Seshendra Sharma
Nagaraajupaadu/Nellore district/AP/India
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My Country - My People: Modern Indian Epic - 2

CANTO - 11

The lilies open their lips only to speak of

you, the leaves whisper in my ears, your craving

for me.

I spend nights without sleep, staring at the
starry skies, with my heart torn, between you and
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My Country - My People: Modern Indian Epic - 2
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Topic(s) of this poem: revolutionary,timeless
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Dearest Seshen!

An epic, a long poem (Which Edgar Allen Poe called a contradiction in terms) . but

who am I to say No to a poem which chooses to assume the strangest of garbs

in one of the finest of minds.

So, so be it. Let me accept your OEUVRE as an epic.

But why why call it modern? it is timeless.

Why call it Indian? It is spaceless.

SRI SRI

(Indian poet)



It was not only Tagore and Gandhi who crossed the frontiers of their country

and reached the wider world and achieved universality...... Seshendra's epic poem

'My country My People' is an evidence..... some important critics have compared this epic

poem with T.S.Eliot's WASTELAND and 'L' ASCENSION' by St. John Perse. Personally

I would compare the pain and anguish of the poet with one of Loutremont in his lyric

'Mald Aurore'. The difference is that Seshendra's protest is not made in the void. Seshendra walks

firmly on his soil, one can find in the poet a wild whirlwind which attains incredible oratorial heights,

creating terrific images... whirling within him is the idea of strength of life that is fighting the dark powers

which want to take away its freedom and bread.... at times we observe in the poem

a biblical and Prophetic tone that attracts us.

NIKHEPHOROS VRETAKKOS(Greet Poet)
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