The Latest Defense of Poesy By S A Joseph
”An Apology For Shakespeare” tries to deal with the poetry and poetical art in a poetical way.
Third in its kind after Sidney’s An Apology for Poetry (Defense of Poesy) and Shelly’s Defense
An Apology of Shakespeare is not just a book about Shakespeare. The author expresses his conversation with the Shakespeare if he was alive today. The name Shakespeare refers to poetry as a whole in its wide sense. The greatest master refers to William Shakespeare whom the author considers to be one of the greatest poets of all time. The master at certain places in this text refers to a great teacher of Indian philosophy namely Guru Nitya Chithanya Yathy who influenced, inspired the author very much in his life. The pretty female refers to none but the simple poetry with its different forms which can teach and amuse generations to come.
It emphasizes the need of learning classic books of literature with serious themes. It describes how the human mind is perverted in so many ways from the Good to Evil. The relevance of the learning about self in a short span of human life is brought forward. . It is an attempt to show the different colors of the human mind to be or not to be with the goodness and its inability and delusion and doubt to make a correct judgement on different complex situations in life. The work is an interpretation of the age and time and shows the ways to be immortal with goodness. It is much thought provoking on the infallible power of human imagination simultaneously powerful to contribute meaningful corrections and guidance to the uncontrolled human mind and intellect.
‘’An Apology For Shakespeare’’ may be the most significant attempt to deal with the poetical art and can be considered to be a very very rare critical document in the present age language and literature . The style adopted here is very simple but highly deceptive, treacherous and allegorical. It is revealing the complexities of a human soul with Heaven, Hell, Death, life etc… and guides us how we can master life, death and life after death. It is amusing and instructing at large and in a sense unfit for light reading. . It might be, we fear the last and final form of defence of poetry and it is more philosophical and visionary than poetical in its theme; rough and tough in the treatment and approach. The work on this title had been completed by 1995 and it took 20 long years to come to light .Yati commented on it in 1995, ‘’ A rapid of fiery golden lava rushing down the gorges , studded with dark granite heights never scaled by any one’’….. . ‘’Snake like hands of ancient trees which suggests the treacherous path of Dante when he made his reckless climb through the jungle, that was for ages, blind folded, the eyes of humanity, from the Inferno……”
Read the book to find out the fascinating conversations between poet S. A. Joseph and William Shakespeare.
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