Q.1.   What are the domestic chores of a woman?

Or     Describe the daily routine of a housewife or working woman. PU 2001-II

Or     Describe the dull and drab life of a woman. PU 2003-II

Or Woman’s work is a feminist poem. PU 2004-I

Or     What kind of disgusting picture of a woman’s life is drawn in Woman Work? PU 2004-II(S)

Or     How does a woman get tired of doing domestic chores? 2009-I


             In this poem, Maya Angelou, an American poetess, tells us about the disgusting routine work of a woman. In this regard, there is no difference between an eastern or a western woman. She is busy with daily chores. First of all the poetess tells us that she tends her children and mends the old clothes. Then she washes the floor, does all the shopping for the house, feeds her family, and clears the weeds from the garden. She looks after the young baby when it is wet and cries. Then she presses the clothes of her family and puts on dresses to her children. She regularly sweeps her little home.

She also cuts the cane for different household works such as making a chair. These are some of the chores, which a woman has to perform in her house. All these daily work just makes her life dull and drab. She may not remain creative and productive after the whole day’s work and wants to take some rest. She calls out nature to give her mental and physical relaxation.


Q.2.   After doing the whole day’s work what are the things that poetess wants to enjoy herself with?

Or     Describe dreams of an ideal life.

Or     How does she dream of an ideal life? 2003

Or     Is the woman of ‘Woman Work’ fed up with her work? What does she really want? 2006-II

Or     Describe that the source of relaxation which the poetess has chosen is justified?


Although the work, which the poetess has described in the poem, is tiresome and she also gets tried after doing the whole day’s work yet this fatigue of the whole day’s work does not suppress her power of dreaming. She can enjoy the dream of an ideal life. She dreams of relaxation and comfort.

The poetess does not choose worldly objects like TV, Cable, car for the long drive, chat on a computer or on mobile, etc for relaxation. It is because these sources just divert attention and do not decrease physical or mental exertion.

The poetess calls natural objects like rain, sunshine, and dewdrops to relieve herself of the tiresome of the whole day’s work. She asks the storm to blow her away to some distant place where she may rest. She asks the snow to cover her with its soft flakes. Then she addresses the other objects of nature i.e. shining sun, falling rain, round and high sky, lofty mountains, vast oceans, green leaves, shining stars, glowing moon, and even the humblest stones of this universe to find a unique relaxation which cannot be described in words. So she is justified in choosing the objects of nature for her relaxation.

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