My Favourite Lines In English Poetry | Brief Essay

My Favourite Lines In English Poetry | Brief Essay

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My Favourite Lines In English Poetry - Brief Essay

My Favourite Lines In English Poetry | Brief Essay


➽ We Indian students find a rich store of pleasure in many English poems. Similarly, if the people of other countries learnt Sanskrit or Hindi or Bengali they would be greatly moved by the poems of Kalidas, Tulsi and Raskhan and Mirabai and Tagore.

Language is an artificial barrier. Otherwise the mind and heart of all humanity is one. The pleasure which I find in many English poems, though my mother-tongue is Hindi, proves the unity of humanity.

If some twenty-five per cent of the people in every country knew one or two languages in addition to their mother tongue, poetry would prove a specially powerful unifying force.

Poetry can create a sense of the oneness of humanity or of universal brotherhood on a global scale.

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➽ I was six years old when I started learning English. But to day I still vividly remember some English poems which made an unforgettable impression on my mind and memory when I was a growing child at school;

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are !
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky !

➽ The lilt or the swing or the rhythm or the music of these simple lines captivated my ear and heart when I was hardly seven years old. Words can have a magical effect, like these of Blake :

Tiger ! tiger ! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,

➽ And in the same poem the following stanza:

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see ?
Did He who made the lamb make thee ?

➽ Leaves a lasting impression on the tender minds of students. At least they have left such an impression on my mind. I may go on calling to mind similar lines of poetry bringing wisdom and solace to one's mind :

Ill fares the land to hasting ills a prey
Where wealth accumulates and men decay.

➽ Or these lines of Sir Walter Scott :

O woman! in our hours of ease
Uncertain, coy, and hard to please,
When pain and anguish wring the brow,
A ministering angel thou !

➽ Or the following lines of Wordsworth :

And much it grieved my heart to think,
What man has made of man.

➽ And again :

For oft, when on my couch I lie,
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye,
Which is the bliss of solitude.

➽ And The poet says :

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;.....
Yet we are the makers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

➽ And Tennyson's melodious words :

...... But what am I ?
An infant crying in the night,
An infant crying for the light,
And with no language but a cry.

➽ One could indeed, go on quoting endlessly, but only a few more verses; for example, these four lines from Landor :

I strove with none for none was worth my strife;
Nature I loved, and next to nature Art.
I warmed both hands before the fire of life,
It sinks, and I am ready to depart.

➽ Then the haunting echo of words in Fitzgerald's Omar Khayyam :

One moment in Annihilation's Waste,
One moment, of the well of Life to taste-
The Stars are setting and the Caravan
Starts for the Dawn of Nothing-Oh, make haste !

➽ And finally, these haunting lines of Shelley addressed to the West Wind

Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud !
I fall upon the thorns of life ! I bleed !

➽ What magic and what music, indeed !

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