Back to Home
Nar Deo Sharma (born-1944 ) is a poet,
critic, translator & Teacher
Address : 2/415 Kala Kuan Housing Board, Alwar (Rajasthan.) 301001 India
Cell Phone : 98298-12821 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Poems Nar Deo Sharma (Rajasthan)
As wounds, bruises are
The X-rayed poverty of
He can materialize
Daily you deplore that
Gandhi is black
To realize their
Stylistic Analysis of A Deviant Poem
Without a title, a poem may be ambiguous; but a title limits the dimensions of interpretation.
Child with his lollypop
In that orphanage
Tasting his mother’s kiss (17/98)
The poet permeates through child psychology which remained untouched so far. The
poet feels with the orphan child in his grief. It is suggested in the poem that
the orphan child gets a lollypop in place of affections.
Exercising lexical parallelism and juxtaposition effectively, the poet defines the want of affections in the orphanage. The powerful elements of syntactical identity and situational contrast are nicely foregrounded in the poem as follows :
(i) The nominal phrase ‘child with his lollypop’ is derived from the underlying sentence like this :
(ii) In the elliptical, semi-sentence ‘tasting his mother’s kiss’, the presupposed situation is in this way :
So there is a syntactical identity in the two sentences mentioned above.
The situational contrast is like this :
Lollypop : mother’s kiss
The linguistic foregrounding makes it clear that whatever the child does not need, he gets it (a lollypop); but whatever the child wants, he does not get (affections). This emotive situation is clarified as follows :
(i) child with his lollypop = child +lollypop.
(ii) Tasting his mother’s kiss = child –affections.
It is implied in the poem that by licking a lollypop, the orphan child makes up the want of motherly love.
In reference to the poem, the gustatory word ‘taste’ reflects several referential meanings, for instance :
taste (n) :
(i) a sense by which a flavour is known; the child has the sense of taste.
(ii) the quality of flavour of substance; the child licks a lollypop which does not contain the flavour of an affectionate kiss.
(iii) liking or preference for;
The child prefers a mother’s kiss to a lollypop, but he lacks it in the orhange.
taste (v) :
it is not used in the progressive tenses;
But the progressive form of the verb ‘testing’ adds a sense of continuity to the child’s deprivation of affections.
(ii) be aware of the taste of something; the orphan child is not aware of the taste of a mother’s kiss in that he has been deprived of it since his birth.
(iii) to experience;
The child cannot test or experience the taste of a motherly kiss by licking a lollypop in the orphanage.
The poet prefers the word ‘tasting’ to the usual word ‘licking’ in that the diverse connotations of delicate emotions lie in the single word ‘taste’
Back to Home