Analysis of The Poem “Night of The Scorpion”

Analysis of the poem "Night of the Scorpion" written by Nissim Ezekiel.The poem tells about the extreme love of a mother towards her children.

    The poem “Night of the Scorpion” is written by Nissim Ezekiel. The poem tells us about the extreme love of a mother towards her children.Nissim Ezekiel narrates the poem by remebering his childhood when his mother was bitten by a scorpion.This poem shows a typical Indain mother, rural superstition and practice. The poem demonstrate the innocense of village people and their helping mentality. They are telling superstitional things though trying to reduce the pain of the lady.

   poet tells, the continous ten hours rain brought the scorpion in to beneath the sack of rice. When his mother entered in that dark room the scorpion parted poison in her toe. The peasants came to the house like swarms of flies and they buzzed Name of God hundred times to paralyse the evil. They searched everywhere to catch the scorpion. They believed that if the scorpion moves the poison will also move in her body and they said may the scorpion sit still, the sins of her previous birth will burned away and her sufferings will decrease misfortunes of her next birth. The peasants were sitted around the lady.

   More neighbours come to the house.  Father who was a sceptic and rationalist, he also doing some tips to reduce the pain of the mother. He even poured paraffin upon the bittten toe and burned. A holy man perform his rites to tame the poison with an incantation. After twenty hours the sting was lost. After getting cured the mother thanked God that the scorpion picked her and spared her children.


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  1. Posted March 4, 2011 at 6:23 am

    good read

  2. Posted March 4, 2011 at 6:32 am

    great analysis

  3. Posted March 9, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    very good

  4. poonam
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 2:48 am

    gud one..i read this poem in my school days

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