“Poetry: The Best Words In The Best Order” by Deepti Menon is a collection of poems through the ages strung together. Initially posted on the author’s blog as series of posts for #BlogchatterA2Z, this collection of 26 poems have now been collated to form a book. The title of the poems corresponds to a particular alphabet. The author even found a poem whose title starts with “X”! The author has also given information about the poet and the explanation for each poem. The poems picked for the book range from the classics (“Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening“) to translations (“Krishna, You Know Me Not“) to contemporary (“Zinnias and Tea“).
“Poetry: The Best Words in Best Order” brought a smile of nostalgia to my face. Poems like “Abou Ben Adhem” and “Palanquin Bearers” made me reminisce about the English literature classes attended ages ago in school. It was a delight to read poems like “Zinnias and Tea” and “We Wear the Mask“, which I had never read before. I must specially thank the author for including the poem “Krishna, You Know Me Not” by Sughatha Kumari. Translated into English by Ministhy S. Nair, this poem shows the sublimeness of an unknown gopika’s love for Krishna. The poem had me swaying in bhakti while I read it. The inclusion of this poem highlights the fact that our regional literature is a treasure trove that should be explored more.
Apart from the poem, each chapter also includes information about the poet and the explanation of the poem. These explanations are detailed and insightful. This makes the book more accessible to people who enjoy reading poetry but might find it difficult to understand the metaphors and miss the hidden nuances. It is suitable for both a layman as well as for an expert in poetry. Another praiseworthy point is that the author has not restricted the book to a particular genre but instead has created a colourful bouquet showcasing the beauty of verse. The range of the book attests to the fact of how erudite the author is.
I hope that the author plans to get the anthology traditionally published (maybe with a catchier title). The book will surely add beauty and allure to a poetry lover’s bookshelf.Poetry is soul food, poetry is magic. Poetry makes you pause and reflect. “Poetry: The Best Words In The Best Order” showcases the beauty of the verse, making it an excellent book to read if you enjoy poetry.
This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon.’
Read on for the book blurb and to know more about the author
The magic of poetry can never be denied, be it in any country or any language. It is the music of the soul, as poets so often proclaim. Samuel Taylor Coleridge defined it thus: ‘Poetry: The Best Words in the Best Order’. What better title could there be for a volume that eulogizes poetry, and waxes eloquent about classic poems that have a wealth of meaning within?
Reading poetry is akin to diving into the ocean and coming up with a pearl every time. This volume evokes the very same feeling in the hearts and the minds of its readers.
About The Author
Deepti Menon has always loved the written word. She began to write at the age of ten and was lucky enough to have travelled around the country as an Army kid. Her experiences during those years helped hone her interest and her flair for writing. Her first book, ‘Arms and the Woman’, published in 2002, takes a light-hearted look at the life of an Army wife. 2013 and 2014 were lucky for her, as many of her short stories were chosen for anthologies. She also has a book of poems, titled ‘Deeparadhana of Poems’, lovingly compiled by her mother, herself a talented writer and ‘Shadow in the Mirror’, a psychological thriller published by Readomania in 2016. Her latest offerings are an eBook of thriller short stories, titled ‘Where Shadows Follow – Tales that Twist and Turn’ and ‘Tales From the Panchatantra’, a set of four eBooks, all by Readomania.