The Effulgence Within

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Strength of resolute unbending spirit

Another classic, immediately gripping, a narrative poem, 484 lines, if you are interested, it's Here. Such a worthwhile read it was for me. W ordsworth’s poem “Michael” occurs in Lyrical Ballads (1800). The poem’s sub-title “A pastoral poem” indicates that the poet is consciously rejecting the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Behind the World of Echoes

In There Was a Boy, Wordsworth addresses not the boy who is now dead but the cliffs and islands of Lake Windermere that had outlasted him. The scene is widened to take the stars rising in the east and setting. It is in this context of the vast spaces of the universe and the inexorable movement of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

She was a Phantom of Delight

I share my further delight of Wordsworth's wonderful poems... (they are of a mystic's) Wordsworth’s poem “ She was a Phantom of Delight ” is a tribute to his wife Mary Hutchinson who was his cousin and, while a girl, had been his schoolmate. They both were born in 1770 and were united in marriage in... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Universality of language in tranquillity

"The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more." ( The Solitary Reaper ) In the course of one of his walking tours, Wordsworth once saw a Scottish Highland girl reaping and singing all alone in a field. Her song, which had a melancholy ring, filled the entire valley, and the poet was... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

On the Nature and Purpose of Poetry

Wordsworth wrote the famous “Preface” to Lyrical Ballads in which he developed his view of the nature of poetic process, the origin and purpose of poetry, and the language most suitable for it. The “ Preface ” is at once a recoil against the stilted and imitative poetry of the eighteenth century and... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Poem # 2255663320 (Rhyme unrhyme scheme)

Surprisingly, I won a prize for an idiotic poem - 'Extempore' at IIT, Chicago. Her it is. The topic was "Complain, and I'll never let you." Man's drink Woman's poison One swig, just one please Then I'll not, promise never Lemme live today, just fo'the day Complain I'll no more, no more, No more Dear... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dreams and Life

Dreams are a wonderfully compensatory mechanism given us by God, one that sustains us through the thick and thins of life. They make come back to life all that ever was dear to us - lost or dead. This is brought out so beautifully and tellingly in Donne’s The Dream, in a style typical of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Mindless Eternity?

“The inspiration of this post has been a comment from Wiley John to my article on How to make mind non-judgmental? Wiley observes: “ This makes it seem to be a positive thing if one were to lose their mind.” The one and only existent form of eternity is the Void from which come all things”, so... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

George Herbert as a Poet

The seventeenth century was an era when science was relatively infant although full of exciting discoveries for a people of the time, and every academic interest espoused this exhilarating subject in their art form; especially so in the metaphysical poetries of John Donne, Richard Crashaw, George... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

How to make Mind non-judgmental?

The mind is invariably the dominatrix in a sadomasochistic relationship with the body and the intellect. It uses the body as an instrument to fulfill its desires, and the body helplessly follows to do her bidding. It being naturally impure, a lot of effort in purification is required to be done that... Sign in to see full entry.

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