Best of both worlds

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.Carl Sandburg

Poems are read by many, loved by few but understood only by a minuscule! This book under review today is nothing but a passionate endeavor by the author to bridge any gap that exists between the poems and it’s readers. This is possible only when there is pure love for the mystical world of poems and the author is one such noble soul who probably has learnt to dance to the tune of melodious poems from a very young age . Hence she has tried her best to construe the very famous words by powerful poets & poetesses that this world has ever witnessed.

Book Review :

Title of the Book:  "Poetry: The Best Words In the Best Order"

Author's Name: Deepti Menon

Format: PDF

 

About the Author: Deepti Menon is a veteran , when it comes to the world of words! She has the experience of half a century of writing short stories, humorous and lifestyle articles, and
content writing ! Yes, you read it right , half a century !! She has many feathers to her hat as she had worked as a freelance journalist and has met & interviewed personalities like Jeffrey Archer and Ruskin Bond !(And I must admit that I have a fan moment here personally for the author of the book ) She has authored numerous books like ‘Arms and the Woman’ by Rupa Publishers, Delhi, ‘Shadow in the Mirror’, ‘Where Shadows Follow’ and ‘Classic Tales from the Panchatantra’, all by Readomania publishers . Her latest offering is yet another anthology of thriller short stories titled ‘Shadows Never Lie’. Many of her short stories have found a home in over twenty anthologies as well.

Narration: The narration is lucid, to the point and most importantly takes into account the reader’s perspective. The engaging poems followed by facts about the poet and the analysis that follows adds a grand dimension to the book. Poems by both foreign & Indian poets have been carefully chosen and hence there can only be best order of everything in the book that is under review today.

Book Cover & Title: The book cover seems sober and is not at all flashy . The title is exciting as it encourages attention because the very line The best words in best order curates interest in the mind of the readers.

Content:

Poetry has its own soul and to understand a soul, one needs the strong desire to merge with the amorphous emotions and must have the required keenness to read between the lines.

This book is one of its kind. The author owing to her vast experience and immense personal interest in poetry has been able to present before us a collection of the twenty six poems sequenced in alphabetical order. The choice of poems range from all across the world including that of India. This very choice is the evidence which speaks volumes about the in-depth knowledge that the author has towards classic poems. It is like you find the best pieces under one roof ! One will start feeling the emotional chords being played upon as one progresses through the pages of this book.

The first poem itself  is the beautiful ‘Abou Ben Adhem’, which talks of the importance of loving one’s fellow beings sets the tone of the book . If on one hand there are creations from the kinds like the legendary Emily Dickenson & Robert Frost; on the other side one can find famous lines by Indian poets like the unforgettable Rabindranath Tagore & Sarojini Naidu !

The range of emotions displayed is very wide, multilayered and promises to absorb its reader in its vortex of sentiments. But as a guiding light, the author shows the way to the readers just like a light house guiding the boats in a sea ! The guiding light comes when the author skillfully introduces the poet of a particular poem and helps in blending of the emotions as she portrays in detail about all the circumstances that shaped up the poet to be of certain kind. The clarity of thought with which the explanation has been made will help you in deciphering the proper meaning of each poem and one can instantly connect . I must applause the amount of research that has gone into bringing the authentic data and facts regarding the celebrated poets. It is certainly not an easy task! There has been use of images where ever required and what touched me was the links that have recitals of the poem by the poets themselves !

The below profound lines from the poem “Because I could not stop for Death” by the very well known Emily Dickson strike a chord instantly.

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And immortality.
We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For his Civility –
We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Grazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun

But you fall in love with it when you know that she challenged the existing definitions of poetry, moving away from the conventional restrictions of expression, along with other creative
geniuses like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau. And all this during the 1800s! It also is important to highlight that she was not recognized during her lifetime, and her volumes of poetry were published posthumously. Isn’t it amazing to know such details ?

The book also has poems by Sugatha Kumari titled Krishna you know me not moved me when I read it. Few of the lines are as below:

Here in the corner of Ambady
Inside my small mud hut, I reside
Silently.


Krishna, You Know Me Not.


Clad in colourful skirts, anklets tinkling
With a shiny pot at my shapely waist
Black kohl of desire in my eyes,
I have never been to your side.

Krishna, You Know Me Not

The author introduces the poet of this poem as below:

Sugatha Kumari (1934 -2020) is one of the most loved poets of Kerala, known for poems that are
sensitive and philosophical. She was also an environmentalist and feminist with a
heart that beat for the downtrodden in society. She founded Abhaya, a shelter for
mentally challenged women and was also actively involved in the Save Silent Valley
Movement, where her poem titled Ode to a Tree’ (Marathinu Stuthi) became a
symbol of protest for the movement. Having won numerous prestigious awards,
when she passed away due to COVID-19 complications, it was a huge loss to
Malayalam literature.

and then follows the beautiful explanation of the poem about the love , the longing that wants to transcend all odds. After knowing the background , one will one be in awe when one re reads the poem.

Well, I was taken aback to know that the one of the finest romantic poets John Keats just lived 25 odd years of his life ! The Author has put across such vivid explanation about the creators and the poems itself that compel you to see them in new light altogether!

The Poet: John Keats (1795 - 1821) 
John Keats is considered as one of the finest Romantic poets, even though he died at
the young age of twenty-five, having published only 54 poems in all. However, the 
quality of his writing, rich in imagery and content, powerful yet devoid of mythic 
grandeur, make him stand, shoulder to shoulder, with William Shakespeare's 
persona as a lyric poet, as seen in the latter's sonnets.

I have highlighted only a few cases above ,because the beauty of this book is only when you the readers themselves can connect with the feelings painted in this book. There are many such rare information put together by the Author.

I would request that if you love poetry , this book is for you ! This book not only presents before you the best selection of classic poetry but holds your hand while you traverse the golden paths of imagery as inter woven by world class mavericks. Deepti Menon has done a phenomenal job of compiling all the jewels together and has polished it with her own hands with a personal touch so that the glitter is more prolific in nature and surly enhances the beauty element of the book.

The book is available for free download on the

Blogchatter website:   “Poetry: The Best Words In the Best Order”  

The book blurb is as below:

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PS. This book is part of #BlogChatterEbook carnival in which my book, Heartfelt Symphonies was also launched and is available for free download as of now.

Love,

Chinmayee

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Deepti Menon says:

    Thank you so much, dear Chinmayee, for this beautiful and meaningful review on my book! I am thrilled that you enjoyed it. God bless!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much. It was my pleasure to have been able to do my little bit.

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