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  1. Following are the main themes: Death – The main fear which stirs this poem is that of death and seeing the same in the poet’s mother. Parents- The love and attachment which we have with our parents is also the major thematic concern of the poem. Life- In between the thoughts of death, the poet is atRead more

    Following are the main themes:

    1. Death – The main fear which stirs this poem is that of death and seeing the same in the poet’s mother.
    2. Parents– The love and attachment which we have with our parents is also the major thematic concern of the poem.
    3. Life– In between the thoughts of death, the poet is attending the beauty of life too. The poem shows us the interweaving of these two aspects.

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  1. The poet’s fear is the closing in of death towards her mother. Since childhood, she has imagined the thought of losing her and finally she is seeing it in reality. Read summary of this poem

    The poet’s fear is the closing in of death towards her mother. Since childhood, she has imagined the thought of losing her and finally she is seeing it in reality.

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    The poet describes her ageing mother as someone who has no control over her body anymore. In the care, she is described as someone lying open mouthed with an ashen face. She again describes her at the airport as someone who is pale like a winter moon and getting sicker slowly. Read summary of this pRead more

    The poet describes her ageing mother as someone who has no control over her body anymore. In the care, she is described as someone lying open mouthed with an ashen face. She again describes her at the airport as someone who is pale like a winter moon and getting sicker slowly.
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  1. The irony of human relationship is that we form it even with the knowledge that it will end anyway, either by itself or the inevitable death. The poet is deeply melancholic about her mother but she tried to divert her attention towards the beauty of the world but to no avail. The irony is that we coRead more

    The irony of human relationship is that we form it even with the knowledge that it will end anyway, either by itself or the inevitable death. The poet is deeply melancholic about her mother but she tried to divert her attention towards the beauty of the world but to no avail. The irony is that we come closer only to depart and we act like we do not know about it.

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  1. While parting, the poet says, “see you soon.” This is what all of us say while parting from someone even though we do not know when we will meet the concerned person again. The poet is acutely aware of her mother’s health and proximity to death so saying see you soon has a different fear loaded intoRead more

    While parting, the poet says, “see you soon.” This is what all of us say while parting from someone even though we do not know when we will meet the concerned person again.

    The poet is acutely aware of her mother’s health and proximity to death so saying see you soon has a different fear loaded into it. The smile which she is trying to put on is a mask beneath which actually lies the overwhelming fear.

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  1. All of us are deeply attached to our parents. We grow up watching them strong and powerful. Slowly, we see them ageing when we are growing. There is always a sudden realisation of their appearance which changes with time. The poet is deeply saddened by her ageing mother and her likeness to someone wRead more

    All of us are deeply attached to our parents. We grow up watching them strong and powerful. Slowly, we see them ageing when we are growing. There is always a sudden realisation of their appearance which changes with time.

    The poet is deeply saddened by her ageing mother and her likeness to someone who is nearing death. The fear of realising this is universal because as human beings the modes of our attachments are universal.

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  1. The poet smiles to hide the pain which she is feeling after realising the ageing process of her mother. She is trying to divert her attention but she is unable to do so. So she smiles so that he =r mother wont be able to know her inner aches. Read summary of this poem

    The poet smiles to hide the pain which she is feeling after realising the ageing process of her mother. She is trying to divert her attention but she is unable to do so. So she smiles so that he =r mother wont be able to know her inner aches.

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  1. The poet is fearfully thinking of death. She is devastated by the sadness which has overcome her after looking at her mother on her way to the airport. As a poet, she is deeply aware of the inevitability of passing time. Her pain results from such inevitability. Read summary of this poem

    The poet is fearfully thinking of death. She is devastated by the sadness which has overcome her after looking at her mother on her way to the airport. As a poet, she is deeply aware of the inevitability of passing time. Her pain results from such inevitability.

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  1. The main idea of the poem is the mortality of human beings. One is not out here for eternity. To realise the same about one’s parents is the saddest thing which happens to everyone. Read summary of this poem

    The main idea of the poem is the mortality of human beings. One is not out here for eternity. To realise the same about one’s parents is the saddest thing which happens to everyone.

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  1. The message of the poem is the gradual but inevitable realisation of one’s parents getting old. One grows up with young strong parents but they grow older right in front of us. Here, the poet is sad about realising the same about her mother. The message is to spend more time with them. Read summaryRead more

    The message of the poem is the gradual but inevitable realisation of one’s parents getting old. One grows up with young strong parents but they grow older right in front of us. Here, the poet is sad about realising the same about her mother. The message is to spend more time with them.

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