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The Dolls--My Poem Analysis

Miscellaneous By: nid
Poetry


The poet recollects this situation in which he had two china dolls with him and he wanted to gift one of them to his master. He presents this to his master gladly. The master looks at the dolls. He could see that one doll is a black man doll—(the color of the doll is black)..Another doll is a fair beautiful shaped doll of a young girl..but the poet says that both these lovely young dolls looked young, as if they were blossoming into youth..


Submitted:Nov 11, 2011    Reads: 39    Comments: 6    Likes: 2   


Analysis

1.

Two china dolls---

I gave the master

One of a black man,

One of a fair girl,

Who both looked young

And blossoming into youth..

1.

The poet recollects this situation in which he had two china dolls with him and he wanted to gift one of them to his master. He presents this to his master gladly. The master looks at the dolls. He could see that one doll is a black man doll-(the color of the doll is black)..Another doll is a fair beautiful shaped doll of a young girl..but the poet says that both these lovely young dolls looked young, as if they were blossoming into youth..

2.

'Keep one doll you like', master

I tell him

'For I would save the other one

To give it to someone else'..

When the poet shows the dolls to his master, he requests the master to keep one doll, which he likes, and give him back the other doll, for he would give it to someone else

3.

The master keeps the two dolls

On the wooden chair and gazes

At both the dolls, a long long time

The master is perplexed about which one he must pick and take. He keeps the two dolls on the wooden chair and gazes at them for a long time with many thoughts flowing in his head.

4.

'It's getting late master', I remind him

'Please make your decision soon'..

The poet is losing his patience as the master is still looking at the dolls. He sees that it is already late for him to go home. He asks the master to make his decision soon..

5.

The master slowly gets up

And moves to the shelf in the hall

And brings a large hammer

And turns to the black man doll

Breaking its head

Shattering it to many pieces,

Uttering a cry of rage..

The master stops looking at the dolls. He had made his mind. Instead of taking, which he likes, he gets up, moves to the shelf and brings a large hammer and breaks and shatters the black man's doll and the head of the black man's doll then rolls on the floor. But after doing this horrible killing act, the master cries in rage thinking of what he has done..

6.

Then he turns to the doll of the fair girl

Takes it gently in his hand

Touches its breast shape

And gives it back to me

"Take it home son", he says

And gift it to someone else

Now after the black doll is shattered, the master takes the fair doll in his hand gently touches the breast of the doll ( this evokes many hidden meanings ) He gives it back to the poet and tells him to take it back home and gift the doll to someone else..

7.

Most of them will take the fair girl

And the black man

Would not be cared

I cannot see him suffer like this

In extreme pain and despair

For I have now put him out of misery

And ended his plight

God will arrive soon to be his guide

And will send him to the other side…

(((The master himself was black and he loved/fancied a fair maiden in his youth and they could not be united. So, when the poet wanted to separate the black man doll and the fair girl doll. He felt the extreme agony, and kept the black doll, crushed it and released it from the pain of separation... because he believed that he should have killed himself. He gave the fair doll, who reminded him of his fair maiden he fancied so much in his youth)))--notes

The master says that most of the people would not mind taking the doll of the fair girl, but they would mind if they have to take the doll he broke-(that of the black man). They would care for this fair doll because its fair and beautiful. They would forget the black doll, at this time. The master feels the black doll experiences mental suffering and pain in a world, which does not care about him just because he has been created black. The black doll is fed up of seeing the world, which adores white alone. He wants someone to recognize him and tell him that he is beautiful. He wants to be in someone's beautiful showcase as a beautiful work of art. However, all he sees is a world and the people who are lost into attractive colors. The master admits that he has done a supreme act in ending the black doll's suffering for he has broken and killed it and he cannot worry anymore. Nevertheless, he has experienced a terrible rage and mental suffering himself, in this doing this act. He also feels that God-the lover of all beings-the supreme transcendental lover will arrive as a guide to guide the black doll to a world of paradise-the other side where there's no place for transitory beauty, but eternal beauty resides. This is a place where even dolls and their minds are given a higher prominence and the gateway to happiness finally opens..

SRINIDHI.R

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