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-
GALAXY OF POETS
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!”
QUOTES ON POETS AND POETRY
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.’
‘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.’
‘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.)
‘Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.’
‘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.’
‘…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.’
‘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.’
‘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?’
‘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.’
‘Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.’
‘Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things, and hence its importance.’
‘I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.’
‘Poetry fettered fetters the human race.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.’
‘The poet is the priest of the invisible.’
‘Poetry is, at bottom, a criticism of life.’
‘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.’
‘I think a poet is anybody who wouldn’t call himself a poet.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘Poets aren’t very useful. / Because they aren’t consumeful or very produceful.’
‘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.’
‘Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘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)
WHAT KANCHI ACHARYA SAYS
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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