Friday, April 5, 2019
The Growth Of Indian Poetry English Language Essay
The Growth Of Indian Poetry incline Language auditionIndian rime has a full and ancient past. During the last four thousand years it was pen in the languages belonging to both the major lingual groups, the Indo-Aryan and the Indo-Dravidian. Indian poem in Sanskrit and its normal organises flourished primarily from the middle of the guerilla millennium BC to AD 1,000. During the peerless thousand years, Indian song was written in most of the Indo-Aryan and the Indo-Dravidian languages including Assamese, Bengali, Guajarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.The growth of Indian rhyme in position was a direct result of the British influence and rule of India. Early Indian meter in English was a borrowed plume in every possible way. Right from syntax to sentiments everything was so imitative that it looked a perfect alien bride. Both in its inspiration and guidance it depended on England. Even the imagination was slavish.The nature, quality, chimneysweep and dimension s of, both, mind and imagination, depend upon the freedom linguistic elasticity offers the partr. Attempts to keep the rigidities of British syntax, word use, vocabulary making, and line of credit beget either improvised verse in English or made it as interwoven and abstract as followsThe ageing chemist in his drawing room, terse,Gentle the sea like fret in the night,Seen from the ship the moon, leprous, inverse,Rising the girl at Hanoi with her whiteHands and dogs ears, dripping with chromatic open-eyedHave these things shaped me for the craft of verse?Do they remain, giving a sad appreciation?And have I potpourrid for better or for worse?1Yet another reason for the p everywherety and sameness of Indian poetry in English was the monopoly of its practice by elites placed either in a few metropolises or educated abroad. The publishing industry, which also got localised in these metropolises, felt overawed by this elite class of poets and refused to patronise others. It is only the Writers Workshop which respected the urgencies of expression of the common man. Indian poetry in English has since found its roots in the rural areas and men of genuine feelings over-ride the re airwavets and constraints of a average c each(prenominal)ing for nati that is to saytion. More poetry in English has now poured forth from a variety of mickle representing the life and spirit of this land. This secularisation has, obviously, led to the remoulding of English to the native postulate of expression limited as Indianization.The term Indainization of English is generally used in the pejorative sense without understanding the dynamics of linguistic change of this modal(a) in the country. We cannot both, use English in Indian Contexts and yet keep its British ethnic antecedents and linguistic sanctities. Objections to this process of acculturation of English come from those pedagogues who are either suffering from colonial chauvinism or academic purism. But aside of these reservations, English in India has continued to serve its changed contexts remarkably well. though the Indian novelists in English have accelerated the process of desired linguistic deviation, it is the Indian poets in English who have stabilised the naturalization of English to native hues. Braj B. Kachru, errs when he opines this process as linguistic and cultural characteristics transferred to an adopted alien language. In fact, it should be rightly described as naturalization of a language wherein it does not act alien. It is only when the stereotypes of languages, word use, and collocation, phrase and image making are dismantled that the medium can be made amenable and reconstructed to house the native feel of life. English when separated from the rigidity of its British usage, rightly becomes neutral to develop as an independent dialect, as in the case of the Caribbean, the West African and South Asian. The wider is the dissociation of language from its socio-cultural and geographic-political roots, the greater is its freedom to serve the modern user.The ever increasing number of Indian English poets has led to a definitive growth of English as Indian. The exercise of the personal and the private in the make water has led to a sizeable naturalization of English to the feel of the local hand, men and events cape in the country. English, in this process of transformation, has undergone some mutilation of its handed- start grammar, syntax and usage. Hence, the Indianization of English is a historical corollary and it must be understood and accepted as such.The change magnitude use of Indian landscape and the dissociation from Christmas trees, lilies, daffodils, dales, and nightingales have changed the texture of English in its usage for fanciful purposes. Consequently, there is a shift in the import and suggestiveness of the language, facilitating ease in taking liberties with the British rebound norms and forms of making inflexions compounds and phrases, and patterns of making images and sentences to suit the Indian ethos and imagination. The faddists generally charge Indian English poets of not creating still importing translations of their native thought and feel structures and consequently, the corresponding linguistic patterns in English, not knowing the goading and purpose of manipulating a foreign medium to our purpose and use. English itself in England has under footfall this process of enrichment from French borrowings. Bloomfield is of opinion that expressions like a marriage of convenience, it goes without saying or I have told him I do not know how many times, are Word for word imitations of French phrases.2Here the Indian has the utility of being, both, French and British and lender and borrower in one and this acceptance, accumulation, and naturalization of English as a medium of expression is obviously going to be on his own harm rather than on the terms dictated by colonial straightjackets. English c annot be Indian unless its British identity is tampered with. Not that it has to be done deliberately. It is happening in a natural course of its use and usage in the country. Its dialectical variations have multiplied according to the field and feel in which it has been used in different geographic-cultural and socio-professional contexts in the country. No ii English spoken in our country are of the same frame, order, register, and texture.Narrowing down the generalization of English in India to that of the variety used and practised by the poets we find that most of the Indian poets in English come from the educated class whereby the parameters of its criticism and analysis are likely to be less controversial. Further, the shift of poetry as medium of expression from the Westernized urban elite to the native has wedded English sufficient ground not merely for cleansing its British affectations and associations only when also for naturalization it to Indian sensibilities. No d eliberate attempt to Indianize English would succeed in taming English to our respective needs unless it is decolonised through a gradual and wider usage in life styles common to the local contexts in general. The African English is the most admiral model to learn from in this direction.Indian English poetry over the past two-hundred and fifty years departs from any stylized representation of reality of the Indian life and chance or any stylistic experimentation with language to assert national identity. Instead it makes conscious use of language, thereby making language more malleable to change with ease and naturalness. The features of change in this form can be observed in the areas of using words with shades of meaning not attributed to it before, compounding, phrase making, transfer of idioms, lexis, collocations, appellations, use of prepositions, change in morphological features, coinage, syntax, assimilation of Indian words and myths, and above all in image making. The exce ssive use of the spiritual, transcendental and metaphysical mode has also affected the tone and texture of this poetry. Besides, one could also note the continued use of polite diction and Latinity in this poetry. in general there is a scaling down of high seriousness to simplicity and human concerns. There is no strict classification or movements among poets in this regard. The poets exhibit these changes and characteristics of change in entirety or in parts in their own ways. The ever increasing poets from the non-elite and non-urban tribe have led to the right naturalization of English to the Indian milieu and ethos. Though the jingoism of aesthetic slavery to colonial rule in academic criticism may pick holes in the very credentials of this expressive medium and form (poetry), the current of changes cannot be denied or averted, as witnessed in the Gaelicization and Africanization of English in Ireland and Africa. While there were severe political overtones to and behind this c hange in these countries, fortunately or unfortunately, there is no such political fervour behind the change in India. More than Douglas Hyde, Brendan Behan, and Synge it is Chinua Achebe, Gabriel Okara, and Amos Tutuola who come closest to our situation and provide a parallel to this change in open affirmation of the fact that no Indian should accept the British modes and models of English if he is to use it as a medium of his expression in the country. Therefore the changed contexts of landscape, stopping point and linguistic anodes and patterns not only alienate the language from its roots but also force it to jell on the local colour, texture, usage, form, and function.There are three questions that come to the fore when discussing about Indian poetry of EnglishIs Indian verse in English only sometimes Indian and occasionally poetry?Must Indian poetry in English be Indian before it can be true poetry?In what exactly lies the Indianness of Indian poetry in English?To begin with the prototypic question, Is Indian verse in English only sometimes Indian and occasionally poetry? the second part of this question is easily answered. All Indian verse in English produced during the last two centuries from Henry Derozio to the present day does not automatically qualify as genuine poetry. As a recent anthologist puts it, Publication in the field of Indo-Anglian poetry has been ample and indiscriminate. For every reckonable book of Indo-Anglian poems I have read, I have probably read ten that need not have been read at all. They may be Indo-Anglian, but they are not poetry.3We might agree, some Indian verse in English is only occasionally poetry, mostly because it is very much a poetry of occasion. Most of the legion(predicate) sonnets and verse celebrating the motherland and the illustrious leaders ( Sarojini Naidus To India, and The Lotus, Humayun Kabirs Mahatma, V.N.Bhushans Ninth August, 1942, and R.R.Sresthas A Light onto our Path) are cases in point, cullied in random. Conventional sentiment couched in conventional diction and imagery can hardly rise to the take aim of genuine poetry.In trying to find a satisfactory answer to the first part of the question, viz. Is Indian verse in English only sometimes Indian, one is on comparatively steady-going ground in spotting obvious imitations, which has made an uncomfortably large part of this writing a whispering gallery of echoes rather than a chorus of authentic voices. Thoreau wrote in Walden, The head monkey at Paris puts on a travellers cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same. The history of Indian poetry in English shows a similar process at work. When the head monkey in capital of the United Kingdom puts on a new literary thinking cap, all the descendants of Shri Hanumanji in India dutifully do the same. Kashiprosad Ghoshs Shair in The Shair and Other poems was obviously an Indian avatar of Sir Walter Scotts Minstrel in The Lay of the Last Minstrel. The amative sun indeed co ntinued to shine in India long after it had ceased to shed on Britain the light that never was on sea or land, because literary geography inevitably implies a time-lag similar to the one which physical geography presents. After Victorianism succeeded romanticism in Britain, in due course Tennysonesque and Swinburnian melodies (some of Harindranath Chattopadhyayas lyrics are natural examples) and Arnoldian musing (One recalls Gordon Bottomleys well known description of Indian-poetry in English as Mathew Arnold in a saree) becme the models to be aped. Modernism arrived after independence (again with the inevitable time-lag) more than a generation after it had entered Britain.Indian poetry in English is thus only occasionally poetry and only sometimes poetry. This leads to another strain of thought that why must Indian poetry in English be always Indian to establish a nationality. H.W.Longfellow is reported to have said, in connection with the novel Kavanagh, Nationality in literatur e is good, but universality is better. Longfellows statement leads to a similar plea Why insist that the Indian poet must communication of the banyan and the Champak, and not of cedars and wisterias of parrots and water-buffaloes and not of redbreasts and unicorns of mangoes and guavas, and not of pears and peaches?