My Mother At Sixty-Six Poem Analysis

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“My Mother at Sixty-Six” should be introduced in Engl-103 because it teaches the students the value of time and time management for them. Time is really a wonderful thing. It is satisfactory as it has no beginning or ending. All the things are born in time, grow in time, decay in time, and die in time. Time moves at its own pace and cannot be according to anybody’s will. Time does not wait for the president of any country, or citizen of any country; time has no pity for either rich or poor. Time can neither be analysed nor criticised. Time management is basically planning and controlling the amount of time spent of specific activities. If students realize the importance of time and, learn to manage their time, it would help them good grades…show more content…
Lines: “all I did was smile and smile and, / smile…..”(23-24) tell us that when the poet was at the airport and looked at her mother, she didn’t want her mother to see that she was crying inside, she put up a fake smile on her face just for her mother. The poem is a sentimental account of mother’s approaching end through the eyes of her daughter. The poet uses comparison to express her feelings. “Looked out at Young/ Trees sprinting, the merry children spilling” (12-13). These lines describe the scene that the poet watches outside the window. Young children signify the joy and liveliness of youth which seems to be in sharp contrast with the unhappy mood inside the vehicle. Mother can be portrayed as school and the student as the poet. The poet regrets for not spending time with her mother. This is her failure. It makes her realize the importance of time. In the same way students can relate themselves with the poem. Not all students regret. But those who don’t attend class and skip lectures. The poem is an example of consequence than can occur. In the poem the poet wants to spend time but her mother won’t have much time left. Same situation is true when it is related to their lives. Some students don’t study whole year and get depressed at the end of the year when exams is about to come. Not giving importance to time and use that time to study is a failure for them. Various studies…show more content…
Looking back to the poem, you see a similar aspect of life. The poet feels regret which reminds her of her failure i.e. not spending time with her mother, when she had time. Lines; “Driving from my parent’s / home to Cochin last Friday” (1-2) tell us that poet is busy in her life and does not live with her parents. She might be busy due to her work or any personal reasons. She fails to manage time between her mother and her busy life. Now her mother is old and soon she will die. This teaches students a lesson about managing time. Students get busy in their life. There is a lot work to do. Some just study and score well but don’t have a social life. Some just have fun and don’t study. Students may choose not to attend class due to incompatible goals, motivations, or expectations which are distracting them from education. (Rochford, 2001). The outcome for them is their bad grades. A study conducted with ninety students showed a positive result. Ninety students completed a time-management survey in 1983. Their SAT scores were obtained from their respective institutes. After four years in 1987 their grade point average (GPA) was obtained from college records. Analysis of this information showed that the time management components were responsible for this result. It was concluded that time management practices influenced college grades of students. (Britton & Tesser, 1991) . Time management practices
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