Scratch A Rock

Posted in Where Nothing Rhymes by Bharat Iyer on June 14, 2010

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  1. Sharanya said, on June 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Imagery is obviously your thing. I love it. Especially the last line. The 5th stanza reminded me of Kafka Tamura’s hideout in the woods.

    Do you deliberately not use fullstops and capital letters? :)

    (I waited for a few days to see if I could make some sort of intelligent analytical remark about the poem, but I think I really like it, is the most I can say :) )

    • Bharat Iyer said, on June 15, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      Good to know. Really? Why does it remind you of that?

      I guess so. Fullstops and capital letters feel like they obstruct the flow of the poem, like mountains rearing up and turning the wind back or changing a river’s direction.

      (It’s not your fault; I don’t think it has enough substance for an intelligent analytical remark. That’s good enough for me. :D)

      • Sharanya said, on June 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm

        Curling roads, up and down the mountains :)

        And that’s a very, very interesting PoV to have. It suits the poem too. I’m beginning to like your analogies more than the poem itself. oh, criticism. (Speaking of which, I don’t think that’s ever true — it’s conditioning mostly, that obstructs people, or me, at least. It’s true that some works might be richer in their scope for analysis, but there’s always something to be said. Lay this down in front of a Literature student and tell them you don’t know who it’s by, and that it shouldn’t matter, and see what they come up with. I’m not a big fan of formalism, but it has its advantages :))

  2. Bharat Iyer said, on June 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Ah, that. :)

    Hah, backhanded compliment. :P (Interesting. I’m a sucker for formalist theories; they seem to validate literature as an academic subject. :P)

  3. Sharanya said, on November 9, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Link blog pe lagaa, saaley. Thoda self-advertise kar — this IS an occasion! Itna bhi sharmane ki zaroorat nahin hai.

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