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At dawn they returned home their soaky clothes torn and approached the stove their limbs marked

by scratches their legs full of wounds but on their brows there was not a sign of despair The whole day and night just passed they had to brave the horrendous flood in the water all the time between bloated carcasses and tiny chips of tree barks desperately looking for their sons albino buffalo that was never found They were born amidst hardship and grew up without a sigh or a complaint now they are in the kitchen, making jokes while rolling their ciggarete leaves
SYNOPSIS (OVERALL) This poem is about a family who faces hardship whereby their sons albino buffalo is nowhere to be found. A flood occurs and they go out to find the buffalo. They reach home early in the morning without the buffalo and yet there is no sign of despair in them. Meanwhile, they can still crack jokes and roll the cigarettes. SYNOPSIS (ACCORDING TO STANZA) STANZA 1 They returned home at day break and headed for the stove. This is probably because they were hungry. However, I have also received some feedbacks saying that they went straight to the stove to dry themselves as they were drenched with the flood water. Their clothes were soaking wet and tattered. Their bodies were covered with scratches and wounds. Yet, they did not display any signs of being worried. STANZA 2 They were out in the flood the whole day and night. They were surrounded by dead animals and parts of trees that had been destroyed by the flood. We know that the animals were already dead because of the phrase bloated carcasses. They searched desperately for their sons albino buffalo but were unable to find it. STANZA 3 They were born into poverty and difficulty, but they do not complain about their suffer. Instead, they sit in the kitchen, cracking jokes while smoking cigarettes. This shows that they face difficulties all the time and this time there is no different. They have inner strength that makes them strong to face any hardship poses to them. SETTING The setting of the poem is in the house. THEMES

Being resilience when facing hardship Family love

Acceptance of way of life

MORAL VALUES 1. 2. 3. 4. We should learn to accept problems in life with a positive outlook. We must attempt to face and solve problem. Facing hardship is part and parcel of life. If we face a problem, do not feel despair.


Understanding and sympathetic Acceptance of situation


Third person pint of view.


Language is simple and easy to understand. The style is simple with no rhyming scheme.


Imagery Gives picture of poets thoughts e.g soaky clothes torn and legs full of wounds Alliteration e.g. but on their brows Symbols e.g. horrendous flood and bloating carcasses Diction e.g. stove and brows