Chandramoni Narayanaswamy’s collection of poems has the appeal and zeal to take the readers on a ride onto the depth of nature and enjoy the charm and beauty that overwhelm every emotion and passion and provide an atmosphere serene and beautiful, charming and colourful. In this fast-moving world of science and technology, man has no time to wait and see” nature’s abundant beauty and a collection of poems on nature (Sunflower and other Nature Poems) is itself a tribute to the mother earth. Poetry speaks of beauty and beauty is truth but when the truth that lies beneath beauty is portrayed prominently, it becomes poetry with mission and poetry with implication. (Mukherjee 42)
Chandamoni’s second collection of poems Sunflower and other Nature poems contains a richly glorified twenty-five wonderful nature poems. The fact that she calls her collection “a bouquet of green leaves,” reveals the poet’s deep love and intense fascination for mother nature. In the words of Chandramoni from her preface to the collection, “Nature had always been a book to me, sometimes a picture book to be gazed at in sheer pleasure; at other times as the mood turned pensive or thoughtful, a book of philosophy to comprehend which a century is not enough.” As a child, the poet observed: “To the silence of a lonely child the pages responded with strange similes, metaphors and fantasiesthe first stirrings of poetry in my mind. At sunset, it was Kaleidoscope displaying changing colours.” Nature to Chandramoni was so influential that no book of reading gave her the same thrill just when she watched a rainy monsoon of hiding clouds. “No book gave me the same thrill as sky-gazing in monsoon with the moon, and the stars buried under the clouds.” The beauties of Nature are presented in the hidden vistas of the life grass seeds which the poet describes “tiny receptacles of life” buried under the sand sleep “like hibernating polar bears” and the seeds may possibly perish if summer continues for long time.
The crow is cursed, hated and condemned by the world. Yet, it is unmindful and spirited
A fine juxtaposition of ideas run through the poem “The Leaf and the Thorn.” Like a thorn that settles on the leaf of a tree, the villainy holds on to the virtuous. The poem abounds in an ultimate reality that the virtuous will win over the vicious. The wicked and the jealous will be finally punished.
- Joseph, Peter John. Rev. of Sunflower and Other Nature Poems. IBC (2008): 18. Print.
- Mukherjee, Subha. Rev. of Sunflower and Other Nature Poems. Contemporary Vibes 3.9 (2009): 42. Print.
- Narayanaswamy, Chandramoni. The Unseen Abode and Other Poems. New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications Pvt. Ltd., 2003. Print.
- ---. Sunflower and Other Nature Poems. Bhubaneshwar, India: The Home of Letters, 2006. Print.
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