Poetry & Art

The Moth, The Light, The Longing

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Poetry & Art | 2 comments

The Moth, The Light, The Longing

Poetry, it is said, is ‘the spontaneous overflow of powerful meanings’. Shelly’s poem, One Word is Too Often Profaned, is no exception. The poet speaks of a love beyond earthly love; and a yearning for what may soothe our sorrows. Though not at all religious, believers may see in these words powerful symbols of religious sentiment: seekers, yearning, and a love sublimer than any other love. In other words, the heart longing to be in the presence of God.

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The Immortal “If”

Posted by on Dec 31, 2007 in Poetry & Art | 2 comments

The Immortal “If”

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: ‘There is wisdom in poetry.’ Another authentic hadith says: ‘Poetry has the same status as prose (ordinary speech): good poetry is like good prose, bad poetry is like bad prose.’ But the Sunnah cautions against over indulging in poetry, as per the following hadith: ‘It is better for one of you to fill his stomach with puss than to fill it with poetry.’ Kipling’s poem, “If” has become one of the nation’s favourites. It speaks of virtue, stoicism and personal integrity, and encapsulates profound mottos and maxims for life.

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