An Evening Wet With Rain Ved Pal Deep
Central Idea: This poem is the poet’s remembrance of an evening wet with rain. It Is an atmosphere of complete silence. The poet draws numerous images from nature to heighten the effect of silence and solitude. The poet is in a desperate mood. He regrets that the days gone by do not return.
Summary of An Evening Wet With Rain
The poem, “An evening wet with rain” has been written by Ved Pal Deep”, a Dogri writer and translated into English by ‘Shivnath’. The poet remembers an evening wet with rain. It is an atmosphere of complete silence. The poet is walking down the lane and finds everything wet. The poet is lost in the memories of his childhood when he had not to shoulder any responsibility. Now, the poet is burdened with responsibilities and worries. So, he beckons the hands to hold the responsibilities with care. His mind knows that the gentle breeze is signalling him to go and be nearer to his companion. The poet appears sad and confused. He doesn’t know whether he should stand on the ground and take a walk down the memory lane or allow himself to move with the air.
Windows, doors, sheets of canvas all are wet with rain. The leaves of the Banyan tree standing at a distance move slightly with the cool breeze. Only the sound of the leaves is audible. The collar of his coat is wet with the drops of rain. The poet observes silence in the atmosphere.
The poet’s feet have turned cold due to the water seeping through his shoes. His eyes are heavy with sleep or he is feeling feverish because he is tired. He feels the ground slippery and cannot find someplace to take rest. The loss of hope has darkened the evening of the poet’s life. He is in a state of despair. Clouds of hopelessness have gathered in his mind and as they pass through his mind, tears start coming out of his eyes. He doesn’t find anything comforting him in the evening of troubles. His companion i.e. the evening is also depressed. So he calls his companion to hold him by the arm and take him along.
The poet is reminded of his childhood days when he would stand alone in the courtyard listening to the sound of Cymbals. The waves of air would bring the sweet tunes of the Cymbal to his ears. He regrets that the days gone by do not return.
The poet says that evening is nearing to an end as the darkness is about to fall. The sky appears touching the ground (The Earth), owing to the darkness. The passing clouds are sending shadows over the hills. The shadows of trees continue to rest in the dark tank. The houses which are lit with electric bulbs are lively and full of fun. But the poet is wandering in the silent streets and knows nothing about his destination. Moonlight holding the edge of the moon
is laughing at him. He is in no hurry because he is unaware of his destination. He only knows that the light of an earthen lamp In a modest Inn on the roadside awaits him.
Questions and Answers
Q. 1. What are the memories that the poet talks about In the poem?
Ans. The poet speaks about memories from his youth. He recalls the moment when he would stand alone in the courtyard, listening to the melodious sound of cymbals brought to his ears by the cold breeze waves.
Q. 2. What kind of atmosphere is created in the poem?
Ans. The poem reproduces the ambience of a rain-wet evening. The quiet, humid evening produces a dull and dangerous atmosphere. The evening is indicative of the poet ‘s fall in life. He has grown old and is in desperation. The poet compares his life to a flickering earthen lamp that can go out at any given moment. Thus the atmosphere is very depriving throughout the poem.
Q. 3. What makes the poet tired?
Ans. The continuous sleepless nights have made his eyes heavy. He feels feverish, and can’t find any place to rest. Loss of hope tires the poet. It is just hoped that will keep one going in one’s life. There’s no wish to live if there is no hope. Of course, a depressed person feels drained and tired.
Q. 4. What has darkened the evening of the poet’s life?
Ans. Hope is the principle which guides life. Life is based on hope; it leads us in the direction we should follow. If there is no hope, then life becomes sluggish and dark. Poet ‘s life is also hopeless and that’s what has darkened the evening of the poet’s life.
Q. 5. Discuss the poet’s regret in the poem.
Ans. The poet feels nostalgic and reminiscent of his good old days. He remembers the days when his life was filled with joy and happiness. Conversely, the poet’s present life is full of sorrow and despair. The poet often feels bad that he can not call back the past and the days that are gone.
Q. 6. Comment on the Imagery used by the poet in the poem.
Ans. Imagery refers to the use of words to describe ideas or situations, particularly in poetry. Imagery is of different types, including auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, gustatory, and kinesthetic. In the poem, the poet uses visual imaging. He creates a clear picture of an evening wet with rain. Wet windows, door and awnings, wet collar of the coat, water seeping through the poet’s shoes, fluttering of Banyan leaves with cold breezes, the sound of Cymbals, activities in the houses lit with electric bulbs, moonlight laughs holding the hem are all the imageries used by the poet in the poem which leaves a lasting expression on our minds. All the images used by the poet in the poem that leave a lasting impression on our minds are moonlight laughs holding the hem. These are all examples of how rich images are used in his poem.