Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Reading Kills Writing

அவர்கள் அவர்கள்
உதைகள் வாங்கும்
உனக்கு மட்டும்
கிடைத்தாற் போல்
சின்னக் கண்ணா
- ஞானக்கூத்தன் (உதை வாங்கி அழும் குழந்தைக்கு)

In these days when each one gets
His share of kicks in the rear
Don't make a fuss as if its just
You who get it my dear


  1. It's not just auto drivers who have no respect for the metre :-)

  2. Ah no bnb. Certainly not with Gnanakkoothan. His poems (atleast the early ones like this one) are quite rhythmic and thus distinctly attractive. Let me try to show with the alagu separators:

    அவர்/கள் அவர்/கள் பங்/குக்/கு
    உதை/கள் வாங்/கும் கா/லத்/தில்
    உனக்/கு மட்/டும் கிடைத்/தாற்/போல்
    சின்/னக் கண்/ணா அலட்/டா/தே.

    Splitting by the number of syllable in each unit (called a 'seer') this translates to

    2/1 2/1 1/1/1
    2/1 2/1 1/1/1
    2/1 1/1 2/1/1
    1/1 1/1 2/1/1

    The first two are rhythmic replicas. The next two lines are near except for the deviation at the head of the last line. But considering the content there, it would be an excusable deviation.

    Here is one of my favourites of his which is also intensely rhythmic without being any less 'poetic'.

    And regarding reading killing writing I meant something on the lines of the reading being so flooring and disarming that there can be no writing possible at all after that.

    Thi.Ja apparently once wrote about M.V.Venkatram: பேனாவை உடைத்து எரிய விழையும் நிராசையைத் தூண்டும் எழுத்து.

    I was going for something of that sort.

  3. hmm , that reminds me of some Venbas that I must get back to :-) Thanks for the detailed explanation.

  4. ஞானக்கூத்தன் இண்டரஸ்டிங்கான எழுத்தாளர். ஆனா பெரும்பாலும் ட்ரை-யா போயிடறதுனால ஜாஸ்தி படிக்க முடியுறதில்ல. Nice one from you! :P

  5. Thank you Venki.
    IMO he is far from dry. Sample this