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My day starts with you and the day ends with you great
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ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,19,000 views

I am glad to share with you that with the112th  view at 16.30 hours today viz Friday  the 8th December 2017, total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS  crossed ONE LAKH  AND NINETEEN THOUSAND (1,19,000) from more than 210 countries  around the world on the 1015th day and 1062nd post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty

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COME DECEMBER SEVENTH!

 

Come December Seventh-whole nation bows in reverence
To those all who sacrificed their lives for our Motherland
Over the years in protecting the sovereignty
Of Bharath- yes NATIONAL FLAG DAY is today hefty!

ARMED FORCES FLAG DAY- FLAG DAY OF INDIA is today
We remember the valiant forces and their dear
Loving families living far away for the nation clear
Duty of the society, Government is to take care!

On this day let us donate liberally for the cause
Of their welfare on receiving a flag as token
As we are approached by young school children and others
Minimum as citizen patriotic I can –add feathers!

BRITANNICA ENCYCLOPAEDIA Ist EDITION!

 

Title page of the first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica

“Knowledge is power” rightly said by the intellectuals
All over the world- great words of wisdom! In our life actual
Men of knowledge respected and sans looked down upon by the world
Acquisition of knowledge very important and one is made bold!

In praise we say he is an encyclopedia- yes has all
The knowledge in all the fields enabling him to stand tall!
BRITANNICA ENCYCLOPAEDIA General_knowledge” Book MAKERS
HUNDRED editors and more than FOUR THOUSAND contributors!

First edition published on this day two hundred
And fifty years ago-Nobel winners more than hundred worked hard
Came in volumes three- last- thirty two volumes fifteenth Edition
Goddess of Learning Saraswathy smiles in appreciation!

 

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OF POETS and POETRY !

 

INTRODUCTION
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.’
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.’
T.S.Eliot

‘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.’
T.S.Eliot

‘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.’
S.T.Coleridge

‘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.’
Basho
(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.’
S.T.Coleridge

‘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.’
T.S.Eliot

‘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.’
T.S.Eliot

‘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.’
Basho
(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.

CONCLUSION
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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ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,18,000 views

I am glad to share with you that with the 82nd  view at 15.45 hour yesterday viz Saturday  the 2nd December 2017, total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS  crossed ONE LAKH  AND EIGHTEEN THOUSAND (1,18,000) from more than 210 countries  around the world on the 1009th day and 1056th post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty

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MILAD UN NABI IS TODAY!

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!

 

 

ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,18,000 views

I am glad to share with you that with the 82nd  view at 15.45 hour today viz Saturday  the 2nd December 2017, total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS  crossed ONE LAKH  AND EIGHTEEN THOUSAND (1,18,000) from more than 210 countries  around the world on the 1009th day and 1056th post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty

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“ENVIUS THOUGHTS” 1008th DAY !

“ENVIUS THOUGHTS” was born days thousand and eight ago
Time flies and rapidly moved, one thousand days crossed-oh!
One thousand and fifty fifth post this day – happy day
With more than 0ne lakh and seventeen thousand views-hey!

Number one thousand and eight has its own significance
In all the religions and other fields – of magnificence
Lord Siva designated by one thousand and eight names.
He is the God of sacrifices accompanied by Sakti!

During the passion of Our-Lord, one thousand and eight
Persons mocked of HIM on the cross- most sacreligious
Act of the ungrateful people! Envius Thoughts this day
Resolves to continue with its work with HIS grace and views!

TALE OF A BLOGGER Part 21

Blog author during his Cuddapah days

TIME-ITS GREAT VALUE

Time –manifestation of Nature- indeed is Divine; those who revere the Almighty, know of the greatness and significance of TIME. In that way I am proud that God has blessed me with the sense of time and hardly and rarely waste it or put to wrong use!

I ever remember the words of Charles Darwin:

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life”

One of the greatest assets my beloved father who was a teacher bequeathed to me is the virtue of punctuality and get up in the easrly morning not later than 5.0am right from 5th year of age and retiring to bed not later than 21.00 hrs. This I have been meticulously following till this day with a minor change:

While up to college studies I used to get up at 5.00am; during my service up to age 60 by 4.00am and now after retirement I get up at 3.00am and retire to bed by 20.00hrs!!

I use to sympathize with the people who say that they have no time to attend even to very important work!

Here is my thought on this aspect:

What a funny thing it is
No time for prayer, satsang we miss
No time to read or write we wish
No time to be with friends we think
No time to serve the needy who sink
No time to visit shrines that lift
FUNNY INDEED
WE MANAGE TIME THAT DIES!

Twenty four hours a day
Seven days a week
Four weeks a month
Twelve months a year
Hundred years to live!
No time to spend the way we need
Paradox unsolved in life indeed!
Wasting, gossiping, frittering avoided
Getting up early much before sun rise
Planning your work, being punctual nice
Gets you all the time you need to size!

TALE 21

Well, this is my 1050th post in ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com and keeping with the tradition, rightly this is the TALE OF A BLOGGER Part 21!

Since Tale 20 was posted on 8th October, the progressive 1000s are shared below:

08/10/2017   933rd day-     1000th post-  1,09,789

09/10/2017  834th day        1001 st post- 1,10,000

14/10/2017  939th day        1006th post –  1,11,000               

21/10/2017 946th day        1014th post-  1,12,000                   

28/10/2017 953rd day        1021st post    1,13,000

04/11/2017   960th day       1028th post     1,14,000

12/11/2017  968thday         1036th post     1,15,000

19/11/2017  975th day         1043rd post     1,16,000.

We write, write and write for our own satisfaction- not expecting anything from readers except their feedback. Feedback I believe is  a strong tonic for the writer- whether it is adverse criticism in the normally accepted sense or inspiring compliments.

By HIS/HER grace I have been getting regular feedback/comments/responses/reviews for each and every one of my posts- all these 1050!  I feel inspired that I consolidate the same and publish as Sunday stories in the Blog.

Latest arrival is one SHRI ARK who regularly sends his feed back in AUDIO format very intellectual, interesting and informative. I enjoy each and in fact eagerly await.

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During this period, I developed friendship with FLOWERS, BIRDS and TREES! Our conversations were posted in several parts and I do hope that this feature will continue for some more time as it is well received by my esteemed viewers.

AWARDS

I am glad to share with my learned viewers that I have been awarded a title”SINTHANAI SIRPI: in Tamil சிந்தனை சிற்பி for my –their perceived-(!?!?!?) contribution towards Tamil literature through poetry.

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I am also happy to share with a news of my being included in the “INDIAN BOOK OF REWARDS 2018 and as they have put it:

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MOST ENGLISH POEMS/ARTICLES BLOGGED REGULARLY WITHOUT FAIL   

N V Subbaraman (born on February 17, 1941) of Chennai blogged Most (1,044) English poems and articles in 976 days regularly, without fail, since his blog launch in February 2015 – Envius Thoughts, garnering 1,16,296 views from 210 nations as on November 20, 2017″. under India Book Records 2018.”

I deem it to be a great honor out and out I could achieve thanks to the support and encouragement extended by my esteemed followers and viewers from more than 200 countries.

Another matter to be shared is the INTERNATIONAL MULTILINGUAL ANTHOLOGY “AMARAVATI POETIC PRISM THREE” carried my two poems-ion English and Tamil and S.Nivetha’s English poem. I have posted a detailed write up on that in the Blog on on 19th November as Sunday Story titled WONDERFUL ANTHOLOGY-AMARAVATI PRISM THREE. Both the Anthology and my Blog post in Envius Thoughts in https://nvsr.wordpress.com were well received.

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CONCLUSION

Yes, happily I conclude this TALE with the firm confidence born out of the increasing support and encouragement of my friends known and unknown, seen and unseen, heard personally over phone or in person or unheard and with the grace of the Goddess of LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE  that my next TALE 22 will be on 14th January 2018!

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ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,17,000 views

I am glad to share with you that with the 2nd  view at 1.00 hour today viz Sunday  the 26th November 2017, total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS  crossed ONE LAKH  AND SEVENTEEN THOUSAND (1,17,000) from more than 210 countries  around the world on the 982nd day and 1050th post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty

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