Literary Analysis: Punishment In Kindergarten By Kamala Das

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The poem “Punishment in Kindergarten” was written by the famous Indo poet Kamala Das. The poem is a heart-hardening autobiographical poem, as it takes the reader back to a picnic where the poetess recalls one of her childhood experiences which she viewed as an obscure pillar of deception in her life. The children were playing together but the poet chose to stay away and be alone from the company of the children. Their teacher, a blue-frocked woman, scolded her saying, “Why don’t you join the others, what a peculiar child you are!” The “blue-frocked” woman portrays the attitudes of some teachers of our kindergarten schools today. Many teachers disregard the main attribute required to teach children of that age and that attribute is “patience.”…show more content…
The poet realises that remembering the past can only dampen her adulthood. “Never let the past define your future.” It is a quote used regularly in today’s society. It symbolizes the need for a bright and brilliant future. The poet Kamala Das shows us in her conclusion that her past definitely did not define her future. If she was to hold on to the pain and sorrow of that one traumatic experience in kindergarten, then she will might live a life full of fear and resentment. “No need to remember that picnic day when I lay hidden by a hedge, watching the steel-white sun standing lonely in the sky.” The poet depicts the notion of isolation in her conclusion. She shows us that not only has she conquered sorrow and pain from her adult experiences but she has also conquered the feeling of isolation. The poet was able to experience new people in her life which may have had a positive impact on her unlike her teacher. I believe life is the mission of enduring true love. If her teacher at that point in her life had shown her love, the poet may have viewed that past experience differently. Her values may have been impacted on differently if love was given by both the teacher and the
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