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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>Summary of “a Photograph” – by Shirley Toulson Review

Summary of “a Photograph” – by Shirley Toulson

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
The cardboard; here it refers to the photo frame; showed the speaker how life was when the two cousin sisters went paddling; to propel or travel in a canoe or the like by using a paddle: to row lightly or gently with oars: to move by means of paddle wheels, as a steamer: to propel with a paddle: to spank or beat with or as with a paddle: to stir, mix, or beat with or as with a paddle: to convey by paddling, as a canoe: here it means walked barefoot in shallow water; with each one of them holding the speaker’s mother’s hands. The bigger girl of the cousin sisters must be about twelve years old. All three of them stood still shoulder to shoulder to smile through their long hair at the camera whose picture was taken by the uncle holding it. The mother had a sweet and pleasant smile before her child was born into this world. The sea in which they were paddling; which seemed to not have been changed; washed their terribly transient; not lasting, enduring, or permanent; transitory: lasting only a short time; existing briefly; temporary: staying only a short time: here it means short lived; wet feet.
            After twenty to thirty years later, the mother took out the photograph and laughed at the snapshot. The two cousin sisters were Betty and Dolly. She found it so hilarious at the manner that they dressed up for the beach. The sea holiday was her past for the mother while it was laughter for the speaker. Both mother and daughter wry; produced by a distortion or lopsidedness of the facial features: abnormally bent or turned to one side; twisted; crooked: devious in course or purpose; misdirected; contrary; perverse: distorted or perverted, as in meaning: bitterly or disdainfully ironic or amusing; at the labored ease of loss. But now the mother has been dead for the past few years just as one of those cousin sisters’ lives. Out of all these circumstances, there is nothing else left to say. The matter is closed and silence has sealed its fate.
Published: July 12, 2010   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    samaj mai nahiaa yaaa... View All
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  1. Answer  :    oxymoron Sunday, August 03, 2014
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  1. Answer  :    shirley tonlson Sunday, August 03, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    when was the photograph taken ? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    at the beach Thursday, July 17, 2014
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  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the reason of mother's death? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    it is not mentioned anywhere in the poem... Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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  1. Answer  :    the sea has not changed over the years this suggests that man's life is tromsient.on the other hand, nature is pemanent. Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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  1. Answer  :    mother's past is the beach holiday and it's happy moments but poet's past is the laughter of mother on seeing the photograph. Saturday, April 26, 2014
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  1. 17. Likhitha Naveen


    summary not dat cleary explained....but gud attempt!!! emotional n heart touchin........i lykd d way d poet had discribed it.....;)

    3 Rating Thursday, July 25, 2013
  2. 16. MEENAKSHI



    2 Rating Tuesday, July 09, 2013
  3. 15. princi jamal


    thnks fr the gud summary............

    4 Rating Sunday, August 05, 2012
  4. 14. anu

    englidh poem

    it os good but not the best

    4 Rating Monday, July 16, 2012
  5. 13. Arpan

    fabulous poem

    heart touching ;interesting;

    6 Rating Sunday, July 08, 2012
  6. 12. Anjali

    english poems

    it's very helpng &time saving for the students

    7 Rating Thursday, June 28, 2012
  7. 11.


    awesome poem.....loved it

    5 Rating Sunday, April 29, 2012
  8. 10. mirchi



    7 Rating Friday, February 24, 2012
  9. 9. Nabs

    A video....

    The moral of the story is that they should have taken a 1080p hd quality video.... ;)

    12 Rating Wednesday, September 28, 2011
  10. 8. Vinay Nandalli

    A Photograph..

    It's a attempt to Summarise if the meangs are given below. It helped me to get the general idea of the poem. Thank u.

    8 Rating Monday, September 26, 2011