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A Middling Plain: Poetic Reflections on the Times Gladys Williams Russel

A Middling Plain: Poetic Reflections on the Times

Gladys Williams Russel

Published February 10th 2013
ISBN : 9781482390636
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90 pages
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A Middling Plain - Poetic Reflections on The Times, is a collection of 38 poems that comment on the issues that confront men in their existence on this earth plain. For, there is a mighty part of the universe that is beyond the reach andMoreA Middling Plain - Poetic Reflections on The Times, is a collection of 38 poems that comment on the issues that confront men in their existence on this earth plain. For, there is a mighty part of the universe that is beyond the reach and understanding of men. They include issues like faith and belief, the journey of soul, the relevance of life, mans relationship with the God Force, the power of death and the need for all to work towards a permanently perfect existence. Coming from a third world environment, Gladys Williams Russel has aptly utilized the socio-political and economic exigencies in her environment, to paint a lucid exposition on the realities that confront and confound men today. For, as the poet points out: Only in realization of our worthlessness can man accept to surrender himself. Only in surrendering of the self can the fears and snares bedeviling our hearts as creatures of form be put to rest. (introduction to subtheme, EXHORTATION) The collection is in part, a record of the nuances in third world regions and poverty affected areas of earth.Thus it speaks of the impact on life of the conflicts of colonialism and politics, of the relationship between corruption, unemployment, civil strife and poverty, of the results of militarism, transitions and foreign intervention. The poems come under eight heads dedicated to specific sub-themes. Although they are thought- provoking, they have a light and airy quality that makes for easy one-sitting reading. As she postulates in the introduction to Dreamscape, What is dream and what is real? The line between is thinly drawn. For one is built upon the other And none exists without the other. This 90 paged collection is the second part in a trilogy of poems by Gladys Williams Russel under the AFRICA WOMAN SERIES. The others in the collection are Africa Woman - The Poetic Perspective (1997) and Bronze Silhouette - The World From my Thatch (2012).,