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- Poetry of Mukunda Rama Rao
|by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.|
Like FAQs there could be FAPs –facts about poetry and poets. Human life is so complex that it has multitudinous aspects and kaleidoscopic combinations of shades and colours. Mukunda Rama Rao, a student of mathematics, professionally an IT veteran and sensibility wise a lover of familial feelings of love and affection, looking at life with concern and compassion. Some poems get stuck in the heart-mind and memory like: my love is like a red, red rose that’s newly spring in June (Burns), Thins fall apart, the centre cannot hold (Yeats), this is the way the world ends ... not with a bang but a whimper (Eliot). In Telugu we remember with joy ‘a garland of jasmines for our mother Telugu (Sundarambadi), another world, another world has calling, come forward, come forward and rise high and higher (Sri Sri) and ‘the nation is not the soil, it is the populace (Gurazada). Mukunda Rama Rao’s poetry is praised and remembered for its bravura in expression and depth of feeling in imagination.
In the following poem, the poet describes the condition of being a shadow sleeping in the dark looking at radiance. There are the tree’s bough, the moon, the stars, a wall and tears too in the poem. The world, darkness, sleep and imagination are the persona.
In our tradition, wife and husband are made for each other. And wedlock makes the two unite into one. The ‘knot’ is symbolic, holy and the two become indivisible. This is for continuation of the human race via progeny. The absorption of one in the other is the consummation devoutly to be wished.
Human limitations, helplessness, with or without power, lead man to wail unheard. Suffering and pain are real and insurmountable in most cases. The poet conveys the meaning deftly.
The parentage and the Sun’s movements are the subject of the ‘Offspring Night’. Night is spoken of as mother and the sun her offspring. The sun we see today may be the one after innumerable trillions of years. This is an idea in deep cerebration.
The sight of a lone destitute woman sparks ideas in the poet’s mind as to whether she should be given shelter or not. Before the thought widens barge into the mind dark aspects and evil qualities. Killing kind feeling what ensues is just the scuffle.
Prison could be real or a condition of existential thinking. The poet talks about incarceration in an imaginative mood. Even for the one ‘free’ there could be a psychological prison. That mental condition is extremely corroding.
The following is a poem about the bud opening and blossoming into a lovely flower. She has her own hardship and effort – binding herself into a small one and slowly opening into a flower. This is a description with imaginative finesse.
A poet is extremely conscious and careful in the choice of words. This poem is about words.
The poet presents the prosaic announcement to the passengers from the airplane pilot but ends with a kind of philosophical acceptance of actuality. Journeys are inevitable and inescapable in life. This last stanza is philosophical acceptance of actuality.
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