My Mother at Sixty Six Class 12 English Poetic Devices

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My Mother at Sixty Six Poetic Devices

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My Mother at Sixty Six Class 12 English Poem 1

by Kamala Das

 

 
 

About Poet

kamala das

Kamala Das (1934-2009) was born in Malabar, Kerala. She is recognised as one of India’s foremost poets. Her works are known for their originality, versatility and the indigenous flavour of the soil. She has published many novels and short stories. She wrote under the pen name “Madhavi Kutty”.
 
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My Mother at Sixty Six Poem

My mother at sixty six is written by Kamala Das who is famous for capturing complexities of human relationships. The poem my mother at sixty six is one of the finest examples of the human bonding, especially that of a mother and daughter. It describes the pain and fear of the poet – of losing her mother due to harsh reality of life which is death.
 
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My Mother at Sixty Six Poetic Devices

Driving from my parent’s home
To Cochin last Friday morning,

I saw my mother beside me.

my mother at sixty six class 12

Beside: alongside

The poetess explains that once when she visited her parent’s house in Cochin. It was a Friday when she was driving back to the airport, her mother was sitting beside her at the back of the car. The poet looked at her mother.

My Mother at Sixty Six Poetic Devices:

Assonance: Here we see the use of vowel sound that is ‘o’.(To Cochin last Friday morning)

doze, open-mouthed, her face ashen like that
of a corpse and realised with pain

Doze: nap
Ashen: pale
Corpse: dead body

She saw that her mother was sleeping and her mouth was open. She further explains that the colour of her mother’s face was like that of ash. (This means that there was some smoky appearance on her face). She looked like a dead body.

My Mother at Sixty Six Poetic Devices:
Assonance: Use of vowel sound ‘o’,’a’, ‘e’ (doze, open-mouthed, her face ashen like that
of a corpse)
Simile: The colour of the mother’s face has been compared to that of a corpse – ashen. use of ‘like’ (her face ashen like that of a corpse)

that she was as old as she looked but soon
put that thought away, and looked out at Young
Trees sprinting, the merry children spilling out of their homes,

Spilling: let out
Sprinting: Moving fast

The poetess realized that her mother had grown old. She felt pain for her. But soon she tried to get rid of this sad thought by diverting her thoughts towards the trees outside. The young trees although stationary seemed to be running very fast as though they were sprinting. She also saw children running out of their houses, into the playground. All these things were full of life and energy, contrary to her mother who sat next to her.

My Mother at Sixty Six Poetic Devices:
Consonance: use of the sound ‘s’ and ‘t’
imagery: when the poet say trees sprinting, merry children spilling
Repetition: Repeated use of ‘looked’

airport girl

but after the airport’s
security check, standing a few yards
away, I looked again at her, wan, pale

Wan: dim, weak
Pale: dull, colourless

The poet continues that when she reached the airport, she finished with the security check and stood a few yards away from her mother. She noticed her mother’s ageing face which looked so dull, weak and pale.

moon

as a late winter’s moon and felt that old
familiar ache, my childhood’s fear, but all I said was, see you soon,
Amma, all I did was smile and smile and smile……

The poet compares her mother to a late winter’s moon as the moon in winters is not shiny and even her mother’s face had also lost her youth and shine. As her mother was getting older and weak. The poet feels the fear of separation just as she used to feel during her childhood. As a child, she could not bear the pain of separating from her mother. But now as her mother has grown old and is about to die, the poet feels that maybe this is the last time that she is seeing her mother. She tries to hide her fear. She then says that she would soon see her mother again. She says so because she doesn’t want to lose her mother.

My Mother at Sixty Six Poetic Devices:
Repetition: use of ‘smile’
Rhyme scheme – The poem does not follow any rhyme or rhythm. It has been written in free verse.
Simile: Mother’s face is compared to the late winter’s moon – both are dull and lifeless. use of ‘as’ (as a late winter’s moon).
 
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