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Dr Dwarakanath H.Kabadi

quote from: mohancpar.tripod.com

IN MY piece on Dr Dwarakanath H.Kabadi, I must own that I erred in calling his poetic work in three lines Haiku: in fact, he started composing them in order to be different and it did not take long to give the baby a name: he called them Flickers with a due sense of propriety.

Of its identity, I may as well refer to what he says in his preface to Style in The Manneristic Poetry: Flickers (Nar Deo Sharma). In his own words:
Departing from the conventional rules of English grammar, I went on writing the three-lined poems unlike haiku in syllabic structure.

Of their poetic content, he says:
These manneristic poems carry holistic imagination and encompass the vivid aspects of life. Spontaneously, I named them flickers in that multifarious feelings flicker in them.
Here are a couple of flickers.

a sleeping child
dreaming floods of milk
dry mother sighs

my poor wife and children
i feed with my mad verse
empty dumpty dreams

Of Kabadi's flickers, what does Dr Nar Deo Sharma say? In an introduction to his doctoral thesis, he sums up the salient features of limericks, his area of special study, in these words: "The flickers are manneristic in that they are written in a special manner." But what is it? Each flicker comprises of three lines, distinctive syllable structure and linguistic deviations. The flickers contain the attributes of a syllogism. In each flicker, three lines have specific purposes: the first line, as a major premise introduces a proposition; the second line, as a minor premise, accounts for exposition of an argument; and the third line brings forth the evaluation of facts.

C.H.Prahlada Rao


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