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Dhvani and Epiphany: Essays in Criticism

Dhvani and Epiphany: Essays in Criticism

Dhvani and Epiphany: Essays in Criticism

Prabhaker Acharya

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ISBN 978-93-82460-72-5
Type Printed
Pages 188
Category Reference Books, General Interest Books, All Books, Printed Book
Publisher MUP Book

Dhvani and Epiphany examines the work of major Indian poets like Nissim Ezekiel and Arun Kolatkar; the struggle of young poets to find an audience; and the art of fiction. But its main focus is on the nature of creativity. How does an artist communicate his meaning? What makes a work genuinely creative? Through a sensitive exploration of poetry - ranging from the simple poems of a child, Poorna Prajna, to the complex “Byzantium Poems” of Yeats - the first seven essays try to show how a poem comes to life when it speaks to us and we listen to its dhvani and respond. Even in fiction, it is not all realism. There is irony in exploring the paradoxical nature of reality; events taking on symbolic overtones; and epiphany, moments of illumination and insights - when surprising correspondences are seen. Writers cannot surprise and delight their audience if they themselves are not surprised and delighted by such insights. Prabhaker Acharya turned to creative writing after he retired as the Head of the Department of English from K C College, Mumbai. The Book Review called his debut novel, The Suragi Tree (2006), “a delightful novel,” and found its “absorbing plot . . . its relaxed and relaxing pace, its suave control . . . simply breathtaking.” About his second novel, Manu in Kishkindha, (2015) - an evocative exploration of Indian mythology - the ABNA Publisher Weekly Reviewer said, “Readers will be swept away in the non-stop action.” Kaviteya Odu (Reading Poetry), his first book in Kannada, won the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award for literary criticism in 2013. Dhvani and Epiphany, his latest book, is all set to take you on an exploration into the world of poetry, fiction and drama and an appreciation of the world of architecture.


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