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Realism of Jane Austen

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Question: Daud Kamal's poetry represents the quest for the meaning and purpose of life showing his own inner development. Answer: Daud Kamal, a prolific poet of the sub-continent instills a remarkable sense of quest in his poetry. The search that is traced in his work can be identified at numerous levels. The quest for meaning and purpose in life is pregnant with the quest for identity, strength, perfection and truth. Despite the brevity of his poems, they embody an ineluctable element of loss, despair and submission to fate. As a result of these feelings, the poet's inner development is shaped up. The quest for identity and truth are explicitly showcased in the poem, The Gift. The title itself is a reference to the "brittle truths" of life which are revealed to human-beings when they depart from this world. Despite a "handful" of realities, "many thousand/of other truthe" exist in the world that are yet to be discovered. The poet claims to have tried to reach depths of his identity but the struggle is in vain as the quest of truth is achieved through the transcendence of identity. ...read more.


Furthermore, in Prayer Beads, the quest for truth, meaning and purpose is accentuated which facilitates the idea of a true communion with the Divine Beloved. God is the All-Pervasive Reality and His presence penetrates through every creation. Therefore, one needs to sharpen his/her inner potential inorder to break the shackles of his finite approach. One must transcend beyond the physical screen and search for a vision which needs to be envisioned. It is in accordance with man's infinite approach that he attains truth and purpose in life. It is to be noted that the poet's inner development is always veiled under his dominant imagery which strongly emphasizes quest in life. Beneath his profuse and realistic imagery, Daud Kamal's endurance to fate is an overarching concern. With a kaleidoscopic technique, the poet highlights various shades of human psyche. His deep-rooted connection with the past events and memories bring forth the idea of resorting to fate without wrestling with it. In Endurance, he explicitly succumbs to fortune through claustrophobic, gloomy and choking images of "winter sunset", "rain puddles", "black ice" and "narrow lanes." ...read more.


The poet is well-aware of the transient nature of time and its profound impact on human-beings. Yet, at the same time, he implicitly dwells upon the readers' minds by being implicitly didactic. As a matter of fact, his inner development has occurred which instills in him a deep sense of melancholy when he talks about the "hiatus" that can never be bridged. The plight of Sisyphus, an ancient Greek myth, is reminiscent of Daud Kamal's poetry as a symbol of the human condition. Inspite of constant struggle, a person rarely if ever completes anything. Problems confront humanity all the time. Due to such fruitless effort, life seems to have little or no meaning. Simultaneously, Daud Kamal's subjugation to fate overshadows all efforts, suffering and agony in life. The wave-pattern of his poems highlights the anguish and despondency of his thoughts and emotions. With all his idiosyncrasies, Daud Kamal was very much a product of his time voracious in his absorption of new ideas and surroundings. His poetry is emotionally and intellectually demanding. The depiction of suffering and hopelessness has a universal appeal to all people in grief and in all times. It is, nonetheless, worth every ounce of adulation. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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