Friday, 28 September 2012

Cento


Here there is a whole world beyond,
before you can get near, to what you seek
for the deepest muses that may never be wholly expressed
when tries to be expressed, comes only in rhythmic forms.
Eyes, sense and heart are passive,
it’s the soul that sees.
For more direct the words reach and sinks,
deep into the soul, the greater the art.
He pours it into those souls, who are thirsty,
It’s a rhythmic voyage of self-discovery;
among the magic islands of forms and names,
in these inner and outer world.
For, behind the instabilities of words and speech,
he is listening to the profound inevitable harmonies
of his own thoughts and vision.
It’s seeking for perfect expression.



Its a cento. Random lines from Sri Aurobindo's The Future Poetry(Chapter two and three). To know more about cento please visit dVerse poets pub.

17 comments:

  1. The voyage of self discovery, is sometimes smooth sailing and often stormy seas but, the journey is so worth it. Really enjoyed this Sreeja. You did so weel with the weave of other peoples words, and turned them into something beautiful of your own. Well done! :)

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  2. it's the soul that sees and where all art pours from..i like that...our fingers and brain are tools but it's what comes from the soul what gives the life..i like..

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  3. He pours it into those souls, who are thirsty,
    It’s a rhythmic voyage of self-discovery;
    among the magic islands of forms and names,
    in these inner and outer world...ha i like this section, will have to look up your reference as well as i am not familiar...it does capture the journey in writing well...

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  4. Seamless. I've not familiarised myself with the work of Sti Aurobindo, but now I'm going to have to look it up. This is one of the side effects of centos, that cento author spotlights a source material compelling enough that you seek it.

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  5. I love the process and seeking for perfect expression ~ Thanks for introducing me to his work ~

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  6. Yes, it's the soul that sees. I love the vision of him pouring "it into those souls, who are thirsty", wonderful. This author is unfamiliar to me, but the lines you've chosen are absolutely beautiful. Feels like a homage to what we are doing with this exercise.

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  7. "It’s a rhythmic voyage of self-discovery;
    among the magic islands of forms and names,
    in these inner and outer world."

    I like the touching of the soul and the seeking of the soul.
    You have recommended this book to me. Such a beautiful relationship among the parts--of the poem and of being in the world.

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  8. Searching for who you are is interesting!! I have been a student of philosophy, Sreeja. So, such topics intrigue me.
    Great piece. Loved it!:)

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  9. Loved the lines ... thanks for sharing :-)

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  10. Self discovery...what a beautiful poem you have created. "For more direct the words reach and sinks, deep into the soul, the greater the art" You definitely let the words reach into your soul.

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  11. Sreeja, you did a very nice Cento, weaving the lines together in a lovely way; my favorite lines are:

    Eyes, sense and heart are passive,
    it’s the soul that sees.

    So very true!

    I thank you also for your very nice comment over at my site. You are always so supportive! Smiles.

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  12. Floats upon the mind and heart striking the bell of truth, beautiful.

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  13. So very intriguing a cento ... and an introduction to new work and a new poet (new to me in any case) - thank you so much

    http://thepoet-tree-house.blogspot.ca/2012/09/accept-shadows-centon.html

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  14. he is listening to the profound inevitable harmonies
    of his own thoughts and vision.
    It’s seeking for perfect expression.

    I like this part. He's reflecting and getting his act together hoping to better himself. Nice thoughts, sreeja!

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  15. Great job... especially like the first four lines.

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