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Kamala Das

Kamala Das is a contemporary female poet from India. She can most definitely be considered a "confessional" poet, because her poems often focus on her personal life, including many aspects of her...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2013 5:14 pm UTC

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Kamala Das

The short story "Neipayasam" by Kamala Das tells of the grief of a man called Achhan after the sudden death of his wife. He comes home from work one day and his wife is dead on the floor. He takes...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2021 12:14 am UTC

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Kamala Surayya, better known by her married name Kamala Das, was a poet and writer from India. Her feminist works and poetry are critically acclaimed. This quote is one of her most famous: "...I...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 6:26 am UTC

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In this bleak poem, Kamala Das describes her relationship with her lover, which is based on physical coupling. She experiences her body as scorched and consumed by her lover in unpleasant ways: his...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2017 2:36 pm UTC

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To answer this question, it might be helpful to think about what we mean by the word "freak." Officially, the word "freak" refers to an unusual, abnormal or irregular person. It can also be used in...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2017 9:54 am UTC

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Confessional poetry is a very personal form of poetry. The poet speaks about him or herself through the poem and admits to personal history, emotion, or thoughts. Often confessional poetry will...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019 1:14 pm UTC

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"NeiPayasam" by Kamala Das tells the story of a family: a mother, a father, and three sons. When one part of the family is taken, the ones left behind must shoulder a heavy responsibility. This...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2012 10:43 pm UTC

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I think that one can consider Kamala Das as a confessional poet. She wrote for so much in terms of women's conditions and their own point of reference towards the world. Yet, I think that this...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 8:31 pm UTC

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As with so much of Das' work, the lines are complex. The poem, itself, is a complex one because it argues that identity is complex and intricate. In this, I think that one can look at the lines...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2013 2:58 pm UTC

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Kamala Das

The Testing of the Sirens You might want to note that this is the longest of the poems that you will be writing about. You could also draw attention to how this poem is written in the style of a...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2020 5:28 pm UTC

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Das' writings help to illuminate how the intensely unique and personalized experience of being a woman cannot be stopped or denied no matter how patriarchal a society might be. Das' unique brand...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2013 12:03 pm UTC

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Kamala Das' poem, "The Stone Age," is a poem which illustrates the life of an oppressed woman. Her husband is set in his ways ("Fond husband, ancient settler in the mind"). Although he is fond...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 12:57 pm UTC

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In the poem "An Introduction" by Kamala Das, the poet asserts her independence as an individual in a male-dominated society. She begins by acknowledging that she is aware of the men in political...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2021 5:32 pm UTC

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The speaker in the poem (who is not necessarily the poet) is reflecting on the home where she used to live. The speaker refers to herself both in the first person—“where once I received love” and...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019 8:49 pm UTC

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I think that Das might argue that as a woman, she should not be subject to a name that is reflective of patriarchy. For Das', the name she was born with or had to take after marriage or even one...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2013 10:17 am UTC

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The work that Kamala Das constructs subverts the dominance of a traditional patriarchal society in suggesting that no amount of control and power can ever remove what it means to be a "woman." For...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2013 12:17 pm UTC

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Das' "The Old Playhouse" features a construction of women battling between the hopeful illusion of love and the reality of what is. The speaker describes her mind as "an old playhouse with all its...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2013 1:29 am UTC

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"Neipayasam" by Kamala Das has only three characters that speak: the father and two of his sons. The story revolves around the mother of the family who dies early in the story. The father then...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012 6:59 pm UTC

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In the poem, "An Introduction," the speaker seems to battle with her own self-consciousness, which is caused or at least exacerbated by the people ("critics, friends, visiting cousins") all around...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020 12:27 pm UTC

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Kamala Das's poem is about an unnamed speaker who is upset about the behavior of another person. The poem uses first-person perspective and second-person direct address; as the unnamed speaker...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2021 7:23 pm UTC

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A literary term refers to a literary device used in literature by an author to achieve some effect for the reader. In Kamala Das’s poem “My Mother at Sixty-six,” Das uses a literary device known as...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2016 3:42 pm UTC

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The title of Kamala Das's poem "The Old Playhouse" is explained in the third stanza, where the speaker describes her mind as an old playhouse "with all its lights put out." The poem describes...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2021 3:38 am UTC

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In the poem “An Introduction,” Kamala Das essentially introduces herself to her readers. She begins by talking about languages and how she chooses to use English as well as the other two languages...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2021 8:42 pm UTC

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