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Lucinda Roy, in her poem Points of View refers to different points of view of a modernised world and a non modernised world about the same subject of water.
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Points of View
Lucinda Roy, in her poem 'Points of View' refers to different points of view of a modernised world and a non modernised world about the same subject of water. These differences are highlighted by using a third person view point of women who travel long distances for water daily and having a contrasting first person point of view of the speaker who attains water with ease not knowing the importance of it. Roy uses the technique of points of view also to show her need to go back to the traditional way of life of the unmodernised world. In this poem the poet also makes an underlying reference to the supression of women. The tone of the poem changes as it flows from stanza to the next. It develops from an air of pity to the tone of a satisfied person.
The first stanza, written in third person describes how women strive to take water home. The poem starts with 'Even now, women bend to rivers' (L1, stanza 1) which shows that even in modern days in this non-modernised part of the world women are facing this difficulty. Here there is an underlying reference made
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