Between the lines

Romantic Poetry

Between the lines

If you go through the notebooks of young girls and boys, you are sure to come across romantic poetry written on it, most probably on the last page. Teenagers’ love for poetry has had a long history. Over the years, film and album songs have taken the place of poetry. But they have failed to wipe out poetry from young hearts.

There are many reasons why youngsters like poems. Poetry soothes young minds prone to mood swings, emotional and attitude changes. Usha, a college student, is an ardent reader of D R Bendre and Kuvempu. She regards them as her mentors and philosophers.

“When people listen to Bendre’s Nee hinga nodabyada nanna, they assume it is a romantic track. But the poem is actually about the untimely death of his son and the plight of his wife. Whenever I read this poem or listen to it, I burst into tears,” she says. “Films are a great entertainment medium but they are nowhere near reality as poems are,” she adds.

Even though youngsters do not read all kinds of poetry, love poems, especially sad ones, find unique preference. Ankith from Sambram Institutions confesses that such poems turn a bad situation into a bearable one. One of his notebooks has the lines by Byron — ‘Love: The very God of evil, for after all we cannot call thee devil’.

He explains the reason behind his inclination. “I was in love with one of my classmates but had no courage to tell her. During that time, I became a fan of  Thomas Wyatt, John Donne and Shelley. When she rejected my love, poems consoled my heart. I like Emily Dickinson’s I had no time to hate, Thomas Wyatt’s Farewell Love and a couple of Amrita Pritam’s poems,” he says. “I tell my friends who had heart-breaks to read poems. Poems have a consoling power and they stabilise our mind gradually.” The interesting thing about Ankith is that he reads poems on Internet. 

But there are students who dislike the idea. Pavitra B, a MCA student, says, “I don’t think poetry is as interesting as film music. Poetry is a thing of past and we have so many other interesting things to do than reading some beautiful words.”

To read poems, one need not be in love, instead people can feel the intensity of love and betrayal by reading them. Ranjitha from PES College shows the lines in her notebook, which reads ‘Faithless, ungrateful, cruel though he be, I still must love him’.

She says, “I have not loved anybody but these lines attracted me and I simply copied them on to my book. I also have Lord Byron’s lines ‘when we two parted in silence and tears’ and Elizabeth Browning’s ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways’ scribbled in my other notebooks. They give me a chance to feel the missing part of my life and channelise my emotions.”

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