I remember the night my moth was stung by a scorpion. Ten of steady rain had driven him to crawl beneath a sack of rice. Parting with his poison of diabolic tail. Read the poem once. It is about the night when the poet's mother is bitten by a scorpion. I remember the night my mother. Was stung by a scorpion. Ten hours. In this poem Ezekiel remembers “the night” his “mother was stung by a scorpion”. The poem is not really about the scorpion or its sting. It contrasts the reactions.
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Nissim Ezekiel ( - ) was born in India to an Indian Jewish family. He studied in Bombay and London. He wrote eight collections of poetry and won the. NIGHT OF THE SCORPION. 'Night of the Scorpion', in which Ezekiel recalls the behaviour of 'the peasants', his father, his mother and a holy man when his. mother) in a village is stung by a scorpion. Concerned neighbours pour into her hut to offer advice and help. All sorts of curses are tried by the neighbours, her.
Find the full text of the poem here. Night of the Scorpion Analysis This poem begins at the beginning, with the speaker starting the story of how his mother was stung by a scorpion. Ezekiel does not use unnecessary phrasing or extra words, he gets right to the point. A quick succession of stanzas allows for the poem to flow faster. The second stanza proceeds in the same way, but this time with only three lines.
Throughout this piece Ezekiel makes a number of language choices that continue to reference the movements and parts of different insects.
These descriptors are very prevalent in the third stanza. They are all devoted to the same purpose, praying in the hope of saving the mother.
They believe that she has been inflicted by the Evil One, or the devil, and pray in an effort to drive him out. The peasants came like swarms of flies and buzzed the name of God a hundred times The fourth stanza contains seven lines and describes the hunt that the peasants embark on in an effort to find the scorpion. They search with both candles and lanterns, which throw shadows on the wall in the shape of a scorpion.
This image of the scorpion still being in the room only in the form of shadow helps set the scene for the next lines as the peasants struggle to help the mother. The shadow is representative of their primitive fears, that something Evil is lurking just where they cannot see it.
This fourth stanza continues, and the search for the scorpion has failed, they do not know, as the reader does, that the scorpion fled the house at the beginning of the poem. A technique that, on stage, or within drama, is known as dramatic irony.
A simple, primitive belief, that the reader would very well know to be unfounded. The peasants wish the scorpion to be stilled, but offer a bit of consolation for the mother. They, deep in their superstitions, say to the mother that the poison will burn away the sins of her previous birth, and decrease the suffering of her next.
This is a reference to the traditional Hindu belief of reincarnation. As a child he was very serious about religion and often spoke to his friends on a deep scale in relation to religious matters. As an adult he was strongly influenced by atheism- the belief that there is no God.
He was therefore considered an atheist. Ezekiel is considered to be an Indian poet who writes in the western tradition. In this poem the poet tells us about the events of a particular night when his mother was stung by a scorpion.
He describes it as if he were a stranger viewing the scene from outside the family. It is a narrative poem, i. First person is used I saw…I ate… at the start as it is told from a personal reflection-something that really happened. However he does not give his own feelings or reactions to what happens. He is merely the narrator. Most of the poem is in the third person as Ezekiel reports on what other people do and say.
Line 6-diabolic-word used to describe the scorpion. Line purify-cleanse from sin This poem seems to be autobiographical-the poet is writing from a personal experience.
The details of the poem. Line throwing giant scorpion shadows-their shadows are like giant scorpions. After her ordeal the mother is simply thankful and grateful that the scorpion stung her and not her children. Line 8-like swarms of flies-simile describing the neighbours. Line diminished-lessened The poem takes the form of free verse. An extended image is used in the poem. Line rationalist-person who thinks that logical thinking can explain everything. Line 9-buzzed the name of God-giving their opinions on what was going on.
All sorts of cures are tried by her husband. It makes fun of their views. This is a word we associate with negative religious images. This extended image shows the neighbours as pests. Line 3-steady rain had driven him-use of personification in describing the scorpion. Line The Evil One-the devil-more religious imagery. Line Line sceptic-person who doubts the truth of religion A woman is stung by a scorpion-the neighbours gather to offer support and advice.
The final stanza is a comment from the mother. One long stanza and one very short stanza. The neighbours are becoming like the scorpion. Line 7-he risked the rain again-personification used again to give the scorpion human characteristics. It is striking that he uses an insect image to describe the people's reaction to an invertebrate's sting.
He develops the simile in the following line: 'they buzzed the name of God' line 9. What does the fly simile suggest about Ezekiel's attitude to the neighbours? We know that the scorpion has already fled, so are these images of the people themselves? A scorpion has eight legs, so the shadow of a small group of people standing together could look like a scorpion. If so, what does this show about Ezekiel's attitude to the neighbours?
It is ironic that they are at peace because of her discomfort. Sound: There is alliteration [alliteration: Words strung together with repeated often initial consonants, eg Max made many men mad.
Underline other examples of alliteration and see if you can explain the effectiveness of their use?
Ezekiel uses direct speech, 'May In a song, the chorus is a section that is regularly repeated.. Poetry Reading Zainul Abideen Kodi Attitude, tone and ideas Much of the meaning of a poem is conveyed by the attitude it expresses towards its subject matter. Attitude can be thought of as a combination of the poet's tone of voice and the ideas they are trying to get across to the reader.
A good way to decide on the tone of a poem is to work out how you would read it aloud. Select a short quotation to justify your choice. Ideas: The ideas in this poem concern our difficult feelings towards aspects of the natural world that seem to threaten us - the frightened insect becomes the Evil One!
More candles, more Ezekiel seems irritated. More and more peasants are arriving with lanterns, more their lamps and nothing can help his mother.