My mother at sixty six STD 12

shamila siddiqui
shamila siddiquiEng Teacher en AIM H.S.S GOA
My mother at sixty six
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”.
Introduction to the 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.
Driving from my parent’s home
To Cochin last Friday morning,
I saw my mother beside me.
Beside: alongside
doze, open mouthed, her face ashen like that
of a corpse and realised with pain that she was as
old as she looked but soon
Doze: nap
Ashen: pale
Corpse: dead body
Firstly, when the poet is on her way to the cochin airport with
her old mother sitting beside her, she looks at her closely and
presents before us her image.
She compares her with a corpse. (similie is a figure of speech
to show comparison between her mother’s face and a corpse.)
As she looks at her mother’s pale and pallid face, she is struck
with the horror and pain of losing her. The mother with the
dozing face and open mouth is compared to a corpse. Here, the
poet shows the typical love and affection which is present in a
mother-daughter relation.
She looked but soon
put that thought away, and
looked out at Young
Trees sprinting, the merry children spilling
out of their homes
The poet is pained and shifts her attention outside the car in
order to drive out the negative feelings. She changes her sad
mood .The scene outside the window is of growing life and
energy. The rapidly sprinting trees alongside the merrily playing
children symbolize life, youth and vitality. The poet here is
reminded of her own childhood when her mother had been young
whereas now she is encircled with the fear of losing her and that
has made her insecure.
but after the airport’s
security check, standing a few yards away, I looked again at her,
wan, pale
as a late winter’s mooft 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 is feeling the pain of separation, leaving her mother and
going. Also, her childhood fear of losing her mother which she feels
that earlier was temporary but now, could be forever as she could
die of old age, is haunting her. She is so pained that it is natural for
her to cry but keeping a brave front she hides her tears and smiles.
She bids farewell to her mother and keeping her hope of seeing her
again alive, says “see you soon, Amma”. She hides her sorrow as
she does not want to create a painful environment for her mother
and conveys her that as she is enjoying her life similarly her mother
should also be happy and enjoy her life.
FIGURES OF SPEECH
Simile:
1.her face ashen like that of a corpse
2.wan, pale as a late winter’s moon
Metaphor
the merry children spilling out of their homes
Personification
young trees sprinting
Repetition
I did was smile and smile and smile……
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My mother at sixty six STD 12

  • 1. My mother at sixty six
  • 2. 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”.
  • 3. Introduction to the 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.
  • 4. Driving from my parent’s home To Cochin last Friday morning, I saw my mother beside me. Beside: alongside
  • 5. doze, open mouthed, her face ashen like that of a corpse and realised with pain that she was as old as she looked but soon Doze: nap Ashen: pale Corpse: dead body
  • 6. Firstly, when the poet is on her way to the cochin airport with her old mother sitting beside her, she looks at her closely and presents before us her image. She compares her with a corpse. (similie is a figure of speech to show comparison between her mother’s face and a corpse.) As she looks at her mother’s pale and pallid face, she is struck with the horror and pain of losing her. The mother with the dozing face and open mouth is compared to a corpse. Here, the poet shows the typical love and affection which is present in a mother-daughter relation.
  • 7. She looked but soon put that thought away, and looked out at Young Trees sprinting, the merry children spilling out of their homes
  • 8. The poet is pained and shifts her attention outside the car in order to drive out the negative feelings. She changes her sad mood .The scene outside the window is of growing life and energy. The rapidly sprinting trees alongside the merrily playing children symbolize life, youth and vitality. The poet here is reminded of her own childhood when her mother had been young whereas now she is encircled with the fear of losing her and that has made her insecure.
  • 9. but after the airport’s security check, standing a few yards away, I looked again at her, wan, pale as a late winter’s mooft 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..
  • 10. The poet is feeling the pain of separation, leaving her mother and going. Also, her childhood fear of losing her mother which she feels that earlier was temporary but now, could be forever as she could die of old age, is haunting her. She is so pained that it is natural for her to cry but keeping a brave front she hides her tears and smiles. She bids farewell to her mother and keeping her hope of seeing her again alive, says “see you soon, Amma”. She hides her sorrow as she does not want to create a painful environment for her mother and conveys her that as she is enjoying her life similarly her mother should also be happy and enjoy her life.
  • 11. FIGURES OF SPEECH Simile: 1.her face ashen like that of a corpse 2.wan, pale as a late winter’s moon Metaphor the merry children spilling out of their homes Personification young trees sprinting Repetition I did was smile and smile and smile……