Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2015)
Growth of a Poetic Mind: A Glimpse into the Poetic Journey of R. Parthasarathy
Author(s): Dr Shri Krishan Rai, Goutam Karmakar
Abstract: With the publication of ‘Rough Passage’, a new voice is set up in Indian English poetry and he is none other than Rajgopal Parthasarathy. With his thirty eight sequences divided into three parts namely ‘Exile’, ‘Trial’, and ‘Homecoming’, he shows how he is trapped into the labyrinth of colonialism with his mind tortured by his borrowing speech and self-betrayal. His dreaming of England as his future home, his later disenchantment, his feeling of alienation from his own culture and his feeling of sudden humiliating impotence on finding in a dilemma, find poignant expression in his single poetic collection. He is caught between two cultures and two languages and he tries his level best to come to a point of assimilation of these two languages and cultures. In this paper an attempt has been made to capture his poetic maturity and growth, a journey from alienation to rediscovery.