Grand dad did you breathebefore air cons wereinventedwas it hard staying alivewithout modern inventions?Grandma weren’t youflusteredas you fluttered with paperfans?Could you communicatebefore faxes and longdistance callsbecame basic necessities?
Grandchild we livedbefore your age. Becauseof our ignorance,we did not knowpollution, stress, traffic jamsdestruction of forests,streams and hillswe feared God and naturenow nature fears you andmoney is your new God.
HEIR CONDITIONINGSynopsisThis poem is written in London, May 4, 1995. It talks about issues regarding different lifestyles and values of two generations. It also talks about the generation gap that exists between grandparents and their grandchildren. This poem is like a dialogue between them.
HEIR CONDITIONING STANZA 1 In the first stanza, the grandchild asks his grandfather Stanza 2 In the second stanza, the grandparents’ answer sets the two generations apart.
HEIR CONDITIONINGElementsTitleThe title implies the transfer of ageneration and highlights the gap thatexisted and apparent in societies today.This gap existed due to developmentand modernization.
HEIR CONDITIONINGStructure of a poemThere are two stanzas in this poem. It does not have a fixed rhyme scheme.Point of viewWritten in the first point of view.SettingWritten in the present time but there are references made to life in the past
HEIR CONDITIONING Theme Modernisation comes with a price. Differences in time between two generations Spirituality vs. Materialism Traditional vs. Modernisation Wisdom vs. Ignorance
LET’S DO SOMETHING!Activity1: Conditioned Minds What modern inventions you cannot live without? Provide your reasons.
LET’S DO SOMETHING!Activity2: Bare necessities identify objects/items used in the past and present
LET’S DO SOMETHING!Activity 3: Past Verses Present Create and present a mini dialogue between a grandparent and grandchild based on the poem.
LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST!Activity 4: Conditioning me Complete the crossword puzzles as fast as you can.
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