Contrasting Styles of Poetry

Updated on December 5, 2019
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Life's Struggle

In life's struggle, joy is followed by pain, just as Light is followed by darkness. We cannot have a valley without knowing the mountain and heat will surely be followed by cold, just as summer will follow this winter.

We watch the sun set, knowing that once the night sets in and is gone, the dawn will refresh our awakening Spirit and life will continue anew.

The Law of Duality is binding, answering only to the call of Love and the oneness of the psychic Heart, the Universal Heart. These two poems reflect the beauty of the Heart and the necessary struggle in this game called life. No judgement here. This is just the way it is.

Poetry goes through a similar contrast, from despair to joy; ugliness to beauty; romance to the crude and other variations. Hari Om!

A Poetess. Roman Art
A Poetess. Roman Art | Source

Ode to a Poetess. A free-style Sonnet

She stood poised, emitting peerless verses from her lips,

Like melodies, taken from the rhythmical cadences of the soul.

Bars – not chocolates – but musical scores and scrolls

Flowed through her, her shine reaching for the moonlight.

Yet the moon was her fragrant breath, opening like tulips,

A tempo of eloquent words, tracing fire in the veins of poetry

Lovers, exploding a thousand rhapsodies in their being.

Sweet Becksy, goddess Saraswati laced your tongue with wine,

Igniting the drunken sweetness in my Spirit. I looked at the attentive

Gaze of poets around you, a vortex of Love, streaming

Through their psyche, imbibing the magical allure of your

Enchanting Floatry, now dancing in their core. My Heart

Glints like magnets, tugging at the sweetness of your lyrical psalms,

Only to wash my soul with tears; paying homage to the Light Divine.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 3rd December, 2019

Saraswati, goddess of wisdom, knowledge, music, learning and the arts


Trapped in the Grip of Uncomely Desires. A Regular Sonnet

Trapped in the grip of uncomely desires,

Darkness has covered the joys of my soul.

For money and fame, my mind doth aspires,

Problems a plenty; I’ve now lost control.

I once walked through spring, with one thousand eyes,

Danced with the dahlias, amidst grazing herds.

While Nightingales sang, some sweet lullaby’s;

The moon was my lute, of magical birds.

Gone now is the whisper of mulberry streams,

The flute of the Heart; the things I held dear.

Replaced by the pangs of sorrowful dreams,

Pain and resentment; the things that I fear.

When shall I escape this abysmal plight,

For my na-tur-al Home of golden Light?

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 30th November 2019


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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 weeks ago from london

    Thank you, thank you, Peggy. God bless and stay safe.

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    Peggy Woods 

    2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

    Your poetry, no matter the subject, is always original and makes us think. Another job well done with these!

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    7 months ago from london

    Thanks Ann,

    I keep looking so I know. Looking forward to your work. Blessings to your family this new Year. I sent many cards. I believe you are on that list. Look for Jacquie Lawson links.


    A real joy to see you. I grew up in Christianity and I have a very special love for the devout. I was incredibly devout, even before I met my spiritual mentor. I have quite a few poems about our Lord. keep writing poetry. Longing, knocking, seeking, will definitely take you closer to our Lord. Practise! Happy New Year!!

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    Donna Rayne 

    7 months ago from Greenwood, In

    I love writing poems and articles. I like to research, learn and grow. I mostly write about the heart and Jesus and about love. Many can paint pictures in one mind that is different to each soul that reads it!

    This was a very good write!



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    Ann Carr 

    7 months ago from SW England

    I haven't written much for a while as family is demanding at the moment. Maybe after Christmas I can sort out what I have in the pipeline.

    Merry Christmas to you too!


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    7 months ago from london

    Thank you, Ann. Gratitude.

    I grew up with the old words, even as bad or different as Chaucer. Modern poets don't like them so much. Good to see you. When I last looked, you had not written anything. Merry Christmas!!

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    Ann Carr 

    7 months ago from SW England

    Sonnets are always satisfying in their rhythm and form, especially when using the older English words. Delightful!


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    8 months ago from london

    Thanks Dee.

    You don't think I'm greater? (Mischievous grin here) Thank you so much!!

    Hi, my Didi Ji,

    You like the image? You are very kind. Much appreciations. Om Shanti!!

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    Dora Weithers 

    8 months ago from The Caribbean

    Keats and Wordsworth came to my mind on reading these poems. I can hear their recital, especially the second one. Excellent!

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    8 months ago from New Delhi, India

    Both your poems are beautiful with deep thoughts. The Goddess Saraswati has blessed you with creativity, wisdom and a noble soul. Keep inspiring others.

    Nice profile image.

    Thank you and have a good day.

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    8 months ago from london

    Yes, my Dear.

    Mom made tremendous sacrifices so I know its no joke. Thanks for visiting my Hub as usual. At poetry and yes, I'll be in Streatham tonight, insha'lah.

    Hi Ruby,

    You are a true fan. Your kind sentiments are always beautiful. How's Mr Richert?Much Love

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    8 months ago from Southern Illinois

    No matter what style of poetry, you shine with each and everyone. Your word choice is always special, like it's never been penned before. I loved today's offering!

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    Nikki Khan 

    8 months ago from London

    Thanks, for the invitation. But attending some gatherings during weekdays is quite hard. Would join some other time for sure. I hope you understand mothers routine, so tough.

    Thanks for your wishes, looking forward to finishing the other novel till June 2020.


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    8 months ago from london

    Well, my Dear Mary.

    Friends speak of family parties all the time, of how exhausting they can be.

    Don't you have your art? What you might find useful is to mix with people of like mind. Whenever poetry is over at the Cafe, poets meet at the bar for alcohol and loose conversations, but I head straight home.

    Like that, one sometimes need to avoid certain conversations even with family, as they can suck the Spirit.

    Tnank you for your support. Much Love.

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    Mary Norton 

    8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    I wonder what life would be without the creative spirit. You're lucky to be able to attend some poetry nights over there. Am bereft of creative pursuits with all the parties and travel to be with family for Christmas. Hopefully, these just feed the spirit as well.

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    8 months ago from london

    Streatham is music to my ears! I will be performing there tomorrow night, at the Hideaway, 2 mins walk from the overground. It's one of the best poetry nights in London.

    Yes, I feel for mothers anytime, let alone Christmas. Allah continues to bless you with fortitude and concern. Best wishes with your novel. Salaam!

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    Nikki Khan 

    8 months ago from London

    Yes, Christmas is near. So much going around. Last week was really busy. Some bits and pieces are still going on. But would write over Hubpages shortly.

    Working on another novel too. Quite a lot.

    I live in Streatham. Very occupied area of London.

    Blessings to you always!

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    8 months ago from london

    Thank you, Devika.

    A great endorsement that I appreciate. Much Love.

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    Devika Primić 

    8 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Hi manatita44 I see you have changed your profile pic nice one. Your work is meaningful and with perfection. Since I have started leaving comments your hubs I have noticed my interest has increased in your work and you have one of my popular hubbers. Have a lovely evening and take care!

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    8 months ago from london

    Yes, Lorna.

    Don't be afraid to have opinions. I like your take on them. Meaningful! Much Love.

    Nikki ji,

    I can't see anything from you. Too busy with the Christmas presents? Actually, even as I write, I suddenly remembered that you are here with me in London. So awesome! Can I ask which area you are?

    Your lofty sentiment is noted and treasured in my Heart, my dear Friend. Much Love.

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    Nikki Khan 

    8 months ago from London

    Well, there is no such recognition is written yet, to award this tremendous poetry. Truly, from deep inside the spirit. You are a God-gifted poet, Manatita Ji.

    Blessings to you and your family!

    I pray all gets better sooner.

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    Lorna Lamon 

    8 months ago

    "Ode to a Poetess" is simply beautiful. These poems, in my opinion express the light and darkness in our lives and our constant battle with each. Of course it is only my opinion. I enjoyed them both for different reasons.

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    8 months ago from london

    Tai Chi is an incredibly beautiful dance and yes, I have seen it, even as far away as East Kuching, Malasia. The elderly Chinese are totally awesome!

    How is the meditation with Gary? How is the boy? Stay active, yes, but be careful. Don't burn out like me. Haha.

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    Eric Dierker 

    8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Manatita I read this before my weak Tai chi this morning. For some reason my poetry there is just not quite right. A poetry of being is tough there for me,, "our" area there is fun to do the walk with. Poetry is us not the word. Poetry is a space for me not expressed in words normally.

    My poor brain. You shouldsee our dance this morning. The boy is writing now.

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    8 months ago from london


    I thank you wholeheartedly, Bro.

    You are constantly admiring my work and I'm all gratitude. Peace.

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    Bill Holland 

    8 months ago from Olympia, WA

    It never seems to be praise enough to simply say your poetry is beautiful, but it is. Blessings to you always as we all struggle along our paths.


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