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Friday, February 3, 2017

Comparison of Any Woman with The Toys BY SAJEENA SHUKKOOR

Comparison of Any Woman with The Toys

Any Woman and The Toys are the two poems which deal with lofty thoughts and sublime themes. A short poem of six stanzas, Any Woman by Katherine Tynan is a beautiful portrayal of woman in her multifaceted role. The Toys by Coventry Patmore, a poem in 33 run on lines is the presentation of a father’s pensive thoughts about his son.

The poem Any Woman celebrates the glory of womanhood - the spirit behind the existence and sustenance of life on earth. The speaker identifies herself with the pillars of the house,keystone of the arch, fire upon the hearth, light of the sun, heat that warms the earth, light of love, twist of the sacred ring, knot of love, house from floor to roof, wall against all danger and door against the wind and snow.

The speaker asserts that if she is taken away the whole edifice will be ruined ruining her life too. This bold assertion becomes a confession too - a revelation about the space where a woman enjoys her existence. She is confident that it is her warmth which perpetuates life on earth. The point here is that she is the source of warmth for the entire earth. Her warmth of fertility is the answer to the coldness of the barrenness of the earth.
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"The speaker in Any Woman elaborates on the role of a woman in the family while the speaker in The Toys reveals the difficulties he encounters while bringing up a motherless child. The line, ‘His Mother, who was patient, being dead’, reveals the importance of mother in the life of a child. The mother in Any Woman assures that ‘No lost child goes a-wandering’ from ‘the twist she holds together’. Hence the themes of both the poems can be juxtaposed at this point."
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PREPARED BY SAJEENA SHUKKOOR, HSST (ENGLISH), TRIVANDRUM

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