Even today Kerala, a home to intellectuals who continue to astound the whole Indian subcontinent with their English versification from Tharoor to Arundhati Roy, for the most part, remains hesitant to embrace the alienness of English that whole Indian subcontinent had invited to their very bedroom.
What about the part that is voiced in a cancer poet’s words?
Fairy tales which always carried the distinct aroma of oats and comfort, in today’s popular narratives are assuming the adult odour of cigarettes and coffee. In the name of realism, are we exiting the Kingdom of Childhood?
Poetry was never a matter of form for me, though I did experiment with various rhyme schemes and many different styles and languages; all I wanted was to know and share how the world works.
Shakespeare, a popular sonneteer did away with all this convention and craved his own sets of rules onto this poetic form. In his hands, the sonnet was divided into three quatrains and a closing couplet. With regard to volta, that was also subject to his whims, sometimes occurring in the ninth line and more often than not, in the closing couplet.
This piece is also full of conceits and the one which attracts my attention is when he talks about the iron gates of life, it is actually a women’s hymen, as vulgar as it sounded to me then ,these are feminine parts which were never a taboo and poets wrote freely about it.
You will only begin to gain an idea of the powerhouse that Percy Bysshe Shelley was and to think he was less than 30 when he died in an unfortunate storm. But it would have taken nothing less to bring such a man down!
Poetry is not for everyone; so wrong. Perhaps poetry in all languages is not for everyone. That means it is not enough if you know the language to enjoy the poem.
What king, let alone the Emperor of the greatest of all kingdoms, India, would speak with this humility to the woman of his dreams, begging for his daily wages of insults!
To single out a romantic would be to single out a lone emotion. As the colours they paint are varied, the emotion their poetry beckons are multi-hued, it would be a gross injustice to give eminence to a single one