Designation : M. Phil Scholar, Department of English, Stella Maris College, Chennai

    Journal Name : Reserach maGma

    Publication Date : 11/10/2017

    Abstract :
    Poetry is the apparition of human mind and thoughts. It is a means of expression to share experiences in the society. In the post-independence period, the emergence of female writers paved way to the distinct sense of individuality and identity in the patriarchal society. Among these contemporary writers, Kamala Das is one of the most significant poets. She consistently writes poems about herself, her life and her experiences. Her poems projects the complex phenomena of love with complex tensions and these are closely related to her quest for personal identity. Her love is not considered as platonic rather than a torturous physical and passionate involvement. Kamala Das’s poems are unique, compared to other female poets in the landscape of Indian poetry. Her experience for the self-identity was not possible, in which she experienced the concept of love as a ‘skin-communicated thing’ as she mentioned in her poem In Love. The concept of love has a place in her poem, but her tone is distinctly feminine. Through Kamala Das, we see the emergence of Indian women from a passive role to the point of self-discovery and freedom as an individual. This paper is intended to show the concept of gender identity, which was a quest for her and self- identity which she fails to acquire, even though she expresses her own experiences in a direct way of revealing the incidents that happened in her life and society, which is patriarchal. So, she thinks and writes like an emancipated woman.

    Keywords :
    Personal Identity, Love, Gender Equality, Patriarchy, Culture, Traditional Values.

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