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|1. K. Devika, MHS||20.00|
Summary of the poem ‘Or will the dreamer wake?’
Stanza 1 – Out in the East the jungle listens The first stanza depicts the jungle in the East, where a tigress is growling in pain, possibly due to threats to her existence. The “new lives” refer to her cubs waiting to be born. The stanza implies that these cubs might be the last generation to freely live, roam, and mate, suggesting the endangerment of the tiger species. The question of whether the “dreamer,” likely representing humanity, will awaken to the urgency of protecting these creatures is raised.
Stanza 2 – Far in the North the white bear snuffles In the North, a white bear (polar bear) is waiting to give birth amidst the changing environment caused by melting glaciers. Just like in the first stanza, the cubs represent the next generation of polar bears facing the risk of extinction due to the loss of their habitat. The stanza again questions whether the “dreamer” will awaken to the reality of these impending losses.
Stanza 3 – There in the West the song thrush warbles Moving to the West, the song thrush is highlighted. The bird’s struggle to find a partner and lay eggs reflects the challenges of dwindling populations and difficulties in finding suitable habitats. The stanza emphasizes that these chicks might be among the last to fly, sing, and mate. The question of whether the “dreamer” will awaken to the plight of these birds is reiterated.
Stanza 4 – Deep in Ocean South the whale swims The fourth stanza shifts to the South and focuses on the whale, whose song symbolizes the deep mysteries of the ocean. The stanza suggests that the grandchild could potentially miss out on experiencing the majestic beauty of the whale’s song, as these creatures are threatened by human activities and environmental changes. Once again, the question is posed: Will the “dreamer” awaken to the significance of preserving these creatures and their habitats?
Stanza 5 – Here in the centre, four directions gather The final stanza brings the focus back to a central point where all directions converge. It reflects on humanity’s pivotal moment to make choices that will impact the future of the planet and its species. The stanza questions whether this is humanity’s last opportunity to create a positive change and highlights the grandchild’s inquiry about whether the “dreamer” finally awakened to the urgency of the situation.
Overall, the poem conveys a message about the potential loss of diverse species due to human actions and environmental changes. It urges readers to consider the responsibility of safeguarding the natural world for future generations. The repeated refrain of the “dreamer” waking signifies the hope for increased awareness and action to protect the planet’s biodiversity.