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please help with the analyisis of the poem 'father returning home by Dillip Chitre' watch

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    what is the ways in which the fathers relationship and alienation are vividly portrayed in the poem?

    It would be most useful if you posted the poem in your original post for all to see. But i'll look it up and give it a quick look.

    “Father Returning Home” -by Dilip Chitre My father travels on the late evening train
    Standing among silent commuters in the yellow light
    Suburbs slide past his unseeing eyes
    His shirt and pants are soggy and his black raincoat
    Stained with mud and his bag stuffed with books
    Is falling apart. His eyes dimmed by age
    fade homeward through the humid monsoon night.
    Now I can see him getting off the train
    Like a word dropped from a long sentence.
    He hurries across the length of the grey platform,
    Crosses the railway line, enters the lane,
    His chappals are sticky with mud, but he hurries onward.

    Home again, I see him drinking weak tea,
    Eating a stale chapati, reading a book.
    He goes into the toilet to contemplate
    Man’s estrangement from a man-made world.
    Coming out he trembles at the sink,
    The cold water running over his brown hands,
    A few droplets cling to the greying hairs on his wrists.
    His sullen children have often refused to share
    Jokes and secrets with him. He will now go to sleep
    Listening to the static on the radio, dreaming
    Of his ancestors and grandchildren, thinking
    Of nomads entering a subcontinent through a narrow pass.

    Take a look at the bits that talk about the kids not sharing secrets with him anymore, and how he goes to sleep listening to the static of the radio. To me those bits suggest that he is feeling a lack of attachment to his family anymore.

    With this bit of info take a look at how the poem describes the man and his actions, use that narration to help provide further clues to your questions.

    I don't just want to shout out the answers as that won't help ya! Instead i want to guide you towards them!

    Best regards
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Updated: February 21, 2016
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