Any Woman (Poem) by Katharine Tynan

Katharine Tynan’s poem ‘Any Woman’ explores whether women enjoy real freedom. Women support a family, but very often they are not really supported by the family. The poem prompts the reader to think whether women share equal status with men.

Study Material on ‘Any Woman’ by Katharine Tynan.

Sample Questions

  1. The poem ‘Any Woman’ ends with the prayer ‘Take me not till the children grow!’ Analyse this line in the Indian context where women sacrifice their lives for their children.Write a paragraph on the unfailing love of mothers, in about 100 words. (Score: 5)
  2. The speaker in ‘Any Woman’ is proud as a homemaker. Do you think the present day women are as proud as the mother in ‘Any Woman’? Write your opinion in a paragraph of about 150 words. (Score: 5)
  3. Read the following lines and answer the questions given below:

    Thou whom a woman laid in a manger,
    Take me not till the children grow!’

    • Who is the ‘thou’ referred to here?
    • What is the incident referred to?
    • What is the mother’s prayer? (Score: 3)
  4. Read the following lines from the poem ‘Any Woman’ and answer the questions given below.

    I am the fire upon the hearth
    I am the light of the good sun,
    I am the heat that warms the earth…’

    • Identify the figure of speech employed in the above lines.
    • Comment on the effectiveness of the figure of speech in conveying the idea. (Score: 3)
  5. Read the following lines from “Any Woman” by Katharine Tynan.

    I am their wall against all danger,
    Their door against the wind and snow,
    Thou Whom a woman laid in a manger,
    Take me not till the children grow!

    Explain the message of the lines in a paragraph.

  6. Read the poem ‘Sad Women’ by Daria Domitrovic and write a note of appreciation comparing and contrasting it with the poem ‘Any Woman’. (Score: 8)
  7. Read the poem Sonnets are full of love and write a note of appreciation comparing it with “Any Woman”.
  8. Read the poem “Women’s Rights” by Annie Louisa Walker and prepare a review comparing it with the texts in the unit ‘Flights of freedom’.
  9. Read the poem Rock Me To Sleep and compare it with “Any Woman” by Katharine Tynan.

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