The Prey becoming the predator : Reading of Auden’s Refugee Blues and Darwish’s Identity Card as a political discourse
Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:ELK, Asia Pacific Journals (2015)
When history of erasure is repeated, its implications are felt deeper than the history itself. The displaced, the disfigured and the dislocated, in their desperate act of survival, tend to victimize the vulnerable. When one reads through the pages of dislocated landless Jews and Palestinians, one eventually traces the path that has rendered them homeless. Being a refugee, being a nameless entity, and being rendered homeless is always a traumatized status quo involving intense struggle in recreating identity. Auden’s ‘Refugee Blues’ evokes sadness of a community that has nowhere to go and that faces violent eradication. With no political identity, the refugees’ inexplicable denial of a home compels the reader to retrospect the historical and political past to understand their predicament. ‘Identity Card’ by Mahmoud Darwish is a surge of sadness but a reproachable sadness of a man who was forced to become a refugee in his own homeland. Again the traumatized cry of an Arab forces the reader to trace the trajectory that led to the exodus of the natives. If we read both the poems as a continuum, one can find that the prey has become the predator. Juxtaposing ‘Refugee Blues’ and ‘Identity Card’, this paper attempts to analyse the political discourse in nationalism and identity. The distorted reality that strikes the reader remains incomprehensible.