Abdul Mannan Syed's poetry plunges into surrealism and myth
Abdul Mannan Syed was a poet, literary critic and a cerebral essayist. He was born to Syed AM Badr-ud-Duja and Anwara Majid in 1943 at Bashirhat in Chobbish Pargana, India. He studied at Nawabpur Government High School, Dhaka College and the Bengali Department of Dhaka University. He taught at the department of Bengali, Jagannath College, Dhaka. Later he served as the director general of Nazrul Institute and was the first scholar-in-residence in Bangladesh at North South University. Mannan started writing poems in 1960. His first book of poetry was published in 1967. Through a career spanning over five decades, he wrote numerous poems and published over 60 books. He was one of the major surrealist poets in our country. Major themes in his poetry and writings include love, admiration, romance, liberal humanism, human relations, romanticism, democracy, religious fundamentalism and more.
About the bard, noted poet Muhammad Samad said, Mannan was unquestionably one of the multitalented personalities in Bengali literature. He wrote poems, essays, prose, short stories, novels, plays, travelogues and more. He translated and edited many books. His poems are symbolic and surrealistic."
Internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi poet Aminur Rahman said, "As an experimental poet, he frequently changed his technique and content. He frequently used the metaphors of the moon, bird, panoramic beauty, soil, sea, shore, sky, clouds and water in his poetry. He was recognised for his noteworthy research works on Jibanananda Das and Kazi Nazrul Islam"
Mannan regularly contributed to "Konthoshor", one of the noteworthy literary journals in the '60s. Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed edited the journal. He also conducted research on Rabindranath Tagore, Manik Bandopadhyay, Syed Waliullah, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Ishwar Chandra Gupta and other iconic litterateurs.
Abdul Mannan Syed, started writing poems since 1960. His first book of poetry Janmandha Kavita Guchchha (a collection of poems) was published in 1967. His poem represents the reflection of consciousness of death, romanticism, surrealism, symbolism and sometimes absurdity. An experimental researcher, Abdul Mannan all through aspired to change in his subject and style of writing. In his poems, he occasionally used moon, sun, sky and cloud as symbols of his imagination.
Abdul Mannan Syed, a critic of Bangla literature conducted considerable research on the literary works on Jibananda Das and Kazi Nazrul Islam, farrukh Ahmad, Syed Waliullah, Manik Bandyopadhyay, Bishnu Dey, Samar Sen, Roquiah Sakhawat Hossain, Abdul Ghani Hazari, Muhammad Wajed Ali, Prabodh Chandra Sen.
The poet's notable works are "Satyer Mato Badmash", "Janmandho Kobita Guchcho", "Park Street-e Ek Rattir", "Kobita Company Private Limited", "Machh Series", "Cholo Jai Porokhey", "Chhondo", "Rabindranath", "Satyer Mato Badmax", "Gabhir Gabhirtara Asukh", "Farrukh Ahmed-er Shrestha Kavita", "Shrabastir Dinratri", "Karotale Mohadesh", "Chhanda" and others.
The poet received several honours including the prestigious Bangla Academy Award, Ekushey Padak and Alaol Literary, Farrukh Memorial Award, Nazrul Padak and others for his contribution to Bengali literature.
September 5 marked the 8tht death anniversary of Abdul Mannan Syed.
The writer is a freelance contributor.