Summary of Sweetest Love I do Not Goe / Ode to Autumn / A Child is Born / The Artist Chapter
Sweetest Love, I Do Not Goe
Summary : The poet consoles his beloved at the time of his temporary separation from her. He tells her that he is parting with her not because he is fed up with her. He assures her that he does not wish to find a better beloved. He is parting with her because he wants to prepare himself for death which will separate him permanently from her. He will come back just as the sun comes back everyday. He promises that he will return faster than the sun.
Then the poet reflects on man’s helplessness. He reminds his beloved that man cannot control the circumstances of his life. So, she should face her separation from him boldly. The poet tells her that sighs and tears will lessen his life span because he loves her intensely. He reminds her that this temporary separation is insignificant in comparison with the final parting at the time of death.
She must realize that death is inevitable but death cannot bring about the separation of true lovers, The poet assures her that he will continue to live in her consciousness even after his death.
Ode to Autumn Summary
In this famous ode, Keats expresses his deep love for nature. He depicts the beauty and charm of autumn. He says that autumn is the season of mists and fruitfulness. During this season. there is neither the heat of summer nor the intense cold of winter. The rays of the sun help in ripening fruits in autumn. Nature looks beautiful and calm during this season. Farmers are very happy because they reap their crops.
The songs of spring cannot be heard in autumn but autumn has its own charming music. The music produced by gnats, lambs, crickets, robins and swallows is heard during autumn.
In this poem, Keats’ suggests that autumn is the season of ripeness and maturity. It depicts his unique pictorial art.
यह भी पढ़े
A Child is Born Summary
The essay “A child is Born”is written by Germaine Greer. In this essay she has thoroughly examined the cultural pecularities of the East and the west regarding child-birth and parent-child relationship.
The author explains the ways of managing- child birth in traditional societies. According to greer there are many ways. Some of them are diversed to one other. Their usefulness may be seen in the fact that they are culturally and collectively accepted. In this way their mother does not have mental burden to find out the new ways (methods) in course of action. A woman who follows the legitimate ways and religious ceremony will be able to come accross the problem. She will have other stronger set in observing many activities relating to religious ceremony.
Mortality of infant and mother is higher in traditional births. Every body will accept that each infant and particularly every maternal death is a tragedy to be prevented if at all possible. In many societies women go to live with their mother-in-law from mother’s housės after marriage. It is an evident truth that such women do not become members of their new family until they have born a child.
There is a custom in Sylheti woman (woman belongs to Sylhet district of Bangladesh). If her parents are alive, she goes to her mother’s house for the last few months of her pregnancy and remains there about the first three months of the baby’s birth. There she gets a lot of love and care.
In Bangledesh they do not need toys. They make their own simple things. In south Africa, in “Bantu woman’s case birth of a child of a pregnant lady is far from normal.
The authoress says that the main obstacles for the modern western technology for reaching in huts and small cottage is poverty, still the cultural dominance of western technology has achieved its objectives.
The Artist Chapter Summary:
Seibei collected gourds as a hobby. He bought them from the different shops in the market. He dried and polished them. He had collected a large number of gourds. Though he was twelve years old, he was still at primary school. After he returned home from the school, he wandered about the town looking for gourds. In the evening he sat in a corner of the living-room and worked on his newly acquired gourd. He was passionately interested in gourds.
He did not care much about the old, peculiar gourds usually chosen by collectors. He collected the gourds which were symmetrical. One day he saw a gourd in an old woman’s fruit stall. It was about five inches long. At first sight it looked quite ordinary but something about it appealed to him. He bought it and took it home. After the purchase of this gourd, he was never separated from it. He even took it to school and used to polish it under his desk during class-time. One day he was caught at this by one of his teachers. The teacher came from another part of Japan. He thought that children must not indulge in such pastimes as collecting gourds. He scolded Seibei and confiscated his gourd on which he had spent so many long hours.
When Seibei returned home, his face was pale. After a while, the teacher arrived. Seibei’s father was not at home. So, the teacher told Seibei’s mother in a stern voice what her son had done at school. She apologized for her son’s fault. Seibei heaved a sigh of relief when the teacher left his house. His mother began to scold him. When his father came home, he gave Seibei a sound beating. He told him angrily that he would throw him out into the street. He smashed Seibei’s gourds to pieces. Seibei turned pale but said nothing.
The next day the teacher gave Seibei’s confiscated gourd to an old porter who worked in the school. The porter took the gourd home and hung it on the wall of his room. About two months later, he needed money very badly. So, he decided to sell the gourd. He took it to a curio-shop. The curio-dealer examined the gourd carefully and told the porter that he might give him five yen for it. The porter was a clever man. He managed to get fifty yen for the gourd. He was delighted at his luck. He was so clever that he did not tell anyone about the sale of the gourd. Neither Seibei nor the teacher ever knew what had happened to the gourd. The porter could not foresee that the gourd would be sold by the curio-dealer to a rich collector for 600 yen.
Seibei started painting pictures after he was forced to give up collecting gourds. He did not feel any bitterness towards the teacher and his father. His father began to scold him for painting pictures.