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Father Returning Home


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Father Returning Home

  1. 1. Father returning home By: Alina Claps, Clara Allende, Salvador Castagnino and Sofia Montoya
  2. 2. Background Dilip Purushottam Chitre was one of the foremost Indian poets and critics to emerge in the post Independence India. Apart from being a very important bilingual writer, writing in Marathi and English, he was also a painter and filmmaker .Born: September 17, 1938, Vadodara, India Died: December 10, 2009, Pune, India
  3. 3. My father travels on the late evening train Standing among silent commuters in the yellow light Suburbs slide past his unseeing eyes His shirt and pants are soggy and his black raincoat Stained with mud and his bag stuffed with books Is falling apart. His eyes dimmed by age fade homeward through the humid monsoon night. Now I can see him getting off the train Like a word dropped from a long sentence. He hurries across the length of the grey platform, Crosses the railway line, enters the lane, His chappals are sticky with mud, but he hurries onward. The father works till late, and returns home in “the late evening”. “yellow light” and “humid monsoon night” suggests a very uncomfortable atmosphere, very hot. The son describes his father as very untidy, he describes him as having poor sight, and also uses this as a metaphor to say that he doesn’t pay attention to what happens around him. The bag filled with books and falling apart, suggests he has acquired experience and is very smart (books) and his failing lucidity and getting old (bag). “like a word dropped from a long sentence” simile. He is not required anymore, maybe he is too old and is useless. These three words show that he has to make an effort to go from one place to another. He is very unkempt, untidy. Repetition on “hurries”. Vocabulary: Chappals: (Clothing & Fashion) one of a pair of sandals, usually of leather, worn in India. Monsoon: season in Southern Asia when there is a lot of very heavy rain.
  4. 4. Home again, I see him drinking weak tea, Eating a stale chapati, reading a book. He goes into the toilet to contemplate Man’s estrangement from a man-made world. Coming out he trembles at the sink, The cold water running over his brown hands, A few droplets cling to the greying hairs on his wrists. His sullen children have often refused to share Jokes and secrets with him. He will now go to sleep Listening to the static on the radio, dreaming Of his ancestors and grandchildren, thinking Of nomads entering a subcontinent through a narrow pass. The father finally gets home, a repetitive action that is boring and ordinary. He eats old food, the food lacking vitality, just like the father. We see that he has become an alien to his family, he is lonely, and after a long struggle to get home the toilet is his refuge. “Man’s estrangement from a man-made world” He lives in a world he does not understand, a man made world, and has a family to whom he does not feel connected and knows very little about, but yet works all day long for them. He is old and has worked his entire life, he is tired and fatigued, he goes to sleep, listening to static, which also makes reference to the fact that he doesn’t understand the modern world. He has no communication with his children, they don’t share anything with him. The last lines show that he sees no meaning in his life, he dreams of his ancestors and grandchildren, because he doesn’t see himself as being a part of this family that. Vocabulary: Sullen: showing irritation or ill humor by a gloomy silence or reserve. Stale: dry or hardened, as bread. Chapati: a flat pancakelike bread, usually of whole-wheat flour, baked on agriddle.
  5. 5. Themes This poem explores familiar love and the role of parents in securing the livelihood of their families. In addition, both poems point of shifting times and how age makes us overlook the older generation and their contribution to our existence. Tone Disappointing; hopeless;