Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write an Abhanga poem, which is 6-6-6-4, with an end rhyme scheme of abbc.
“Abhanga, “the completion” is a stanzaic form commonly used for devotional poetic composition although it has also been used for cynicism, satire and reflective moods. It was popular from the 13th thru 17th centuries Marathi Region of India and is described as complex and classic.
The abhanga is a Marathi form, Marathi being one of the major languages of India. It is the official language of Maharashtra, and is also spoken in several neighbouring states in the west of the country, including Goa and Karnataka.”poetscollective.org
Reena also shared that Sant Tukaram composed some of the first Abhanga poetry:
“Tukaram, also known as Sant Tukaram, was as an Indian poet and saint in the 17th century. He was one of the saints of the Bhakti movement in Maharashtra who composed the devotional poetry, Abhanga. His kirtans aka spiritual songs were devoted to Vithoba or Vitthala, an avatar of Hindu god Vishnu.”thefamouspeople.com
And, Sangeetha shared more information about the god, Warkari, who the devotional poetry was written for:
“Warkari (Pronunciation: [ʋaːɾkəɾiː]; Meaning: ‘The one who performs the Wari‘) is a sampradaya (religious movement) within the bhakti spiritual tradition of Hinduism, geographically associated with the Indian state of Maharashtra. Warkaris worship Vitthal (also known as Vithoba), the presiding deity of Pandharpur, regarded as a form of Krishna.”https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warkari
Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:
|1.||Reena Saxena||10.||Laura McHarrie||19.||Selma|
|2.||ben Alexander||11.||wildchild47||20.||Gwen Plano|
|3.||https:// willowdot21. wordpress. com||12.||Yvette M Calleiro||21.||Jules|
|4.||Harmony Kent||13.||Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr||22.||Ruth Klein|
|7.||s. s.||16.||D. L. Finn||25.||You’re next!|
|9.||Annette Rochelle Aben||18.||anita dawes|
Even though the Abhanga was traditionally written to honor a deity, it’s a versatile form for modern poets as well. There was some stunning poetry out there! Thank you all for joining in!
These are just a few of the impressive poems contained in this week’s collection. Please have a read.
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