And the Candles Blew

Book Review

Author: Hannan R Hussain
Reviewer: Ashraf Ansari
Publisher: Narratives

WHILE I went through the book, I was struck with quite a number of impressions. The poems in the book under review reflects the Jean Paul Sartre’s philosophy of existalialism. Some poems seem to have been in the line of T S Eliot’s tradition of imagery, Byron’s human romance and above all Donne’s reflections on mysteries of human life. At the same time the poems in the book are interwoven though separate. They are complementary to each other giving the idea of a predestined pattern of life. This flow in the poems may lead one to the Canterbury Tales of Chaucer who sharply charactrased life in all hues and colours
But ultimately the final impression of these poems is somewhat unique. The poet seems to have tried to imagine all sorts of human feelings in a society which has unleashed itself from its past and it ahs no idea of its future. That way the poet betrays his cultural moorings. The jolt effect of the poems may not be missed. Such piece of writings can ignite our youth’s thought process, drive them to struggle and lead them to openings in the walls – walls that have been erected by citrine block headed vested interests to confine desperate youth within limits.
Finally I think this book of poems might inspire many others to indulge in such undertakings.

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