No More Hiroshimas. James Kirkup Poem. Appreciation

PSRemeshChandra By PSRemeshChandra, 23rd Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/c-q37yc7/
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Mankind hates to destruct, in spite of the destructive traits inherent in man. In his heart, man is a good being who likes to preserve mankind's achievements intact for the posterity. But politics is often not led by men, but by mobs and crowds. Wars when fought by single persons have always turned to be good to this world: Socrates, Tolstoy, Louis Pasteur. When fought by people, they turned hell loose in this world.

292 years free of war in a history of 5500 years.

In the history of mankind, one will find no desire which is older and stronger than the desire for a world without wars. For centuries, peace in this world meant only the interval between two wars. Swiss historian Jean- Jacques Bebel calculated that out of the 5500 years' history of the world, only 292 years remained free of any kind of wars. Two World Wars emanated from the soil of Germany. But in Europe the guns are silent now. People hope that the clock of history won't be turned back again.

Sumee-Ko, War And Peace and The Flowers Of Hiroshima.

Arms-Limitation, Anti-War Literature and Detente brought about this favourable situation. Countless novels such as War And Peace, Sumee-Ko and The Flowers Of Hiroshima, and dozens of plays including Henrik Ibsen's Ghost moulded human minds to remain synchronized with upheavals and outbreaks of political profiteerism and in the midst of chaos, practise the negative virtue of tolerance. Wilfred Owen and James Kirkup were just two of the hundreds of committed poets who added the influence of poetry too to the goodwill of this world-wide movement.

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Editor of Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum. Author in English and Malayalam. Unmarried, single. Mother University educated, father British Council-trained Teacher. Lives in Trivandrum.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
31st Mar 2011 (#)

Great tribute to James Kirkup, the compassionate poet.

Also let us hope for no more Fukushimas.

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
16th Apr 2012 (#)

This poem is now more relevant than ever in India, following the government's setting up of the Koodamkulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu state which is unnecessary there with all this wind and wave and waste there to make electricity from. The authorities say, it is designed in a way that it will never blow away, but when has India and Russia learned to make something unbreakable, except their obstinacy? It was their reactor that blew away in Chernobyl.

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author avatar Vijay tyamagondlu
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

great work of kirkup

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
16th Apr 2012 (#)

Yes Vijay Tyamagondlu. It was James Kirkup's homege to the innocents who were burnt and blown away for no fault of theirs, except their inefficiency to topple their government before the Second World War commenced.

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
19th Jul 2018 (#)

I am deleting a few paragraphs from this post. The full post can be read in my blog Sahyadri Books Trivandrum in Blogspot.

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