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Analysing Blessing and An Elderly Woman Poetry from Different Cultures Question 2 Culture means the beliefs, traditions, and customs of individuals within a society. Fundamental elements of a culture are faith, values, and background. People that share a culture also share its own beliefs and ways of life, that can be different to other people. Poetry is an effective method of exploring and describing a civilization, and events within it, because particular aspects could be expressed with colorful descriptions, and imagery that would be unsuitable in different types of text. Some cultures have also used poetry as a kind of storytelling, even describing events which occurred to their ancestors, or even themselves. Poems could be succinct and render some details to the creativity of the reader, therefore they are easier to recall, and remain in the reader mind for longer, which makes them more memorable. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The two poems I have chosen are 'Blessing' by Imtiaz Dharker and also 'An Old Woman' written by Arun Kolatkar. I picked these poems because they are both set in bad, third-world nations, and the people within their communities value so strongly items that are take for granted in developed nations. In 'An Elderly Woman', a beggar woman is trying desperately for 'a fifty paise coin', that will be equal to less than 1 pence, off a tourist. This amount of cash is frequently, and carelessly dropped onto the floor without another glance, in nations such as our own, yet in India an older woman requires this to survive. In 'Blessing' water is highly appreciated, and every drop is valuable because their community is so brief of such a substance. However, individuals in our, more created, comm...