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March 9, 2012

Rare yet sublime

Rare yet sublime
An anthology of haikus that brings out the essence of poetry
by Diptendra Raychaudhuri
ur earliest poems, we all know were prayers and incantations in verse form. According to scholars from Persia to Japan, through India and China, this form of poetry thrived from the early days of ancient civilisations. As far as our own glorious civilisation is concerned, from Rig Veda to Upanishada to Bhagavad Gita, all stand testimony to compositions of the most brilliant verses. These verses conveyed a complete sense in two lines and at times it flowed into four lines. Some of those four-liners have survived thousands of years and are remembered by common people till now, long after the decline of the Sanskrit language. The most famous couplet is probably: “Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata......readmore

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