" What if I threw no reflection On the plain grass of any mirror I'd spend a lifetime not knowing me I'd stop identifying with m y body It pains me to say I have a reflection I long to see through it So that I see me as I am And not what the light makes me see " - A Face without Sunlight By Ajay Seshadri
Come and Join Ajay Seshadri as he talks about classical poetry writing over a 2-hour session at Dialogues Cafe.
Flow of the event:
1.Introduction to the background behind poetry
2.How different poetry is from other forms of art
Verbal Art, Plastic Art and Performing Arts
Proximity to Music and Mathematics
3.The Joy of Writing Poetry in Classical Forms Ajay will read some of his poems in classical forms and free verse from the lotus in a fortress to illustrate the following:
Writing poetry in classical forms gives fulfillment and joy to the poet. It is like creating logic puzzles. It’s like creating a theorem.
It has musical structures
Free verse becomes better and the individual develops clarity in thought and precision in diction.
Ajay Seshadri is a poet and creative writer who has authored two books of poetry, ‘In Search of Lost Innocence and Truth Within’ and ‘Existential Relief’. He started writing poetry at the age of 16 although his first two poems he ever wrote were an attempt at writing songs without tunes. The first one was a four line random musing and the one that followed was a poem called Tunnel and the darkness in them lighted up his spirit of self-exploration. It was this paradoxical beginning which made him shun a rather straight jacketed way of approaching life prior to his discovery of poetry writing. Certainty became muddled and he would have to paint his path towards clarity which he regards as a reasonable substitute.
Lotus in a Fortress Lotus in a Fortress features a collection of poems composed in classical forms. The poems have musical structures displaying the poet’s facility with the sound of poetry.
Existential Relief The philosophy of Existentialism gave the poet inspiration to write poetry addressing certain ontological conflicts experienced by individual consciousness.
In Search of Lost Innocence and Truth Within His first ever collection represents budding expressions of a poet seeking permanence in Nature, Philosophy, Love and Meaning of life. Whether he found it or not he wrote enough poems to constitute a book.