Manmohan Ghose | Can It Be | A Critical Analysis


Manmohan Ghose | Can It Be | A Critical Analysis


Manmohan Ghose | Can It Be | A Critical Analysis

Manmohan Ghose | Can It Be | A Critical Analysis 

Manmohan Ghose | Can It Be | A Critical Analysis

‘Can It Be’ by Manmohan Ghose is an elegiac love poem written on the death of his beloved.

The poet remembers his beloved who is dead and recalls her sweet smiles and cheerful (gay) look. She was a source of joy and merriment. But it is a sorrow for the poet that his beloved is dead. The roses and daisies have grown upon her grave and they look very beautiful as they are shining like stars. But these bloomed flowers can not give pleasure and joy to the poet’s heart. Instead, they become a token of death that pains the heart of the poet. All lonely things are full of beauty and as the beautiful things shine so shines the just (legal of noble) deeds. Thus the faith and truth and duty of the poet remain the same, but only his beloved is lying in the dust as she is dead. Everything in the universe is full of beauty and so are the poet and all things including his beloved. But it is a matter of sorrow that his beloved is not living to enjoy the beauty.

The poem shows that every beautiful thing becomes meaningless to a broken-hearted man. While he had lost his beloved, everything which was beautiful became meaningless as his beloved was no more to share his joy.

The poem bears an autobiographical background. The poet had lost his beloved at an early age which broke his heart and depressed his spirit. This elegiac love poem was written perhaps in memory of his dead wife.

The poem is a little one with condensed words and phrases. It bears four stanzas each of four lines. The last line of each stanza contains the same idea that his beloved is dead and no more to enjoy the beauty of the world. Every stanza is an aposiopesis (aposiopesis is a figure of speech in which the speaker suddenly breaks off from what he is going to say and leaves the sentence incomplete as if the speaker is unable or unwilling to continue). To show how compressed his style is, the following lines may be cited as an example:

”All lovely things with beauty are;

And just deeds shine as just

And faith and truth and duty are-

And she is the only dust.”  0 0 0

Manmohan Ghose | Can It Be | A Critical Analysis 

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N. B. This article entitled ‘Manmohan Ghose’s Poem ‘ Can It Be’ -A Critical Analysis’ originally belongs to the book ‘Indian English Poetry Criticism‘ by Menonim Menonimus. Manmohan Ghose | Can It Be | A Critical Analysis 

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