Reading poetry has certainly been a favourite pastime for many lovers of literature throughout the centuries. Right from the beginning, ancient Indian poetry in the form of Sanskrit oral tradition or the early scriptures in the form of Vedas, Ramayan and Mahabharat or the early Greek and Roman verse by Homer, Ovid or Euripides and down the line to contemporary poetry by the likes of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, T. S. Eliot, Mahadevi Verma, Shiv Mangal Singh Suman and so on… poetry has been changing a lot and poetry has been, paradoxically, serving the same purpose – entertaining and enlightening the readers. So, as to begin a new week this Monday, on 31 August 2020, let’s create a list of poets that you can read to ease your chaos and enjoy the week ahead.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee: The poet who loved what he did and lived long enough to see his dreams coming to touch the shores of reality, Atal Ji has a lot to offer to poetry lovers. With his simplicity and flow which is unmatchable in terms of the rise of emotions and lyrical beauty, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s poetry will be your true companion when you seek motivation to march ahead in life. Read his books with selected poems and you will certainly feel the power of poetry along with its beauty.
W. B. Yeats: Are you familiar with the poetry of Yeats? Yes, he was an eternal lover who could keep his sanity intact and produce some of the wonderful pieces of poetry that led him to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923. The poetry of W. B. Yeats is loaded with history, mythology, revolution and a lesson that can easily relate to the readers even in this modern world when we are losing the control over our own emotions like the falcon who could outfox the falconer in those days.
R. Parthasarthy: Do you know about the poetry produced by this poet who wrote in English but felt being chained in a foreign tongue rather than enjoying what he wrote? Parthasarthy’s verse is for the readers who can feel the agony hidden behind the verse of a poet. If you are interested in Indian English poetry, Parthasathy’s verse will lead you to a better understanding of what Indian English poets think of their writing and how they achieve their literary goals.
T. S. Eliot: Do you think that Corona has outdone everything that you may have planned for this new year and the beginning of a new decade? Do you think this is the biggest evil you have faced or the world has seen? Well, then you should read the works of T. S. Eliot and learn the art of sustaining amidst chaos and devastation. His poetry is famous and destined to remain so because he could produce The Waste Land – a collection of five fragments that immortalised Eliot.
Kalidas: Who does not know Kalidas? And as Indian readers, you must see what a poet could produce in terms of agony and pain of being apart from one’s beloved centuries ago. The beauty in the verse of Kalidas is immense in Sanskrit but even the translations will make you feel elated and you should not miss it.
Are you ready for the week, then? Read some of all of these mentioned poets and you will be thankful for the suggestions that I do not demand from you… 🙂 All the best. You can buy the books by these poets from Amazon India without leaving the safety-conscious of your surroundings. Click the link below to reach Amazon’s book offers page:
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by a contributor for Literature News