Alankar(Decor)-255 Poem by Indira Renganathan

Alankar(Decor)-255

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That Great Man(Blues Sonnet)

The Blues Sonnet is derived from the Afro-American, melancholia music or lamentation.
It is a triplet form (Three rhyming lines) with lines 1 and 2 rhyme repeating and line 3
bringing the stanza to a climax in a manner similar to the Haiku. Purists state the meter should be
Iambic Pentameter, (IP) , but others argue that IP is an English poetry form and Afro-Americans had no
concept of it and it should be left to the poet to "do yo thang".
The Rhyme scheme is thus:
A. A. a. … B. B. b. … C. C. c. … D. D. d. … e. e..

Note: African-American writer Ralph Ellison said that although the blues are often about struggle
and depression, they are also full of determination to overcome difficulty
"through sheer toughness of spirit."
This resilience in the face of hardship is one of the hallmarks of the blues poem.


That Great Man(Blues Sonnet)


That man was loved by all in this country
Truly was loved by all in our country
As he fought for our country's victory

That great man who followed nonviolence
By whose righteous path of nonviolence
Our great nation gained its independence

That great man whose vision of three monkeys
'See, speak, hear no evil'..preach those monkeys
Is of a great moral with no bad keys

But that man when shot to death..God, oh God
When Godse shot him to death...God, oh God
That great man...he's gone my Lord..oh my Lord

He's Mahatma Gandhi, our great father
May he bless us from heaven though farther

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Kumarmani Mahakul 16 April 2019

It is really a great Blues Sonnet on Mahatma Gandhi who had brought values through three monkeys. By the means of nonviolence he could gain our great nation India independence. You have so nicely and astutely composed it as per the principles of Blues Sonnet mentioned above the poem. Thank you.

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 16 April 2019

The Blues Sonnet is a super poem with excellent rhythmic beauty. Thank you so much for sharing this poem, dear Indira ji.......A sure 10

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 16 April 2019

That great man whose vision of three monkeys 'See, speak, hear no evil'..preach those monkeys Is of a great moral with no bad keys On my study table, i have kept a model figure of three Monkeys, which i bought from Gandhi Museum in Delhi.

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 16 April 2019

Indira ji, Such a beautiful poem on Mahatma Gandhi. I feel blessed to have read it. Throughout my life, i have been a great follower of Gandhian thoughts specially his principles of Ahimsa and truth.

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