The cardboard shows me how it was When the two girl cousins went paddling, Each one holding one of my mother's hands, And she the big girl-some twelve years or so. a. Who is the speaker? What is he doing at the moment? b. Who is shown there? What are they doing? c. Why are the two girls holding the hand of the big girl? d. How old are the girls shown in the photograph? e. What is the relation of the poet with the girls? f. Give the meaning of 'paddling'.
a. The speaker of the above lines is Shirley Toulson. At that moment the poetess was looking at the snapshot. b. In the snapshot the poetess can see her mother along with her two cousins. They are all walking barefoot along the shallow path of the sea. c. The two girls are holding the hand of the bigger girl as they have entrusted themselves in the safer custody of their elder cousin. d. The eldest of the three girls is twelve years old and is walking in the middle whereas the other two are younger to her. e. The eldest girl is the poet’s mother in her younger days whereas the girls are her aunts. f. Paddling means walking barefoot in shallow path.