ABOUT THE POET
· Name – Pam Ayres
· Born – 14 march 1947
· Known as a poet, songwriter, presenter of radio and Tvs.
· In 2011 she wrote her biography “The necessary aptitude- A memoir” which unveils her life history.
· She appeared in the Tv programmes like “Just a minute”. “Say the word”’ “That reminds me” during 1996 – 1999.
· Her famous poems are –
1) “OH, I WISH I’D LOOKED AFTER ME TEETH
2) “YES I’LL MARRY YOU, MY DEAR.
3) “WOODLAND BURIAL”
4) “THEY SHOULD HAVE ASKED MY HUSBAND”.
STRUCTURE OF THE POEM
· The poem is of 35 lines (total 7 stanzas)
· The rhyme scheme of the poem is AABBA
· Poetic devices in use
a) Repetition – “Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth”
b) Alliteration – “ sweet sticky” (stanza-1)
- “ much more” (stanza-2)
- “there than” (stanza-2)
- “them the toothpaste” (stanza-4)
- “cavities, caps” (stanza-5)
c) Antithesis - “sherbet dobs, big and little,”
- “all that hard peanut brittle”
5. a) “……But up and down brushin’
And pokin’ and fussin’
Didn’t seem worth the time – I could bite!”
= what do these lines convey?
Ans:- These lines are the perfect embodiment of the poet’s careless attitude towards her teeth. To her brushing her teeth was just an annoying and waste of time. To her the different sweets, chocolates and candies have high importance than brushing up and down.
b) Why did the poet go the dentist? How could she have avoided it?
Ans:- As the poet had been careless about the care of her teeth, she had to meet to consequences. She had a number of oral problems. One of them had been cavities. To fill the cavities she had to visit the dentist.
She could have easily avoided this horrible situation by proper, regular brushing and abstaining the harmful sweets, chocolates and candies.
c) “ If you got a tooth, you got a friend”.
-what do you understand from the line?
Ans:- There is no denying that teeth are important for look and for our beauty. It is important because it is very important for our good health. Teeth help us to chew food. If we chew our food properly, we shall have a proper digestion of food which is the key to good health.
d) With reference to the poem, how can you look after your teeth?
Ans:- Indeed, the poem is didactic in nature. The poem indirectly warns and as well as instructs us to have healthy teeth. We can look after of our teeth in the following ways.
a) We need to avoid sweet sticky food.
b) We need to brush twice a day and in a proper method.
c) We need to visit a dentist at regular basis to ensure the healthy state of our teeth.
e) Give an appropriate proverb that conveys the message that this poem carries.
Ans:- The following proverb goes near to the meaning of the poem –
“Prevention is better than cure.”
7) In line 35 the poet has miss-spelt the word ‘amalgum’. Why do you think she has done that? Discuss.
Ans:- This mistake of ‘amalgum’ is a conscious one by the poetess. She wants us to read it so because –
-She wanted us to be conscious about the horrible outcome of carelessness about teeth resulting in amalgamation.
-This is deliberately to attract the children who love chewing gums as the word ends in ‘gum’
-This is used like “me teeth”, ‘me choppers” so that the readers will be attracted to the word thinking it to be wrong.
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