The book tries to explain the form, design, structure and technique of the epic poem, Savitri by Sri Aurobindo. The author, Asoka K. Ganguli , hopes his efforts will help readers to better understand and appreciate the poem.
- The world that Sri Aurobindo sees and creates in his poetry, especially in the grand epic Savitri, is something which to many appears ‘poetically intractable’. …….. Sri Aurobindo puts philosophy into his poetic fervour and creates a poetry of sheer beauty and power. A philosopher chanting out his philosophy in poetry is a rare spectacle, though in the past, it is said, it did happen as in the Vedas and the Upanishads.
- “There must be a deeper and more subtle music, a rhythmical soul movement entering into the metrical form and often over flooding it before the real poetic achievement begins.” …….. A subtle, rich or varied metrical excellence, however perfectly it may have been executed, may satisfy the sensual hearing but it is not at all enough for the creative spirit.
- The field of poetry is certainly not any religious or ethical ground, nor the pursuit of knowledge. It is rather “….. all soul experience, its appeal is to the aesthetic response of the soul to all that touches it in self or world; it is one of the high and beautiful powers of our inner and may be a power of our inmost life. All of the infinite Truth of being that can be made part of that life, all that can be made true and beautiful and living to that experience, is poetic truth and a fit subject-matter of poetry.”