This poem (homeless not hopeless) is a vivid description of two kinds of people who are in the society (rich and poor). The rich are in minority and the beggars are in majority. The beggars are poor, homeless, and are subjected to various kinds of hardship but the rich lives in good houses and enjoys the goodies in the society.
The relationship between the rich and the beggars is that, the rich needs the beggar’s blessing while the beggars needs the alms from the rich for sustenance.
• The poem begins with the poet saying that the beggars who are in majority are homeless, their only domicile is the street. Though the beggars are important in the society, they do not have house to sleep in at night. They sleep under bridges, they use cardboard as bed in stinky places while the night pour cool breeze and endurance on them.
Meanwhile their rich counterparts in the same society sleep in warm beds with their loved ones.
• The poet goes further to describe how the beggars live during the day. It Dawn the beggars who are wanderers pack their belongings and move on with the day
They stand, kneel, bend and beg for arms so that they can continue to live on earth.
• Lastly the poet says that though the beggars are poor and homeless, they are not hopeless. they are optimistic that one day, their harrowing condition will change to a better one.
Metaphors, Repetition, Anthesis, personification and paradox
We are the lack/that take your lack
(I) When death opens the gate
(ii) As the night injects us with cool breeze
(I) Homeless not hopeless
(ii) As the _day_ chameleons to _night_
(I) As the day _chameleons_ to night
(ii) _Angels_ we open gates
(I) “Day” is repeated in lines six (6), seven (7), eight (8) and twenty (20)
(ii) “Lack” is repeated in lines twenty-six (26) and twenty-seven (27)
(I) “_You slump in the warmth of _your beds”
(ii) we are _homeless not _hopeless
The poem has thirty-one (31) lines, each of the lines in the poem paints a graphic picture of the harrowing condition of the beggars which is antithetical to their rich counterparts.
- Insecurity : The poem unveils The insecurity that is prevalent among the poor people.
- Social stratification : In the poem, there are the upper class, the rich who lives in comfortable homes and the beggars who can Harry eat except they are given alms.
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