In line 35, the poet has misspelt the word as ‘amalgum'

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#1

In line 35, the poet has misspelt the word as ‘amalgum’. Why do you think she has done that? Discuss.


#2

The word has been misspelt deliberately to create a pun (word having double meaning) with the word ‘gum’. On one the word ‘amalgam’ refers to the mixture of mercury and silver used by the dentist to make fillings, while the word refers to the tissues in the jaw area in which the teeth are set in. It is done to add humour.