Friday, May 16, 2008

#170, why do they not go to Ceylon, where they will find their fellows

VIVEKANANDA'S OPINION ABOUT LOVE POETS? SHOULD LOVE POETS BE PACKED TO CEYLON?

Vivekananda looks down upon poets who write poems of failed love. He wants the Government to seize and pack them off to Sri Lanka. This disdain of his towards Love poets (Bhav Kavis?) , he expresses in his Memoirs of European Travel, describing his voyage from Kolkata to Sri Lanka via Chennai (1899), enroute to Europe (second visit).

"... That new type of people who are springing in Bengal — dressed like women, speaking in soft and delicate accents, walking with a timid, faltering gait, unable to look any one in the face and from their very birth given to writing love poems and suffering the pangs of separation from their beloved — well, why do they not go to Ceylon, where they will find their fellows! Are the Government asleep? The other day they created a great row trying to capture some people in Puri. Why, in the metropolis itself are many worth seizing and packing off! ..."


BLOGGER'S VIEWs
*Swamiji wrote a love poem and sent to Ms. Christina Greenstidel.
*If a monk could write poems on love, can't others write? Why should they be packed to Ceylon?
*Why did Swamiji blame the Govt?

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