Q. 34.8( 5 Votes )

Does the poem bring out the contrast between tradition and modernity? Illustrate your answer with examples from the poem.

Answer :

Poet beautifully drafts a contrast between tradition and modernity.

Tradition refers to the customs, beliefs and cultural practices that are past down from one generation to the next generation. And modernity refers to the contemporary behaviour or way of doing things. It is fresh, new and modern which refutes indigenous thinking.

In the poem, the poet tell how a woman (her great grandmother) is attached to her husband and dies with her husband, lines from the poem which shows are - “God is her only feast; worldly pleasures become mere condiments to her afterwards.” This shows that traditional women were so inclined towards there better half - there world revolves around on them, which is in contrary of modernity as life need to move on and not hinge to a grief or sorrow.

The sense of belongingness toward materialistic thing such as a house is depicted in poem. The ancestral 300 years old house shared beautiful connect with the grandmother. The poem also illustrates how poet's great grandmother had pride over her blood, which she carries to her grave.

Like these, there are several examples which illustrate the disparity between the tradition and modernity.

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