Let us see what great people-highly intellectuals- renowned poets and writers have to say about the POETS AND POETRY:
In this Sunday story it is intended to see the world of POETRY- English poetry-


There is a galaxy of great and sophisticated English poets in the world and in India we have scores and scores of Indian English writing poets- marvelous and fantastic!
Periodically wonderful POETRY ANTHOLOGIES are being brought out; one Dr. Krishna Srinivas was publishing WORLD POETRY for two decades and more regularly -300 English poems from 300 poets from 60 countries!
Recently a remarkable Anthology AMARAVATI POETIC PRISM 2017 -International Multilingual Poetry Anthology was brought out by the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati – curated by a leading Poet Madam Padmaja Iyengar with 948 poems in 85 languages from more than 50 countries- an Anthology that has rightly found a place in the Limca Book of Records!
Another Anthology “EFFLORESCENCE” is getting ready at the hands of poets Madam Hema Ravi and Jairam Seshadri to be released in the National Seminar of Poets scheduled for 21st January 2018 being organized by the Chennai Poets’ Circle in Chennai.

There are also mediocre poets like me having published half a dozen books in English poetry and another half a dozen in the regional language Tamil. I have also tried my hands in translating the poetic works in Tamil to English viz Bharathiyar’s, Bagawan Ramana’s, and Tirukkural and from English to Tamil for example Daisaku Ikeda’s, Dr. Padmanaban’s, Rabindranath Tagore’s. I am a haikuist with more than 1000 traditional Japanese Haiku.
In India there are hundreds and hundreds of wonderful master poets in various Indian regional languages.
We have amidst us young poets- by my definition less than 25yeras of age- in English who were regularly contributing their creations for publication in my YOUNG POET – poetry journal and many have become senior poets by now!

We have with us S. NIVETHA-just a seventeen year girl – entered the India Book of Records for Children for having been a poet delegate in the International Multilingual Poets Meet held in November 2016 at Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh and National Seminar organized by Chennai Poets’ Circle in 2017 January and presented her poem. Here is her latest on INTERNET:

“I never know until I met,
You helped me with example at best,
Anytime anything I come to you as first,
Never seen like you to challenge a bet,
I lost my happiness with pet,
Sitting with you makes my parent threat,
Talking to anonymous makes me sweat,
You engage me always busy without any rest,
Don’t know what I’m doing without sleep yet,
Limited love with you, my happy life comes to set,
All because of you, internet!”

Here are the quotes on Poetry referred to at the beginning:
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.’
William Wordsworth

‘A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times; a dozen or two dozen times and he is great.’
Randall Jarrell

‘Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.’

‘Milton, Madam, was a genius that could cut a Colossus from a rock; but could not carve heads upon cherry-stones.’

(To Miss Hannah More, who had expressed a wonder that the poet who had written Paradise Lost should write such poor sonnets.)
Samuel Johnson

‘Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.’
Philip Larkin

‘Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.’
Percy Byshe Shelley

‘Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.’
Robert Frost

‘…nine-tenths of what passes as English poetry is the product of either careerism, or keeping one’s hand in a choice between vulgarity and banality.’
Robert Graves

‘Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.’

‘Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.’
Adrian Mitchell

‘No man can read Hardy’s poems collected but that his own life, and forgotten moments of it, will come back to him, in a flash here and an hour there. Have you a better test of true poetry?’
Ezra Pound

‘I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is prose; words in their best order; – poetry; the best words in the best order.’

‘Well, write poetry, for God’s sake, it’s the only thing that matters.’
e. e. cummings

‘In my view a good poem is one in which the form of the verse and the joining of its parts seems light as a shallow river flowing over its sandy bed.’
(Translated by Lucien Stryk)

‘Use no superfluous word, no adjective, which does not reveal something. Don’t use such an expression as ‘dim land of peace.’ It dulls the image. It mixes an abstraction with the concrete. It comes from the writer’s not realising that the natural object is always the adequate symbol. Go in fear of abstractions.’
Ezra Pound

‘Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.’
Carl Sandburg

‘Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things, and hence its importance.’
Matthew Arnold

‘I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.’
Bob Dylan

‘Poetry fettered fetters the human race.’
William Blake

‘Swans sing before they die – ’twere no bad thing
Did certain persons die before they sing.’

‘The only way of expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding an ‘objective correlative’; in other words, a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which shall be the formula of that particular emotion; such that when the external facts, which must terminate in sensory experience, are given , the emotion is immediately evoked.’

‘To break the pentameter, that was the first heave.’
Ezra Pound

‘Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own.’
Dylan Thomas

‘I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.’
Robert Frost

‘The poet is the priest of the invisible.’
Wallace Stevens

‘Poetry is, at bottom, a criticism of life.’
Matthew Arnold

‘The poet’s mind is in fact a receptacle for seizing and storing up numberless feelings, phrases, images, which remain there until all the particles which can unite to form a new compound are present together.’

‘As a guiding principle I believe that every poem must be its own sole freshly-created universe, and therefore have no belief in ‘tradition’ or a common myth-kitty or casual allusions in poems to other poems or poets, which last I find unpleasantly like the talk of literary understrappers letting you see they know the right people.’
Philip Larkin

‘I think a poet is anybody who wouldn’t call himself a poet.’
Bob Dylan

‘You I am sure will forgive me for sincerely remarking that you might curb your magnanimity and be more of an artist, and ‘load every rift’ of your subject with ore.’
John Keats (in a letter to Shelley 1820)

‘Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting.’
Robert Frost

‘I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.’
A. E. Housman

‘If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.’
Emily Dickinson

‘There are three things, after all, that a poem must reach: the eye, the ear, and what we may call the heart or the mind. It is most important of all to reach the heart of the reader.’
Robert Frost

‘Modesty is a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world.’
Miguel de Cervantes

‘Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose-petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.’
Don Marquis

‘Poets are the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration; the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present; the words which express what they understand not; the trumpets which sing to battle, and feel not what they inspire; the influence which is moved not, but moves. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.’
Percy Bysshe Shelley (A Defense of Poetry)

‘I’ve had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book.’
Kenneth Rexroth

‘Poets aren’t very useful. / Because they aren’t consumeful or very produceful.’
Ogden Nash

‘I believe that every English poet should read the English classics, master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them, travel abroad, experience the horrors of sordid passion, and – if he is lucky enough – know the love of an honest woman.’
Robert Graves

‘Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.’
Stephen Spender

‘It is always hard for poets to believe that one says their poems are bad not because one is a fiend but because their poems are bad.’
Randall Jarrell

‘Everybody has their own idea of what’s a poet. Robert Frost, President Johnson, T.S.Eliot, Rudolf Valentino – they’re all poets. I like to think of myself as the one who carries the light bulb.’
Bob Dylan

‘In this poor body, composed of one hundred bones and nine openings, is something called spirit; a flimsy curtain swept this way and that by the slightest breeze. It is spirit, such as it is, which led me to poetry, at first little more than a pastime, then the full business of my life. There have been times when my spirit, so dejected, almost gave up the quest, other times when it was proud, triumphant. So it has been from the very start, never finding peace with itself, always doubting the worth of what it makes.’
(Translated by Lucien Stryk)

WELL; HEREUNDER WE WILL SEE WHAT A GREAT RELIGIOUS SEER- His Holiness Vijayendhra Saraswathy Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peeth has to say under the topic “ RESPECT TO POETRY” in a meet of the poets in the Mutt:
“In human life very important is happiness. God’s objective in His creation is happiness. It is not important that we alone must be happy. The society and those around us must be happy; Just as happiness development is also indispensable. Just as we are happy in our development, we must find happiness in others development also. Love gives happiness. Love alone begets love; showing love to each other, respecting each other provides happiness. Besides happiness, respect is also very important. Reference has been made about giving respect to others in our puranas and ithihasas. In Ramayana, Rama’s saying to Ravana- “go today and return tomorrow” indicates the respect shown even to the enemy. Though Shri Rama was angry with Ravana, these words show that he (Rama) respects Ravana.
Respect is not new to this country. Respecting parents, respecting teachers, respecting elders, respecting and revering mahans (the nobles) etc. have become our culture and tradition. Respect to poetry is the manifestation of our respects to the poets and their creations. We feel happy at rewarding the poets with “KAVITHAI SELVAR”, “ILAKKIYA SUDAR” etc. Only when respect the creators of poetry, we get good quality productions. Good creations are very much needed for the society today. You all must engage yourselves in quality and noble creations”.

Yes; that is a part of what Kanchi Junior Sankaracharya spoke on the occasion.

Thoughts of the stalwarts indeed are amazing; enthralling and enlightening; many enabling and ennobling; lifting the readers to realms beyond!Poet or not, the readers can enjoy.
Let us foster poets and poetry, read, appreciate and encourage this most prestigious part of literature.
See you tomorrow; bye for this Sunday!



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Right way sure is to enjoy a holy and sacred day tremendous
That Sacred and holy day is today December second prosperous!
Day that saw the Divine birth of  Prophet Muhammad- the great
Whose preaching and teachings a boon noble to the world- a treat!

Thousands offering prayers in the decorated mosques actual
Yielding peace and harmony, strength moral and intellectual!
The world to be happy and honest, peaceful and prosperous
Needs all religions to contribute their might serious!

In the Third month of Islamic calendar the holy day –
Muslim brethren all over the world with processions and feeding
Celebrate MILAD UN NABI in an atmosphere carnival
Exchanging gifts and greetings with the poor and rich-fine festival!



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India that is my Bharath is called Motherland
We revere HER as BHARATHA MATHA- sacred Mother
Who takes care of all her children East and West, North and South
Every day never wanting to see them suffer!

Alas, what a pity not a day passess sans
A report on atrocities and violence
Against women-child, or in teens, adult or old
By parents, teachers and others- young and old
In offices and outside, in the moving vehicles
In gardens and homes, parks and schools= be condemned.

Is today. Ax Gandhiji said-that day is the independence day
“When women in India is able to walk alone
Safe in the midnight “. When are we to see that golden day?


Launch of Amaravati Poetic Prism 2017 in Vijayawada.

Amazing, Beautiful, Excellent, Fantastic, Grand, Lovely, Magnificent, Nice, Rare, Terrific, Ultimate, WONDERFUL! Sorry my vocabulary in English being very limited I have no words to describe the AMARAVATI POETIC PRISM 2017-carefully curated by Poet Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy, published by the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati andrecently launched by the Deputy Speaker of Andhra Assembly HE Mandali Buddha Prasad at Vijayawada.

It is indeed a Himalayan achievement of Poet Paddy and her dedicated team of having rightly found a place in the India Book of Records by having brought out the above Anthology with 948 poems in 85 Indian and world languages as per the details given below:
1 English 434
2 Telugu 73
3. Hindi 64
4. Bengali 38
5. French 27
6. Tamil 25
7. Urdu 25
8. Assamese 20
9. Malayalam 18
10. Odiya 16
11. Spanish 15
12. Punjabi 14
13. Italian 13
14. Kannada 13
15. Marathi 13
16. Nepali 13
17. Turkish 13
18. Arabic 12
19. Guajarati 12
20. German 10
21. Chinese 9
22. Romani 9
23. Greek 8
24. Sanskrit 8
25. Bangladeshi Bangla 6
26. Hebrew 6
27. Sinhala 6
28. Albanian 5
29. Maithili 5
30. Hungarian 4
31. Persian 4
32. Romanian 4
33. Tagalog 4
34. Uzbek 4
35.Bahasa Malaysia 3
36. Bhojpuri 3
37. Dogri 3
38. Japanese 3
39. Pashto 3
40. Sri Lankan Tamil 3
41. Tulu 3
42. Mizo 3
43.Kreol Morisien 3
44. Dutch 2
45. Gunjala Gondi 2
46. Kashmiri 2
47. Kazakh. 2
48. Scots 2
49. Serbian 2
50. Vietnamese 2
51. Awadhi 1
52. Bodo 1
53. Braj Bhasha 1
54. Bulgarion 1
55.Croatian 1
56. Dakini Hindi 1
57. Danish 1
58. Dari 1
59. Estonian 1
60. Filipino 1
61. Kaithi 1
62.Kandu 1
63. Keresan 1
64. Konkani 1
65. Korean 1
66. Koshli 1
67. Koya 1
68. Kurdish 1
69. Latin 1
70. Mandarin 1
71. Manipuri 1
72. Pahari 1
73. Pangasinan 1
74. Polish 1
75. Portugese 1
76. Rajasthani 1
77.Russian 1
78. Sanketh 1
79. Santoli 1
80.SeychelloisCreole 1
81. Sindhi 1
82. Slovenian 1
83. Swahili 1
84.Thai 1
85.Zapotic 1
Total 948 poems from 85 languages

That about 500 poets from India and overseas have contributed their poetic creations to this multilingual poetry anthology is a matter of pride and pleasure.

This is AMARAVATI POETIC PRISM THREE and within a short span of three years, it has come to be recognized as one of the largest and best poetry anthologies in the literary world that a poet feels highly honored when he/she finds that his/her poem is seen through this prestigious PRISM all over!

Both qualitatively and quantitatively the PRISM 2017 will be deemed as a prestigious possession in a poet’s home library though it costs
INR 1200 / US$ 50 / Euro 45. Layout and design are extraordinarily attractive. Content, theme and form are truly marvelous.
The tendency currently is to skip the messages and other introductory portion of any publication and get into the contents straight! But in this work the messages from HE Nara Chandrababu Naidu, CM AP, HE Mandali Buddhaprasad, Dy. Speaker AP, Her Excellency Bhanu Akila Priya, Dr. Parakala Prabhakar, S/Shri M K Meena, IAS, Dr. D. Vizai Bhaskar, Padma Vibhushan & Gnanpith Awardee Dr. Sitakant Mahapatra, Y.Harishchandra Prasad and Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy throw a fund of information and prove to be a very interesting read.
Multilingual Poets Meets do take place. To come across a multi linguist poet is heartening. In this Prism one can see such a highly reputed MULTI LINGUIST POET in Dr. Kumud Bala Mukherjee of Hyderabad who has contributed poems in TEN LANGUAGES namely Hindi, Bengali, Sanskrit, Bhojpuri, Maithili, Awadhi, Braj Bhasha, Kaithi, Kandu & Dakhini (Deccan) Hindi to Amaravati Poetic Prism 2017.

Poet Dr. Kumud Bala, a Botany & Hindi Lecturer by profession, has been penning poetry for about 4 decades now. Writing has been her passion since childhood and her forte lies in poetry, stories, essays, research papers and more. Her works have been published in several newspapers, magazines and journals. With over 5000 poems to her credit, she participates regularly in Kavi Sammelans organized at the National and International level. With a D. Litt Award from Nagpur Jyotiba Phule University & Research Centre, A Best Poet Award from the Late President Shankar Dayal Sharma, and Saahitya Saagar Samman at the World Book Fair 2017, New Delhi to her credit, she is regularly sought for her work by leading publication and Media houses.
ENVIUS THOUGHTS takes the greatest pleasure in heartily congratulating Dr. Kumud Bala.

It is our proud privilege that Prism Two and Prism Three show a glimpse of our poems. Our contributions for Prism Three are just reproduced here for the read of my esteemed viewers of my Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com, who have already honored me with 1, 15, 000 views and more from 210 countries:

My English poem in page 893 of the PRISM:

FORESTS N. V. Subbaraman

Forests indeed are the wealthiest gifts of Nature
To be kept safe and sound in the world sure for future
Home of animals wild and mild, birds-lovely and smart
For the people all over to enjoy from the start!

Useful to the humans and animals for food and all
Needs of all the living beings throughout quite tall
Creating and readying Rain God to bless the world
With rains copious and plenty since the ages old!

Deforestation the most cruel and heinous act
Indulged by the man quite avaricious in fact!
Society to ensure aforestation efforts
Initiated by the right minded succeed fast!

Great forestation the mankind’s only hope- sure
To make our lives quite healthy and happy – very pure
Here and there all over the globe be taken care of
To achieve the purpose of the creation of the Lord!

Uninhabited lands are in acres million
Efforts be made to make them convenient trillion
Nothing is there in the vast world unachievable
Success is wrought with hard work and mind- practicable!

About this Poem: Urgent need to stop cruel deforestation is emphasized.
Poet’s Brief Profile: Bilingual poet N V Subbaraman writes in English and Tamil and is widely known among literary circles in India and abroad. Many literary awards such as Michael Madhusudan Award, Kolkatta, Best Poet of the Year 1998 from the Poets International, Bangalore, Leibster Award and Versatile Blogger Award from the Blogging University, Fellow of the United Writers Association of Indai Chennai and their Admirable Achievers Award, Expert Translator Award from South Indian Social and Cultural Academy, Chennai, Kavi Nilavu, Seva Rathna Award from Kanchi Mutt, ARIVUK kALANJIYAM award from M T S Academy, Chennai decorate him. Totally he has 37 books published to his credit. He has written more than 1000 Haiku poems. His blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com has crossed the view score of more than one lakh
N V Subbaraman
12/1045, Jeevan Bima Nagar,
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
Ph: +91 9840477552, 044-26544950

MY Tamil Poem on Page 434 of the Prism

சுமையா? சுமைதாங்கியா? என்விசுப்பராமன்




About this Poem: The poem emphasizes on the need for one to be useful to the society and not a burden.

Poet’s Brief Profile: Bilingual poet N V Subbaraman writes in English and Tamil and is widely known among literary circles in India and abroad. Many literary awards such as Michael Madhusudan Award, Kolkatta, Best Poet of the Year 1998 from the Poets International, Bangalore, Leibster Award and Versatile Blogger Award from the Blogging University, Fellow of the United Writers Association of Indai Chennai and their Admirable Achievers Award, Expert Translator Award from South Indian Social and Cultural Academy, Chennai, Kavi Nilavu, Seva Rathna Award from Kanchi Mutt, ARIVUK kALANJIYAM award from M T S Academy, Chennai decorate him. Totally he has 37 books published to his credit. He has written more than 1000 Haiku poems. His blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com has crossed the view score of more than one lakh
N V Subbaraman
12/1045,Jeevan Bima Nagar,
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
Ph: +91 9840477552, 044-26544950

Miss. Nivetha’s English poem on Page 783 of the Prism.i

Sun- the God of Light and Power
Sans Thee there is no life on earth
Thee indeed stand at a tall tower
We enjoy you, your grace from birth.

Yet, dreaded season is summer
We know your offshoot is winter.
A hateful summer day started,
Making people themselves get sweated,

Juices and ice creams make stomach fresh,
Sitting under the shades of trees and bushes.
Watching the television in the houses,
In the A/C room moving the computer mouses!

Sitting for long, wasting time,
Writing poems and songs with rhyme,
Children hate you sun, you reduce our fun,
Everyone’s joy is reduced by ton.

Still you are the God of Light and Power
We pray you as we can be sans you never.
Be kind and compassionate, help us
To spend our summer with joy and ease!

About this poem: Here is a poem in praise of the SUN, yet the horror of summer also pointed out.

Poet’s Brief Profile:
S.Nivetha an upcoming young poet aged 18, is studying in the first year of Degree course in Chennai. India. She is well anthologized. She writes prose and verse, a good painter and cartoonist.
12/2045,Jeevan Bima Nagar,
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
Phone: +919840477552, 044-26544950
Email: nivethasomu60@gmail.com

Thus comes to an end this Sunday Story on the AMARAWATI POETIC PRISM THREE-the most wonderful Anthology curated by Poet Padmaja Iyengar of Vijayawada- poems contributed by Multilingual poets from all over the globe. Poets are the ambassadors of peace- working for the Universal Peace through the mighty POETRY!


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INFINITHEISM – a strong faith-infuses in all
Who believe in faith which leads to God and religion!
Infiniprayer: Feeling thy presence.
Feeling thy grace.
Feeling thy radiance.
You are my source of faith & strength.
You are my path & destination.
And I am always connected to you.
Nothing of me & everything of you.
Lead me higher… Lead me deeper… Lead me beyond… Lead me to you.

What a great faith and a religion nice by itself
Believer in God and religion or not oneself
Has to believe and practice this faith for wellbing
Of the self and society – to be happy and peaceful!

INFINITHEISM DAY” is today eleventh November
Sure a day all peace loving people to remember
In the interest of the self and society sure
To enjoy peace and harmony, joy and poise quite pure!




Today is third triggering thoughts of three in my mind
A number that attracts every one- TRINITY-a kind
Brahma Vishnu Shiva in Hindu pantheon- taking
Creation, Protection and destruction-quite striking!

India that is Bharath my holy Motherland
Has a tricolor as its proud flag- heartland
Has purity, sacrifice and plenty/prosperity
All the basic needs for a happy society!

Languages galore in a civilized society
Rich in Prose, Verse and play- as the ancient ones claim
Sure make the people cultured, noble and great
‘Three’ indeed has spiritual significance – a treat!

ALL SOULS DAY is today.



All living beings created by the Lord Almighty
Have to make their exits one day however mighty
‘Born to die and die to born ’way of the world all over
Right it is to remember the dead and gone for ever!

Practice of all religions is to remember the dead
On the day of death each year-, in India Pitru Paksha,
The Chinese Ghost Festival, the Japanese Bon Festival.
The Roman custom was that of the Lemuria.

On this day Christians all over visit Churches, cemeteries
Offer food to the departed souls- relatives, ringing bells for
The dead to comfort, sharing of soul Cakeswith the poor
Gave the dead respite from hunger, lighting candles to kindle
Light for the dead souls in the darkness! Beliefs indeed
Never to be questioned but honored and followed!