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A Poet of Man - Dr P. V. Laxmi Prasad
|by P C K Prem|
Universal Witness (Thematics Publications Pvt. Ltd. Latur, 2014) is the first book of poems by Dr P. V. Laxmi Prasad, an author and critic. He is a poet of the masses and whatever he sees around, fills a tender heart intensely with pity, anxiety and concern and therefore, he tries to define inner complexities of feelings and thoughts vividly and frankly while conveying a message of love and compassion. He touches different subjects and while making an objective study, he establishes a silent relationship of empathy with the reader. He is obvious, explicit and plain about life and philosophy. He is sad when he observes hardnosed apathy towards what was glorious in past. Computer age has deprived man of fine sensibility and plainness of words he often writes on paper. ‘A Caged Bird’ is a reflection of what man has done while he takes a mouse in hand.
as integral part of life
Therefore, a not very bright scenario of life emerges to deliberate afresh. Is it not a mind-numbing walk from futility to ultimate ruin? A question arises. He is very clear about what a teacher should do so that he carries the burden of modernism. In between, he looks at relations with penetrative eyes and pays tributes to the greatness of parents, especially a dutiful mother, who ‘teaches the frontiers/ Of life to Perfection/ a flawless character…’ 6
Struggles of existence uncompromising
He makes a symbolic journey where life turns out an exhibition. He hints at the pretense and simulation in life but does not love truth. He looks at fire from different angles and concludes –
Fire Within Raking up past,
He thinks of freedom and wishes to visit ‘Garden of Dreams’ and ‘…Hearts where he enjoys ‘Relishing airs of purity, Serenity, tranquility /That perfume the garden-where He dwells at Puri’ and so suddenly, he finds solace in the divine.
his thirst of sojourns
Whereas in ‘Universal Witness,’ he (?) ‘shakes thinking brains, /raining, reflecting mankind, /dignified, broken silences /to maintain, standing like erecting visible/ glass /its pen that immortalizes souls of creations /to act witness’ 107. The poet is quite explicit and yet he hides the real intent (possibly uncertain?) of unrelenting inquiry into the mystery of life.
disgruntled politics of
Therefore, ‘all life’s passing into fearfully /panic –stricken depths of darkness’ 36, 37, paints a dismal picture of modern life. However, time teaches a great lesson. If man commits blunders and sins, another man fails to evaluate the man correctly. However, a man cannot escape the ‘Judgment of Time’ for repulsive and righteous deeds he does on earth -
Time is prudent judge
Man and life, family and society, brittle relations and locales of man in the societal areas continue to determine feelings and thoughts of the poet. He lives on earth and yet he goes beyond to find out the essence of man’s life. To him, man loves beauty and glory, and intellectual hunger grows as he gains maturity. He thinks of earth, its resources, and then suddenly, he thinks of the sky and the clouds.
Feelings for man never relent even when he asks him to pursue labour, toil without rest, walk without hope of a shade to sit and enjoy flashes of cool breeze. In the ‘Rainbow of Feelings’ a man should seek joy and reprieve. Feelings are like the ‘greenness of earth that kisses feet of soil /like flowering flowers’ and without being choral and obvious, he desires to seek joys of life in the lap of nature. He feels the pleasures streams, lakes, rain and moon provide and then, amidst darkness he visualizes ‘lightness of truths.’ For him:
Its like taking, helping, hugging,
He is simple, straight and down to earth. He observes everything around and experiences the thrills and excitement of hidden meaning, consolidates feelings of each moment strongly and deliberates on each tiny particle of emotional upsurge when alone. If he goes back to past, it is to find relevance of present so that he continues journey to future unknown and unseen and here, the poet indulges in self-created delight, and without a hint rouses a reader to follow and so he unveils each moment of meaning and purpose. Going through Prasad’s lyrics creates varied responses as meanings butt in, and he loves rejoicing in other regions of thoughts. He is modernistic and becomes ruthlessly individualistic and then, suddenly one is led to areas that glorify humanism and universality where lands of intellectual-inquires expand eliminating boundaries of limitations and thus, candidly serve mankind.
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