fallen flower (photograph inspired by ‘veena poovu’ poem by Kumaran Asaan, the great poet (Maha kavi) of Kerala)

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Asan scripted this epoch-making poem in 1907 during his sojourn in Jain Medu, Palakkad. A highly philosophical poem, ‘Veena Poovu’ is an allegory of the transience of the mortal world, which is depicted through the description of the varied stages in the life of a flower. Asan describes in such detail about its probable past and the position it held. It is an intense sarcasm on people on high powers/positions finally losing all those. The first word Ha, and the last word Kashtam of the entire poem is often considered as a symbolism of him calling the world outside “Ha! kashtam”. This poem is somehow similar to the poem called “Dead Rose” written by Elizabeth Barret Browning who lived in the early 18th century.

Wiki page on Kumaran Asaan

Veena poovu part#1 (Youtube)

Veena poovu part#2 (Youtube)

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