and their Creations
Poetry is one of the oldest forms of expressions. Wordsworth
referred to it as thoughts reflected in tranquility. As
such, poetry, usually, is a form that teems with personal
references. Yet it is also has a social relevance as it
often addresses the social, and the political from a personal
point of view. Through intimation of private thought poets
often reflect on philosophies of life and provide glimpses
of the society as well. In other words, poetry can be a
window to life itself that the poets provide from their
point of view.
Dhendhon Pa, Dhaka
poet Mohammed Rafiq this time studies the works of a fellow
poet Jibonananda Das. But this volume can in no way be termed
as a high-minded criticism on Jibonananda's poetry. On the
contrary, it is a sort of “tribute” to the poet.
Mingling prose and verse together, Mohammed Rafiq intends
to explore how Jibonananda Das has managed to obtain an
unparalleled place in the world of Bangla poetry. Rafiq,
through his unique description makes a parallel study and
takes us to ancient Athens and Rome, to Latin America, to
twentieth century America and where not! This volume prepares
the readers to discover Jibonananda Das from a whole new
perspective and it certainly hints at the influence that
this great poet has on the writer himself.
Alone: The Poet T. S. Eliot
Yale University Press;
reader of modern literature, Donoghue here offers his most
personal book of literary criticism, presenting an illuminating
account of his engagement with the works of T.S. Eliot.
Donoghue has found a new way of combining autobiography
and criticism, and the justification for the experiment
is the maturity -- the wisdom -- of his commentary on Eliot's
poetry. Seekers of insights into the ever-hot topic of Eliot's
anti-Semitism may be disappointed by Donoghue's approach,
which is, to list at length of varying views from different
critics, as if to paralyse the reader and defuse this potentially
Oxford University Press;
April 1997 (Reprint edition)
offers a close, sensitive reading of Yeats's major poems
and plays. Proceeding chronologically through the entire
oeuvre, Rosenthal explores the relations between poems and
between volumes, identifying poetic sequences and tracing
the path of Yeats's career.
Here the writer sheds new, vivid light on Yeats's daring
use of tradition, his love of poetry, and the way he faced
the often tragic realities of revolution and civil war.
The book describes Yeats's whole effort--sometimes livened
up by wild humour--to convey, with high poetic integrity,
his passionate sense of his own life and of his chaotic
era. Specialists will be impressed by the insight and responsiveness
of the readings, while the abundant quotations from the
poems and plays make this study especially valuable for
those less familiar with the poet.