An Introduction Poem By Kamala Das | Line By Critical Analysis An Introduction ( 2nd Part )

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 Kamala Das has written three books of poetry; Summer in Calcutta (1965),  The Descendents (1967) and The playhouse and other poems (1973). Most of the poems are confessional in tone and deal with her interior life and subjective state. Through them she reveals her feminine sensibility in her diverse roles as grand daughter daughter, sister, mother, wife and beloved. Her poems of self exposer however pranscend personal import and acquired universal significance for they Reveal the predicament of the contemporary women beset her encounter with the difficulties of love and sex. 

   Walt whitman once said of his own poems, “who so touches this book, touches a women”.

Structure and Form of the Poem “An Introduction”

      

 The poem “An Introduction”is written in two verse paragraph  and does not follow a specific rhyme scheme. The diction of this very poem is lucid and simple. In kamala Das’s poetry it is found that prosaic flavor is an important element and this is not a conventional poetic diction. 

 

“An Introduction” as a poem

              This poem “An Introduction” is highly anthologised poem . This poem is also known as autobiographical confessional poem. Every confessional poem must be autobiography but every autobiography should not be confessional. 

Tone of The Poem “An Introduction

” An Introduction “is perhaps the most famous of the poems written by Kamala Das in a self reflective and confessional tone. The poem is a strong remark on Patriarchal society prevalent today and brings to light the miseries, bondage, pain suffered by the fairer sex in such times.This is also an autobiographical poem. 

Themes of The Poem “An Introduction”

 Kamala Das’s An Introduction uses Indian themes and patterns and speak intimately of sexuality and domestic oppression. Her poetry  is characterized by the presence of stark images that challenge many conventions generally considered to be part of ‘Indian Life’. Her criticism of patriarchy interrogates some of the assumptions informing the Indian family life. In this poem An Introduction kamala das explores the desire of self-expression:

            1.The obvious desire to write poetry & fiction. 

            2.The obvious desire for sexual expression. (Body materiality) 

Here she creating a  new space for women and the poem is a strong remark on patriarchal society prevalent today  and brings to light the miseries, bondage, pain suffered by the fairer sex in such times. This poem also represents body politics, linguistic politics, and identity crisis, body and soul debate. 

An Introduction Poem By Kamala Das
An Introduction

  With the change in outlook and setting forth of women’s liberation, many of the mordern women poets have taken recourse to frank expressions of which some stricking examples are to be found in the poetry of Kamala Das. Her frankness gives strength to her poetry. Taking her cue from the modernist movement in poetry, she belives in the sincere treatment of the material. In trying to establish intimate tone. She gives unabashed expression to her personal themes.

Image of The Poem “An Introduction”

Kamala Das’s poetry is characterized by the presence of Stark images that challenge many conventions generally considered to be part of “Indian life”.Then she contrasts the speech with the deaf and blind speech of trees in storm or of monsoon clouds or of rain or the incoherent mutterings of the blazing funeral pyre here she gives a number of images and they are all incoherent. The images are also taken from nature .To Kamala Das that much of nature is incoherent but hard language is not like that Her language is coherent. 

      One of our few significant poets writing in English today, kamala das made and instant appeal with her very first collection Summer in Calcutta (1965 ). Kamala Das’s poem An Introduction is highly anthologised poem and taken from the collection called Summer in Calcutta (1965).


Critical Analysis line by line of the poem “An Introduction”  by kamala Das

 ( Line  40 To 60 only Analysis here, Click Here for PREVIOUS PART )

“Don’t play pretending games. don’t play at schizophrenia or be a nymphp.don’t cry embrassingly  loud when jilted in love”

                        -Explain this line based on An Introduction by kamala Das. 

                     

               Here Kamala Das said to the women that don’t play pretending games and  don’t act like schizophrenia or don’t approach the act which is characterized by inconsistent or contradictory elements. And don’t be like nympho and also said for the women that don’t cry loud when you are betrayed in love from someone. Here she wants to said that the women’s life style should be that kind what stereotyped society designed. 

        “I met a man, loved him. call him not by any name, he is every man who wants a women ,just as I am every woman who seeks love. in him. . .the Hungry haste of rivers, in me . . .the oceans tireless waiting “

                    -Explain this line based on An Introduction by Kamala Das

            Kamala Das once met a man and fall in love with him and then she realize that every man who wants a women as in this society “female mind is less important female body”.But she seeks unconditional love and the man she met and fall in love , in him just ‘the hungry haste of rivers, ‘but in her ‘the occeans’ tireless waiting’. 

       “Who are you I ask each and everyone, the answer is ,it is I .anywhere and everywhere, I see the one who calls himself I; in this world, he is tightly packed like the sword in its sheath”


                    -Explain this line based on An Introduction by Kamala Das. 

                       

    In the last section very common thing is I .The trajectory of the poem is self -realization. Kamala Das asks each and everyone that ‘who are you’ and they all replied that ‘it is I’. She saw that all the human being introduced themselves with the word “I”.Every women and men both are replied that it is I, anywhere and everywhere the answer is I. So ” I” is a common word to introduce a man or women. And the poet present to the readers the male ego of patriarchal society wheather death subdue the futility of male ego.In this world the man who is tightly packed like the sword in his sheath means the man who is tightly packed with his patriarchal ego he also said that ‘it is I’.

             “it is I I who drink lonely drinks at  twelve,midnight in hotels of strange towns , it is I who laugh, it is I who make love and then, feel shame, it is I feel lie dying with a rattle in my throat .I am sinner, I am saint.I am the beloved And The Betrayed.  I have no joys which are not yours , no Aches which are not yours. I too call myself I”

                -Explain this line based on An Introduction by kamala Das. 

                          As we see in previous lines that kamala Das asked each and everyone that “who are you” and they replied that it is “I“.

               So in this lines Kamala Das said that who drink lonely and drinks at twelve he/she introduced themselves by the word “I“.she also represents that “it is I who laugh, it is I who make love and then, feel shame”.In the last section very common thing is ” I“.The “I” has to be realized. Actually here individual is participating in the eternal. 

                In the poem kamala Das shows that in the world there is no difference between man and women means self. There is two self one is “egotistical self” and another is “cosmological self”, but in this poem kamala Das surrendered her “egoistical self” or ” Finite self” By saying ‘I too call myself I’

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An Introduction Poem By Kamala Das | Line By Critical Analysis An Introduction ( 1st Part )

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