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What is the theme of the poem looking for a cousin on a swing?
The poem Looking for a Cousin on a Swing by AK Ramanujan is about an immature and innocent sexual encounter of poet’s cousin with him and her desire to experience it once again after growing up.
What is the theme of the poem of mothers among other things?
Answer: Mothers, Among Other Things” suggests that we consider our mothers as ordinary as the other things in life. But when the poet sees his old and frail mother bend down to pick up a grain of rice despite her injured finger, he is overcome by guilt and sorrow.
Where does the poet see the portrait of a stranger in self portrait?
The first line thus shows the poet in dilemma. He doesn’t know his identity and is lost among lakhs of others around him. Next, he says that sometimes, while in shop-windows, he sees the portrait of a stranger in himself though he knows all the well-known laws of optics.
What great temple is referred to in the poem dawn at Puri?
‘Dawn at Puri’ by Jayanta Mahapatra presents a picturesque description of the seashore and the pilgrims visiting each day to visit the famous temple of Jagannath. At the beach, there are numerous crows gathering here and there.
Who is the cousin AK Ramanujan looking for on a swing?
The poem Looking for a Cousin on a Swing by AK Ramanujan is about an immature and innocent sexual encounter of the poet’s cousin with him and her desire to experience it once again after growing up. The poem is a lyric without any rhyme scheme.
What does silk and white petals mean?
It was the “silk and white /petal of [his] mother’s youth”. For instance, the reference to silk and white petal. Here, these words bring up feelings of softness, images of flowers, and the smells associated with them, and a general aura of beauty. This is how the speaker sees his mothers youth.
What does the poet mean by the phrase a changed mother in the poem obituary?
In the end, he says that his father left with them with a changed mother (she remains sorrowful) and more than one annual ritual. The poet is showing his dislike for the ritual which is celebrated in the memory of his father for his peace.
What is the main theme of the poem self-portrait?
Self-Portrait” is a short poem by A.K. Ramanujan, a well-known Indian poet and writer. This poem is about identity, specifically the identity of a son to his father. The lack of focus in his own life is reflected in the window: “the portrait of a stranger,” and he cannot relate to the reflection.
What is the tone of the poem self-portrait?
The poem is autobiographical in tone. AK Ramanujan was born and brought up in orthodox Brahmin family and he spent his later life in the liberal Western society. This contrast has created a conflict, the conflict between the inner-self and the outer-self form the core of his poetry.
What does the town Puri symbolize in the poem Dawn at Puri?
Puri symbolizes the condition of the whole country and the poet wonders that if this is the condition of a ‘holy’ city as Puri, then what would be the condition of other cities in the country which are not ‘holy’.
What does empty shells symbolize in Dawn at Puri?
In the next section, the poet uses the image of the “shells” to compare the lonely and hopeless state of the widows. Like the shells leaning against each other on the shore, the widows also gather at the temple and sit there in the manner of the shells. According to the poet they have “crouched faces without names”.
What does exile refer to in the Parthasarathy’s poem?
The poet Parthsarathy had done the same in the past,and senses the futility of the whole endeavour. He felt like he was in exile in a foreign country. The word ‘exile’ brings in a sense of alienation from his native place, and from himself. His very existence is like a tree.