"A Surrey Cornfield" by George Vicat Cole‘Meadows of Corn’ and Other Poetry by Satyananda Sarangi The Society August 12, 2017 Art, Beauty, Poetry 36 Comments Meadows of Corn It seems but bland to every passing eye, These regal meadows dressed in ripened corn; They dance and few can such effects deny, The brows of greener grass their touch adorn. As dismal scenes of urban life have choked Our ageing glimpses hour by hour sans shame; Whatever tales of beauty once evoked The pious realms are deemed as cold and lame. Be patient, youthful hues of feeble breath! Extend your golden wings, flap them with force; And cast the ageless umbra over death, That ruins poison seeds for nature’s course. It seems but bland to every passing eye, These regal meadows dressed in ripened corn; Like laurels owned by men that early die, They seldom shine but bloom the gates of morn. Eulogy to True Art Art that chimed in vales is bygone, Garish thoughts now rule o’er classic; Inner conflicts feed the skeptic, Hope wherein can only look on. Bring me ballads sung in silence, Also sonnets wrote in sorrow; Lighting each of winter’s morrow, Ancient bards have sown their essence. Tell me where the spring does thunder, Roaring ‘mid inchoate roses? Tell me whence the fall composes If at all its gentle wonder? Man who dares to blow his trumpet, Scarce aware that soft is opus Born of humble deeds whose locus Lies at worldly circle’s summit. Men may still in hours of trouble Mouth against divine, their curses; Time akin to steadfast verses, Halves our discords, love does double. Therefore, every dawn is vital, Rained from God’s abode on mortals; For it leads through latent portals, Far above the blunt recital. An alumnus of IGIT Sarang, Satyananda Sarangi is a young poet who enjoys reading Longfellow, Shelley, Coleridge, Yeats and many others. His works have featured in Glass: Facets of Poetry, WestWard Quarterly, The GreenSilk Journal and other national magazines and books. He also loves electrical machines and renewable energy sources. Currently, he resides in Odisha, India. Related Post Essay: ‘Poetry Matters’ by Bruce Wren LC An Introduction to Poetry and its Place in an Integral Human Formation Introduction It is well known to most sensible educators that one of the f... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 36 Responses Amy Foreman August 12, 2017 Really enjoyed the rhyme scheme on your second poem, Satyananda! Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 12, 2017 Dear Amy ma’am, Greetings! I have always enjoyed the charms of your poetry, your kind words about mine really made my day. Regards Reply Sultana Raza August 12, 2017 Interesting ideas and imagery. Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 12, 2017 Greetings, Sultana ma’am. I am really humbled that you found them interesting. Thank you. Best Wishes and Regards Reply Margaret O'Driscoll August 13, 2017 So glad to see your lovely work here dear friend…beautiful classical pieces…congratulations…love the accompanying painting also Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 13, 2017 Hello Margaret ma’am, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for finding the pieces beautiful. And as a matter of fact, the paintings used on this website impart a richer meaning to the poems. Regards Reply Margaret O'Driscoll August 13, 2017 So glad to see your lovely work here dear friend…beautiful classical pieces…congratulations 🙂 Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 13, 2017 Margaret ma’am, I have loved and admired your poems. When these kind words come from someone we admire, it is a feeling beyond words can explain. Thank you again. Reply Margaret O'Driscoll August 13, 2017 Delighted for you my friend…lovely classical work 🙂 Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 13, 2017 Dear ma’am, I’m really humbled to see such a flurry of compliments from you. Regards 🙂 Reply Margaret O'Driscoll August 13, 2017 Bravo! Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 13, 2017 Ma’am, I still remember the poem ‘ In the Forest’ by you and many others. Glad to hear the appreciation from you again. Best wishes and regards Reply Swati Sarangi August 13, 2017 Hi, For the Meadows of corn: A vivid imagery has been well set up through the selective use of appropriate words. The repetition of the sentence “These regal meadows dressed in ripened corn” is creating the exact scene that you want to create! Well done! Amazingly composed the second poem. I especially liked the last stanza of it which is radiating all positivity and optimism. It’s truly an eulogy to the art! Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 13, 2017 Hello Swati, greetings for the day! Quite glad to hear that you liked the poems so much. More power to you too. Thank you. Best Wishes. 🙂 Reply Joseph Charles MacKenzie August 13, 2017 Keep the altitude, dear Mr. Sarangi, and the elevation. Consider Boileau’s dictum: “Rework what you’ve done twenty times again on the loom…” Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 14, 2017 Sir, greetings! I’m thankful for these thoughtful words. What poet is a poet if he/she doesn’t work on reworking his/her art? But it is always a great learning process to interact with you and reading your verses makes this process worthwhile. Looking forward to learning more. 🙂 Regards Reply Joseph S. Salemi August 14, 2017 Both poems are very nicely done. The iambic-5 metrics of “Meadows of Corn” are carefully composed. They are much more satisfying than the very loose and oversubstituted iambic pentameter that too many poets in the New Formalist movement are allowed to get away with. The trochaic tetrameter of “Eulogy to True Art” is even nicer, going along well with the ABBA rhyme scheme of the quatrains. An ABBA scheme is much trickier to handle than the more common ABAB one, since it requires a defter hand with enjambment. I will add that there is a nineteenth-century feel to both poems, probably due to the author’s deep immersion in Shelley, Longfellow, and Coleridge. Nothing wrong with that, to be sure — and perfectly understandable if English is a second language for Mr. Sarangi. The lovely Greek lyrics composed by non-Hellenic Syrians like Philodemus and Romans like Rufinus were also somewhat archaic in their day. Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 15, 2017 Hello Sir, greetings! I am very grateful for your valuable observation of my poems. It is always a great satisfaction to be praised by one of the legendary connoisseurs of poetry. Surely, this made my day. Thank you. Regards and best wishes Reply Father Richard Libby August 15, 2017 Well done, Mr. Sarangi! Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 15, 2017 Greetings, Father Libby! I would like to thank you for your kind words. 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your poetry. Regards Reply David Hollywood August 15, 2017 Well done. Nicely constructed poetry and sentiment.Thank you. Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 15, 2017 Greetings, David Sir. Glad that you loved the sentiments I have tried my best to convey here. Thank you. Regards Reply James Sale August 15, 2017 These are two very good poems indeed, especially considering the age of Satyananda and also the fact that English is not your first language. It also to me reveals something very interesting about your style and what perhaps you might want to focus on. For, whilst I prefer the theme of Eulogy to True Art, I think Meadows of Corn is the superior poem. Whys is that? Both are tightly and beautifully constructed, but Meadows of Corn uses the longer pentameter line, and this, I think, gives you more space to ‘breathe’, to say what you naturally want to say; some lines of the Eulogy seem a little ‘cramped’ by comparison. Thus, I would suggest to you that you might want at some point to experiment with this idea: actually, does writing with the longer line go with your own natural ‘grain’ as it were? For we must keep in mind, all poets have preferential forms that ideally enable them to express their Muse. I love the way the Meadow poem returns to its opening and varies it too. Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 16, 2017 Sir, greetings! Indeed it is the Muse, who plays the pivotal role in a poem. Your observations have always stressed on valuable points and have been helpful to me, I must confess. I have noticed that the muse is somewhat unpredictable, it may vary its choice from iambs to trochees, from anapests to dactyls and so on. But as always, I will keep your thoughts in my mind. Really humbled that you liked both of the poems. For a young poet whose first language is not English, this means a lot. I am on my way to learning more. 🙂 Thank you. Best Wishes and Regards Reply Disha August 17, 2017 Way to go SS!! 🙂 Wishing you all the best for all your future endeavors. Needless to say, these poems are awesome, but I am sure your best work is yet to come…. ^_^ Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 17, 2017 Hello Disha, Greetings for the day! I am quite thankful for this kind gesture of yours. Glad that you loved the poetry. And I believe that the best is yet to come. Thank you so much. Best wishes. 🙂 Reply Shruti Kumaresh August 21, 2017 Bravo satya…just now read two of your poems…usually you follow abab rhyming scheme in most of your poems if m not wrong…. Happy to see the other one with abba pattern which is a complex form to delineate…The second poem initially started with the rhyming scheme of abba pattern which ‘Petrarchan Sonnet’ possess and it continued and ended with the abba rhyme scheme… would like to read more such poems of yours with the above said poetry form with “abba abba cde cde” or “abba abba cdc cdc” rhyme scheme… Apart from the form of poetry two of them are rich in vocabulary,quite eloquent and profound to the core…keep writing and keep inspiring…good luck pal… Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 21, 2017 Hello Shruti, greetings! I would like to express my gratitude to you for finding the poems profound. The iambic pentameter and the rhyme scheme of abab is quite common, though it still needs a bit of craft. In the first poem, as you said I have stuck to iambic pentameter and abab rhyme scheme. Trochaic tetrameter is not usually followed, but I tried my best to pull the second one off with an unusual rhyme scheme. Really glad that you liked both of them. Best wishes Reply Swati Tanaya August 21, 2017 Hi. It’s evident from the above poems how subtly you manage to create perfect rhyme schemes along with maintaining the meter. The language and imagery portray the visual and emotional effects of both poems vividly. In Meadows of Corn, the repetition constitutes the hallmark of the poem and highlights the theme. Speaking of Eulogy to True Art, I must admit, this is one of the best poems I have read so far. This is one of your poems that I’ll keep visiting over and again to get drench in its artistic aura. The pair of rhetorical questions in third stanza creates a metaphorical effect that adds to the beauty. Moreover, art and spirituality shines throughout the poem leading the readers to a bigger picture portrayed in the final stanza. Obviously, you are one of the best poets I genuinely love to read. Your works do reflect the essence of your Guru’s works. In a world where free verse is ruling the poetical firmament, it’s truly praiseworthy how you have kept yourself rooted to the poetry of romantic age. Maybe it’s you who can rekindle the fading love and passion for rhyming poetry. What you are writing is rapturous, yet rare! On the flip side, I think you must try a tad to work on the rhythm. Rest is solid! Love and light. Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 21, 2017 Dear Swati, greetings! I really feel humbled by this very kind and warm response. Indeed, it is true that free verse of post modernists is what most from this generation seek, since there is this flawed thought process that beauty in art cannot be created through rhyme and meter. Still I would say that olden poems with rich rhyme are what make into first eight spots if we’re talking of making a list of ten most sought after poems by readers. You must have noticed that the first line of the second poem drives home the very fact that most of the modern art doesn’t leave a lasting effect on the mind. And as far as working a bit on the rhythm is concerned, I will try my level best in honing it. It is always a pleasure discussing with you about poetry and its forms. Moreover, you have been reading my poems for quite sometime now and I’m quite thankful for that. Best wishes and love. 🙂 Reply Dipti September 2, 2017 Such Ornamental poetry. 🙂 Keep it up 🙂 🙂 Reply Satyananda Sarangi September 4, 2017 Hello Dipti, greetings! Quite thankful for your lovely words. 🙂 Best wishes. Reply Kashish Kaur October 14, 2017 Eloquence imbued with perception, and delivered with just the right imagery to engross the reader’s mind within a mere second. This is what both the poems– Meadows of Corn and Eulogy to True Art does!! Upon reading, the ripple of thoughts not only get stirred, but they flow effortlessly as the poems unfold themselves, not only seeing the world from the poet’s perspective but also, drifting into the tangential abyss of self-perception to find the meaning within these words that exclusively belongs to the reader. Such brilliant poetry in today’s world is so hard to find these days and Satyananda Sarangi has achieved that. So much respect, mate! Keep up your brilliant work. ♡ Reply Satyananda Sarangi October 15, 2017 Now, this is really something I would treasure for a long time to come. Much gratitude for these kind words, Kashish. Keeping in mind that I have always stuck to what comes naturally to me, this adoration is valuable. A huge token of thanks to you, mate. <3 Best wishes. Reply Chris Tabaka October 21, 2017 Great imagery. Lovely works. Reply Satyananda Sarangi October 22, 2017 Greetings ma’am! Thank you very much for your lovely words. I appreciate it. 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