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    C. Kavya Sajeev

    Chapter from the book: Menon, N et al. 2023. Indian Electronic Literature Anthology: Volume I.


    The poem “Taken” is a depiction of a woman’s anger towards her deity whom she blames for the loss of her child. Through the poem we get to know that the woman has gone through a miscarriage and is finding it difficult to come to terms with it, as she reminisces the time she had with her unborn baby with deep sorrow and pain. The woman holds her deity as the wrongdoer in the poem for taking away something that it had no right over and in turn making her lose her grasp on reality as she spirals into depression. In the poem the protagonist tells us about the many steps she had taken in order to have a future with her soon to be born child, how now they are all insignificant, and the thoughts and objects which were to bring her at most joy and pleasure have now turned into sore reminders of a depressing accident. The woman makes it clear that what has taken place is unlawful for she was the only one who had any right over the child and no one else could take it away from her. She is in a conflict with her own beliefs and finds her self trying to find a proper justification for the things that have taken place.

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    Sajeev, C. 2023. Taken. In: Menon, N et al (eds.), Indian Electronic Literature Anthology. Indore, India: Indian Institute of Technology – Knowledge Sharing in Publishing. DOI: https://doi.org/10.57004/book1.p

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    Published on Dec. 13, 2023


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