Kamala Das | My Mother at Sixty Six | Analytical Study

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Kamala Das | My Mother at Sixty Six | Analytical Study

Kamala Das  My Mother at Sixty Six   Analytical Study

Kamala Das Poem ‘My Mother at Sixty Six’-An Analytical Study

“My Mother at Sixty-Six” by Kamala Das is a poignant and reflective poem that captures a moment of realization and love as the speaker observes her aging mother while driving to Cochin. The poem delves into themes of aging, mortality, and the enduring love between a child and her mother.

The poem starts with the speaker driving from her parents’ home to Cochin. She notices her mother, who is sitting beside her, dozing with her mouth open. The sight of her mother’s face, ashen like that of a corpse, brings the painful realization that she has indeed grown old. However, the speaker tries to push away this thought, focusing instead on the cheerful scenes outside the window with young trees and merry children.

At the airport’s security check, the speaker looks at her mother again and is reminded of her fragility, like a pale, wan, late winter’s moon. This sight triggers a rush of emotions, evoking the speaker’s childhood fear of losing her mother. Despite this ache, the speaker chooses not to express her sorrow openly. Instead, she says a simple farewell, “see you soon, Amma,” and covers her feelings with smiles.

The poem beautifully captures the bittersweet nature of witnessing a loved one age and the internal struggle to come to terms with the passing of time. The speaker’s love and concern for her mother are evident in her careful choice not to burden her with her worries.

In conclusion, “My Mother at Sixty-Six” by Kamala Das is a heartfelt and touching poem that explores the complexities of love, aging, and the emotions associated with witnessing a beloved parent grow old. Kamala Das skillfully conveys the universal experience of facing the reality of mortality while celebrating the enduring bond between a mother and her child. 0 0 0.

Kamala Das My Mother at Sixty Six Analytical Study

N. B. The article ‘Kamala Das My Mother at Sixty Six Analytical Study’ originally belongs to the book ‘Analytical Studies of Selected Indian English Poems‘ by Menonim Menonimus.

Kamala Das My Mother at Sixty Six Analytical Study

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