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Nets of Awareness
Nets of Awareness

Nets of Awareness

by Frances W Pritchett

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Language

English

Publisher

Katha

ISBN

8187649658 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 234

Binding

Paperback

Frances W Pritchett

Author: Frances W Pritchett
Publisher: Katha
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 234
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187649658

Description

Nets of Awareness is a study of an episode in the cultural and literary history of late-nineteenth-century North India: a look at how the classical ghazal, which for century had been the pride and joy of Indo-Muslim culture, was abruptly dethroned and devalued within its own milieu, and by its own theorists. The break with tradition was so sharp that nowadays some aspects of the ghazal are obscure, and others even markedly distasteful, to most modern readers.

This story takes place in North India only a little over a century ago, the blink of an eye in historical time. Worlds were in collision. The powerful momentum of the advancing British Raj encountered the political inertia of the declining Mughal Empire. This book is dedicated to the memory of Azad and Hali, and to everyone who loves classical Urdu poetry. For nowadays cultures belong to those who choose them.

Ghalib said, the poem always slips, like the imaginary anqua bird, through the finest nets of awareness. This statement aptly defines the myriad moods the ghazal aspires to capture, various facets of the lover’s experience, lamenting the pain of separation delighting in imaginary union, feeling alienated from the world, yet remains mysterious.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

A NOTE ON TRANSLITERATION

PREFACE

PART ONE: A GARDEN NOW DESTROYED
The Lost World
Beyond a Sea if Blood
Reconstruction
The Water of Life

PART TWO: FLOWERS ON THE BRANCH OF INVENTION
Tazkirahs
Poems Two Lines Long
The Art and Craft of Poetry
The Mind and Heart in Poetry

PART THREE: LIGHT FROM ENGLISH LANTERNS
The Cycles of Time
From Persian to English
Natural Poetry
Poetry and Morality

Epilogue

Appendix: A Ghazal Observed

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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