ghaflah poem analysis

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In the poem Ghaflah—the sin of forgetfulness, author Dima Hilal uses repetition and allegory to reflect the disconnect many immigrants feel between their birth country and their new home. Through the casual free verse of this poem, the author tells a serious story, reflecting on events that are real in everyone's lives. The author uses repetition to reach out to her readers and give a “you are not alone” feel. She repeats the word "we" many times, acknowledging that this disconnect is a worldwide experience. This technique also gives an interesting perspective of how many middle easterners view the western world. Although this poem describes the experiences of a specific group of people—Middle Eastern immigrants—the message applies to everyone who has experienced regret and unfulfilled expectations. Every couple of lines the author begins with a simple, non-specific statement such as “we think”, that, when looked at as a whole tell an entirely different story. The deeper meaning in this poem lies in the repetition between the lines. The lines “We think…we wish…we forget…then, we arrive…we turn away…we look [for a connection to what is now lost]…we miss” show how mislead ideas can cause people to yearn for what they think will bring satisfaction. What they once had somehow gets lost in translation and they find themselves regretfully yearning not for what could be but for what was. The author uses the Middle Eastern immigrants’ story to outline the all too familiar sequence of emotions that come with unfulfilled expectations. This combination of repetition and allegory make this poem accessible to many different people. It transcends the surface story to touch on a basic human

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