Ei Je Aamay Aagun Dekho
The book 'Ei Je Aamay Aagun Dekho' is written by poet Akhtaruzzaman Azad. He is very popular poet, story writer and essayist till several years. I am saying him very popular because his poems attract the young generation as well all age groups of people startlingly read his poems. His several best seller books including essay and story books were published earlier. This book is different and very much celebrated for his free-verse poems. Because it is containing his 70 poems and most of them are free-verse poems which were written from his teen-age to young age of life. Along with these, it is containing his 6 songs, 2 poems of his yummy series and some couplets. Political poem, love poem and social poems are mingled with his poem on contemporary issues. 'Ei Je Aamay Aagun Dekho' is published in February, 2019. The distributor of the book is 'Banglar Prokashon.'
The starting poem of the book named 'Ei Je Aamay Aagun Dekho.' It is also the name poem of the book which is expressing the inner world of his mind. In the first line, poet is describing that he looks like an angry people with enraged speeches in his mouth. But later, he reveals the real picture of his life where we find his kind hearted and softness nature like a soft yolk stays around the hard eggshells. In his poem 'Dui Jibon,' he contrasted between 2 classes people of the society. One kind of life is peaceful which is belonged to the job holder people who remain silent and play role as spectators in the every activities and the movements of the country. Other kinds of people take part in social movements or protest and suffer most. That is why he said, 'They are living sad life-/ their life is at risk as gambles because they protest.'
In his poem named 'Aamar Priyo Pakhi,' he beautifully described about his love for birds. He beautifully narrated, in rainy season, he requested a cuckoo to sing a song but it denied because it only sings in spring. Then he requested the guest birds of Siberia to come to his home and it also denied because it is summer. Then he requested an owl to stay on his rooftop at day but it denied because it only comes at night. After that he went to bed with the spleenful mind and next morning he was awaken by the alarm of the crows. He said, 'They (crow) awake me every day, in every season.' Crows do not love him occasionally like the other birds; this is why he loves the crow most. Symbolically, we can compare the crow with the good people who are always helpful and living around us. By loving crows, Ted Hughes, renowned American modern poet, wrote a book named 'Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow.' There he used crow as a character which played a vital role.
The poem 'Bichar-1' gives us the taste like the famous poet Kazi Kader Newaj's 'Shikkhoker Morjada' poem. Though he used the different theme here but created the same mood and tone as that poem is. 'Bichar-2' is little bit of different in theme. There he created a court in the Racecourse Field and he himself is the witness, lawyer and judge; others are spectators. Here, he is the judge of all famous lady characters of many poets' renowned poems. He also gives interesting punishment to them. Some of them are Labonno, Bela Bose, Rubi Roy and Sunil's Baruna. In the end, he postponed the trial because the Racecourse Field becomes full with this kind of lovers.
He is truly a love poet. Most of his love poems are autobiographical. In his poem named 'Dainik Premik,' he says, 'I am a daily lover, / I love daily.' In a poem, he said about his first love when he wants to write poem; he cannot forget his first love and his feelings for the beloved remains as same as before. In a poem called 'Prothoma,' he beautifully showed his love for his first beloved and creates a tumultuous setting.
S.T Coleridge, a famous poet of the English Romantic age, said in his 'Rime of The Ancient Mariner,' 'He prayeth best, who loveth best.' Here, the poet also prayed his best to get his beloved and loved her most. We see, in a result, he got some pains; felt heartbroken and depicted it through the poems. His poem 'Arektibar Dako' shows his broken heart where he is appealing to his beloved to call him for the last time. He wants to get her back again. In the poem 'Phire Ay,' he is worried and feeling sad for his beloved who left him and requested her again and again to come back to him.
This book also contains his comical, political and social satires. His yummy series' poems are very humorous. His songs which we find in this book are realistic; the lyrics are very musical which enchanted us. A song named 'Aamar Kapor Koi' is recorded by an Indian singer and become popular in both countries. It is written for the garments workers who are leading very striving life in our society. In the last of the book, we see some couplets which were written by him in different times.
The book 'Ei Je Aamay Aagun Dekho' has the enchanted power which will convulse the heart of every reader. Akhtaruzzaman Azad's writing style is very much arresting with full of alliterations. His conceits, imageries, similes and metaphors are used to light up the blossoms of his poems. So, I think every reader will enjoy the book.
The reviewer is a poet, essayist and literary critic