The decline of Tamil poetry..
Posted by AtPeace on October 17, 2007
பூ… நிலவு… சிற்பம்… ஓவியம்… தேன்… தென்றல்… மயில்… I can go on and on. The number of adjectives and metaphors used to describe women in Tamil poetry, and even Tamil movie songs, has known no bounds. I have listened to hundreds and hundreds of such metaphors, ranging from simply pleasant to extremely flattering, over my lifetime.
Which is why it struck me like a bolt of lightning when I heard a Tamil song (gaana, kuthu.. whatever!) refer to a female as ‘eversilver thattu’. Eversilver thattu? Eversilver thattu? What sort of a pathetic, bumbling poet would compare a woman to a thattu? Eversilver, at that. Why not Aluminium? That might have made the song just perfect. *sigh*
“உன் அழகினைப் பாட என் தமிழ் மொழி போதாது..
நான் உவமைகள் சொன்னால் அது முழுமை என்றாகாது..” sang Karthik with emotion. Is that it? Is that the reason..? Should I just assume that we have run out of உவமைகள் instead of worrying myself sick about the state Tamil poetry has descended to? On the one hand, we complain about singers who butcher the language and make us wince at the lousy pronunciation.. but it’s not as if the songs we offer to them to sing are sheer poetry, right?
To my pessimistic eye, there is no question that Tamil poetry w.r.t movies is definitely declining. Songs like ‘காற்றின் மொழி’ are so few and far inbetween that we gulp them down like parched soil that has experienced a drizzle… A drizzle, not even a rain. *sigh*
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