“Poetry is the sister of sorrow.” -Marc-Andre Fleury (Review for Ashok Pattnaik) / By: Pushpalatha Ramakrishnan 

 

Ashok Pattnaik


“Poetry is the sister of sorrow.”
—-Marc-Andre Fleury

Two Sisters, the offspring of soul
One is Poetry another is Sorrow
Combination is inbuilt by laws of nature
Sorrow is dumb, poetry has melodic tongue

Poetry being elder is wise enough
To condole and console her sister, THE most dear
Both live in harmony of black and white hearts,
This is what drama of life in the vague world

In heart of sorrow poetry blooms as lotus
Steer up life of Soul into core of perfection
Where lies unit of life in bliss and selfless love,
By singling lullaby ‘N song of wisdom in woe

©️Ashok Pattnaik

REVIEW:

At the very outset, I would love to have the full quote by Marc Andre Fleury,the noted Canadian ice hockey player,an Olympic gold medallist and two-time silver medallist at the IIHF Junior World Championship.

“Poetry is the sister of sorrow. Every man that suffers and weeps is a poet; every tear is a verse, and every heart a poem.”

The poet under study refers to sorrow and poetry as the two children of the human soul. They are called the “sisters” too. The combination of the two, poetry and sorrow, is inbuilt by the laws of Nature. Then he describes sorrow as dumb for it is being felt by the heart only;it lacks in speech and its voice is often inaudible unless the person takes pains to know the matter that is ailing his heart. It is as such a critical state of the mind, then words after deliberation, will spring forth, with melodic tongue as what seems to be the perception of the poet Ashok Pattnaik

It is towards the end of the first segment, our poet distinguishes the difference between sorrow and poetry and defines poetry as melody tongue .
Then the poet is very certain about saying poetry being ancient in origin and then he refers to poetry as the elder sister to sorrow and hence it is able to comfort and offer solace to the sorrowful heart very often. He writes :

“To condole and console her sister, THE most dear
Both live in harmony of black and white hearts .”

He is very wise in saying that sorrow is the most endeared sister of poetry and then very clear sighted in stressing that both sorrow and poetry are supposed to live in harmony, as they are made of “black and white hearts.” Then he illustrates the statement by telling that it is what the drama of life is led in this uncertain world. Nothing is real and every thing seems to be vague very often exceeding our grasp. It is at such a crisis, our mind will fall in to a sorrowful state and as a result, it will have an emotional release in the form of poetic lines. That is why he says that poetry will help consoling the human soul at moments of regret, stress and depression.

It is in the last section, our poet tries to find

“In heart of sorrow poetry blooms as lotus
Steer up life of Soul into core of perfection”.

He is very firm in saying that only in the heart brimmed with too much of sorrow that poetry springs forth like a lotus in the pond of mud . In this context,I remember PB Shelley’s famous line “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.” in his ‘Ode to a Skylark’.The more we suffer, the more we bear with sorrows, the more beautiful will be the ultimate expression in the literary form of verse. The ultimate form of highly exalted verse will alone help in steering the soul to attain the highest form of perfection. Then he ends the poem by stating that it is the state of the highest form of expression made in poetry,

“Where lies unit of life in bliss and selfless love,
By singling lullaby ‘N song of wisdom in woe.”

Kudos to you dear poet for the magical lines drafted by you.You are rather found to be very sagacious like a Sire to stress about the unit of life lying in the formation of the sum total of the lullabies to be sung, deftly tinged with wisdom. Such songs will be woven in no other state than that of woebegone. Once again I wish yoo for the best of luck in the coming years to get crown for all your efforts.

 

Reviewed by Pushpalatha Ramakrishnan

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