Manmohan Ghose’s Poem ‘The Garden Passion’-A Critical Analysis


Manmohan Ghose’s Poem ‘The Garden Passion’-A Critical Analysis

Manmohan Ghose's Poem 'The Garden Passion'-A Critical Analysis

Manmohan Ghose’s Poem ‘The Garden Passion’-A Critical Analysis

Manmohan Ghose’s Poem ‘The Garden Passion’-A Critical Analysis

‘The Garden Passion’ is a romantic poem by Manmohan Ghose. In it, he narrates the romantic, passionate lovemaking of Juliyan and Irene. Julian was a Roman emperor (361-363 A.D) who had fallen in love with Irene. She was very shy and beautiful. The poet narrates in this poem how passionately they were in love with each other and approached each other in spite of their coyness.

First, he gives a vivid description of the garden in which the lovers met each other and made love to each other. It was the season of Autumn during which the joy and natural beauty both of summer and spring could be seen and enjoyed. The garden was full of flowers. It was shaded by various kinds of trees and plants. The lilies blossomed. The river was flowing through the garden making a rippling sound. The fishes were gliding in the river. Many birds including linnets were singing on the boughs of trees. At such a joyous time Juliyan and Irene came to the garden. Though they loved each other yet they hesitated to approach each other. They came but were standing aloof in the shade of trees. Irene suddenly dropped her veil and then came out of the splendour of her eyes. Her two cheeks looked as beautiful as a rose. Her heart was full of passion. But she could not speak as she was shy. The eyes reflected her passion for love for Julian.

After this, the poet narrates, in detail, the coyness of Irene and her hesitating approach to Juliyan. She was so shy in nature that he turned her eyes away from Juliyan. Her coyness was visible in her mantle. She covered her cheeks and folded her hands and was standing. On her face, there was a smile. Her look was full of passion and the passion of love was so strong in her that her bosom could not tolerate its spirit. Tears of love came out of her eyes and they followed through her cheeks. She was in a dilemma as she loved Juliyan the most. But she was so shy that she hesitated to offer her love or receive Juliyan’s love. At last, she overcame the sense of hesitation in love and unveiled her eyes and looked and gazed at Juliyan.

Secondly, the poet shows Juliyan’s approach to Irene. He was also in a hot temper of love, but he also remained silent. His sigh proved the depth of his love for her. His heart was pining and he was mad in love with her but for his hesitation, he could not approach her. At last, he, throwing away all his sense of hesitation, approached Irene and held her trembling and willing hand in his hand. In joy and hesitation, tears came out of her eyes, and in such a time Juliyan embraced her with her fingers and hand and he pressed on her cheek and on her breast. They then began to kiss each other and it seemed that they talked to each other which became the music of love.

Giving such a passionate description of their union in the poem ‘The Garden of Passion’, the poet gives a very sensuous impact on their lovemaking. Water, wind, and flower — every natural object seemed to have rejoiced in their love-making. The roses breathed the fragrance of their love. The sun shined in sympathy for them. Then heaven seemed to bend over them as to give shade upon them. The woodlands showed their virgin wealth. The nightingale began to sing a melodious song in praise of them and in such a joyous moment Juliyan became the king and Irene became the queen of love.

The love expressed here is less spiritual; more amorous. The poem is full of sensuous imagery. Moreover, it bears a series of hyperbolic descriptions of some natural objects. (Hyperbole is a figure of speech by which things are presented as greater or less, better or worse than they really are. By it, in other words, to say, more is said of a thing than is expected to be said). While the poet says that the rose breathes the fragrance of the heart of Juliyan and Irene is hyperbolic in the description. In the words of the poet:

”It is the fragrance of their hearts

That the rose breathes: the water’s sound

Answers a feeling near, profound,

And flashing, eddying first and bright

It leaps with their own heart’s delight

Those spehere of solemn light on high

Shine but in glorious sympathy

And heaven seems for no other and

Spread there, but over them to bend.”

The words and phrases used in this poem ‘The Garden Passion’ are easy but the imagery by means of which the poet narrates the love story of Juliyan and Irene is very sensitive.

As a romantic love poem, this is the highest paradigm in the whole range of Indo-Anglian poetry. 0 0 0


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

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