Ezekiel seeks to bring together the domains of the English...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2010, 9:15 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

"Night of the Scorpion," by Nissim Ezekiel, is a narrative poem that includes several striking images. These images can be interpreted as symbols. The poem begins by telling that "Ten hours / of...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011, 1:56 am (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

The poem "Night of the Scorpion" by Nissim Ezekiel appeals to all the senses of the reader through the use of imagery, powerful verbs and concrete nouns, and poetic devices such as simile and...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011, 2:00 am (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

“Night of the Scorpion” by Nissim Ezekiel recounts a dark, rainy evening when the speaker’s mother was stung by a scorpion hiding under a bag of rice. The villagers attempt to heal her, culminating...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019, 2:53 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

As the poem opens, a deadly scorpion has stung the speaker's mother. As one can imagine, it's a very painful and frightening experience for her and deeply upsetting for those around her. Before...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2021, 10:22 am (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

To annotate means that a reader must add notes to a text which give an explanation or offer one's comments. Here are the annotations I would add to the lines taken from Nissim Ezekiel's...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013, 12:09 am (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

There is a specific feeling of helplessness that would have emerged in seeing the effect of the sting on the mother. Death was not instantaneous. It took a long period of time, with villagers...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2010, 8:31 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

One of the reasons that Ezekiel's poem is so strong is that it is able to bring out the clash of cultures in a moment of crisis. The sting of the scorpion represents the instant of uncertainty,...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2011, 8:05 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

I am amazed that the poet, Nissim Ezekiel, packaged so many dramatic elements into a two-page poem. Economics: The reader may not be surprised to learn the poet is from India after reading about...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

When researching a poet and their art, it is very important to examine their history. It is very important to understand their childhood, religious background, upbringing, education, socio-economic...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2011, 9:55 am (UTC)

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The central characters are the scorpion itself and the speaker's mother. Everyone else—the speaker, father, Holy Man, and peasants—is, I would argue, a major character because all of them interact...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2020, 7:07 pm (UTC)

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Nissim Ezekiel

Nissim Ezekiel's poem "Night of the Scorpion" is describes a rainy night where a scorpion stings a mother then disappears back out in the rain. Villagers gather "like swarms of flies" around the...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2011, 11:03 pm (UTC)

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