The title ‘The Emigree’ suggests that this poem is going to talk about the pitiable conditions of refugees and the concept of child idealisation whereas in ‘Tissue’ it slowly reveals the power of paper and how one can use it for many things and it also talks about the fragility and driving force of humanity which is used to act as an extended metaphor.
The phrase ‘paper that’s the light’ begins the first two sentences in ‘Tissue’ straight away drawing the reader’s attention as the word ‘light’ allows things to be seen rather than hidden which may possibly hint at what needs to change. It is further described saying how long paper has been around for it has become thin, almost transparent. With ‘The Emigree’ the phrase ‘sunlight clear’ is utilised implying that she is comparing her childhood memories with the ‘sunlight’ displaying imagery of happiness and brightness. After reading the first stanza from both of the poems, one shows a sense of yearning for the city and the past which is partly fulfilled and one imagines a world that breaks free from restrictions where human constructions are less permanent and important. We as an audience can witness the juxtaposition of embracing freedom and the confinement of anxiety.
Secondly in ‘The Emigree’, the phrase ‘child’s vocabulary’ is used to may refer to the language of her childhood- the metaphor makes language seem bright and precious. This could furthermore imply deeper meanings such as that person reminiscing over her childhood since there is a suggestion that her or his city is invaded or taken over by a tyrant. This person seems to ignore and neglect this fact but also wants to leave so we get a sense of nostalgia running throughout the poem. In the other poem, the poet displays the image of how human life is temporary and that we should never forget that we are all influenced by our own heritage. We see much more liberty and control from Dharker’s poem.
Lastly, going back to a previous point, Rumens portrays the conflict between the speaker’s memories and the reality of her city as ‘confusing’. The antithesis ‘my memory…sunlight clear’, infers confusion as the time of the year and weather do not match. This could show that the speaker’s opinion of her city is based on more emotion than the actual truth which reinforces the idea that she remembers it as a child. The noun ‘sunlight’ implies that although her ‘memories’ might not be true, the determined voice of the poem gives the impression that she will always think of it as a happy place because the city possesses power over that person. Interestingly, every stanza ends with ‘sunlight’, proving she still hopes for better therefore the readers sees that she is struggling to accept reality before her. The author’s intentions may perhaps be her trying to present the struggles of being vulnerable in a corrupted city and how the environment can twist people’s mindsets. With Dharker she does her best to represent power as transient. The female poet uses enjambment which might be used to further express the irregularity of life and power flowing seamlessly from one place to another. It establishes a very human and calm tone. We also get repetitive occurrences of caesura that are scattered across the poem affecting its’ structure causing it to interrupt the delicate nature of paper creating an atmosphere of abrupt pauses, ruining it’s flow of thought.
To conclude, Rumen’s use of semantic field continuously runs throughout giving the impression of a present battle. This proves that the city she is remembering is no longer lively place like it once was but now contains darkness and negativity. Similarly, Dharker focuses on the abuse of power in the modern world by illustrating power as fragile but dangerous. It reinforces the lack of control people consist of over power.