“I am sinner, I am saint, I am the beloved and the betrayed”. Explain the phrase

“I am sinner, I am saint, I am the beloved and the betrayed”. Explain the phrase

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  1. These lines are spoken by Kamala Das in her poem An Introduction. The poet says that she is a sinner as well as a saint i.e. she has committed mistakes and also has done a lot of good things. She has been loved as well betrayed. Hence, she possesses all the qualities of humans. Hence she should be treated as a human rather than an object.

    The lines depict poet’s sharp criticism of patriarchal society in which a woman is not more than an object and is never allowed to live her life.

    Read summary of this poem.

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