[1/4] Poetry, imagery, collagerie and menagerie: some rational approximations to ....

Hari Krishna Tadepalli (harit@co.intel.com)
Wed, 30 Oct 96 15:58:10 PST

Poetry, imagery, collagerie and menagerie: some rational approximations to ....

I am not a connoisseur of poetry; in fact, I am personally allergic to 
even grammatically amputated sentences often characteristic of poetry, 
not to mention those semantic amputations with freelance allegories of 
physical amputations. Certainly, abstract poetry with its instance-
specific semantic mappings is not my domain. If it seem impertinent of 
me to attempt such discussion on the masterpiece, such temporary nausea
is best treated by attributing congenital malformations to me.

In a series of commentaries, many of the eminent nettors have concluded 
that since the intent of the masterpiece makes its content self evident, 
no further questions should be entertained as to its brilliance. I thank
all those commentators for taking pains to interpret the masterpiece to 
those like me, uninitiated to abstract poetry; lest should I be left to 
the loud applause at the emperor's clothes. What is this supposed intent 
or content ? Here are some extracts from the commentaries: 

        I am sure you get what I meant by the transformation of the old 
        symbols!  Enjoy it.			    [Original Narrator]

	they are ROBBED / DEPRIVED of the essential things like education 
	by the upper classes. He took the symbol of Ekalavya to not only 
	show that they are capable of beating the upper class guys but 
	also to show how they were CHEATED		   [Kanneganti]

	What did he try to convey here? aanaaTi EkalavyuDi baadhaa, 
	eenaaTi ammabootulu tinE vaaLLa baadhaa, dEvuDi koDukulamani 
	cheppukuni aadhipatyam chelaayinchaalanukunE vaaLLa meeda 
	O visuroo...					   [Kanneganti]

	The poet tried to show what Ekalavya really symbolizes. The play 
	with word panchama, unaccounted fifth finger and equating the 
	Ekalavyaa's finger with their deprivation makes this poem 
	a good one, if not a great one.			   [Kanneganti] 

	the right thumb, or rather the loss and lack of it for some 
	oppressed classes is a powerful abstract sumbol. The right thumb 
	is the most important of the `digits'.		    [Paruchuri]

	Castigating? I am left clueless here.               [Paruchuri]

	When a group of people were disadvantaged for centuries, just 
	when they find words to express their resentment          [Ari]

	I personally find the above lines of Satish Chander very poetic: 
	specially the expressions that his father could not put down 
	his vEli mudra and that his mother could not feed him the gOru 
	muddalu.						  [Ari]

	What he is saying is that generations of privileged people have
	oppressed generations of his people.			  [Ari]

Considering the above, one has to summarize that the masterpiece under
consideration is "an expression of resentment of the poet agaist heriditary
social deprivation undergone by his people at the helm of the socially
preveliged and the misssing finger of Ekalavya is a one-to-many mapping 
from human physiology to social physiology". I would like to go over the 
extent to which the diction and syntax of the masterpiece in conjunction
with the mapping function matche with this thesis.

- T. Hari Krishna