An Introduction by Kamala Das Questions and Answers marks 2

An Introduction by Kamala Das Questions and Answers marks 2

 

 

 

1.it I don’t know politics but I know the names Of those in power, – Who says this and why?

 

Kamala Das, in her confessional poem An Introduction, says this. The poetess says that she is not interested in politics but claims that she can name all the people who have been in power right from the time of Nehru. By saying that she can repeat them as fluently as days of week, or names of the month, she indirectly states the fact that politics in the country is a game of tew chosen elite who ironically rule a democracy.

 

2. How does describe her indianness?

 

A Kamala Das describes herself saying that she is an Indian, born in Malabar and very brown in colour. She speaks in three languages, writes in two and dreams in one, articulating the thought that Dreams have their own universal languag

 

3. The language I speak Becomes mine, its distortions, its queernesses All mine, mine alone.- Who says this and why?

 

Ans. Kamala Das, in her confessional poem An Introduction, says this. Kamala Das echoes that the medium of writing is not as significant as is the comfort level that one requires. She emphasizes that the language she speaks becomes her own, all its imperfections and queerness become her own. It is halfEnglish, half-Hindi, which seems rather amusing but the point is that it is honest. Its imperfections only make it more human, rendering it close to what we call Natur

 

4. It voices my joys, my longings, Hopes-Who says this and why

 

Ans. Kamala Das, in her confessional poem An Introduction, says this. She emphasizes that the language she speaks becomes her own, all its imperfections and queerness become her own. It is the language of her expression and emotion as it voices her joys, sorrows and hopes. It is as integral to her as cawing is to the crows and roaring to the lions.200 Some Gems of Indian Writing In English.

 

5. Is human speech, the speech of the mind- Who says this and why?

 

Ans. Kamala Das, in her confessional poem An Introduction, says this. She emphasizes that the language she speaks becomes her own, all its imperfections and queerness become her own. Though imperfect, it is not a deaf, blind speech like that of trees in storm or the clouds of rain. Neither does it echo the “incoherent mutterings of the funeral pyre.” Instead, it has an inherent natural coherence of its own

 

 6. I was child, and later they Told me I grew, for I became tall, my limbs Swelled and one or two places sprouted hair. -Who says this and why?

 

Ans. Kamala Das, in her confessional poem An Introduction, says this. She was a child, and later people told her that she had grown up for her body had started showing signs of puberty. But she didn’t seem to understand this interpretation because at the heart she was still but a child.

 

Q. 7. The weight of my breasts and womb crushed me. U shrank Pitifully.- Who says this and why?

 

Ans. Kamala Das, in her confessional poem An Introduction, says this. When she asked for love from her soulmate not knowing what else to ask, he took the sixteen-year-old to his bedroom. Though he didn’t beat her, she felt beaten and her body seemed crushed under her own weight. This is a very emphatic expression of how unprepared the body of a sixteen-year-old is for the assault it gets subjected to. She shrank pitifully, ashamed of her femininity.

 

Q. 8. Fit in. Oh, Belong, cried the categorizers..- Who says this and why?

 

Ans. Kamala Das, in her confessional poem An Introduction, says this. When Kamala Das opts for male clothing to hide her femininity, the guardians enforce typical female attire, with warnings to fit into the socially determined attributes of a woman, to become a wife and a mother and get confined to the domestic routine.

 

 

9.It is time to Choose a name, a role… Who says this and why?

 

Ans. Kamala Das, in her confessional poem An Introduction, says this. Kamala Das is threatened to remain within the four walls of her female space lest she should make herself a psychic or a maniac. They even ask her to hold her tears when rejected in love. She calls them categorizers since they tend to categorize every person on the basis of points that are purely whimsical.

10. Call Him not by any name, he is every man.-Who says this and why?reference to the context.

 

Ans. Kamala Das, in her confessional poem An Introduction, says this. Towards the end of the poem, the poetess describes her encounters with a man. She doesn’t take names, for it is the symbolism in her relationship that she seeks to convey. He is every other man who wants a woman, like an embodiment of the hungry haste of river, while she is every other woman, an embodiment of patience like the ocean’s tireless waiting.

 

11. Anywhere and,Everywhere, I see the one who calls himself …..Who says this and why?

 

ans. Kamala Das, in her confessional poem An Introduction, says this. When she asks every such man who he is, he replies saying he is I. The poet herein through symbolism presents to the readers the inherent male ego of a patriarchal society. He is rigid in his mindset like a “the sword in its sheath”, and his views are not open to discussion.

 

112. I am the beloved and the Betrayed.- Who says this and why?

 

Ans. Kamala Das, in her confessional poem An Introduction, says this. It is this “l” i.e. male ego that justifies lying drunk at 12 in the night in a hotel in some strange town, that justifies the condescending laughs, that makes love to woman and then feels ashamed about being so easily carried away, and yet dies with a rattle in the throat, like everyone else. Some Gems of Indian Writing In English.

 

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