‘This room’ By ‘Imtiaz Dharker’ Is a poem of realisation, an oppifinay, in which the poet stops ‘wanting better’ and realises that the place he is, is the only place he could possible ever want to be. He realises that throughout his life he as yearned for a better life, but actually he is in a perfect life, he was just envious of others. He conveys this feeling of elation by the use of personification and metaphors.
Pots and pans bang together
in celebration, clang
He describes how the pans are like his emotions and thoughts, and how his home is a metaphor for his life, memories and his mind. He describes how everything he own with in his house is celebrating, and him realising that they are all he needs and wants and he does not need to replace them.
In all this excitement
I’m wondering where
I’ve left my feet, and why
My hands are outside clapping
These are the last lines of the poem and are significant because they describe how his body his body may not be perfect but now he has left his physical body and acknowledged his spiritual body and mind. The feeling of elation and the action of having an appifiany is a similar feeling and action that the poet ‘Derek Walcott’ is describing in ‘Love After Love’
The Stoics and Socrates The question of the reality of the soul and its distinction from the body is among the most important problems of philosophy, for with it is bound up the doctrine of a future life. The soul may be defined as the ultimate internal principle by which we think, feel, and will, and by which our bodies a reanimated. The term 'mind' usually denotes this principle as the subject ...
The time will come
When, with elation,
You will greet yourself arriving
At your own door, in your own mirror,
And each will smile at the other’s welcome,
This is the first stanza of ‘Love After Love’ And describes how at some point you will have an appifiany in your life, you will look back at your life and realise with elation (Joy) how you have had a joyful life and all your worries are realised ‘let go’. You will forget about your physical appearance and what other think of you, and acknowledged your spiritual body.
And say sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
This is the first part of the second stanza and is very significant because it confirms to us that he is talking about his spiritual body. ‘Derek Walcott’ also uses metaphors to convey the same ideas and feelings that ‘Imtiaz Dharker’ covets in ‘This room’.
‘Derek Walcott’ very cleverly uses the metaphor of a stranger to describe his spiritual body, his spiritual body appears to be a stranger because he has been ignoring it and cannot recognise it, the poem then goes on to describe how he remembers himself, similar to the last supper ‘give wine. Give bread.’
Peel your own images from the mirror
This quote is a metaphor for removing his superficial body and life to revile his inner joy and and happiness. Both of the poems by the use of presenting ideas as metaphors and feelings by the use of personification, is about realising that the greatest thing in life is you and you are in the best place you could possible be.