Tissue- Imtiaz Dharker

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  • Tissue- Imtiaz Dharker
    • Themes
      • Power
        • power of paper to change things + record memories
          • "this is what could alter things"
            • family life, national borders or financial transactions
      • Instability
        • paper (metaphor for buildings) is at the mercy of the weather
          • "might fly our lives like paper kites"
            • simile suggests our lives aren't in our control
            • if we were to change approach to ownership we would regain a childhood peace
      • Human essence
        • significance + fragility of paper to fleeting nature of building structures
          • "how easily/ they fall away  on a sigh...turned into your skin"
            • essence of humans can outlast things that seem permanent, like buildings
        • fragility of life is shown by metaphors
          • "thinned by age"
    • Form + structure
      • mainly in unrhymed, irregular quatrains
        • shows the irregularity of life and the flimsy nature of the tissue paper
      • last stanza in 1 line long, drawing attention to it  emphasising connection between paper + skin
      • enjambment  used adding to the flow of the poem
    • Language
      • emphasises delicacy of paper by using adjectives
        • "fine" "thin" "transparent"
      • effect of light shown through adjectives
        • "luminous" "daylight" "lets the let shine through"
    • symbolism
      • Koran
        • "the back of the Koran"
          • religion is only powerful due to the paper its on
          • shows conflict within religion
      • Grocery slips
        • "that say how much was sold"
          • records human existence
      • Buildings
        • "if buildings were paper, I might feel their drift...in the direction of the wind"
          • contrasts strength (could represent twin towers
        • "an architect could use all this"
          • could be the creation of god
          • "never wish to build again with bricks"
            • do not work with nature + will not last
        • "grand designs"
          • humans trying to make an impression on the world
      • Maps
        • "the sun shines through their borderlines"
          • human invention is still dominated by  nature
          • borderlines where politics divides countries
      • Light
        • "but let the daylight break"
          • pathetic fallacy gives idea of hope
    • extended metaphor
      • paper used to present skin, people and society
        • "with living tissue, raise a structure never meant to last"
      • tissue represents living tissue and skin, as well as paper
    • Context
      • someone looking at the conflict + troubles in the modern world
      • the world would be better if we shared for qualities with tissue as nothing is meant to last

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