Review of Divine Sonnnets by Santanu Halder

Name         -Divine Sonnets and other poems

Author                  - Santanu Halder

Number of Pages - 74

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback 

Price                     - 170

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Rating : 3.5

Divine Sonnets and Other Poems is my second anthology of poems which record my humble attempt to voyage into an enlightened land of spirituality where shines brightly the divine light of God. In the first part of these poems I sincerely endeavoured to capture those celestial glimpses through my simple humble hymns to the Almighty. I do not know how much I become successful, (Do I need it at all?) but yes! I tried to connect with Him. Herein lies the path that will lead me to self-purification, self-rectification. Actually these honest poetic utterances of mine act as a kind of vehicle through which I can free my soul and let it fly towards the divine direction

My Review
 Heartfelt words flowing through the soul of a writer are always an edifying experience for the reader. Divine sonnets and other poems are a collection of musical extract of words. The poems are divided into there sections. First section is a collection of divine poems. Poet’s piousness is depicted in this section. The sonnets are not mere 14 line poems. Poet successfully imbibed enchanting rhymes in the sonnets. Though written in simple words, author’s prayers will surely reach the readers. Poet finds god in everything around him. ‘Dawn’ and ‘celestial light’ are my favorite in this section.

Second section is a collection of love poems. Though rich in love and passion, the poems are more like teen love poems. Nevertheless, ‘There is no remedy for love’ and ‘Poem to my better half on Valentine’s day’ shows the warmth and depth of emotions.

The third section named other poems is my favorite. Each poem in this section is different from the other and provides a cryptic bliss of words to the readers. ‘Village Sreepally’ and ‘River of life’ are dedication to the land where the poet was born and his soul resides. ‘My poetic word as weapon’ , ‘Life goes on’ and ‘Fisherman’ are my favorite in this section.

Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author
 Born and brought up in Bongaon, a tiny terminal town, 75 kms away from the City of Joy, Kolkata, Santanu Halder is a bilingual poet, teacher, editor, translator, interviewer, critic, and an award winning citizen journalist(merinews). He lives besides the bank of river Ichhamati, a trans-boundary river which flows through India and Bangladesh and also forms the boundary between the two countries. The gentle flow of Ichhamati allures him to unleash his poetic wings. He is a lifetime member of the Guild of Indian English Writers Editors and Critics and the founder editor of Ichhamati Review and Student's English World monthly international Print Magazine. His poems have found a place in several national and International journals like Episteme, The Criterion, Contemporary Vibes, Writers Editors Critics, UK Poetry Library (UK), Brain Wrixon Books (Canada), and Our Poetry Corner (UK). His poems also got high recommendation in Destiny Poets UK (an International Community of Poets). He has attended seminars and poetry festivals and read his poems in the different parts of our country. His maiden poetry book "Bonsaied Rhapsodies" was published in 2013 and had been reviewed extensively.


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