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Living Space Summary & Analysis
by Imtiaz Dharker

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"Living Space" was written by Pakistan-born British poet Imtiaz Dharker. As the title might suggest, the poem describes someone's living space—that is, their home. Dharker has said that the poem describes a typical dwelling in the slums of the Indian city of Mumbai, but this isn't stated explicitly in the text itself. On the one hand, the poem highlights the precariousness of such homes. More significantly, however, it praises them as an expression of the miraculousness of life, seeing this living space as evidence of human resourcefulness and determination.

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