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14 Jun

Poor Girl: Maya Angelou

Poor Girl

Maya Angelou

 

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II 1. The male lover is addressed As ‘you’ in the poem.

   2. The male lover, the old beloved and the new beloved are the characters we come across in the poem.

   3. She says so because she realises that the new beloved too will  soon experience rejection from the lover.

III 1. When the lover leaves her, the poor girl will cry and wonder what went wrong. She will recall the past incidents to figure out the reasons for her being rejected by the lover. Then she will realise that it is not her fault but the deceptive nature of the lover that led to her rejection. This realisation will prompt her to sing this song, a song that articulates the helplessness of a jilted girl. She will realise that she lived in a dream world, not knowing the insincerity of the man.

2. The poet knows that the lover will cheat the new beloved and reject her love. However, though she desperately wants to convey this truth to the new beloved, she cannot do that. She is helpless. She knows that if she tries to inform the new beloved about the lover’s hypocrisy and deception, she will only misunderstand her and ask her to leave. The poet is sure this will be the response because she herself did the same when some other girl informed her about the lover’s insincerity.

3. Once the new beloved realises the hypocrisy and insincerity of the lover, she will have no choice but to sing this song. This is a song that articulates the helplessness of a jilted girl. She will initially cry and wonder what went wrong. However, when the sad truth dawns upon her, she will give vent to her sense of grief and helplessness by singing this song. By then, the lover will have another girl with him. That girl will then adore him and love him with all her heart. The singer will know that the man will break the girl’s heart but she will be helpless because if she tries to inform the new beloved about the lover’s hypocrisy and deception, she will only misunderstand her and ask her to leave. The singer will know that this will be the response because she herself has done the same when the poet tried to inform her about the lover’s insincerity.

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Copyright © Manu Mangattu, Assistant Professor, Department of English, SGC Aruvithura

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