Kamala Das - The Old Playhouse And Other Poems
This is an Invaluable book for those who are interested in modern poetry and particularly, modern Indian writing in English. The thrity-one poems in this collection are representative of the best work of Kamala Das. Her theme is physical love; her medium, free verse. Her writing is intensely lyrical--sometimes soft and musical, sometimes with a bitter edge to it. Its unpretentious brilliance is revealed in strong yet subtle imagery, and the natural and autobiographical tone heightens its poignancy.
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The Old Play House is a voice of an Indian revolutionary Woman, who is disgusted with Man's narcissist sexual approach towards a Woman. The Poetess laments over the crushing of her ego in the' all pervasive' male scented environment. she shows the malevolent function of the feeling love and how it conditioned women to remain dis-empowered in the male chauvinistic society. In Man-woman relationship, love is used as a device to eliminate her in born qualities and reduce her spiritual evolution. - Dr. Sai, Assistant Professor. R.D. Govt. Arts College, sivaganga, Tamilnadu, India.