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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>Summary of Kamala Das'-'Punishment in Kindergarten' Review

Summary of Kamala Das'-'Punishment in Kindergarten'

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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Kamala Das uses the medium of free verses. Her poetry is intensely lyrical, sometimes soft, sometimes bitter. The unpretentious brilliance is revealed in strong yet subtle imagery, and the poignancy is heightened by a natural and autobiographical tone. Kindergarden is a school for children under five years of age. This poem is about her memory of being punished as a child in the kindergarten school.
              At present, Kamala finds herself in a more commanding position and capable of taking her own decisions. Unlike in those old days of early childhood where she recalls the mental pain caused by her kindergarten teacher; a woman wearing a blue frock throwing negative words at her like the throwing pots and pans, to devastate that honey-coloured peace of mind that dwells in a peaceful child. The teacher used to torment Kamala by her words saying that she was a peculiar child; strange often in an unplaesant way; who is reluctant to join others for a play.
              On the lawn; area of the grass that is cut; in clusters; a group of similar things that are close together; Kamala's classmates use to sit together sipping sugarcane juice-turning at each other's faces, chatting and laughing their way to glory. Indeed children are funny things. They laugh at the expense of other's tears of sorrow in a mirth; formal laughter or happiness. She buried her face in the sun-warmed hedge; a row of bushes growing close together, often used to divide land into seperate areas; and she smelt the flowers and the pain in the same manner to fuse or melt (ore) in order to separate the metal contained.
               The words are muffled now; to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound: to make noise quieter and lesser; the laughing faces only a blur; different to see clearly. The years have moved on speedily and have stopped briefly at rare incidents of sad events. Atlast she discovers that she has discovered that she has found an adult peace. There is no need to remember that picnic day while in kindergarten when she laid hidden by a hedge, watching the steel-white sun standing lonely in the sky.
Published: June 28, 2010   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    please also give RTC [REFERENCE TO CONTEXT] answers View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    poem Punishment in Kindergarten answers of reference to context. View All
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  1. Answer  :    im not no Sunday, May 18, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    what does the poet mean by the statement,today the world is a little more my own View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    is kamladas's life happy at last in the poem? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Yes Sunday, April 06, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the summary of this poem??? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    the reminiscing of the childs picnic day evokes painful memories.explain View All
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  1. Answer   Question  :    What kind of day the poet mean by'honey-colored'? Why do the teachers words are compared to 'pots and pans'? What makes poet feel that the sun is lonely? Why does teacher call the child peculiar girl? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    "A blue-frocked ....honey-coloured day of peace." The phrase 'honey-colured' in this poen refers to a happy day. "throwing words at me like pots and pans" explains the rude and rough tone of the teacher to the huge sound produces when pots and pans are thrown.The poet felt that the sun was lonely as she was standing alone behind the plants where see couldn't see anyone else except the sun.Teacher called the child so as she dint mingle with all other children. Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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  1. Answer  :    Steel-White sun refers to a mid day sun in summer season -Pvinod Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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