What is the theme of the poem "Earthen Pots" by O. V. N. Kurup?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The poem "Earthen Pots" speaks to the fact that the pots described in the poem lack identity and significant value given there are many pots about. The poet's, Kurup, choice of words used in the poem speaks to the theme of lack of identity or a search for identity.

The following words identify the pot's search for identity and knowledge: empty, not quite sure, inexhaustible, dismiss us, simply, cheap, hundreds like us, woe, loss, and depart.

The pot's story, as told within the lines of the poem explain the fears, apprehensions, and self-doubt the pots feel as the wait to be chosen to be used. Not feeling any different from another, the pots seem to understand what it is like to fail to have an identity over having one.

The pots also understand the difference between themselves and the "golden goblets" which are used for drinking wine. The pots have been dismissed by those who have chosen the goblets because of their contempt and scorn for the earthen pots.

The pots, therefore, understand the social class structure, the worthlessness associated with being cheap and easily broken, and the lack of individual identity.

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