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Anger, according to Majumdar is bound to lead man to hell: From the venomous seeds of anger Cactus of hatred is usually born, Relation raptures and friendship spoils Existence becomes then full of thorns. They are unleashed in the mode of satire by Majumdar as they lead to personal loss and morbidity.

He is convinced that these factors are not confined to an individual but surpasses to the society and world as a whole. He brings out his emotions in their original or distorted form because he knows that human is a fusion of virtues and vices. Lord Krishna explained the difference between the evil and speaks of perceptual truths of life. And so does Majumdar through his poems. Hence, he satirises: Desires to fulfil our basic needs Can lead us to a peaceful living, Desires to scale the heights of truth Should be the goal of mature being.

Therefore, the voice of the poet and his conscious vision of life and living seem fragile before the cacophony of the globalised world. Optimism Majumdar is very optimistic, full of hope. Well aware of the after effects of greed for money and power, with the surrounding chaos and moral degeneration, yet he visualises an ideal world where virtues and intellect find a higher place than anything else. He intends to have a world where peace and harmony prevails. He asks the readers to share his faith: Faith in today, faith in future And our faith in social order, Faith in god, faith in brothers Help us cross the human border.

His poems deepen our perception and inspire us. With this didactic approach, he attempts to convey his messages from general to the universal level. Gokak, V. Das, Manoranjan. Kolkata: The Future publications, March, Singh, R. Savitri: A Spiritual Epic. Dwivedi, Suresh Chandra. Poetic Perspectives Of Biplab Majumdar. Arbind Kumar Choudhary. Golden Horizon. Appendix 1 Sharma, Ram. Consequently, the modern poets show their commitment to the acute observation and engagement with the earthly living without excluding beauty, mystery and pain.

The idea is best reflected in Biplab Majumdar. He is aware of the inheritance and complexities of modern life. Social Consciousness Biplab Majumdar as a poet of young generation finds the world caught up in inescapable socio-political situation. The problem which erodes mankind today arises from the absurdity of a social life i.

The generation is trapped in the web of science and technology and the self-defeating process of globalisation. Majumdar views the all-round decline and he expresses his social concern. Through his verses he seeks to suggest solutions within the traditional system. He seems to share the middle path of Buddha i. He puts forward his concern about the present worldwide moral crisis and stresses to make modern society more compassionate, just and equitable. Parlour of pleasure and caressing comforts Allure him ever as a seductive woman, Places him poorly in the mesh of passions His morality gets a steady contamination.

Corruption drives one to dark downstairs Causes spoiling his sanctity of soul, Not only he gets deprived of peace But destroys his world as a whole. Corruption exhausts vigour of a society Hits a nation below the belt, Silently damages the very root of integrity The enemy should be very strictly dealt. A man who degrades his noble self Denies truth and surrenders to evils, Remember digs grave by his teeth Must he meet the awaited devil.

Majumdar tries to draw our attention to the fact people become materialistic and money oriented. Hence, human ethics and morals have lost their value. Majumdar ponders upon the corruption that is largely responsible for the loss of human qualities like feeling of love, sincerity, empathy, equality, unity, justice etc. The ultimate victim are the humans whose internal hunger destroys their own existence in all sphere of life and hence they are no better than dead.

With this poem, Majumdar presents his main motive to point out the ills of society and a way to change it. With a series of synchronized and strategically placed bombs, the city was set ablaze killing people and wounding around and more. The poem is as a war cry in an ironic manner.

He further continues to present his anger for terrorism as it infringes upon a serious danger to peaceful environment and at the same time poses a danger to the human rights. Majumdar is very much conscious about the havoc of globalisation that has caused to our life today and keenly aware of the resultant miserable life of people. Violence disrupts the foundation of society Challenges blatantly the power of goodwill, Echoes the voice of bitter hatred, enmity The Satan of hell can only kill. An war can never be inevitable there If humanity does not lose its conscience, the river of wisdom unless fades forever into the dreary desert of gruesome ignorance.

Violence celebrates the festival of blood Can demolish world within a day, The violin of violence should be seized Let us all unite to stop the play. The poem presents violence as a part of human condition because of our sin nature. He makes us aware that modern society has abandoned the traditional notion of right and wrong. Hence, violence is likely to arise in the societies with social inequality.

As a humanist, Majumdar comes near to O. Bhatnagar for whom the spirit of man is his greatest concern. How can it be a true religion? However, the relationships of religion to science, arts and politics have narrowed down the faith and belief in it. The influence of religion has declined and therefore is questionable. The emergence of politics has made the matter worse. Further, in the same poem, he writes ironically: Religion is the most catchy issue of politics Through the ages in the Indian history, Even at the dawn of twenty first century Who can deny its subtle mystery?

The political strife within the Indian government does not seem to decline and hence hinders the national peace. The dominance of religion in the Indian way of life gives an easy way for the political readers since the very beginning owing to the secularity of the nation, in the name of retaining unity. The poet here ironically presents, the consequences of globalization which is conceived as turning the whole world into one global village, but they usually enumerates the aspects of deterioting human right. We fail to establish inter-connection with each other without a sense of universal responsibility, a feeling of universal brotherhood, and the understanding and belief that we are really a part of one big human family.

To quote from Passion: Passions are the wolves within us Wild, untamed with endless hunger, They pounce on prey and eat up But their hunger satiates never. Moreover, he shows how the ethics and moral principles of human life get obscured by the shadow of self interest. It is a large motivator when it comes to personal goals. As the poet looks at the other sense of intimate relationship, he notices: Children are not born Of love now, so there is much Scarcity of love. Child birth is no longer seen as a part of love but as a mere biological process, with no spiritual sanctity or commitment between man and woman.

He believes it important to emphasize upon the human vices in this modern period of global expansion, self-preoccupation, and moral degradation. Such processes have been going in mind since time immemorial, but their execution has become more effective under modern conditions leading to delusion, greed and aggression- the passion behind almost every trouble. His poems have a tone of expressing ethical contents, the philosophical and the instructive thoughts. They are mostly descriptive, reflective and assertive in nature. In the following lines of the same poem, he touches upon the modern philosophy of life that surpasses time: Doing things all ever in moderation Is the golden rule of life A mature mind is complete one That can face all worldly strife21 According to the poet, moderation should be the prime focus of every individual which will give them the ability to take responsibilities with their action.

He recites the kindness and divinity of both a human heart and a tree. While the flag shows the mutual relationship between every individual of nation. When a man metaphorically meets the qualities of sun and flag only then can he facilitate kindness. He emphasises on the training of the mind to endure suffering and attain a more lasting state of happiness.

In contrast, he remarks on the indispensible presence of tension in mundane life in the following lines: Our life cannot be without tension We must admit its inevitable presence, An unconquerable force of the nature Directs us to quicken the senses. Thus ,the poet wishes humans to learn to respond with perseverance and consistency.

Additionally, the theory of poetry as something moral and educational seems to be communicated with no less force by the poet. In fact, poets are born with certain artistic nerves, unworldly instinct, and sensitive soul.

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The beauty of world, its people its happenings, discourse, everything is noticed by the poet day and night, creates a movement in his subconscious mind. They get matured there with his innate poetic realisation; subsequently the process leads him to pen a poem which ultimately is a conscious effort.

Majumdar fixates on philosophy and social concern as the vehicle through which individuals can be transformed. However, the actual transformation remains questionable. Kolkata: International Poetry Society of Kolkata. Sharma, A. Contemporary Vibes. Journal of Human Values. Indian Institute of Management. October, Weiger, Michael. The chapter touches upon the expressive features of the poet including his form, imagery, mood, metre, rhyme, diction and style.

In the words of V. It also requires to analyse the poem stylistically which means being more objective and factual. Majumdar shows how he is tempted by the beauty and silence of nature to portray verbally the picture of the large canvas. Stylistically, metre is the measured arrangement of stressed words. The poet tries to feel the silence of nature in the olive valley. Ironically it means that there is a church in the olive valley whose bells echo in the silence of the valley.

Similarly, the third line has five stressed words; fourth line has three stressed words and so on. Moreover, free verse can be recognised around or sound repetitions or the rhythm. Yet, there are some other kinds of sound pattering in the poem. They act as a modifier to add emphasis to the painted scene on the canvas.

A clever use of ellipsis in the poem separates the experiences of the last three lines of the poem. The coming of a teen-age girl all of a sudden, distracts the narrators attention, probably with her outfit which had floral print on it. Thus, Majumdar tries to create an impression of tranquility and beauty of nature in the poem.

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There are millions of naked Jesus Homeless, foodless, poor, sufferers Freedom winks at, laugh at us. Freedom of mind basically needs Controlling senses that intellects guides An instinct that is followed by divine spirits. The equal number of stressed words makes the poem simple. The pattern is called end rhyme as each letter standing for the sound that ends in a line.

He avoids force rhyming or rhyming just to rhyme by going with the flow of the poem. This kind of continuity also demonstrates that his thought has not been diverted. It highlights the conscious effort of the poet to make the readers aware about how the modern state has undermined human freedom which is the birthright of every individual. The use of antithesis opposites in the same line further heightens the effect of human freedom: sun day and night. The appropriate punctuation marks comma and full stop add to the structure of the poem. For example, in the second stanza, comma at the end of the first line puts emphasis on Jesus symbolizing the poor and wretched common man in the modern age devoid of basics for living.

These words also share the feature of assonance. Humour, in fact, is a rare catalyst That adds life to our hectic living, The prosaic speech gets an instant lift Makes it handsome, exceptionally charming. It is neither a wit nor a joke But a bit different from these two, The essence of wit the delight of a joke Remember provides true humour hue. He describes the function of humour and simultaneously tries to inspire the readers to inculcate this very attitude in their normal behaviour. The poem consists of four stanzas in quatrains with near regularity of stressed words in each line. The rhyming scheme is very regular with slight variation: abab, abab, abab, abab.

It gives a deep perception and creates significant awareness that the poem is ultimately addressing to the reader. However, assonance sounds are sprinkled all over the poem making it a beautiful lyrical poem. By comparing humour to salt, the poet emphasises on the indispensible presence of both in life and food respectively.


Majumdar makes two ideas that remain distinct. Hence, the use of simile depicts the emotions and specific values he wants to pass on the readers. The poem takes the form of didactic poem which is the main concern of the poet. Diction Diction is important to poetry because the choice of words in a work can convey feelings or attitude.

He uses simple diction and vocabulary and avoids using complex words. The use of noun is more apparent in the poem. Nouns like wind, sand, dust, friend, stream, lava, hour, jaws, day, world, bones and enemies show his realistic portrayal of life. Verbs such as see, live, leaving, taking, going, coming, and pressing is well used with the utmost care. However, the use of present continuous form of verb indicates the Indian usage of English.

This indicates his typical Indianness. Next to noun and verb is the use of adjectives which takes the large part in his poems. Here adjectives like endless, dusty, lonely, gorgeous, redhot and inauspicious acts a modifier of noun to give a picturesque description.

Thus, we can say that Majumdar uses nominal style as his use of noun exceeds the use of verbs and adjectives. The syllabic pattern includes a more or less balance between monosyllabic, disyllabic and poly syllabic words. Monosyllabic words: wind, high, soil, feet, sand world, dust, hard, see, one, day, each, steam, lava, bones, hour, jaws, friends, position. The above syllabic structure conveys the emotions and feelings with the consistent progress from the beginning to the end of the poem. He is able to convey his meaning with absolute clarity.

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A man can have sufficient riches Fame and fortunes of various kinds, Yet the peak of peace may remain unseen Without the proper frame of mind. Our conscious mind usually thinks The subconscious one glorifies memory, The super conscious mind of us Links up with the divine reverie. Belief in god, truth and honesty Are the signs of greater mind, Universal love he carries in chest Worldly attachments cannot him bind.

Nouns like the spring, thoughts, world, objects, human, breast, divine, muscles, heaven, god, truth, love, chest.

Abstract nouns are honesty, jealousy, hatred, suspicion, reverie, super conscious, subconscious, conscious, peace, fortune, fame, riches, success, defeat and thoughts. Verbs are alluring, spring, flowing, appear, mirrors, thinks, use, developed, carries, bind. Adjectives are proper, divine, greater, universal, and worldly.

Thus, the poet uses a nominal style to describe a picture of a realistic change of mind. With the image of human breasts, Majumdar universalises his thoughts making use of speech of everyday life. Therefore, the choice of words is more in a formal mode and does not use a specific dialect. Similar feature are present more or less in every poem. When venom comes into veins a tremendous restlessness, uneasiness, discomfort and bodily pain occurs. And the body badly demands a release from within His diverse exposure and keen observation helps him to draw the nature imagery and visual imagery suggesting the correspondence and the interaction between the mind and its surroundings.

Likewise, disciplined life makes a man of strong head and heart who gets capable enough to cope up with any difficult situation in life. Bad times rarely affect him. The aim is to awaken the common masses to make tireless and unending efforts till one achieves success. Comparing the various dimensions of life to common objects, Majumdar projects his vision and philosophy of life clearly, which makes him more of a preacher.

The readers of English poetry, especially in our country are enlightened enough, they need no teaching. It would be better to say, as a pot what I believe, feel and imagine, what I get after delving myself I want to express that through my verses. Metaphorically it means a word which is difficult to pronounce. Gangotri is the spot where river Ganga originated as a river which is the source of spiritual ford. Pious Hindu believes Gangotri to be the meeting place of heaven and earth, a place where one crosses the shore of liberation.

Similarly, a human soul is embedded with the psyche and is the matter of scared place within the individual. The striking quality of the use of different images is that the poet ironically attacks the various drawbacks of contemporary society. It results in the loss of eye sight and things appear blurred. This is explained in the four packed lines with abstract ideas and hence can be termed as extended simile in an ironic vein. Selfishness is that unholy hidden rat Slowly but steadily it stealthily cuts All of our splendid roots virtuous Ultimately it causes the fall of hat15 The poet ridicules the vices in human.

Like rats, selfishness too makes a space for itself within the moral values embedded in human heart and ultimately erodes the human values all together. Irony and satire are the primary devices with which the poet engages the audience to help them see the deeper, moral and social truths and problems. The poet is equally sensitive to nature. With the use of natural imagery, Majumdar makes a connection to describe some human situation. Even his collection of experimental haiku provides such instances: Endure as a tree Silently: patiently; we Live with unknown birds17 The poet comments on the nature of human which should possess the virtue of tolerance as possessed by the tree.

World is full of self-centred people who harms other directly or indirectly. In other haiku poem, he builds the image of joy by comparing it to dew drops: Joys are like dew drops They fall evaporate; again A long dryness there. Likewise, joys too are short lived. His verse comes to him even in the silence of nature.

He also uses the images of sea gulls, moon, dolphin, garden, etc in other poems with which he asserts his thoughts and feelings. He has two modes of expression, one that results in turning inward and second results in an ironic observation of reality.


His poems present his Indian sensibility. He extends the concepts of Indian poetry to nature and thus writes: Indian poetry Springs from nature Deep spirituality. It is not only necessary for people to reflect on the meaning of life and what they really want out of life. The poet stands out for his deep insight as he seeks to contain inner restlessness through mediation and exploration of self for positive communication.

Poems of Majumdar present different moods of the poet such as sorrow, happy, gloomy, faith, religion etc. Hopeful mood is very dominant in his poems as he is an optimistic poet. This can be traced in the following three liners: Life is a puzzle, That remains unsolved ever, Till light transcends. He attempts to create awareness among the people about the ways of living to accord with the modern times. Also he interprets his writing as a humanitarian mission: When a man serves to mankind Facing all his stresses and strains, Expecting nothing personal in return Worship becomes his service then.

Biplab Majumdar stands at par with it. His simple and effective style of expression makes his poetry sensuous, philosophical and thought provoking. An Integral View of Poetry. Abrams, M. A Glossary of Literary Terms. New Delhi: Macmillan India Ltd. Kolkata: The Future Publication, Appendix p. Prime, Patrica. Poetic Perspective of Biplab Majumdar. Japan is the home of haiku and other related forms of poetry.

Haiku is a metre of 17 phonogram or syllables in three lines. Kigo seasonal word and kireji cutting word are both considered non-negotiable requirement for the form. Basho, the Japanese wanderer-poet with a strong knowledge of Chinese classical poetry, is considered the pioneer of haiku as an independent form. His works mirror the Zen ideals.

Basho was followed by Yosa Buson and Kobayashi Issa , who sought the quality of poetry in that tradition. This traditional form flourished and spread all over the world after World War II in different languages with native variation. Haiku in West Haiku flowed out to the West.

It has a different concept of poetry in the West U. K, USA as the form was adapted to English and other languages by poets. The non-negotiable criteria of haiku apply to spirit and content and not to the form. Singh points out. Though Rabindranath Tagore, is the pioneer of this literary genre, who explored and wrote about Japanese culture and heritage evidenced in his book Fireflies. In addition, Satya Bhusan Verma is considered as pioneer for his haiku in Hindi.

Later, the poets from different language states and culture also started writing haiku. Some resorted to the traditional discipline, some wrote with their own ease and comfort. In this regard R. The flower, the water, the night, or the sun hardly speaks for themselves. They appear romantic, sentimental, intellectual and didactic, or cleverly manipulating the simple truths of nature wonders. Some poets attribute a purpose or aim to their objects of observation and prevent reader from making connections. They tend to explain and elaborate as their regular poems rather than sketch their experience of the moment.

Among the emerging practioners, the notable poet includes Aju Mukhopadhyay, P. Padhi, Jagdish Vyom, Linda Ashok and many more. Most of the poems follow the Japanese tradition. An epigram is a very short, satirical and witty poem usually written as a brief couplet or quatrain. In other words, these are verse usually in the form of generalization with satirical or moral purposes. A close study of the poems in Golden Horizon though composed in haiku form lack the vital haiku spirit.

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There are some good haiku which conform to the internationally accepted norms of haiku, but not all. A few readable haiku are as under: Silence sleeps deathless On the banks of the river Water of time flows.

Most of the haiku are of personal, social, romantic and mystical nature. To quote: We live like the earth Being wounded, bloody by dear ones Compelled to cry within11 With the image of earth, the poet compares the life of human beings who live in this morally degenerated world. Hurting, harming, plotting on others and many alike evil practices by the near and dear ones makes one handicapped.

The message entangled all together is that we must attribute human qualities to the earth which appears more physical and have gratitude towards it on which we depend. The poem contains syllables, a single idea i. A similar practice is found in another haiku where irony is the chief suggestion of the verse. Words of promises Wither, fly to and fro like The leaves of April. He speaks of the pleasure one finds in making promises but its fulfilment remains a doubt much like the new leaves on the tree during the spring season in April. The new leaves that cover the tree looks lavishly green and energizes the atmosphere, but one cannot be sure how long will it stay as the wind may take them away.

Haiku usually have a caesura somewhere, though it is not always shown by punctuation. Be the first to ask a question about The Seeker Is the Sought. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jul 05, University of Chicago Magazine added it Shelves: humanities-division. Marvin R. Montney, AM'70 Author From the author: "In this collection, visionary poet Montney opens the doorway to the soul to uncover love's uncharted essence.

A great read for lovers, lovers of poetry and those with an interest in philosophy. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Montney certainly falls into the latter category. A great read for lovers, lovers of poetry and those with an interest in philosophy.

Adhering to Shakespeare[']s dictum that, [']There is more under heaven and earth than is dreamt of in our philosophies,['] Mr. Montney uses his poetry to explore some of those unchartered areas exemplified in the states of love and romance. Montney artfully succeeds. With each 'cluster,' comes a carefully calculated objective.

With deft rhythm and a both vivid and powerful capability to bring image to language, Montney's poems evoke an almost unnatural curiosity. Each poem in this collection suggests a [powerful] intimacy capable of reaching a diverse range of readers. In the end, Montney's intriguing and ambitious insights into the psyche of love are a success in that they stir enough emotion in their reader to be deemed worth reading and rereading.

And the universality of his ardent collection overall will widely appeal to readers who are seeking to appreciate and make sense of intimate relationships and to Even after 82 pages, his book leaves you wanting more.