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Poem Hunter 8 - Ode To Classic Poets Of Poem Hunter - Roald Dahl 1

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Last year, I took time to visit my old aunt
In my village in Kerala.
Though I had a short period of stay
I had decided to squeeze in a visit to my aunt's house.
I felt she was lonely and sad after my uncle's death.
My cousin too joined me in this long walk up a hilly area.

When we reached the place, it was quite dark.
The large gate was closed
And there were bushes and tall grass

Blocking the entrance to the house.
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Monday, July 1, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: poem,poet,tribute
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Julia Luber 01 July 2019

Dr. Geeta! This is like a story yet so powerful as a poem: even funny. Do you know the American painter who made a painting of an elder lady with her eyes glued to the television. I think it's wonderful that she is NOT debilitated in her mourning and is still able to at least enjoy television. I have found it a great trance zone in times of considerable pain and get more into it as I get older. GREAT POEM- funny and WIZE!

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Rajnish Manga 02 July 2019

(2) They try to fill their void but by doing so they become cut off from their social circle and relatives. Thus this TV induced pleasure has assumed the form of a pernicious mental disorder and created a terrible situation. You have rightly taken cue from the poem of Roald Dahl about Television and its ill effects. I too had the pleasure to read it and also to translate it into Hindi. Thanks for this highly thought-provoking poem, Dear Geeta ji. A great Ode to Roald Dahl.

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Unnikrishnan E S 02 July 2019

Hi Geeta, A true picture of today’s homes illustrated most imaginatively. My in-laws used to be the same, after all their girls were married off. They had three, and no sons. Definitely, the TV serials, sitcoms etc are the best pass-time. I used to joke that they had secured tickets for all the serials right from the afternoon through the evening.

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Julia Luber 01 July 2019

Also, exciting to share " family/funny stories" with us here on PoemHunter….new style! Family Gossip! !

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Rajnish Manga 02 July 2019

Through this writing based on your personal experience, you have drawn readers' attention towards a very serious trend permeating our society. Addiction to TV serials is kind of a nuisance in all age groups but in retired persons or lonely men and women it is just awful.

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Valsa George 22 July 2019

It seems that the aged population is so much addicted to serials.... (as you surmise, it may be their way of combating with their loneliness) ! However the lack of manners they show while being glued to TV is a little depressing! Really enjoyed your poem Geeta.....!

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Valsa George 22 July 2019

This is a brilliant composition! You have paid a beautiful tribute to Roald Dahl's poem Television by illustrating it with a slice of life! I could so well relate to the scene described! Your aunt's case is no exception! It is a common experience, we have in many of the households of Kerala!

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Me Poet Yeps Poet 14 July 2019

DO NOW COMPOSE ON POETS LIKE POETME AND OTHERS LIVING

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Dr Dillip K Swain 04 July 2019

Dear Poet Roald Dahl! /Why blame the children alone? /The Parents, Grand parents, Aunts, Uncles, All of them have becomes slaves of television...absolutely brilliant! I hope, Rajnish sir might have liked this wonderful piece because he is a great fan of Roald Dahl.........10

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Bharati Nayak 02 July 2019

I too feel like what Julia Luber said in her comment.T.V. perhaps provides an escape route from loneliness to the elderly people whose children stay in far off places. A nice tribute to Roald Dahl through this thought provoking poem.

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