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What is her work known for?
Name the poetic devices used in the poem.
In this poem, the poet uses the device of simile on two instances. When she compares her mother's face with that of a corpse and also uses the word “like” while making that comparison. She again compares her mother with the moon in wintertime and also uses the word “as” while making this comparison.
In this poem, the poet uses the device of metaphor in line when she speaks 'Trees sprinting, the merry children spilling out of their homes' to show the contrary image of her mother's age and approaching end.
Alliteration: It is the repetition of the consonant sounds in a line of a poem. e.g. “my mother”, “that thought”, “I said was, see you soon”.
What is the distinctive feature of the poem?
What did the poet realize with pain?
Who lives at Cochin?
What do the parting words "See you soon Amma" signify?
Her smiles signify her helplessness at the face of her mother’s inevitable death. They express her love and concern for her mother along with the underlying pain and struggle that she undergoes in coming to terms with this bitter realisation.
What worried the poet when she looked at her mother?
Which Rhyming scheme is used in the poem?
Quote an example of alliteration used in the poem.
Why does the poet feel parted, upset and sad?
What does the narrative single sentence style of the poem highlight?
How is the imagery of 'young trees and merry children’ a contrast to the mother?
Whose house the poet was leaving?
What pangs did she feel when she looked at her mother?
What does the poem revolve around?