Vol. 1, Issue 7 (2014)
A Study of Imagery in A D Hope & Nissim Ezekeil
Author(s): Shafee Ahmed Khan
Abstract: The legacy and heritage of leading Australian poet Alec Derwent Hope and Indian poet Nissim Ezekielrnto the English literature is unquestionable as they have pioneered the Australian and Indian poetriesrnrespectively. Their works have passions, excitements, and delights with philosophical, rational andrnidealistic insights dealing with lively images of their countries and their people. Their poems arernsatirical, ironic, mordant, sarcastic and scornful about modernity, culture and urbanity of Australia andrnIndia. Imagery means the ability to form mental images of things or events and describing them withrnmental pictures. It means figurativeness, allusion, insinuation, citation, symbolism, even metaphor orrnsimile. It creates visual pictures of ideas in our mind and it is more complex than the ordinary picturesrnto understand. Many great poets have developed special techniques to create mental pictures lively inrnthe mind of the readers and showed high talent by creating visual pictures with words that appeal to ourrnfive senses such as sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. It is an extra ordinary talent and ability of thernpoet to create such images in our minds. The two great poets A D Hope and Nissim Ezekiel havernwritten poems with lively images. The Post-Independence Indo-Anglian poetry begins with NissimrnEzekiel and the Australian poetry begins with A D Hope. They portray, reveal and expose true image,rnvision and reflection of life of their countries. Their poetry centers on love, personal integration, therncontemporary Indian, Australian scene, modern urban life, modern culture and the spiritual side of life.rnThey lived during the two world wars and also in the industrialization era and thus dealt honestly withrnthe pathos, miseries, sufferings, sorrows and agonies of their nations by using various images in theirrnpoems. Australia and India are the members of the commonwealth nations which have the commonrnvalues and goals that include the promotion of democracy, human rights, individual freedom, eliternculture and world peace. Hope and Ezekiel present the lively images of their countries and cities andrnthe people who live there in their poems. The images are so effective that a reader cannot forget thernimage created by these two great poets on them as they try to present their views and ideas through thernpowerful images to the readers.