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The great California novel been written, in verse (and why not?): The Golden Gate gives great joy.”—Gore Vidal One of the most highly. Kaleidoscopic Relationships: The Golden Gate. The Golden Gate. Vikram Seth's fourth book, was published in Appearing after two collections of poems. CHAPTER II. LOVE AND LIFE IN SANFRANCISCO. Vikram Seth's first novel The Golden Gate is novel, in the sense that this is a fiction in verse. Novel in verse is.
The novel ends when Byrne at goes back to London to face his illegal sons and we discover that there are five lyrical sonnets written by Michael Byrne him- self. These sonnets sum up all our annals, In five disjunctive but connective panels Burgess introduces his novel in a form full of irony and he intends to be very satirical concerning his unsuccessful life as writer and as a human being.
He decided to write a verse novel and to allow his characters to be poets so to accomplish his ul- timate dream. Wretches like Byrne are far from indispensable, A single puff will blow their dust away. Paronomasia is a needless joke: He needs no fire to turn him into smoke Thus, Burgess succeeded at last through his last novel, Byrne to be remembered as a pioneer in his field of literature. He is one of the most important American novel- ists of the second half of the twentieth century who tried the new form of verse novel 35 Ibid.
A Book Review of Byrne. The other important modern novelist of the twentieth century who wrote verse novels is Vikram Seth.
He was born in in Calcutta, India. He was educated at Oxford and Stanford Universities. He travelled widely and lived in Britain, California, India and China. He wrote very important English novels and critics consider him to be a great novelist as Tolstoy and Dickens. Seth is also a poet and a traveler who wrote books about his travels.
His ability as a poet makes him competent of trying the new verse novels because of his ability to manage the poetic tools in ease and in excel- lence. Vikram Seth wrote an important novel about the Indian Life in His novel is the longest novel in English literature.
His novel, A Suitable Boy, is situated on an Indian background and culture. It is about an Indian girl, Lara, and her search for a husband. The novel discusses the forbidden relationship between a Muslim boy and A Hindu girl to discover the post-independence conflict in India between the Muslims and Hindus.
What is amazing here is that Seth wrote his novel in Prose and verse. The novel has six volumes of poetry. It is a very satiric work of art of the Indian life ins. Critics consider it the English Epic of the twentieth century. However, Seth tried the verse novel.
His novel, The Golden Gate 41 is written in verse lines about some friends who live in San Francisco. The novel discusses in a poetic form the themes of loneliness and alienation which distinguish the twentieth century literature.
The main character is John who is very sad and lonely, and his friend Ed who is suffering because of his denial to his homosexuality.
The poetic lines in the novel make it very interesting with a fast rhythm which attracts the read- er and in particular the young men. The novel contains thirteen chapters; each chap- ter is forty poetic stanzas and each stanza is fourteen lines in iambic tetrameter, rhymed a-b-a-b-c-c-d-d-e-f-f-e-g-g.
The whole novel is written in sonnets. Seth de- cides to use the Shakespearean sonnet to express his poetic romance. Ben Down- ing 42 says: Vikram Seth is mad about sonnets.
The Golden Gate consists of a stag- gering five hundred and ninety of them stung together to form a verse novel. Even the bio page, acknowledgments, dedication, and table of contents are written in son- net form.
Seth's sonnets depart, however, from the traditional English line laid down by Wyatt and Surrey. The novel is full of descriptions and witty suggestive words.
The novelist uses the sonnet form.
So the chapters are divided into stanzas with numbers. The novel is about four California friends. In this witty, poetic and compressed style, he gives fully delineated characters: John, a Silicon Valley executive seeking comfort in a meaning- ful love relationship; his friend and ex-lover Janet, an artist and musician in a harsh rock band; Liz, a cheerful Stanford law grad whose parents produce superior Califor- nia wine; her brother Ed, struggling between sin and religion; and John's friend Phil, deserted by his wife and left with his son, his moral vision and his scientific career at 41 Seth V.
The Golden Gate: a Novel in Verse. The plot of the novel is full of love and pain. It moves from the guilt to the reli- gious believe.
The novel describes social issues of homosexuality. It tells in detail how the life in California is at that time of chaos. Seth explains the struggle and the conflict of love relationship in his novel. He is not using the traditional triangle of love where a woman is loved by two lovers, but he is inventing his own love complex struggle. John misses out on love because his emotions are straitened by weapons work; Jewish Phil drops out of Silicon Valley and finds love, but his male partner, tormented by Catholic guilt, leaves him; Phil and his ex-lover's sister John's alienated woman friend marry.
The novel is full of powerful descriptive pieces; of love and of pain. In chapter 6, the first stanza Seth 43 says: How beautiful it is, when waking, To find one's lover at one's side, The delicate slow light is breaking Irresolutely through the wide Bay windows of their bedroom, falling On Liz's hair, and John's recalling How last night she untied it, how It flowed between his hands, but now She lies asleep, unswiftly breathing; Her thoughts are not with him, her dreams Traverse the solitary streams Of inward lands, yet her hair, wreathing The pillow in a mesh of light, Returns to him the fugitive night.
The novel of Seth does not only discuss love themes but also the themes of the crisis of modern Twentieth Century. It indicates these problems in a satiric way to highlight them in a smooth poetic style. He comments on Materialism that most people of this age are aspiring at and its effect on them.
Seth 44 says: John looks about him with enjoyment. What a man needs, he thinks, is health; Well-paid, congenial employment; A house; a modicum of wealth; Some sunlight; coffee and the papers; Artichoke hearts adorned with capers; A Burberry trench coat; a Peugeot; And in the evening, some Rameau Or Couperin; a home-cooked dinner, A Stilton, and a little port; And so to duvet In addition, we can easily see how Seth uses his verse in making very powerful speeches like the one by the priest against nuclear power: It takes a great deal of moral clarity To see that it is right to blitz Each Russian family to bits Because their leader's muscularity — Quite like our own — on foreign soil Threatens our vanity, or 'our' oil Thus, Seth tackles his themes in a very brave tone.
He uses his poetry in a narr- ative style to talk about the ideas of the young people of the modern age. This kind of objection and forgrounded form did not gain him fame as a verse novelist. Karly Mil- ler 46 explains this meaning: The Golden gate appeared in , five years after Midnight's Children. It is an emulation of Pushkin and Byron, and could be called a romantic but not a confessional work.
A regency of gaiety and mockery were applied to a sexual-revolutionary singles' San Francisco, where his teacher of the time, Donald Davie, at Stanford, is to frowned on the result… but The Golden Gate is designed to be disapproved of by the seniors, and it has given great pleasure.
Seth is a festive writer, with an unexpired boyish inno- cence and lots of allegros in what he gets up to.
The novel of Seth is full of description written in a rhythm style to show his ability in telling stories using verse lines and untraditional metre four feet instead of the traditional five feet. The novelist uses the four feet metre to delineate the details of his characters and to discuss their problems.
So, in chapter five Seth 47 explains: Why, asks a friend, attempt tetrameter? Because it once was noble, yet Capers before the proud pentameter, Tyrant of English. I regret To see this marvelous swift meter Demean its heritage, and peter Into mere Hudibrastic tricks, Unapostolic knacks and knicks.
But why take all this quite so badly? I would not, had I world and time To wait for reason, rhythm, rhyme, To reassert themselves, but sadly, The time is not remote when I Will not be here to wait. That's why. This stanza is an explanation and an invitation to the reader to know more about these poetic qualities.
These feminine rhymes? My wrinkled muse? The loaves will surely fail to rise Or else go stale before my eyes. But as no shroud of critical terms Can save my corpse from boring worms, I may as well have fun and try it. They think that the development of the plot is not complete because the novelist deliberately violated the narrative technique for the sake of the rhyme and the rhythm of poetry. Downing 52 explains: Yet despite Seth's ambition, The Golden Gate is neither good poetry nor good fiction.
In attempting to bridge two genres, it falls between them. Instead of buttressing and enabling each other, the verse tends to hobble the narrative, the narrative to compromise the verse. The ge- nres, in Seth's hands are least, are like an arranged marriage: not deeply compatible. One is nearly always conscious of the story straining against its poetic leash.
However, readers call attention to the great ability of the novelist to create an interesting story full of events about the life of the young people at the Twentieth Cen- tury.
Edited and introduced by Louie W. Attebery, a professor of English at the College of Idaho, Idaho Folklife is also a model introduction to the folklore of a particuregion , in this case, the intermountain West.
Students of folklife in America generally, and in the West particularly, should welcome this intriguing collection into their libraries and classrooms. Unlike most anthologies of folklore, which set out their material by genre folk song, folk dance, folk food, etc. Three articles on family folk singing, a teller of tall tales, and the factors influencing the selection of homestead sites comprise the third section on "Folklife and Individual Style.
The fifth section, "Folklife and History," examines a local legend, the narrative of "Chief Bigfoot," the use of folklore in Carol Brink's regional novel Buffalo Coat, and land use attitudes and ethics. Atterbery's selection of both categories and illustrative entries is excellent.
Despite the variety and complexity of the subjects, each entry seems to fit naturally in its section, and there is never the feeling that the editor has arbitrarily selected a series of pigeonholes and squeezed the most interesting articles he could find into them. Rather, his overall approach is inductive, and the book has a natural, unforced ring about it.
Would anybody? He tuned his thoughts to electronic Circuitry. This soothed his mind. He left irregular moronic He thought of or-gates and of and-gates, Of ROMs, of nor-gates, and of nand-gates, Of nanoseconds, megabytes, And bits and nibbles… but as flights Of silhouetted birds move cawing Across the pine-serrated sky, Dragged from his cove, not knowing why, He feels an urgent riptide drawing Him far out, where, caught in the kelp Of loneliness, he cries for help.
John's looks are good. His dress is formal. His voice is low. His mind is sound. His appetite for work's abnormal. A plastic name tag hangs around His collar like a votive necklace.
Though well-paid, he is far from reckless, Pays his rent promptly, jogs, does not Smoke cigarettes, and rarely pot, Eschews both church and heavy drinking, Enjoys his garden, like to read Eclectically from Mann to Bede. A surrogate, some say, for thinking. His boss, though, is well-pleased with him.