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SPN Leaders, You & Our Favorite Poets

Discussion in 'Inspirational Stories' started by spnadmin, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. spnadmin

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    It was just one of those ideas that broke unexpectedly into an afternoon chat between spnadmin, Mai ji, and artistotle ji ... somehow our favorite poets became a topic of casual conversation. I don't even remember how it happened, except that in this broken dialog that covered 40 different subjects of importance to Sikhs or to the forum or to our personal lives, poetry just slid in and out of the chat.

    The idea of course is about discussion. Please take part!


    It was the sort of conversation that works much like a wonderful afternoon tea: the kind that fortifies you because both the tea and the companionship change the way the world looks just a tiny bit. We discovered things we never knew about our partners. Just knowing makes a person want to know more. We were trading names of our favorite poets, and then the idea came about.

    Love of poetry is a passion that smoulders, but never becomes a destructive fire; it glimmers in the background. One can go there when one wants and warm up the heart. Why not share that passion, that part of ourselves with the rest of the forum? Why not create a thread so that any member can talk about a favorite poet and post a poem or two and discuss why they like that poem.

    Some of us are very shy. However, Mai ji, aristotle ji and I will begin. The very first entry however honors Admin Singh ji who never makes any claim to importance, yet .. none of this would be happening, none of it, without him

    I know that Admin Singh ji has a special appreciation for Rabindranath Tagore. Translated from the Bengali


    Rabindranath Tagore was Asia’s first Nobel Prize winner. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913 for his book Gitanjali. Although most famed for his poetry, Tagore was a creative genius who played a crucial role in the cultural renaissance of India and Bengal in the 19th and early 20th Century. As well as being a Seer poet Tagore’s achievements included notable contributions in the fields of music, literature, plays, art and education reformer.
     

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    re: SPN Leaders, You & Our Favorite Poets

    Mai Harinder Kaur ji and I discovered that we both like the poetry of William Butler Yeats. The key to this shared appreciation probably lies in the way that the poetry, vision and life of Yeats has touched our own lives. I also like the poet William Auden. Mai ji also likes e e cummings and Sara Teasdale. We will come to all of that.

    Here is a poem by Yeats, one of his mysterious poems full of contradiction, word play, imagery and symbolism, and, yes, it is grounded in history. Nothing about Yeats can be divorced from the remarkable times in which he lived.
    This poem was written in 1919, at the close of World War 1, a war that claimed more lives than today we would imagine. It was a war the changed the face of Europe, ushered social and economic revolutions, over-saw the downfall of monarchies, and marked the beginning of the end of the British raj.


    W.B. Yeats ( 13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for what the Nobel Committee described as “inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of a well-known Irish painter, John Butler Yeats. He spent his childhood in County Sligo, where his parents were raised, and in London. Born into the Anglo-Irish landowning class, Yeats became involved with the Celtic Revival, a movement against the cultural influences of English rule in Ireland during the Victorian period, which sought to promote the spirit of Ireland’s native heritage.


    PRETTY SOON IT WILL BE YOUR TURN TO SHARE YOUR MUSE WITH US!
     
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    Mai Ji's beautiful graphic creation posted here, 'There will come soft rains' is one of Teasdale's most renowned poems.

    I admire Sara Teasdale for her subtleness and amazing simplicity of style. Her portrayal of love and loss, and of the dark shades of life with happiness sprinkled in between, is simply beyond words. My favourite poems are 'Night song at Amalfi', 'The Look', 'The Song for Colin' and almost every other piece she wrote.

     
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    Another poem by Sara Teasdale
     
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    I wonder if Sara Teasdale was in a way talking to herself or about herself (not worth possessing). She was depressed through most of her adult life. Feelings of being too unworthy to be possessed may lurk behind the poem. Or feelings that some other cannot be possessed in her own life, she says that one is unworthy because she encounters failure and in her heart blames herself. I was amazed reading her life that she turned down the proposal of one poet, Vachel Lindsay, who adored her, and instead sunk herself into a loveless marriage that ended badly. As if she could not bear the emotions that accompany feelings of being loved.

    I have yet to post my William Auden poem. It will have to wait a bit... can't do it right now bcuz have to concentrate on some other things besides the forum. :sad:
     
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    I appreciate Thomas Lux for the contemporary style his poetry represents, free from the sheckles of verse, yet perfectly rhythmic and harmonical, sometimes romantic and at others just showing us the bare naked truth. His poems actually get stuck in your mind, it is very difficult not to think of them, and having read them once, you'll always like to come back and savour them again and again.

     
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    My Two Favourite Poems Of All Time

    and...

    I have always loved Aleister Crowley's poem above... it's a very in depth description of a deeply personal spiritual journey. Though Aleister Crowley was seen by some as 'evil' in actuality was more spiritual, but since he dabbled in what was considered occult practices to progress spiritually he was misunderstood. If he was around today, people would just think he was another person who was into meditation, tarot cards etc. He actually travelled to India and studied Hinduism and Buddhism... doesn't say anything about Sikhi though but he did study many world religions and eventually founded Thelema.

     
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    Since Punjabi poetry has not featured in this thread so far, I take the liberty of posting a beautiful piece of verse by, Shiv Kumar Batalvi, who is often referred to as the Keats of Punjabi poetry.
    Just to mention, my favourite Punjabi poets are Shiv Kumar Batalvi, Dhani Ram Chatrik, Professor Puran Singh, Harinder Singh Mehboob and Haribhajan Singh (quite a list, phew!)

     
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