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Foreword to Love & Romance by Jyotirmaya Thakur
|by Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar|
Love & Romance (A Collection of Poems)
Love, as has been universally acknowledged, is the quintessence of human life and the exuberant force that satiates the creative urge of the poet who feels the height of romantic feeling with full of emotional intensity. This is the reason why it has been a favourite and dormant theme of poetry since ages. The poetry of love is basically a romantic expression of powerful spontaneous feeling. It is imbued with the poet's simplicity and purity of heart and intensity of impulses marked with sincerity, loyalty and innocence. However, as a mode of subjective outlet poetry is also a self-revelation of romantic desires and scarlet thoughts and deep agony and anguish of the romantic heart. It is abundantly enriched with imaginative meandering and whirling of sensibility in the beautiful sky of heart. Greatest love poems across the world have been written by male and women poets alike to emphasise their feelings and experiences of love and relationship.
She employs many other metaphors to redefine love in her own way. Love, to her, is “a river of never ending stream”, “the thirst drowned in ocean blue”, “a never ending story”, “tolerance triumphant in life, ’“Respect for each other,’ “open sky with a beautiful sight’, ‘cosmic energy of natural synergy’, “gift from God and God is a gift of love.’
She is well aware that beauity of love is not confined to the mundane bondage. Rather it is always vibrant and thrives in the heart of human beings, ‘in all seasons hot or cold’’ and it has eternal power to soften even a toughest heart. Indeed, the feel of love ennobles people.
For the sake of love, she doesn’t reject the world; she is strongly rooted into the worldly affairs and regards the earth as wonderland of beautiful things of life. She loves it so much and expresses her gratitude to it as it enables her to enjoy soothing glimpse of “Morning of magnificent radiance, /Twilight of enlightened manifestation.” She is enthralled by the fascinating beauty of nature engulfing the world in its embrace. Her poem “I love the World” gives a vivid account of the world:
I Love The World, Letter of Love I Dream To Pen, Love Lengthens Lofty Living, Love Is The Breath of Life, The Moment I Fell In Love, Loving You, Loving Me, Love Letter –Sonnet, The Bond of Love, Love In Splendour, Melody of Love, The Power of Love, Lovely Life, The Elixir of Love, Genuine Love, Let Love Flow, The Reign of Love, An Oasis of Love In Desert of Hearts, Lost Love, First Impressions of Love, Loved And Lost, My Valentine etc are some of her remarkable poems of love imbued with her romantic sensibility.
There are also some poems expressing yearlings and longings, intimate passions of loving hearts. Some poems also reflect melancholy swings of romantic exuberance. In this way, the poet makes an attempt to present, through her poems joy of love and at the same time the pain of love, though not felt that much. “ My Ultimate Desire” gives a touch of sensuousness, a part and parcel of intimate form of love:
The concluding poem of the collection, “Marriage” sums up the essence of love culminating in solemnisation of marriage. This is what reflects Indian sensibility of the poet singing the glory of traditional form of love. She underlines:
As a matter of fact, Jyotirmaya Thakur’s volume of love verses, Love And Romance, is going to be a unique addition to the progress of love poetry writing in Indian English.
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