The Poetry of Govinda Krishna Chettur-Chief Features


The Poetry of Govinda Krishna Chettur-Chief Features

The Poetry of Govinda Krishna Chettur-- Chief Features

The Poetry of Govinda Krishna Chettur-Chief Features

The Poetry of Govinda Krishna Chettur– Chief Features

Govinda Krishna Chettur (1898-1936) was a minor Indo-Anglian poet. As a poet, he is metaphysical as well as romantic because both elements are present in his poetry. Love for his beloved, love for Nature and love for God are the main themes of his poetry. Poems dealing with the themes of love for God are generally metaphysical but his metaphysical poems are not as apparent as that of Sri Aurobindo or Nizamat Jung. The poems dealing with the themes of love for his beloved and love for Nature are romantic.

The Poetry of Govinda Krishna Chettur-Chief Features

The poem ‘Lord of Unnumbered Hopes’ is metaphysical. In this poem, he admits God to be the Lord of every being including the abstract hopes and aspirations of human beings. God is the guardian that guides all. The poet says:

”Forgive what we have been and what we are,

For that in which in time’s fullness we shall be!

Thou art the Light, and in thy shadow we

Move in our pathways like a growing star.”

In the poem ‘Aspiration’ there is a touch of metaphysics. In it, he has expressed the philosophy of life. He thinks that pain and sorrow are the two mediums of sufferance which one can apprehend through what is beauty and lonely in man and thus one can feel the greatness of God. The poet says:

”I have dreamt dreams and blindly groped my way

Among the shadows- drink deep from the bowl

Of swimming ecstasy and steeped my soul

In pain and known the loveliness of day.”

His romantic poems deal with the themes of love for his beloved. He loves his ‘beloved’ because of her beauty and eventually, his love aspires to spiritual love. Sometimes his beloved becomes ambiguous and it refers to two things as- first his earthly lover and secondly, it refers to God metaphorically. The poem entitled ‘Beloved’ is so ambiguous. Plainly the term ‘Beloved’ refers to his lover and metaphorically it denotes God. He says:

”You are the greatness of me,

My thoughts are Beauty shaped exquisitely

To the rare pattern of your loveliness

Exceeding all excess:

And the strange magic of this mystery,

Steals weight from burdened hours, and woe from weariness.”

‘Choche’ is a poem in which he expresses joy in Nature especially joy in the song of a wild bird. He says:

I think I love that little bird

Who makes such music of that word,

And I can never hear that call, 

Most sweet, most sad, most magical,

But my heart leaps exultantly.

For love of you, Chochee, Chochee.”

‘Mysore’ is another poem written in a romantic tone. In it, he praises the beauty of the city. He says:

”Mysore fond city of a monarch dream,

There, fadeless Beauty holds dominion, 

Dwells in each dome, each minaret, each spire,

And walks in pleasances that glint and gleam,

By fountains that jet forth their hearts of fire,

And waters, still as mirrors in the sun.”

His language is lyrical and simple. He uses fewer figures of speech except some phrases made of alliterations, as- ‘glint and gleam’, dear delightful’, ‘magic of this mystery’, ‘woe from weariness’ etc.

To sum up, it is to say that though there is a romantic vein in his poetry, his poems are bent to metaphysics. 0 0 0

The Poetry of Govinda Krishna Chettur-Chief Features

N.B.  The article ‘The Poetry of Govinda Krishna Chettur– Chief Features’ originally belongs to the book ‘Indian English Poets and Poetry-Chief Features‘ by Menonim Menonimus.

The Poetry of Govinda Krishna Chettur-Chief Features

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