Summer makes you feel hot. Summer in Calcutta is not the summer of Calcutta, but the summer feeling of Kamala, who is just after sensuality, madly after love, man-woman relationship.
Her summer is one of the bodily summer in which the protagonists act emotionally and abnormally, going after the sun. The gulmohars blooming in summer do not have anything to tempt and charm Kamala, but he summer of the body, the twitches and intrigues of it during the noontime siesta.
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Sweating and kissing and relishing upon is the thing of deliberation. Kamala is but the Lady Chatterley of D. To put it ironically, the April sun is like an orange and Kamala after squeezing it taking a glass of orange juice. She is a sexist and her poetry an exercise in sexual enterprise; the dreams of sex and love are bound to give pleasure anybody else who goes through it.
Kamala has fallen into a bad company of lovers, readers and critics.
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So she happens to be perhaps the only leading Indian English poet without a degree to her name. She began writing early and published her first poems in The Indian P. Kamala Das has been typecast as a confessional poet.
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It is her brutal frankness of her verse that shocked and attracted readers. Kamala writes about sexual frustration and desire, of the suffocation of an arranged love-less marriage, of numerous affairs, of the futility of lust, of the shame and sorrow of not finding love after repeated attempts, of the loneliness and neurosis that stalks women especially.
This poem is the title piece of the anthology of poems which was published in The poem projects, through action and gesture, a self-contained mood of sensuous luxury. The poetess comparing the sun with a ripe orange seems to enjoy even the harshness of the heat. Though she compares the sun shine with an orange juice she tells that even the juice makes her drunk.
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Under the influence of the drink she forgets her worries and pains and indulges herself in fantasising about her beloved. Yet she is impulsive by nature and thus cannot concentrate on his beloved for too long as she is too engulfed in the enjoyment of the hot but beautiful summer in Calcutta. Being a modern poem the theme of the poem is not straight forward but is rather a mixture of a number of themes interwoven inextricably with each other giving the poem a postmodernist flavour. Apparently the poem talks about how the poetess enjoys the Indian summer with a number of drinks.
Nonchalantly the poetess subjectively represents a personal experience of a universal phenomenon. The meaning is warped in the extended metaphor of the sun being compared to an orange. The heat and its synechdochaic sweat transformed into the juice. Even more sexually explicit ideas are presented in the euphemistic language of a season and its usual drinks.
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The tone of the poem is half satirical and half confessional. At the same time the lines exudes a sense of confidence. The confidence of a person who has nothing much to lose and thus enjoys the life on a hedonistic basis. The fact that the poem seems to be a recollection might be the reason behind this rare control of the passions.
The entire poem is actually a recapitulation of things past and thus is actually nothing but an experience removed from the plains of reality. It communicates a state of mind under the duress of pain half forgotten and thus communicates only an abstract sense of oneness and fragmentation caused by conditions of deliriousness.