Structurally the collection Rainbow by Sachchidanand S. Kore, an additional volume of Poetry, (the previous one named My Heart Is an Urn– a collection of love poems) which has several poems or say almost all the poems on Nature. The poetry of S. Kore has now registered his presence in the arena of Indo Anglian Literature and he has also learned a lot how to sail across the mainstream of Literature and poetry particularly. Kore has both understanding and poetic sense which constitutes a good poet. The collection under review has poems all related to Nature and natural beauty where the poet seems to be indulged in glorifying the Nature at some places or he seems to be in conversation with her. With myriad images and description, Kore illustrates each moment vividly. For example:
As I trod gently and softly through
The tender blades of lush green grass
In the richly and rampantly grown
Meadows, tenderly did they touch and
Drench my feet with cold water (8)
Kore is well conscious of his surrounding milieu where he pens his poems. One can easily understand and enjoy the idea or the flight of imagination because he never creates euphemism or bothers himself in circumlocution. Simplicity, wonderful images, spontaneity and ecstatic situations in which the poet’s mind moves, makes the readers full of joy, quietude and thoughtful as well. The poet himself asserts:
I have a strong and passionate fascination for the pulchritudinous facets of external nature such as the sun, the moon, the earth, the sky and many natural and miraculous phenomena that inquisitively arouse man’s curiosity and evoke a sense of awe and wonder about everything from the minute microcosm to the cosmic macrocosm.
The poems of Kore are penned behind this principle of searching man’s inner recesses of Heart which make him wonder, smile, investigate and meditate on the Nature. Many poems of the collection are directly addressed to the objects on which they are written like ‘Vulcan’s Wrath’, ‘The full Moon’, ‘The Roe Deer in the Forest’, ‘The Ashoka Tree’, ‘A Farewell to the Setting Sun’, ‘The palm Tree’s Plea’, ‘To A Parrot in the Orchard’ ‘To The Gentle Breeze’ and ‘To The Morning Moon.’
A little bit of poems of the collection are philosophical and moral which describing the beauty of Nature propound a moral of Live and Let Live the plants ,flowers, birds, trees and other natural elements(Earth ,Water, Air and Fire) because the man has devastated them for his selfish motive. The poet calls this act of devastation as the heinous crime of felo do se. Giving emphasis on the conservation of such elements, the poet says:
Hardly can I think of Life without them for
We can not survive unless we preserve them
Devastatingly denuded is earth mother
And sorely spoiled are all sources of water:
Completely contaminated is the atmosphere and
Entirely exhausted are all natural resources.”(18)
‘Nature’s Philanthropy’ is a beautiful poem that mirrors the significance of Natural elements in the life of human being. The poet, in the poem questions the reasons of Natural phenomenon and in the other line, he answers it.
Do you know why the rivers flow?
They flow because they wish to give
Their cool, clean, fresh and sweet
Water to man, animals and plants.
As the poet pens on the nature in blank verse, the readers can find graphic images, symbols, Figures of Speech, Pictorial quality in variegated abundance. The Figures of speech of Simile, Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Alliteration, Interrogation, Apostrophe and Personification are richly used and impressive phrases are exemplarily experimented by the poet (where the poet appears to be influenced by Wordsworth). We can mark out one significant example as:
The thick thicket was thin and lean
And look bare and emancipated, for
The verdant vegetation had lost its
Luxuriously luscious and lush green
Foliage on the towering tops of trees
And their widespread boughs and branches
During the hot month of May in the
Scorching season of summer of the year.” (65)
Other remarkable feature of the book of the book is lucidity and directedness of statement which make the book more charming and refreshing. Despite being soaked in description of Natural beauty, the book covers didacticism and morality of conversing and preserving Nature. As the aim of book is high, it has miles to go.