Monday, 28 July 2014

Method of A Poet

How should a poet initiate to start writing poetry? For a seasoned poet, it is spontaneous activity to pen down the ideas and emotions into verse.The known characteristic of a poet is a secluded place, certain physical traits such as thinking gestures, looking into wide horizon, and good reading habits. The best poems however, can come at any place and situation. 

What process does a poet goes through before he attempts his piece. Imagine a busy road by a building and a window view, the poet will take note of surroundings and whilst without any inhibition, he will embark on a poem writing. Physically, one may require a notebook and a pen and a suitable environment to do so.

We will however, judge a different situation. Imagine another scenario, where the poet is sitting outside a shopping mall by a busy road with anything to scribble on. The objective is to talk on nature with the sky being overcast with clouds but there is zest among public related to sales at mall. The poet now cannot possibly surrender to the situation and look for a viable solution or attempt at some other time.

To be ideal is somewhat is akin to Platonism but considering that these are merely milestones for a poet and not an ideology, a stricter Plato version can be forsaken.

Reference:

"At times he appears to attribute their art to divine inspiration or to a form of madness.

J. Reber holds that Plato criticizes poetry because it is imitation, because the artist is ignorant of the things which he imitates, and because poetry addresses itself to the lower faculties of man, with which he can not grasp truth."

From book "Harvard Studies in Classical Philology" Published by Department of the Classics, Harvard University.
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A poem is handiwork of a poet's mind or a stage at which one arrives after leaving many personal and superficial components of self and the space. Art is not sciences or even a philosophy so most of the regular works are reminiscent of the present and/or experiences. Some creative works go ahead and play with different ideas of human (et al.) emotions and behaviors. Thus, the end piece lends a fresh perspective on its own without the need to support any rule or principle of the universe. The reader is independent and can deduce any meaning of the work. While most of the publishing houses are able to judge the importance of a work by coming to certain inferences but the overall impact is independent of it.


At any time, the literary judgements can also biased and region specific and undergo change. Thus, even in its own theory, a work is a transient entity. Its popularity can flow with time or be reduced to a time period of the century.


No poet can produce all the works in the same capacity. There is marked difference in the method and also popularity. However, a poet's journey is different from literary consciousness of the same time and has separate influence for the readers and in literature.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

24-hour Humanitarian Truce Dust In Our Eyes

What gives us the exposure? To what situation glamour is attached? Sometimes I am appalled at the competence of the authorities and the world's rage at loose. Being a voice in whatever form, even a blogger or a twitterati, we behave according to our human emotions and also become a mode of advertising certain agenda. The business, politics and media thrives on this.

I do not say mass missions are futile. If the authority has been negligent, it certainly comes to basic rights and thus, no one lives their duties better than a lay person. We do not need philosophy to suggest a better way than getting your houses shelled, your food and water being poisoned, being made to work unethically, accepting an obnoxious way of life as regular.

Rulers have shown their incompetence time and again by being down to this level. A crown on the head is certainly not easy thing but does the public have to make them learn lessons and especially when the history is repeating itself before the world. Goverance has its own strategies and is a specialized service for its people. Even beyond anarchy, the UN (if plays major role) cannot help forming a better world for a country.

The country has to raise by itself or through a strong leadership. India got its freedom under popular leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and leaders such as Lokmanya Tilak, Jawahar Lal Nehru with strong ideologies which suitably took reins in their hands once the power was restored.

In Gaza, whatever is happening tells us we can only sympathize, condemn Israel for being so ruthless. Even a wrong person is given full rights to go on trial and present one's case. The reports of agitated Israeli MPs asking for total whip out of Palestinians is horrifying, a brutality in eyes of human mankind. Since in long term, every thing is forgotten, we are in acceptable zone whatsoever, a 24-hour truce is just a dust in our eyes. 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Following Dharma

Following dharma, both in religious and righteousness sense could be contradictory. Any person may be living life individually or in company of other beings thus it is conflicting how to put different theories of living to the best in practical with every individual extending further into complex situations or branches.

We follow a principle of wrongdoing and justice. Unless these behaviors lend into a criminal or civil trot, they are taken as harmless dispositions. As our world is becoming highly expressive, with numerous updates within the matter of seconds on social media, websites, whatever overall behavior is in exhibition is actually in contradiction of what we normally would have assumed to convey, prefer, and support.

In fact, as we are brought up in multicultural societies whatever we would have assumed right is right far from dharma (giving always a contradiction and a reason to raise a finger), however answers might be deep-rooted. Otherwise, these are camouflaged and subsequently other behaviors can become primary due to active participation of false and superficial personalities that we create online.

To add to this privacy infringement misjudge a person to another extent, while those with power and connections get spared, most suffer.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

"An Obligation" on Reflection W & R July Issue

Reflection W & R mag July 2014 issue publishes my poem "An Obligation" on page 23.

An Obligation

Nectar of life flows through the plains,
pure, sweet, in curls the sound of a santoor,
the peaks shine straight and the sky
glances at its shape with an occasional cloud
and must be eager for a journey
as the stream gets lost in turns of a terrain.

To Read further go to the link.

This poem deals with the theme of environment. How ecstatic it is to find each joy that nature provides us. We discover that we have minimal responsibilities to keep on cherishing these fruits. Wherever we are, we feel full of life, happy and contended once we are in the nature, open ourselves to it.

The magazine features work of many other poets on the same theme. Hope you will enjoy reading the work.

Thanks.

Neelam Dadhwal