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Discussion in 'Poetry' started by SuiDhaaga, Jul 30, 2021.

  1. Hopikrishnan

    Hopikrishnan Platinum IL'ite

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    I recommend :
    The Golden Gate (1986) is the first novel by poet and novelist Vikram Seth. The work is a novel in verse composed of 590 Onegin stanzas (sonnets written in iambic tetrameter, with the rhyme scheme following the AbAbCCddEffEgg pattern of Eugene Onegin). It was inspired by Charles Johnston's translation of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin.​
    here is a reference Rhythm and Meter in English Poetry that explains Iambic tetrameter. The Golden Gate is amazing in its technical achievement, and has a clever story as well.

    You can taste at:
    The Golden Gate - I (A Novel In Verse) Poem by Vikram Seth - Poem Hunter

     
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    This requires deep deep study
    So far I write poems that follow
    A rhythm in my head
    Many times is it my emotions
    That get way ahead
     
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    Oh yeah, now I remember hearing about "A Suitable Boy". Yikes, I wonder what the novel is about!
     
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    You were upset with my post. I felt bad. Otherwise, I'm a great escapist when it comes to worries/issues. So, I slept well. Take care, Sui.:smile:
     
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    That is a 7-9-5-9-5 in syllable count.
    Vikram's Seth quality is rather high, and very technical. And some of the vocabulary he uses are not in common lexicon. However, song writers of country music and ballads also use syllable counts, emphasis, and meter to design mnemonics into their lyrics, so that the songs are memorable ("hits"). Bollywood song writers are quite good at this.

    "A suitable boy" is a huge story, almost in competition with Tolstoy's W&P. I suspect the publisher may have given VS a contract that specified a Nickel a word. The Golden Gate is a tiny book in comparison, and every poet should at least skim it for how well it is composed. Many have skimmed, and written about it:
    https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/25549/JuneThjomoeThesis.pdf?sequence=8&isAllowed=y
     
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    I wish yo add an addendum to my previous comments/ info.
    Music that heals by my pal
    S. Shashidharan in the Bangaluru Edition of Deccan Herald :
    As an ardent lover of Indian music, particularly the violin, my joy knew no bounds when I read that violinist N Rajam’s rendition of Raga Darbari Kanada, spelt magic to help a young girl come out of coma in Kolkata.

    Indian music is Nadopasana — an offering to God, and the traditional form is full of bhava-laden ragas. It is said, “Western music moves your body whereas Indian music moves your soul.”

    The earliest instance of the effect of music known to us, the present generation, is that of Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar, one among the trinity in Carnatic music. When he sang Raga Amrithavarshini, incessant rains poured in Ettayapuram, a town in Thoothukudi district of erstwhile Tamil Nadu.

    In another instance, his disciple was suffering from a severe stomach ailment which wouldn’t cure despite the best treatment. Dikshitar studied his horoscope and inferred that the planet Jupiter was in an unfavourable position and the ailment could be cured only by propitiating the planet god Brihaspati and thus he composed the krithi Brihaspathe in Raga Atana. As ordained, the disciple’s ailment was cured. This incident provided impetus for Dikshitar to compose krithis on all the nine planets.

    Sri Thyagaraja, another of the Trinity, is also attributed to have brought life to a dead person by rendering “Naa Jeevadhara” in Raga Bilahari.

    Noted violinist Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan’s father Ramaswamy Sastry was in coma for quite long and even specialist doctors were helpless. As a last resort, Vaidyanathan played his father’s favorite raga Bhairavi and to everyone’s shock and surprise, his father regained conscious. This motivated Vaidyanathan to establish “Raga Research Centre” in Chennai.

    Mysore T Chowdaiah, an ace violinist who introduced the seven stringed violin, proved that music has effect on plants, too. When he played Raga Charukeshi in his paddy field, it grew better and gave much returns than expected.

    Once, flautist T R Mahalingam was travelling in a car with his disciple. The car stopped at a railway crossing. The disciple saw Chowdaiah on the other side and told Mali how Chowdaiah had proved that paddy grows when Raga Charukeshi is played. Chowdaiah, upon seeing Flute Mali, came running and exchanged pleasantries. Mali told Chowdaiah, “I just heard that you can help plants grow better when you play in front of them. I urge upon you to play in front of Veena Balachander, and hopefully, it may help us to see an ear of corn on his head.” Balachander had a clean pate.

    Jagadish Chandra Bose has also proved that music has a stunning effect in the growth of plants. Carnatic ragas Shankarabharana, Kanada, Dwijavanti, Mohana, Kalyani, and scores of other ragas have left long lasting effects on the listeners.

    Music, Maths and Meditation are the 3Ms of life which need constant practice. As I am closing this article, the radio is beaming a soothing, soulful music by legendary violinist Lalgudi G Jayaraman.
     
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    This post is truly beautiful. I will research all of this further. Still trying to build stamina and finger strength while playing Bansuri.

    I really believe music heals. And yes classical Indian music moves the soul
     
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