The Convergence of Aesthetics and Politics in the Poetry of Yasmeen Hameed: A Voice from Pakistan


The paper looks at the mystique of the poetic process and the manner in which the subterranean cultural and primal patterns of the mind of the poet – Yasmeen Hameed interact, operate and manifest themselves in the lyrics. Contrary to the western paradigm of duality such patterns are studied in the light of the oriental Sufi tradition where I and you pine for each other. The thee is perceived as the core and the me is in a perpetual quest/voyage gyrating towards the core. The convergence of these two poles is the unison that has both aesthetic/intellectual relevance as well as spiritual resonances for the reader and the poet alike. This gravitational pull finds expression in an idiom that is almost metaphysical in the poetry of Yasmeen Hameed. The paper explores how the two poles of the artistic process, the technical craftsmanship and substance converge and finds expression in a language that is transparent as well as veiled. It also studies the way in which the visceral, existential poetic experience connects and transcends the un-etched boundary between eons to reach the primeval beginning of Time; the evocation of atoms in motion and the infusion of the spirit of Time. The paper concludes with reference to the convergence of aesthetics and politics drawing inspiration from the native flora and fauna as well as the gross political realities of rampant fear, terrorism and global capitalism.

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Iffat Sayeed, University of the Punjab, Pakistan

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Conference: LibEuro2015
Stream: Poetry

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