He hailed from an Indian Jewish community in Mumbai, and both his parents were educators. Nissim Ezekiel wrote in a lucid and uncomplicated manner about philosophical as well as daily observations or events set in the Indian context. His poems reached out and touched the hearts of readers in India as well as abroad.
Summary of the poem background casually by Ezekiel? A poet-rascal-clown was born, The frightened child who would not eat Or sleep, a boy of meager bone. He never learned to fly a kite, His borrowed top refused to spin.
Notice the references to facts twisted to accommodate the present assessment of that fact. The first line for example is the …present valuation of the past. The line also introduces a preference made all through the poem: This self-perception is immediately attached to irony with the addition of rascal and clown.
From irony, this present perception of the past slides to self-pity, a rather clever ploy that corners the readers sympathy as well as explains away the lack of heroism in the self. The reader is required to agree that this 'boy of meager bone' with not even the skill to fly a kite, is not destined to achieve anything too noble; so the assertions of self-satisfactions at the poetic achievements of this self in the third section of the poem come to be accepted easily.
I went to Roman Catholic school, A mugging Jew among the wolves. They told me I had killed the Christ, That year I won the scripture prize. A Muslim sportsman boxed my ears.
I grew in terror of the strong But undernourished Hindu lads, Their prepositions always wrong, Repelled me by passivity.
One noisy day I used a knife. The second stanza slips from third to first person.
In the 2nd and 3rd stanzas the multicultural mix of the society in which the speaker has grown up is introduced through the self-pity ploy. These two stanzas insistently introduce a major strand of this poem's thematic: The challenge to coherent formation of identity is indicated here as related to the mixing of cultures that are not devoid of intolerance toward one another.
Amid the unhappy school life, a poetic career has without much ado announced itself: This line is suggestive of the inclination of the child.
At home on Friday nights the prayers Were said.
My morals had declined. I heard of Yoga and of Zen. Could 1, perhaps, be rabbisaint? The more I searched, the less I found. First, the decision, then a friend To pay the fare. Philosophy, Poverty and Poetry, three Companions shared my basement room.
The last line of the 4th stanza is typical of Ezekiel in the use of antithesis.
Intimations of failure are always around the corner in his autobiographical poems. The above two stanzas squeeze a long duration into rapidly moving lines. Growing up amid diverse influences the speaker expands the base of the incoherence of his identity to include yoga, zen, jewish theology.
The alliterative line 'philosophy, poverty and poetry' burdens the experiential statement with the load of a life-time inclination. Many of Ezekiel's poems suggest this inclination: Usually they indicate symptomatically the poetic credo of this poet: I knew that I had failed In everything, a bitter thought.
The second section of the poem brings in adult experiences as suggested toward the end of previous stanza.Summary of “Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher” by Nissim Ezekiel.
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Our mission is to provide an online platform to help students to discuss anything and everything about Essay. In a late night eight days after the cry out of witchcraft at the town of Salem, Massachusetts, there was a sudden shock silence in the low, dark and rather long common room of Proctor's house as Ezekiel Cheever, the new Clerk of the Court, and Marshal Herrick enter with the warrant for Elizabeth Proctor.
Nissim Ezekiel’s daughter’s name was Sohini. Summary of poem: the frog & the nightangle Once upon a time a frog croaked in Bingle Bog all . It was night time. There was continuous rain for 10 hours. Click below to watch the video of Night of the Scorpion by Nissim Ezekiel Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest.
2 comments: Simhan and Family 13 November at Thanks for the help. Reply Delete. Unknown 16 August at Thanks for the help. In this essay, I will touch on how Nissim Ezekiel successfully uses language to create impressions and contrasts.
In addition, I will show you how he effectively conveyed the vivid event of how his mother was stung by a scorpion. Night of the Scorpion The father of post Independence Indian English verse, Nissim Ezekiel, was a Mumbai born, Indian – Jewish poet, playwright, editor and art-critic. His works are an important part of Indian literary history.