Apr 25, Beastly tales from here and there. by: Vikram Seth urn:acs6: beastlytalesfrom00seth:pdf:9f8d4cbad-af4d37ded. And so it went on until all ten of these beastly tales were born, or re-born. Of the ten tales told here, I hope you enjoy them and have a beastly time.' Vikram Seth. Seth Beastly Tales - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. Vikram Seth.
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Beastly Tales is a collection of ten fables in poetry written by Vikram Seth Its full title is Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children's writer, . to each of the four collections of UK stories which form Oxfam's 'Ox-Tales' book. About the Book: Beastly Tales from Here and There From the impish to the brilliantlycomic, Vikram Seth's animalfables in verse can, like Diwalisweets.
Crocodiles attempts to devour the Explorations Volume 21 82 Monkey would, in that case, symbolize the evil at the heart of such beauty. Bingle Valley in The Elephant and the Tragopan BT has also been described as a minor paradise 10 for the animals. This paradise, like Eden, offers the creatures with all sorts of comfort and Man, like the Serpent, intends to deprive them of this heavenly bliss.
The Hare in The Hare and the Tortoise BT spends cash only because it is a sin to save it, while the shrine of sleep and beauty ironically replaces a holy place of pilgrimage. Although none of the characters in Seths stories wears a mask, as in the Greek festivals, their false feelings serve as a disguise which hides their true intentions from each other.
In The Crocodile and the Monkey BT , Kuroop conceals his motives of killing his friend behind accents gruff and a gentle smile 77 ; the Rat in The Rat and the Ox BT feigns gloom and grief in order to gain the sympathy of the Ox; and the Fox in The Cat and the Cock BT disguises her voice in accents smoothly oiled Seth has also made effective use of the element of the banquet in his stories.
There is feasting in nearly all the stories of the collection. The crocodiles in The Crocodile and the Monkey BT eat Mangoes gold and ripe and sweet 25 ; the clan of lice in The Louse and the Mosquito BT drink the kings blood 6 for their food; the beasts of Runnyrhyme gobble popcorn and drink beer 97 while waiting for the contestants of the race in The Hare and the Tortoise BT ; and the Elephant is served tea with milk , sugar and biscuit in The Elephant and the Tragopan BT This constant presence of food and drink not only adds to the humor and gaiety of the tales, but also displays the religious motive of celebrating life in general.
Thus the presence of all these features formulates the link between Seths Beastly Tales and the traditional fable.
In Greece as well as the Indian sub-continent, fables were related to audience by way of gesture, song and dance. This form of narration was popular because of its ability to influence all kinds of spectators. The story tellers were not bound by rules of authorship and had the freedom to include whatever they wanted in their stories.
Beastly Tales from Here and There
This gave their stories a contemporary appeal. Seth draws upon some of these features of oral narration in Beastly Explorations Volume 21 83 Tales.
His medium of expression is the rhyming couplet, which makes the tales musical and captivating and tends to mirror the oral story tellers of South India who punctuated and dramatized their stories with music from different instruments.
Use of the rhyming couplet further reflects his selfdiscipline as a poet.
Seths poetics are best described by his own comment that, The joy of poetry for me lies not so much in transcending or escaping from the so-called bonds of artifice or constraint as in using them to enhance the power of what is being said. The Poems XXIX Seths use of dashes, question marks, and dialogues within the rhymescheme further adds to the rhythmic quality of the tales. The reaction of Number Two to the appearance of a rally of animals in The Elephant and the Tragopan BT is an example of the recurring tempo of the tales; Yes, yes, sir- said the Number Two.
The questions may additionally serve the purpose of the agon or the conflict in a play.
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Thus in spite of the absence of stage directions, Seths stories can be acted out with gestures, music, and song and dance- all the qualities of the traditional oral fable. Seth remains loyal to the fable tradition by inserting morals within his stories.
However, his tales do not end with a preachy moralizing text as moral tags, which according to Gregory, not only jar with the fables sophistication of form but also deprive them of one of their prime functions: to make the reader think qtd in Howe 2.
Aesops original version of The Hare and the Tortoise 19 grants victory to the tortoise advocating the maxim slow and steady wins the race.
Seths story on the other hand retains its focus on the Hare, whose defeat in the race is eclipsed by her victory at the social level. This keeps the story open-ended, allowing it to be subjected to modern and feminist interpretations.
The Mosquito keeps a look-out for further prey 97 at the end of The Louse and the Mosquito BT , thereby suggesting the possibility of more deception and foul play. Likewise, the readers are left to visualize Kuroops encounter with his wife at the end of The Crocodile and the Monkey BT This absence of a definite conclusive note adds to the enigma of the stories.
It also makes the form of the fable wonderfully flexible.
In the words of Rushdie, It hits a Explorations Volume 21 84 very beautiful note somewhere between the real and the unreal, and allows you to speak very directly but often in very strange ways 1.
This inversion of the fable tradition enables Seths stories to transcend the traditional bonds, imparting variety and diversity to Beastly Tales. Humor is also an essential component of Seths mental equipment and literary charm.
His astounding command of English language helps, for he can joke, make puns and produce comic play on words at will. The stories incorporate comedy and wit in the descriptions, dialogues and behavior of the characters.
It is because of this lighthearted style that Beastly Tales has mistakenly been regarded as childrens work.
However, humor for Seth is not merely a matter of dexterity with words and puns. It is, as Chouler writes:. Eight of the stories are ancient folk tales from various countries. As expected from the cleverly chosen title, all the stories are centered around animal characters and usually explore the relationship between two of them. Some of the ancient stories are written in a modern setting with humorous references to computers and broadcasting. The writing is crisp, witty, and sometimes hilarious What can I say, I love puns , while the stories are thought provoking.
Some tell hard truths quite matter-of-factly and the lessons are conveyed in a subtle manner. I had heard this ancient Greek tale in school and at home since I was too young to remember. The moral was slow and steady wins the race.
But Vikram Seth makes you think about it. Is that necessarily true in a world that adores glamor and glitter?
Maybe not, I thought for a while. You need to read it and decide for yourself. The Crocodile And The Monkey, an old folk tale from India, was one I already knew but reading it in rhyme, with the depth of personality Vikram gives each character was a real pleasure. The nightingale has no faith in her abilities even though she is much adored by her first large audience. The frog feels no remorse when the nightingale dies from fatigue and sadness as a direct result of following his instructions.As expected from the cleverly chosen title, all the stories are centered around animal characters and usually explore the relationship between two of them.
In The Crocodile and the Monkey BT , Kuroop conceals his motives of killing his friend behind accents gruff and a gentle smile 77 ; the Rat in The Rat and the Ox BT feigns gloom and grief in order to gain the sympathy of the Ox; and the Fox in The Cat and the Cock BT disguises her voice in accents smoothly oiled In Greece as well as the Indian sub-continent, fables were related to audience by way of gesture, song and dance.
Seth remains loyal to the fable tradition by inserting morals within his stories. Some tell hard truths quite matter-of-factly and the lessons are conveyed in a subtle manner.