In response to daily post’s one-word Prompt: Admire
From a very young age I loved poetry,fortunately I studied in a school where my teachers were nuns, they inspired us to appreciate poetry, we were given ample opportunity to read and recite poetry. I loved learning them. It was my favorite subject.
When we came to Bengal the poems of Rabindranath Tagore was very popular. Tagore wrote poems of different seasons, one of his poem is : Brishti pauray tapoor toopur, translation is rain is falling drip drop. During the rainy season we recited this poem in the house as it kept us busy.
Tagore also wrote song lyrics these are called Tagore Songs. I enjoy listening to his songs. When I started blogging I didn’t know what I could write about, I knew a participant from the online course, he suggested I should translate Tagore’s poems. I was pleased I had something to post in my blog.
I also am very fond of English and American poets, sometimes I recite some of the poems all by myself, it keeps me from worrying about things that I cannot change.
We lived in New Delhi and Rawalpindi where my father worked. We the siblings picked up the Urdu language from our Urdu speaking friends in our neighborhood. My Dad encouraged us to learn other languages, but he wanted us to know Bengali which is our mother tongue. The only language we spoke when we were in the house was Bengali. My Dad did not want us to forget our own language.
In school I studied in an English medium school, but we were encouraged to learn one other language. I signed up to to study Urdu. I had the opportunity to memorize poems in three different languages, I enjoyed reciting poems in all three languages.
My favorite Bengali poet is Tagore, English poets are ; Wordsworth, T A Daly, and Longfellow, Urdu poets are Allama Iqbal and Mirza Ghalib.
I like all kinds of poems, lately I’m enjoying writing limericks.
They ask me what do I admire the most
I reply without a doubt poetry of course
Where else can you find rhythm and rhyme
So learn poetry don’t waste your time! 🙂