Thursday, 1 February 2018


1. What is the kind of pain and the ache that the poet feels ?

Ans: The poet feels the pain and ache which is born out of the fear of losing one’s mother. As a child, the poet feared being separated from her mother. Now when the mother is old and weak, the poetess feels the same of fear again.

2. Why are the young trees described as ‘Sprinting’?

Ans: The poet is in the car. As she looks out of the window, she feels the trees in the distance are racing away. The young trees remind the poetess of her youngers years which have run by very quickly. They also remind her of the children who run happily while the old people like her mother cannot move.

3. Why has the poet brought in the image of the merry children ‘spilling out of their homes’?

Ans: The merry children stand as a contrast to the old mother sitting beside the poetess. The mother s ashen face is a contrast to the rosy faces of the children. The young children are merry but the old faces are sad. Yet both of them are a part of life.

4. Why has the mother been compared to the ‘late winter’s moon’ ?

Ans: Mother has been compared to the late winter’s moon because the moon in this seas looks weak and cold. Like an old person, it has lost the charm which it has in the summer season. In summer, the same moon looks bright like a merry child

5. What do the parting words of the poet and her smile signify?

Ans: The parting words and the smile of the poetess signify her failure with the words. She feels the pain born out of the fear of separation from her mother who is so old and weak.

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