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NAT’L POETRY FEST

Relation between poetry and society analysed

Cultural Correspondent

The contemporary poetry takes strong stance against any form of oppression, observe seminar papers presented at the National Poetry Festival.
Analysing themes and treatments of the contemporary poets the crtitics in their keynote papers reveal that the political conscious poets effectively address the contemporary socio-political issues, which have impact on the masses.
Three keynote papers had been presented in the two-day poetry festival.
On the first day, a Scandinavian poet Anre Ruth presented his paper titled ‘Poetry in Scandinavia: A Bengali Reflection’ on Saturday. On Sunday journalist Abed Khan and poet-journalist Abul Momen respectively presented papers titled ‘Kabita Sahena Danob Jatona’ and ‘Kabita O Manabatar Muktisangram’.
While the papers delineated different topics, the one thing common in all the papers is:  poetry criticises oppression.
Keynote papers presented by Abed Khan and Abul Momen dealt with almost a common theme that poetry is a platform of fighting against domination and for liberty.  
Journalist Abed Khan’s paper eulogistically pointed out that Bangla poetry has never been the outlet of only personal love, sorrow and anguish of the poets.
It has rather been the anguish of the poet in response to the social-political incidences. Poetry is the place or platform where we get the truer messages of the conscience, writes Abed Khan.
Referring to a number of poems by Tagore, Nazrul, Abu Zafar Obaidullah, Mayakovsky, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and others, Abed Khan concludes that elements of resistance and of awareness are present in poems just as they are present at almost every edge of socio-political phenomena of our country.
In his paper, Abul Momen draws a relation between poetry and libertarian struggles for mankind. He spoke on the evolution of society from the ancient times to date. He opined, in his paper, that poetry was always an inspiring and guiding force in man’s struggle, be it against nature, as with primitive men, or against the state-machine, as with the world wars and our war of liberation.
Swedish poet Anre Ruth’s paper, Poetry in Scandinavia: A Bengali Reflection, apparently appear different from the other two papers. But, Ruth also focused on the relation between poetry and oppression while giving a comparison between Bangladeshi poets and Scandinavian poets.
She also spoke about another similarity of the driving force in poetry in the two countries. She states that just as the valor of the Vikings comprises a large portion in Swedish and Norwegian poetry, the Bengali poetry is greatly inspired by the political movements of the Bangladesh and the war of independence.




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