A Photograph class 11 poem 1 English Hornbill summary
A photograph class 11 summary
the poetess looks at the photograph of her late mother, with her two cousins on a sea beach. the mother was the eldest of the three, 12 years old. and had a lovely face. they were escorted by the uncle, who clicked the camera. the girl stood in shallow water. the sea waves seemed to be washing their feet which changed fast with the passage of time. only the sea has shown no change in its behavior over the years.
the photograph pasted on the cardboard shows two girl cousins betty and Dolly who went padding in the sea with the poetess’s mother. each of them was holding one of the hands of the poet’s mother. who was a big girl of some twelve years or so at that time? her uncle had a camera. all three stood still facing the camera. they pushed their hair aside to smile. thus the photograph presents three smiling faces. the face of the poet’s mother is a sweet one. it was of a time before she was born. their feet, which were being washed by seawater for a very short time, have been photographed along with the sea, which appears to have changed less. the poet thus indirectly hints that her mother’s face has changed over the years.
After a lapse of time, say some twenty or thirty years later, the poet’s mother would laugh at the snapshot. she would refer to the photograph and recollect how her cousins betty and dolly had dressed for the beach when they went on a sea holiday. she laughs as she sees the scanty dress. this sea holiday was an event of her past. her laughter is real and pleasant for the poet. it is precious and her laughter are amusing in an ironic way as they are linked with her loss which requires a forced state of freedom from pain.
Now the poet’s mother is dead for nearly as many years as that girl in the picture lived. the poet feels at a loss of words to comment on this event-her death. it is a solemn moment and its silence makes her silent thus the poetless pays a tribute to her mother. it is the old photograph that moves her to silence.
conclusion of summary
In a photograph summary. the poetess wants to say that death is unavoidable so embrace your life.
Class 11 English Hornbill summary
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- chapter:2 we’re not afraid to die.. if we can all be together class 11 summary
- chapter:3 Discovering Tut: the saga continues class 11 summary
- chapter:4 Landscape of the soul class 11 summary
- chapter: 5 The Ailing planet: the green movement’s Role class 11 summary
- chapter: 6 The browning version class 11 summary
- chapter7 The Adventure class 11 summary