What is the significance of the parting words of the poet and her smile, in ‘My Mother at Sixty Six’.

The poet’s parting words of assurance and her smile are a deliberate attempt to hide her anxiety and fear of loss and separation. Alternatively, they are also significant because they reflect poet’s hope to see her mother again, reassuring her mother at the same time.


The poet’s parting words signify hope and a promise of meeting her mother again. She wants to leave a smiling face behind for her mother, so as not to let her mother know about her feelings and emotions towards her i.e., feeling of loss and pain of separation.

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