Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Post-Colonial Poetry.

Often I have this great feeling of displacement and dislocation, especially when we do classes on the Augustans. Unlike Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o I have no issues with not being able to relate to Romantic poetry viz, 'Ode to the Nightingale'. I could relate to anyone who feels lazy or indolent. I could relate to this entire hazy rigmarole about truth and beauty, they sound so grand and convincing. "Truth" orre baba...beauty! From a very early age I thought Keats was the cat's whiskers, my grandfather would often (suddenly) quote from Keats and Shelley. For some reason that generation loved the Romantics, but that is another story.

I have written some PoCo poetry. It is neither profound nor brilliant. I hope it captures my angst sufficiently well. I feel terrible when I read Pepys, or Garrick's memoirs or other things of that sort. And when I read about Brummel and the bluestockings and Drury Lane and Sarah Siddons and muslin and....I love it and I can never fully visualize myself in that world. Young women from India who have read Georgette Heyer, unite!

Now for my poetry. Applaud it.

Some Tories wore wigs
Some Whigs wore out Tories
Had I been British
I would have known more such stories.



Anushka said...

Straight from 'truth!... orre baba Beauty' to the PoCo poem.

storyteller said...

Every time I read this post I'll laugh.You know the inside joke ;) I am tempted to mention why here,but you'll probably kill me :P

Priyanka said...

I doubt whether I'd have read Heyer at all if I were English.
I applaud your poem.

Priyanka said...

I wrote clapclapclap after the last line opore but it's not showing. Haw.

kaichu said...

ami heyer pori! (ba portam. amar high school er english teacher recommend korechhilen, hee).

delurking. hug. :)

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