English : Unit 3 : Poem : I am Every Woman
innate (adj) – inborn and natural
stake (n) – risk
persistence (n) – determination
sigh (v) – expressing grief
mess with (p) – to tease or play a joke
prankster (n) – a person who acts mischievous
groans (v) – complaints and grumbles
moans (v) – grieves
A. Read the lines and answer the questions.
1. The summer of life she’s ready to see in spring.
She says, “Spring will come again, my dear
Let me care for the ones who’re near.”
a) What does the word summer mean here?
Summer means the difficulties in women’s life.
b) How does she take life ?
She takes life optimistically.
c) What does she mean by “spring will come again”?
It means good times of life will come again.
Q. Who is ‘she’ in these lines?
‘She’ is the woman of today.
Q. Write the line that expresses hope of good times.
The line that expresses hope’of good times is “Spring will come again”.
Q. Who has no fear?
The woman of today has no fear.
Q. Write the alliterated words in the 1st line.
summer – see – spring
Q. Mention the figure of speech in the 1st line.
Metaphor (summer – Hard times of life, spring – Good times of life)
Q. Mention the rhyme scheme and rhyming words.
Rhyme Scheme: a b b b Rhyming words: dear- near. – fear
2. Strong is she in her faith and belief.
“Persistence is the key to everything,” says she.
a) What is she strong about?
She is strong in her faith and belief.
b) How does she deal with the adversities in life?
She deals the adversities with persistence.
3. Despite the sighs and groans and moans,
She’s strong in her faith, firm in her belief!
a) Is she complaining about the problems of life?
No, She is not complaining about the problems of life.
b) Pick out the words that show her grit.
4. Don’t ever try to saw her pride, her self-respect.
She knows how to thaw you, saw you – so beware!
a) What do the words thaw and saw mean here?
‘Thaw’ and ‘saw’ mean tackle and deal with cruelty.
b) What is the tone of the author?
The tone of the poetess is angry.
5. She’s today’s woman. Today’s woman dear.
Love her, respect her, keep her near…
a) Describe today’s woman according to the poet.
Today’s woman has pride and self respect.
b) How should a woman be treated?
Woman should be treated with love and respect.
B. Read the lines and identify the figure of speech.
C. Fill in with a word in each blanks to complete the summary of the poem. Use the help box given below.
Every woman is beautiful innate. She is the symbol of power and strength She is prone to put her life at risk. Every woman is true in expressing her love and she is never fake. She is very optimistic in her approach even at times of adversity she finds a ray of hope and she continues to care for her near ones. She is the woman and she has no fear. She is forceful in her faith and beliefs. She is never a quitter and she is persistent. She is ferocious like a lioness. It’s better for the prankster to stay away from her. Never should one try to bring disgrace to her pride and self respect, for she knows how to thaw and saw them. She is today’s woman. It is healthier to love her, respect her and to keep her dignified.
D. Answer the following in a paragraph of about 80 to 100 words.
1. How are today’s women portrayed by the poet?
2. What qualities have made women powerful?
Poem : I AM EVERY WOMAN
Poet : Rakhi Nariani Shirke
Theme : Strength of today’s woman
Outline : Today’s woman – beauty – symbol of power – strength – one to life – never fake optimistic – care near ones – strong – never a quitter – pride and self-respect – like a lioness – tackles pranksters. –
Today’s woman is beauty innate. She is the symbol of power and strength. She puts her life at risk. Every woman is true in expressing her love and she is never fake. She is very optimistic in her approach. She finds a ray of hope and she continues to care for her near ones. She is strong in her faith and beliefs. She deals the adversities with persistence. She is never a quitter. She is ferocious like a. lioness. She has her own pride and self-respect. She tackles and deals the pranksters who mess with her.
• About the poet
• Woman the hope raiser
• Woman’s valour
About the poet
Rakhi Nariani Shirke is an academician with a passion for writing poems as a medium of self-expression. This poem, “I am every woman” portrays that today’s woman are powerful.
Today’s woman are brave, strong aim empowered. She is beauty innate. She is the symbol of power and strength. She is prone to put her life at risk.
Woman the hope raiser
Every woman is true in expressing her love and she is never fake. She is very optimistic in her approach. She finds a ray of hope and she continues to care for her near ones. She gives importance to her family than to herself.
She is strong in her faith and firm in her beliefs. She says persistence is the key to success. She has pride and self-respect. She doesn’t spare the mischievous people who mess with her. She is never a quitter and she is ferocious like a lioness.
She overcomes everything that was meant to destroy her. She is today’s woman.
Moral: Women are the real architects of the society,
Read and Enjoy
Still I Rise
By Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.