Understanding a poem meticulously in its entirety is very important for a learner for scoring better in the exam. Efforts have been made to ensure a thorough critical and line by line analysis. Let us find CRITICAL AND LINE BY LINE ANALYSIS OF The world is Mine BY -Joy Lovelet Crawford CLASS 10 MAHARASHTRA BOARD
Born – 16
December 1924, Bombay, India
Died – 9 January
2004, Mumbai, India.
He was a poet,
playwright, art critic, and editor.
He was one of the
prominent writers in English in the post colonial period.
The Discovery of
Hymns in Darkness
Night of the
Awards – i)
Sahitya Akademi Award (1983)
Indian English. The poem is a one – way conversation between Professor and a
student. After a long time, they met. The Professor boasts about his sound
health, his sons who are well established and daughters who are married. He is
happy to have 11 grandchildren. He talks about changing modern India. He at
last he tells his student to come to his house. He lives at the backside of the
through Satire-when he says that all of his children are settled in life, he
goes on giving detail about them. One is bank manager and other is sales
manager. This shows the typical view of an Indian about success. He begins with
‘remember me?” signifying that the professor remembers him and not his student remembers
thinking about success. Money and wealth is what the learned professor thinks
as success. When he says about eleven grand children we become aware of a
person whose thinking is orthodox, though he is a Professor. When he says ‘no
blood pressure’ we feel to giggle for a man cannot be without blood pressure.
typical stereotype thinking. His sons are settled in life as Sales manager and
Bank manager. To him this is only success. His daughters are happily married
and having many children. To him his daughters are meant for only marriage and
having children and not anything of their own, something worthwhile in life.
Having cars is a symbol of being of the modern class and being wealthy. His one
son is not doing well and he thinks that it is important to have someone in the
family like him, ‘a black sheep. The names of his daughters ‘ Sarala and
Tarala’ both are typical Indian way of name giving reflecting’ his way of
thinking. Throughout the poem he does not allow his listener to speak much. He
is boastful of himself, family and all achievements. A professor with this
thinking shows his narrowness.
the use of Indian English. Like most of other Indians we find the professor to
use present continuous tense more to express himself. We find him using ‘issue’
as plural which is odd. Then he says ‘progress is progressing’ which is odd and
funny to hear. We find him saying ‘‘old
values are going, new values are coming” reflecting the awkward habit of
bounds’. The use of “leaps and bounds” reflect unusual way of expression.We
find extensive use of present continuous to reflect his feelings. He uses
‘price of the old age’ reflecting an awkward dual meaning. Then we find him
stating ‘O.K.’ which is informal and only used in conversation. Then he states
about ‘aches and pains’ which, though an example of Tautology is awkwardly
used. After that he states ‘no blood pressure’ meaning ridiculous. No one can
live without blood pressure. Actually he meant that his blood pressure is
normal. His statement ‘no heart attack’ is also humorous as it is not a disease
rather it is an occurrence. We find him with the instances of Indian English
when we come across statements like ‘How is your health keeping?”, “man of
weight and consequence”, “humble residence”, “opposite houses backside”.
comments of the professor. The professor goes on stating how well her sons are
successful and established and how the two daughters are married with good boys
(!) and how he is happy about having eleven grand children. Then he goes on
talking about how he supports modern thinking and in support of family
planning. He goes on boasting about this sound health and well being.
their thoughts and sometimes to address directly another character or a group
of audience. Here in “The Professor” too we find a single speaker, the
professor delivering his own thoughts about family, children, profession and
health to another character and listener, his former student.
monologue. The poem is of 36 lines and devoid of any proper metrical pattern
and rhyme scheme. The poem is a satire and evokes humour to readers.
Anaphora – “one
world”, “In India”.
this, like stick”
diabetes, no blood presume, no heart attack:, “other also doing well, though
not so well
are going, new values are coming”, “now and then”.