Q. 3

There is repetition in the last line all I did was smile and smile and smile What do you think does the repetition imply?

Answer :

The poet who is unable to bear the pain and find a solution to her fear and pain, bids goodbye and ultimately puts a fake smile on her face. The stanza is quite ironic and so are the things that the poet does. She says see you soon, Amma though she knows that she won’t be able to see her again. Again, she does smile and smile and smile though she is in grief and sorrow. The repetition is used to show how she managed to hide her feelings. Through the course of the poem, the poet has stirred some deep-seated fears of losing her mother, and has brought to the fore the troubling relationship we humans share with the idea of death and ageing with regard to our loved ones. Additionally, from denial the poem shifts towards a calm acceptance and resignation, evoked beautifully through the poet’s action of breaking into a long smile as she watched her mother depart. There is a slight hint of bravery in the way the poet makes peace with what is inevitable through self-comforting smiles.


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