Night Of The Scorpion
- What is the poem about?
- about the night the poet's mother was stung by a scorpion
- shows the contrast in people's reactions
- written in 1st person - autobiographical
- What do I need to know about the poet?
- Born in Bombay
- saw Hindu practices around him.
- they believed in cleansing the sin - this is what the mother tries to do in the poem, ready for when she is reincarnated.
- What poetic features are noteworthy?
- "rice" and "dark room" and "mud-baked walls" - shows it was in a poor part of India.
- "diabolic tail" - the scorpion represents the devil.
- "the peasants came like swarms of flies" - makes the villagers seem panicky and illogical.
- "they clicked their tongues" - they are not trying very hard to find the scorpion.
- "may" is repeated at the start of some of the lines - sounds like they are praying - makes it seem unthinking.
- "previous birth" and "next birth" - the peasants think she will be reincarnated.
- "the peace of understanding…