HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN KEATS !

JOHN KEATS ,the romantic poet,was born this day on 31 October, 1795 in London.

He,during his life time, couldn’t achieve much fame and was subjected to a rather harsh plus negative criticism,but, a few decades later,he was again reassessed and declared as a major poet in english literature!

JOHN KEATS (31 oct, 1795 ).
One of the greatest poets in english literature,KEATS,during his life, published 54 poems only,in three volumes.
He lived for 25yrs and in such a shorter period his poetic output has given him a unique position in english literature.
His mastery over the use of images and his practise of employing medieval themes into his poems for conveying some messages to the contemporary society of his time, create a special flavour which is only to be found in Keatsean Verse !

He was master of composing Odes and had written some of the finest Odes ever written in english language.
‘ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE’ , ‘ODE ON SOLITUDE’ , ‘ODE ON PSYCHE’ , ‘ODE ON GRECIAN URN’ , ‘TO AUTUMN’ are some of his signature odes.
He drew inspirations chiefly from Homer, Spencer, Virgil, Shakespeare and Milton.
His life had been full of sorrow and sadness.His father died when Keats was 8, his mother died of tuberculosis when he was 14, his brother Tom died of tuberculosis at a very tender age and he too died of the same disease.
His first hand experience of such pain ,loss ,misery ,suffering et.al had impacted his poetry also.
Keats also wrote on medieval themes and legends.
His epic poem, ENDYMION, tells the story of love between the moon goddess,DIANA and the earthly creature,ENDYMION.
His poem,EVE OF ST.AGNES, LAMIA, HYPERION, LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI, are long and beautiful samples of imagination plus intuition ,the two key ingredients of Romanticism.

He died of tuberculosis at a rather young age of 25,but,it didn’t pose much doubts regarding his legacy. . . .With The rise n fame of the victorian poet, Tennyson, Keats’s poems got a newer thrust for the musical sounds his words create!
Keats merged myth n mythology into his poetry to weave a spellbinding effect upon the readers!

Apart from Tennyson, other poets,especially ,The Pre-Raphaelites drew inspirations from Keats and saw him as model !

Keats was a great votary of beauty and for him art was a medium to gain immortality.

”BEAUTY IS TRUTH, TRUTH BEAUTY ; THAT’S ALL YE KNOW AND THAT’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW !”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,KEATS!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EZRA POUND, THE POET AND LITERARY GODFATHER !

EZRA POUND WAS MORE AN INSTITUITION THAN AN AUTHOR!HIS POETRY WRITING CAME WITH THE EFFECTS OF SUCH INTOXICATION,so to say,that every writer tried to emulate him !
Today Is Ezra Pound’s Birthday !
EZRA POUND,IN TERMS OF INFLUENCING ART AND ARTIST,WAS SUPREME IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE LAST CENTURY !AS A POET HE REMAINS COMPLEX,THOUGH!AS A MENTOR HE WAS MATCHLESS.HE HAD AN EYE TO SPOT ARTISTIC TALENTS AND ENCOURAGING SUCH TALENTS,GROOMING THEM AND ULTIMATELY SEEING THEM AS SUPERSTARS !For Example- Ezra Pound Supported and Suggested Authors Like T.S.ELIOT, JAMES JOYCE, D.H.LAWRENCE, HEMINGWAY -to cite a few literary stalwarts !
His use of Precision In Terms of Imagery ,His word-economy n his sparse diction and above all ,his DIRECTNESS in presentation have heralded the Modernism In Poetry Writing In English Language,both in England n America.
He Shaped Such Movements In Literature As IMAGISM,POST-CUBISM,VORTICISM n others and invented a totally new plus striking craftmanship.

A Polyglot,he was the first major author to incorporate a line or two from Latin,German,French. . .etc. every now n then in works written in english.
He was also a great translator and had often related the age of good literature with a corresponding age of great translation.

He was sort of fascinated with everything Italian,had spent a major chunk of life there and was greatly impressed with Roman Civilization n Culture that he often referred to in his works.

He was also a naive in theorizing or assuming new ideas etc. as is evident from his outright support of FASCISM and MUSSOLINI in the run up to the second world war,considering fascism as a better form of governance fit for economical amelieoration of the masses! He indulged in regular broadcasts ranting against America and eulogizing Italy n Mussolini during the second world war and that led his being charged n tried for Treason by the American authority as he was extradited to The United States after the end of the war.

Instead of being incarcerated he was sent to a mental care,ST. ELIZABETH’S in Washington where he had to stay for twelve years as he was declared Insane n unfit to answer or plead against the charges levelled!
In 1958 after his dis discharge from the Elizabeth’s,he again went to Italy n lived there till death in 1972 in Venice at the age of 87.

His major works include THE CANTOS, HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLY, EXULTATIONS, THE SPIRIT OF ROMANCE. .et.al .

Despite the disgrace he endured due to his overt pro-fascist rants n his being declared insane, his contributions in moulding the very character of modern british and american literature remains Unquestionable !

TRULY,EZRA POUND WAS A LITERARY GODFATHER !

Happy Birthday,EZRA POUND !

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY,DYLAN THOMAS, POET AND PLAYWRIGHT !

DYLAN THOMAS,The Poet,Playwright,Short storywriter and broadcaster!
Famous for the musicality of his poems and excessive likings for whiskey, Dylan Thomas Is Now Considered(near unanimously) as one of the most important poets of english language in the first half of the last century!
Of course he was no eliot or auden ,yet,in the genre of romantic poetry writing in modern world he was a prominent voice without any doubt !
He became more famous when he had toured the united states in 1949 and had had many poetry readings across the states!
In fact he was amongst the major voices who had brought glamour and glitz to the practice of poetry readings!

‘DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT’ , ‘FERN HILL’ , ‘AND DEATH SHALL HAVE NO DOMINION’ are immortal poetry pieces that will make u fell in love with Dylan Thomas!
‘UNDER MILK WOOD’ is another important work (a play) of Dylan,famous for its comic realism.
‘A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG DOG’ is his major shortstory collection.

His main themes were life,death and religion .His works showed a changing pattern in correspondence to his life.Earlier works show happier and childhood themes and later works took serious themes culminating into comic realism best reflected in his arguably most mature work, ‘UNDER MILK WOOD’.

His was a life of excesses and that cost him dearly.
Alcoholism struck its blow rather early and the poet died at the age of 39 at a hospital in New York on November 9, 1953.

Earlier There Were Diverse,rather Differing Opinions Regarding Dylan Thomas As A Writer,but,gradually,DYLAN’S Works excites newer interests and younger generations find him as a poet of great interest and his fans grow in number!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DYLAN !

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY,HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON,SECRETARY OF STATE(USA) !

Hillary Rodham Clinton Turns 65 Today !
She Is Arguably One Of The Most Powerful Women In Today’s World.
Hillary Clinton Is Getting Younger And Prettier Day By Day And That Too Being A Member Of Political Class Famous For Tension And Anxiety.
The Way She Carries Herself Is Simply Flawless.
She Handles Politics And Fashion(as evident from her dress n hairdo) With Aplomb !
The Ever Changing Hairstyle And Clothes Give Impressions,At Times, Of A Showbiz Persona.
She Is Currently Viewed As The Most Suitable Democrat’s Candidate For The US PRESIDENCY IN 2016 !
She Is Having A Rather Free Hand In Handling Foreign Relations And For This She Is Often Admired And Quoted Publically By President Obama.
A Chicago Native Hillary Married Bill Clinton , Her Classmate At Yale And Colleague At University Of Arkansas Law School, In 1975.
Hillary Was A Republican Till She Listened Martin Luther King In Late 60s.

She had campaigned for J.Carter and sat on an investigating committee of the house of representatives looking into the infamous WATERGATE that cost Nixon his post.
She was the first lady for 8yrs and just after got herself elected as a senator from NewYork.

She had to go through immense upheaval emotionally when her husband and President mr.BILL CLINTON was exposed in an affair with a white house intern,Ms.Monica Levinsky .But Hillary Managed Herself and her family calmly!
She Deserve Great Applause For Forgiving Her Man Post Monica And Moving On And Attaining Newer Heights In Public Domain First As A Senator,NY Then As A President Hopeful And Then As The Secretary Of State -arguably One Of The Most Challenging Jobs In The World !

Will She Get Into The Ring In 2016 ?
Or Just Retire From Her Public Life When A New President Gets Elect In Case Mr.Obama Doesn’t Make The Cut ? Or, Will She Be Continuing As The Secretary Of State If Mr.Obama Gets The Mandate For A Second Inning ?

Nothing Is Clear In Political Churnings The World Over !
But,Crystal Clear Is One Thing That Hillary R Clinton Will Be Having More Style Plus Fashion To Her Persona !
The Yale Law Grad Is An Eye Candy As Well As Mindblowing Witty !
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SUNIL GANGOPADHYAY, THE EMINENT BENGALI NOVELIST AND POET, IS DEAD !

R.I.P. #SUNIL GANGOPADHYAY !
THE EMINENT BENGALI AUTHOR WHO WAS AN AUTHORITY ON MODERNISM IN INDIAN LITERATURE,HAS PASSED AWAY A SHORT WHILE AGO !HE WAS 78.
HE WAS A LEGENDARY NOVELIST WHO WROTE BRILLIANTLY ON THE PARTITION OF INDIA AND OTHER VOLUMINOUS NOVELS.HE ALSO HAD A FINE SENSE OF POETRY COMPOSITION.

A sad sad day for the literary world as he was ,apart from a stalwart in modern post independent indian literature,a great motivator to the younger generation of poets and novelists !
He had founded a famous bengali literary magazine, ‘KRITTIBAS’ , for new experimental poets.

‘THE FIRST LIGHT’ Has Gone Forever !
May Almighty Bless His Soul !

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