• Submitted By: santiip
  • Date Submitted: 11/17/2008 2:49 PM
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the servants of the mosque.
Deep and soft, it will give when heaped with prayer.

The children are hard at work in the school of days.
From their fingers the colours of all-that-will-be fly
and freeze into the frame of all-that-was

The poet sees lots of girls sitting at a loom.

Their world consists of nothing but the loom (girls' work).

I take it to mean the web or tapestry of life.

It opposes the life of Western children who are always in front of a television.

Because tvs are not common place in their current lives.

Honestly, I don't understand line 5. Line 6 seems plain, but could be talking about how the carpet travels, but not the weavers.

The carpet is used in the mosques as something for the worshipers to kneel/pray on.


It's mentioned to show how close the outside world comes into the lives of the worshipers. ?? Yes, in that the carpet gets to leave, but the girls are stuck.

Huh? Did you get that backwards? "Worshipers" isn't present. I think it's significant in that there will be thousands more prayers said upon the carpet than the number of worshipers - each one saying several while on it.

Rumens, through the title of her poem is portraying a scene in Morocco, consisting of carpet weavers. This establishes a theme of work which runs throughout the poem. The title however, does not launch or even give a faint idea of the major theme contained in the poem, i.e. of social injustice and child labour.

The poem begins with ‘The children’, hence taking us by surprise. Nowhere in the title was anything about children expected, the natural imagery created had been of workers weaving carpets who had naturally been assumed as adults. Nevertheless, the poem starts with these gifts of God, startling us into the reality that the poem is about these intimate pure creations. The first line of this stanza implies that these children are hard at work on the ‘loom’ used to create the carpets. On the other hand it precedes the...

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