‘Poetry reflecting thoughts beyond space and time is a spiritual one’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Oct 2017 10:44:09

Staff Reporter,

Poetry is an expression of thoughts about natural beauty, incidences in life, social anger and protest against injustice. But the poetry which reflects the thoughts even beyond the space and time could be termed as a spiritual one. The spiritual essence of the poetry is always beyond any religion, custom, tradition, faith, caste or creed, said eminent linguist, critic and activist, Prof Ganesh Devy on Friday.

Prof Devy was delivering a lecture on ‘Spirituality and Poetry’ organised by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Chair and Department of English, RTM Nagpur University at Gramgeeta Bhavan, RTMNU, Mahatma Phule Educational Campus. Dr Siddharthvinayak P Kane, Vice Chancellor of RTM Nagpur University presided over the function. Dharamdas Shende of Department of English and Dr Pramod Munghate of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj chair also shared dais.

Prof Devy took a brief review of historical as well social account of poetry in his speech. He said, ‘The Castle of Indolence: An Allegorical Poem by James Thomson’ in 17th century could be considered as a benchmark. The entire world has faced lot of transformations over the years. With the start of industralisation in 18th century, the poetry too observed the change.

Prof Devy discussed the forms and genre of poetry changed according to time. He also illustrated an example of ‘Spot of Time’ by William Wordsworth. Here spot refers to space and experiences are time. He also explained Albert Einstein’s space and time, T S Eliot’s sense of unease, W B Yeats poems to support the statement.

Elaborating on the contributions of Mohini Mohun Chatterji, a Bengali attorney and scholar who belonged to a prominent family that for several generations had mediated between Hindu religious traditions and Christianity, Prof Devy said, as a theosophist Chatterji helped the society to understand the spiritual essence of poetry of English literature. He also explained the contributions of saints, sages and religious leaders of India like Meerabai, Sant Tukaram, Sant Kabir etc since 11th century who contributed through poetry and challenged orthodoxy.

Expressing concern over the present era dominated by Science and Technology, Prof Devy mentioned, in future, a person would become a complex of physical and digital world. A person could not even think, because the thought process would be dominated by digital machines. In this situation, only poetry would help a person to preserve humanity and spirituality, he added. Dr Pramod Munghate made the introductory remarks. Ratnakar Bhelkar introduced the guests.