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A Summer Poem

Relating to Shukamar
by

Rebecka Drewry

on 4 June 2015

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Transcript of A Summer Poem

Thesis
Which character from "Interpreter of Maladies" connects to A Summer Poem and how, specifically, do they connect?
Poem's Summary
Shukumar
A Summer Poem connects to the character Shukumar from the story "A Temporary Matter" because Shukumar is depressed, he misses his wife and his dead child.
"The good wife
lies in my bed
through the long afternoon;
dreaming still, unexhausted
by the deep roar of funeral pyres."

The marriage is a burden. Perhaps before the marriage they were equals and enjoyed each others presence, but now she was just a wife. She wants desire and completion, but she realizes her dreams will never become reality when she is alone in her bed and hopes that the funeral pyres will help her accomplish her dreams.


Jayanta Mahapatra
- Born in Cuttack, Orissa and has lived there most of his life
-Used to be a lecturer in physics at Ravenshaw College
- His poems have reoccurring themes of women becuase it fascinates him that they have been through so much and are still content.
"The good wife lies in my bed through the long afternoon: dreaming still, unexhausted by the deep roar of funeral pyres." (Jayanta last stanza)
What is the poem about?
"She wouldn't look at him, but he stared at her. It was obvious that she'd rehearsed the lines. All this time, she'd been looking for an apartment, testing the water pressure, asking a relator if heat and hot water were included in the rent. It sickened Shukamar, knowing that she had spent these past evenings preparing for life without him." (Lahiri 21 )
A Summer Poem is about dreaming for more.
A Summer Poem, by: Jayanta Mahapatra
Over the soughing of the sombre wind
priests chant louder than ever:
the mouth of India opens.

Crocodiles move into deeper waters.

Mornings of heated middens
smoke under the sun.

The good wife
lies in my bed
through the long afternoon;
dreaming still, unexhausted
by the deep roar of funeral pyres.
Are we ever able to return home?
By: Mackenzie, Becka, and Danielle, Mackenzie W
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