Nectar in a Sieve" Compared to "Work Without Hope

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Nectar in a Sieve Essay Nectar in a Sieve and “Work without Hope”, in a comparative reading, has many of the same characteristics. Nectar in a Sieve is a novel that was written by Kamala Markandaya. “Work without Hope” is a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Even though they are so diverse, the context has many similarities. In both, fertility is crucially important. Therefore, I am basing this essay on the importance of fertility in these writings. First, the fertility of the land is essential. In Nectar in a Sieve when the land doesn’t produce the family is faced with starvation. Therefore the harvest signifies life itself, and the harvest is founded on the fertility of the land. In the poem the narrator was waiting for the amaranths to bloom. This is also based on the fertility of the land. Next, in the poem the author brings upon many points relating to nature that can be perceived as fertility. These things are, “All Nature seems at work”, it says things such as birds and bees, and also states that “a dream of Spring” which spring is the season of new life. In the novel nature controls just about everything that they do. For example if a drought comes to their land they are forced to scrounge for food, because the land is not fertile. Finally, in the novel Rukmani and also her daughter faced troubles with their fertility. They had to wait to conceive a child. While also in the poem the narrator had to wait for the amaranths to bloom. Stated in the poem, “O ye amaranths! Bloom for whom ye may, For me ye bloom not”. This can be perceived as not being able to bear a child as such in the novel. As you can see, fertility, whether it be land or person, is vital to the survival of the earth. Fertility is ongoing and is always an issue, and like the amaranths it is eternal. Despite the two different writers and writing

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