Hope you’re all enjoying this creepy evening and that you’re being safe! As the end of the quarter quickly approaches, we will be finishing our novel, taking finals and beginning to write our narratives. I wanted to give you one extra grade boost for this quarter.
The poem below is written by an Afghani woman thinking about the restrictions her country has made on her. Read the following poem. Think about Kite Runner and what you know about Afghanistan. In the comments, discuss how the authors of the poem and Kite Runner use imagery to present ideas about Afghanistan. What feelings or points of view do they both want people to see or feel about Afghanistan? How do they use imagery in a similar way to do this? I will use your answers (if they are appropriate) to replace a missing assignment or low score. Good luck!
Daughter of Afghanistan
I’ve no desire to open my mouth. What will I recite?
I who will remain despised by my age, whether or not I recite
curses upon the fist of the tyrant who crushed my mouth
whether I weep or laugh, whether I live or die
I was borne of futility, born only to be silenced.
but how could I fly with these ripped-off wings?
my heart still whispers her songs, births new ones for her every moment
I’ll drink the wine of joy, sing the way a bird should in springtime.
Though a delicate-limbed tree, I won’t shudder with every breeze
I am a daughter of Afghan — I’ll sound my faghan,* weave it to eternity
* A faghan is a cry, an expression of regret and pain, retained in the English translation to reflect the wordplay in the original.
Read more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2012/03/poetry-daughters-of-afghanistan-literary-voices-of-change.html#ixzz3qCnWrIDh