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Poetic Trends

Fetishising Nature and Pathologising the City

With an overdose of self-pity, coyness, and excessive nature worship, the time is ripe for a renaissance of Bengali poetry.

The fancy of nature and its gaudy evocations, the majesty and coyness of love, the pangs of separation and its sufferings—Bengali poets and readers have no spare from such fragile and drooping poetic content. Even in the 21st century, Bengali poetry remains obsessed with the regurgitate and the amenable. Even after three decades of market liberalisation, the representation of the contemporary in Bengali poetry has remained stray and rare. Of course, the hangover of such imagery, birthed by a sloshed imagination, is not unique to Bengali poetry; it is common in other popular poetic movements like British romantic poetry or Urdu shayari. But in the case of Bengali poetry, several generations have remained immersed in nature worship. As if bewitched by some strange incantation, the ritual of eco-friendly poetry goes on and on.

In the louring sky

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Updated On : 8th Jul, 2022
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