In the poem, The Old Playhouse, which can be read in full here, Kamala Das . and English literature, and continuously read poems of many different poets. Poetry – The Old Playhouse by Kamala Das reflects the central idea of her Like many of her other poems, The Old Playhouse is also a Confessional Poem. The Old Playhouse and Other Poems is among the classics of modern Indian poetry in English. This new edition carries an eminently readable and insightful.

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Open Preview See a Problem? She is all alienated and frustrated in life because of the indifferent attitude of her husband.

The Old Playhouse And Other Poems

I remember the rudder breezes Of the fall and the smoke from the burning leaves. Arts College, sivaganga, Tamilnadu, India. The title of the poem is significant. Remember me on this computer. Ammu rated it it was amazing Jan 23, Thus, the playhouse reinforces traditional gender roles and maintains hegemony of a man over woman.

Dss found in her lines the keys to solve some psychological puzzles I had on “romantic love”. Not only this, but he has also made her forget her nature, her desire to fly or freedom, and playhkuse explore the opportunities were also crushed.

The Old Playhouse by Kamala Das – English Summary

Most of these poems put me in a melancholic state and lead to bouts of overthinking and mental agony! Kamala Das has used very suggestive imagery to show the disastrous effects of the mismatched marital relationships in The Old Playhouse.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Sifat Hoimonty rated it really liked it May 13, She was treated like an object of sexual-gratification only.


She lost the very will to live in this hostile environment. He kisses her lips so hard that his saliva would fill her mouth.

It wnd the contemplations of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage to an overbearing man. Her writing is intensely lyrical sometimes soft and musical, sometimes with a bitter edge to it.

The Old Playhouse Poem by Kamala Das – Poem Hunter

Trivia About The Old Playhouse With each reading we start to love the mind of the poet and her world The strong man’s technique is Always the same, he serves his love in lethal doses, For, love is Narcissus at the water’s edge, haunted By its own lonely face, and yet it must seek at last An end, a pure, total freedom, it must will the mirrors To shatter and the kind night to erase the water.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge However what his husband taught her was about himself.

Narcissus was a young boy who fell in andd with his own reflection and suffered a fall. Poemw Ship Orders Internationally. Its unpretentious brilliance is revealed in strong yet subtle imagery, and the natural and autobiographical tone heightens its poignancy.

Wonderful lines from an Indian writer Report Reply. This is an Invaluable book for those who are interested in modern poetry and particularly, modern Indian writing in English.

In Man-woman relationship, love is used as a device to eliminate her in born qualities and reduce her spiritual evolution.

Return to Book Page. In other words, it will also kill the poet before dying. The descriptive writing and complex themes made for an interesting reading experience. She had lost all her identity as a dignified woman and felt totally dehumanized in this caged existence. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. R rated it really liked it May 21, She was almost reduced to a dwarf and lost all her will to think and act in an independent manner.


The Old Play House is a voice of an Indian revolutionary Woman, who is disgusted with Man’s narcissist sexual approach towards a Woman.

Account Options Dsa in. According to the poet, her husband has planned to domesticate a bird the poet by holding it in the fake love so that she may forget the seasons spring, summer, autumn or in other words the joys of her life and her home which she left behind her for him.

The Old Playhouse by Kamala Das

Here she perhaps refers to the lustful love of her husband which is without real love and rather than giving her life gives a death-like experience. It was a period of winter in her life. There is No more singing, no more dance, my mind is an old Playhouse with all its lights put out. She is all fed up with the stereotyped and mechanical technique of love-making of her husband.

Kamala Das always felt terrified by the dreadful ego of her husband. Selected pages Title Page.

The Poetess laments over the crushing of her ego in the’ all pervasive’ male scented environment. Hence, it becomes a microcosm for a much larger concept, symbolizing the traditional patriarchal society, as a whole. Orient Blackswan- Indic poetry English – 60 pages.