WOMAN WORK – Critical Appreciation of the Poem & Exercises

WOMAN WORK – (Maya Angelou)

CRITICAL APPRECIATION OF THE POEM
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Write a character sketch of a woman in ‘The Woman Work’.
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How far it is correct to say that the poetess in this poem has idealized female nature and role of woman in human life?

The woman in this poem has been presented as a universal woman. This is the true role of a woman which has been given to her by God and by nature. A woman is responsible to maintain her home and contributes her love and energy to the peaceful life of home. The maintenance of home is not easy. It is possible only because a woman devotes herself completely to the small chores which apparently do not seem much important and valuable.

The woman has to perform different duties at her home. The first duty of a man is to maintain her home and contribute her time and energy for running it. She has to perform manifold duties in and outside her home to run it properly.

She works for the welfare of her family from dawn to dusk. She prepares breakfast for her children and makes them ready for school. She presses their cloths and makes them spick and span. She dusts her home and keeps it neat and clean. She goes to the market to shop for her home.

Her miseries do not end here. A woman has to work in the garden where she roots unnecessary grass and makes the land fit for cultivation. She sows seeds in the land, waters it and harvests it.

Though she feels her life dull, drab and mechanical she is so noble that she endures it silently. She expresses her desire to live among the objects of nature. She dreams of spending her time in the company of snow, rain, sunshine, seas and moonlight. These elements of nature will be freshness and calm to the fever of daily life. Her only recreational activity is to enjoy the open sunshine or to expose herself to strong wind. They will give her strength to bear the hardships and drudgery of life. We see that her contribution for the uplift of the family is very great. Without her services and cooperation domestic life cannot be smooth and enjoyable.

EXERCISE
How can nature be a source of relief and refreshment for a domestic lady?

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Describe briefly the poet’s deep love of Nature as shown in her poem ‘Woman Work’.

The woman in this poem shows great love and appreciation for the beautiful scenes of nature. Nature leaves soothing effect upon her soul when the woman gets tired after performing her domestic chores. She wishes to seek charm and variety in its company.

Though she feels her life dull, drab and mechanical she is so noble that she endures it silently. She expresses her desire to live among the objects of nature. She dreams of spending her time in the company of snow, rain, sunshine, seas and moonlight. Theses elements of nature will be freshness and calm to the fever of daily life. Her only recreational activity is to enjoy the open sunshine or to expose herself to strong wind. They will give her strength to bear the hardships and drudgery of life. We see that her contribution for the uplift of the family is very great. Without her services and cooperation domestic life cannot be smooth and enjoyable.

In short, the exhausted and tired domestic woman turns to the blessing of Nature to sustain, nourish and refresh her.

CREATIVE EXERCISES

1. Do you think that a woman in service or doing a job can perform all her duties at home properly? Write in 100 words.
2. Do you think that a woman working all the day wants to escape from the shores at home? How?

Quotations and references for this poem

1) “When work is pleasure, life is joy! When work is duty, life is slavery”. (Maxim Gorky)
2) “Iron rusts from disuse stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen: even so does in action sap the vigor of the min”. (Leonardo Da Vinci)
3) One impulse from vernal wood may tech you more of man of moral, evil and good than all the sages can. (William Wordsworth)
4) Getting and spending we lay waste our powers, little we see in nature that is ours. (William Wordsworth)

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