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A Rhyme in Time: Q&A with author Dr. Sangeetha Devarapalli

Step into the enchanting world of “A Rhyme in Time,” where every page is a portal to a universe where rhythm and poetry breathe life into every object, living or non-living. Immerse yourself in a literary experience like no other as abstract thoughts find their voice and speak directly to your soul.

In our interview session, we will see how the author lets your imagination soar and embarks on a journey you will never forget…

How was your poetry book born?

I have been writing poetry since school for the school magazine, for friends, and so forth, but never thought of getting it published. Now, many years later, three of my best friends from school pushed me to enter a 21-day poetry challenge because they thought I could do it, more than I believed I could. And I did manage to write a poem a day for 21 days and hence “A Rhyme in Time” was born.

What are the main attributes of your poem?

The essence of my poems is that they are most often realistic and tangible and very few are abstract or descriptive. My poems are relatable to everyday events, old memories, or current perceptions.

Do you feel privileged to be a poet?

Of course! I feel privileged to be thought of as a poet. I have always admired Wordsworth, Frost, and others immortal through their words, and even if a handful of people remember me for my words, it would be a privilege indeed.

Are there any specific reasons why you’ve picked certain topics to pen your poem?

I pick topics that touch me in some way. Sometimes it is something I see maybe on the road. Sometimes a beautiful or poignant photograph may set off a chain of thought in rhyme. Sometimes it is the memory of someone or something. Sometimes it is purely for fun.

Do poems always have to rhyme?

I don’t think poems have to always rhyme, although I must admit most of my poems do. The beauty of poetry is in the way the language is used devoid of convention, to express visually what the poet wants to say. Poetic language is as sweet as the matter it wants to convey. So, it need not rhyme, but it should sound mellifluous to the ear.

What can poetry not exist without?

Poetry cannot exist without a soul for sure!

Do you base your poems on true stories or imaginary instances?

My poems are based on true events, actual memories, real people, and often on complete imagination too.           

Can one influence the world with poetic thoughts?

It has been proved over the ages that poetry has had a very positive influence on young minds and old. That is the reason it is added to the syllabus in schools. Poetry was made into music to forward many social causes. Poetry was used to make people aware of beauty, nature, social norms and taboos, historic events, and even wars.

Do you think poetry is still relevant in today’s society?

I should like to think that even in this fast-paced era, poetry offers a sweet, musical respite to the taxed brain. I should like to think that poetry is and will always be relevant.

Are you planning on coming up with more episodes of poetry?

Yes. Encouraged by the response to my first book I am already planning to pen down a second which will have longer, more, thought-of, and profound rhymes.

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