A dawn of destruction reflected in the poetry of Vihang A.Naik
In Vihang A.Naik’s poetry one can observe the mention of natural disasters such as earthquakes, drought, floods occurring all over the world, devastating people’s lives and the destruction of the environment in which they live in. ‘Destruction’ naturally can be termed as a concept of damage to an object, system, being or idea and it in general sense means the end of the world that threatens to destroy or cripple human civilization. It originates from a Latin word ‘Destructio’ which means ‘the process of taking apart something that was built’. In theology, it is concerned with what is believed to be the ultimate destiny of humanity, with the end of human civilization. Destruction is the act or process of damaging something so badly that it no longer exists or cannot be repaired. Vihang A.Naik is a post-modernist poet and his poetry reflects the growing industrialization and unjustified exploitation of natural resources in modern life. His four collection of poetry includes ‘Poetry Manifesto: new and selected poems’ (2010), ‘Making a Poem’ (2004), ‘City Times and other poems’ (1993). His Gujarati collections of poems are entitled as ‘Jeevangeet’ published in the year 2001. Through his poems, he speaks about the natural consciousness of human beings to preserve natural resources because of their unfair treatment of nature that have brought our ecosystem to a verge of non-reversibility and imbalance. Hence, this paper mainly deals with the theme of destruction used in his poetry that highlights how nature, virtue, truth, morality, innocence is being destroyed in today’s modern life. The growing imbalance in nature had led to a threat and thus they set a form of natural hazards and mainly the human activity induced hazard like pollution and global warming. We find enough examples of destructive natural hazards being pointed by the poet. Although natural disasters are caused by nature and there is nothing that we can do in order to prevent them happening, yet there are many different natural causes that lead to natural disasters and being aware of them enables us to better prepare ourselves when such disasters arrive.