This critical anthology Phrasal King of Indian English Poetry (2017) that is edited by Dr. Ashok Kumar Yadav and published by Paradise Publishers, Jaipur, speaks volumes about the intensity of the phrasal fragrance Arbind Kumar Choudhary’s verses exhume far and wide for the Phrasal Movement in English poetry in general and Indian English poetry in particular. As a reviewer one can observe some remarkable poetic features of his verses – racy style of versification, exploration of Indianised version of sonnets and, above all, the cluster of the phrasal passages across his verses.
The Tagorean multiplicity, Aurobindonean cultural heraldry and Ezekielean satiric tone make him a poet of global repute without dispute. The creation of The Phrasal School of Poetry justifies the maturity of Indian English poetry across the globe. The phrasal revolution is the artistic beauty of Indian English poetry that has started to bloom across the creative milieu in and outside India. The artistic blending of the phrasal words in plural numbers in the quatrain makes him a father- figure in Indian writing in English. The Phrasal School of Poetry creates history in Indian English poetry. Emotional outburst is the main source of pleasure that appears again and again in the life of the human beings. Man is by nature an emotional creature that guides the course of life with the passage of time. It is only emotional approach that sends the human beings in the seventh heaven. It is only the emotional feeling that makes a demarcation line from one man to another.
Prof. DTK Dutta inhales Keats’ romantic flavour across his verses while Prof.NDRChandra observes Speanserian sensations to its utmost degrees.As an explorer this versifier has explored a new style of versification popularly called Arbindonean Racy Style of Versification while exploration of Indianised version of sonnets has been popularly called Indianised version of Arbindonean Sonnets in contemporary Indian English poetry.The chronological sequence of the alphabetical words across the passages has been called Arbindonean Racy Style Versification in Indian English poetry.Dr. M.P. Singh and Dr.Biplap Majumdar appreciate the Indianised version of Arbindonean Sonnets while Prof.SM Pahadiya calls him the founding father of The Phrasal Movement in Indian English poetry. Dr. M.P. Singh’s innovative interview with the poet explores many undiscovered poetic elements of his verses that bring to light the magnetic poetic personality of the poet. Most of the critics have inhaled the phrasal fragrance of his verses and become madonna of the cluster of the phrasal passages. The cluster of the phrasal passages that blooms from alpha and omega of his verses spreads phrasal fragrance far and wide. The intensity of the phrasal fragrance that blooms and zooms in one poem after another lays foundation of The Phrasal Movement on one hand and persuades a group of the versifiers to award him with the crown of The Phrasal King in the history of Indian English poetry on the other. The abundance of the mythical stanzas and mythical quatrains persuades a number of contemporary and peeping poets for its draught to its utmost degrees. The mythical movement that makes Indian English poetry mythically prosperous from this culturally fertile land of India exhumes the mythical essence from the creative groves of the verse – suitor with might and main. The junction of Indian, Greek and Roman mythical messiahs and mythical instances makes him a poet of global repute without dispute. His philosophy of poetry that appears primarily in The Poet elicits his theory of poetry for the restoration of literary movement in Indian writing in English. His poetry pierces the poetic nebulosity for its gentry for Tom, Dick and Harry through his nine poetry collections primarily based on the philosophy of life, nature, love, poetry and various others. The romantic flavour, natural iridescence, innovative approach, poetic doctrines, cultural heraldry, mythical magnificence, proverbial passages and several other poetic tools that flourish from alpha and omega of his verses make him a poet of high water mark in Indian writing in English.
His several literary crowns, awards, inclusion in dictionaries, books and journals, and more than sixty published interviews in Malta, Romania, Albania and India bring to light his magnetic poetic personality in Indian writing in English. Arbind Kumar Choudhary, the founding father of Indianised version of sonnets and Indian School of Poetry in Indian English poetry, has been popularly called Indian Keats due to the abundance of Keats romantic ingredients, intensity of sensuousness, love for natural iridescence, love for the fair sex, imaginative vision, focus on ruralscape, junglescape and riverscape, mythical magnificence, lyrical luminosity, subjectivity and creativity, ambition for poetic life, and various other poetic tools that run wild across his poetic meadows for the essence of the romantic features of Indian English literature in general and Choudhary’s verses in particular on this fertile land of milk and honey. All these aforesaid romantic ingredients of his verses that justify not only the crown of Indian Keats but also thrill the verse suitors for the poetic whirlwind for Tom, Dick and Harry in general and the versifiers in particular in the popular psyche of the creative milieu in and outside India.
In a nutshell, one can observe that this innovative critical anthology entitled Phrasal King of Indian English Poetry has itself explored many a dark aspect of his verses who deserves for the honor of the Phrasal King in the history of Indian English poetry. The introduction of The Phrasal Movement brings to light the poetic maturity of Indian English poetry in general and Choudhury’s verses in particular in Indian English literature.
Dr. Sanjay Kr. Choudhary is an Associate Professor in English at Mendipathar College, Meghalaya, India. He is associated with insightful literary research and critical reviews of literary works.