An Apology For Shakespeare
An extra ordinary bold attempt, a high caliber significant milestone in the history of our language and literature, to defend poetry and its manifold forms in the present age of 21st century. It is a visionary’s revelation and a reminder on the loss of tender human feelings and the ability to appreciate a meaningful life .God’s presence and existence in the universe is asserted .This work voices against the negative and indifferent attitude of people towards the virtues and good qualities in human life. Satan’s attempt in various forms to influence the mankind and the degree of his success is vividly shown. It creates an awareness of the vanishing values and ideals from the life of this generation. The ignorance of the present age generation how to build up a meaningful life is unfolded .It is an attempt to teach the Mankind how one can inspire others and live for the welfare of the fellow beings. It clearly shows the need of practicing universal fraternity and a call for the survival of human sympathy for the inner growth.
It is quite shocking and surprising and perhaps the third in its kind after Sidney’s Apology for Poetry and Shelly’s Defence. While Sidney and Shelly in their defences deal with the poetical art with reason, intellect and imagination theoretically and practically, the author here passionately deals with the poetical art poetically, aesthetically and philosophically with a sense of strong human feelings and emotions,the actual soul of poetry itself. He represents an unfortunate generation which is totally deprived of the benefits of actual serious poetry.
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. The pronouns ‘I’ and ‘me’ stands for the author and symbolizes a hapless generation which stands badly in need of virtues and noble ideals, as if those qualities are totally forbidden for it.
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 colours 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 , visionary, subjective and poetical than theoretical and practical, 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……”
It is my privilege and pleasure to write foreword to this book .I wish you all the readers best of luck to be amused and instructed for a life time .
Mr.Linson Jose, M A,