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Rootless Literature And The Imperialist Languages Of Colonial Hangover

Those of us, the Indian citizens who are writing poetry in English is actually creating a rootless literature. Not only us, those of the African poets writing in English or French and Italian, Portuguese or Dutch are also creating rootless literature. We the people with the colonial legacy like to carry forward the imperialist language, which had ruled us for centuries. Unfortunately, this has now become the Indian tradition of the educated mass. None of us can deny this truth. Yet we like to feel proud enough to write in English, the language of Shakespeare Milton Dickens. But most of the time we forget that actually we can never write anything in English as a British who lives in his or her home land. Even if we try to match them literary, we have to live in England for few generations. Only after then with complete assimilation with the British society and its climate one can create literature in English which would not be rootless. Yes, in our pursue to reach a wider and international audience we have forgotten that literature depends not only the language itself. It depends also on the land of that particular language. From where a particular language originates. Literature is all about the tradition of a particular community, its culture and customs. Its own regional climate, its history and mythologies. And the heritage of a nation and its nationality. Without all these, literature becomes rootless.

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Literary Criticism And Its Importance

As a poet, any poet would like to be applauded much for his literary brilliance. Any poet would certainly like appreciation of his literary craftmanship. Every poet likes to see his or her poems are being accepted by the readers. These are all quite natural. Actually, each poet waits patiently to see how many readers like his or her poems. With the advent of the internet era it has really become easier to find out how many readers are liking a poem or not. Yes, it has become even easier to publish our poems and to reach a wider audience. So, we eagerly wait to see how many readers are favouring our poems. We appreciate any appreciation of our poems. We take all these appreciation as a proof of our literary merits. And all these appreciations not only boost up our confidence as a poet, but also satisfy our own personal ego. This can help our self-esteems to such an extent, that we may begin to belief that we are actually good enough to be a poet. Continue reading “Literary Criticism And Its Importance”

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Poetical Moments

Do we really know when does appear the unique poetical moment? Are we sure that all the poems are actually the manifestation of that peerless poetical moment? Don’t we know that most of the poems are actually the outcome of editorial compulsions? If one asks any individual poet, I believe the answers would certainly be different. One can always ask, whether this poetical moment is actually a rare phenomenon or a common one. Those who are prolific writers, do they actually live in a constant flux of poetical moment? Otherwise how can one produce volumes of poetical creations years together?  Every moment is actually the manifestation of instantaneous time span. So, I ponder whether these unique poetical moments do appear constantly in the creative mind of the great poets. Continue reading “Poetical Moments”

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The Religion Of The Poet

What is the religion of the poet? It is the realization of the unity of his being with all existence. Where the eternity touches the infinite through the poet’s mind and vision, collaborating with the words and phrases of the present. So a poet must live with his surroundings in such a manner that he can relate himself with his time and space. He can feel both the joy and pain of his fellow beings. He can apprehend the problems of the individuals in the context of the social constructions and political constraints. Only then a poet can air the voice of his time and legacy. Continue reading “The Religion Of The Poet”

A New Dimension Of Poetry

The celebration of life has an important side, where it connects with the universal life. One can call it spiritual also. During an interview with Charles Hobson and Sheila Smith in 1969 poet Nikki Giovanni told, “I’m spiritual. I can’t negate religion (established) I believe in God. I believe that God is everywhere. God is love…..” Yes, I think, this is true with many of the poets of different eras. Many would certainly agree with poet Nikki Giovanni. God is everywhere. We are the manifestation of that ultimate truth. Actually, this belief works behind our creativity, if we are theist. And this belief can bring us closer to each other in spite of our cultural differences, that we all are the manifestation of the same God. I hope readers in general would also agree with this argument if one is theist. Not like an atheist like the writer. But in the same interview poet Nikki Giovanni went further saying, “……I believe that God has to be black. He made people in his image and likeness. Most of the people in the world are black….” Continue reading “A New Dimension Of Poetry”

European Poetry

We all know poetry is an art which could be applauded as the finest form of all arts. If we would like to trace the beginning of this art form, we have to dig deep into the ancient history of human civilization. We would eventually find out that, poetry was there even before the age of literacy. In ancient history of mankind, poetry was there as means of recording oral history, storytelling. Preliterate societies, lacking the means to write down important cultural information, use similar methods to preserve it. If we would like to trace the origins of myths, we may end up to these recording of oral histories in form of poetry. So, in past poetry had a linkage with ancient histories also. The greater part of world’s sacred scriptures is also made up of poetry. So, we can say; it is poetry through which human civilization had evolved around to express its’ own sentiment, feelings and stories. The use of verse to transmit cultural information continues today. Continue reading “European Poetry”

Fragrance Of Poetry

“Poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language.” (Coleridge).

According to Webster’s Dictionary, poetry is defined as “writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.” Continue reading “Fragrance Of Poetry”

Genuine Poetry

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood”

—-T. S. Eliot

Poetry is one of the powerful medium to communicate with the readers.  It communicates with people and time, nature and soul. The forms may differ but the essence remains the same and powerful if the creator can express his or her talent with proper dignity and elegance. Therefore, poetry is one of the best medium for this purpose. The primary obligation of a poet is to communicate with his or her readers. To broaden the canvas of their vision as well as feelings for both the life as a conscious being and people and time in general. Poetry is born if and only if one can achieve this. Continue reading “Genuine Poetry”

Poetry Over The Internet

Poetry is not the turning loose of emotions. This had been pointed out by one of the greatest English poet of all time T. S. Eliot. Yes, we do agree with him. We believe most of the poets and readers of the present time would also think so. Yet, it is also true that without any emotion, words and lines can never be transformed into poetry. So, emotional interpretation of your feelings is also vitally important for writing poems. But one has to control the release of emotions while interpreting his or her feelings in case of writing poetry. Poetry actually demands this from its creator to control the personal emotions in such a manner that the words and lines can represent impersonal interpretation of the feelings with a world view in the canvas of eternity. Continue reading “Poetry Over The Internet”

Poetry: The Human Aspiration To Overcome Conflicts

Humanity has come a long way since the dawn of the civilization. It has evolved around life and hope, to reach its present state. During this long journey human nature has also evolved around few basic characteristics. Namely fear, desire, grief, joy, pride, ego, love and hate. These are the main emotions which shape the human nature. Many believe that we as human being have not changed much since the dawn of the civilization. Their argument mainly stands on two facts. One is, as they want to put it straight, that we are unable to understand one another. This is our inheritance from our ancestors. So, the conflicts between various tribes, groups, and races remain still. And the second one is, this tradition of differences actually prevent us to establish true human connections between various sects, which leads to numerous wars and fights between one another. Although not every war is the outcome of racial conflicts, rather than conflicts of economic interests. Continue reading “Poetry: The Human Aspiration To Overcome Conflicts”

Spirit Of Nature

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere”.

– Vincent Van Gogh

 

If we ask ourselves, what is Spirit Of Nature; I am sure we’ll get one simple answer, and that is, ‘it is the sheer enjoyment of being alive’. If we look around the nature, we will certainly find out this truth everywhere.  Yes indeed, we rejoice life out of nature. Nature gives us immense enjoyment through which we can feel a sense of satisfaction of being alive in this world. Again, it is this spirit of nature; through which we can feel the pulse of the universe. Therefore, our knowledge of the universe has emerged through this spirit of nature. If we consider the entire human history along with its evolution, we will certainly find out that, this spirit of nature has guided us, to become humbler and human in our approach to the ultimate truth of the existence. Continue reading “Spirit Of Nature”