The context in which a poem was written can sometimes tell you more about its themes, message and meaning.
Some questions you might ask include:
You will need to research the poet’s background to discover answers to these questions. But if you do write about a poem and its context, be careful to include only details that reveal something about the poem.
Imtiaz Dharker is a contemporary poet who was born in Pakistan and grew up in Scotland. She has written five collections of poetry and often deals with themes of identity, the role of women in contemporary society and the search for meaning. She draws on her multi-cultural experience in her work.
She is also a film director and has scripted a number of documentaries in India, supporting work with women and children. Dharker's intimate knowledge of Mumbai is evident in this poem. She works to raise awareness of issues in other countries.