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Bijay Kant Dubey

Nissim Ezekiel: A Faded Romantic And His Faded Romanticism

Nissim is after all a faded romantic and his poetry
A study in faded romanticism
As his use and application of syntax reveals it so
That he smiles on seeing a girl,
Talks of love-marriage
But marries not
After falling in love with,
Keeping in view the marriage
Within his community.

The colours seem to be faded and fading when take
We up him as for a reading
And his talk of love-marriage, romance, honeymoon
And love at first sight
And the writing of love-letters,
All false, false promises of his.

There is not strong feeling, not so strong emotion in him,
Just carrying on with his simple stuffs,
Please, thank you, bye-bye,
Goddbye, Pushpa,
Seeing the semi-nude Cuban dancer,
Will see the pregnant woman viewing nudes
In the art gallery and will chuckle.

A convent educated boy, he is a poet of hostels and hotels,
Marriage parties, birthday parties,
Honeymoon trips,
Doing hi-hello.

A modern shallow, hollow man, living in the cities,
He can say only about city life and city scapes,
Not the countryside
Where pulsates it the heart of India,
Where dwells it the soul of India.

Submitted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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