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Dipankar Sadhukhan
Dipankar Sadhukhan Kolkata / India, Male, 34
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M.A. (English & Bengali) , B. Ed.
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  • POEM: The Solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth (9/27/2016 12:29:00 AM)

    One of the loveliest nature poems of all time.

  • POEM: Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18) by William Shakespeare (9/26/2016 6:35:00 PM)

    One of the best sonnets ever....

  • POEM: To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell (9/25/2016 6:27:00 AM)

    Metaphysical poetry flourished in the 17th century and it was brought to perfection by John Donne and his disciple, Andrew Marvell. Marvell, in particular, attempted to combine levity with seriousness in English poetry. This is very much evident in his love poems like To His Coy Mistress. It is simply a poem of love, metamorphosed into a metaphysical experience. It is not an essay in abstraction like The Definition of Love.It is on the recurrent theme of carpe-diem, carpe-floem (catch the day, catch the flower) . Again the same idea recurs in ' Gather ye the rose buds, while ye may'. The theme is basically Epicurean or Hedonistic. The poet tries to persuade his ladylike to yield to him.

    The theme is familiar enough in European literature and runs back to roman time, to Catullus, for example whose ideas are taken up more delicately by Ben Johnson in the song, Come, my Celia let us prove/ While, we may the sport of love.

    The lady being reluctant, the speaker in Marvell's poem warns her that they may have little time to spare and unless they make the most of it right now, Time - the all powerful time will devour them. Then they will have to languish in his slow - chat power.

    The poem has a syllogistic pattern and progression. It consists of three sections, each section representing a step in the argument, first the supposition, then the necessity to reject it and lastly the consequence of rejecting it. The poet thought that they had unlimited time for love-making. The lady also would do exotic things in exotic surroundings. The lover continues to use hyperbolical statement to admire each and every physical organ of his ladylove. He like a mathematician divides his time of devotion to every organ. This part is comical and light hearted but thought-provoking. The readers of Marvell are greatly amused at his marvellous capacity of combining levity and seriousness.

    In the second part the poet gives one of the painful realities of life - time passes and beauty fades and we have to court death. Third section presents us with a fitting conclusion. It is no use delaying consumption. They should make love now and immediately. He reminds his ladylove that she has youthful vitality and burning passion. The youthful hue/Sits on thy skin like a morning dew. Time is favourable to them. They should not therefore let the opportunity slip away. They should, Tear our pleasures with rough strife/ Through the iron gates of life.

    The three sections contrast not only in what they say, but in their imagery, wit and tone. The imagery of the first section is an extravagant and far-fetched because he is indulging in pure fancy. In the third section, the imagery is full of vigorous activity and liveliness. So the tone of the poem is of varied nature. In the first section Marvell is light hearted and playful. There is airy about what he says. Suddenly he becomes serious. Unexpected intensity flares up and the rhythm becomes the more charged and the energetic when the subject changes from coy - virginity to the ruthless march of time- But at my back I always hear / Time's winged chariot hurrying near:

    Marvell poetry represents the typical metaphysical quality of the juxtaposition of incongruity with serious aspects of metaphysics. Marvell had the rare capacity of making the serious, light hearted and the light hearted, serious. Such is the metaphysical ingenuity of the disciple of John Donne.

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