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Question 7. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: I looked again at her, wan, pale<br>as a late winter’s moon and felt that<br>old<br>familiar ache, my childhood’s fear,<br>but all I said was, see you soon, Amma,<br>all I did was smile and smile and smile.<br>(i) Name the poet and the poem.<br>(ii) What was the poet’s childhood fear?<br>(iii) What is the poetic device used in lines 1-2?<br>(iv) Explain: ‘late winter’s moon.


(i) Kamala Das is the poet and the name of the poem is ‘My Mother at Sixty-Six’ (ii) The poet’s childhood fear was that her mother would leave her alone and go away. (iii) The poetic device used in lines 1-2 is a simile. (iv) Late winter’s moon appears dull and hazy and it has no brightness. Similarly, the poet’s mother also looks tired and lifeless.

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