Commonwealth literature in English : past and present by Amar Nath Prasad, Ashok Kumar

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4 Graves has given examples of each of these items, but many of them are so obscure that I have deliberately omitted them in order to Re-Interpretation of Myth in Sri Aurobindo's Savitri 41 avoid confusion. A few of his examples, reasonably well-known, have been retained. These twelve kinds, it should be remembered, are not true myths. What, then, is the true myth? Graves tells us: True myths may be defined as the reduction to narrative shorthand of ritualistic mime performed on public festivals and in many cases recorded pictorially on temple walls, vases ...

The boon is granted: A seed shall be sown in Death's tremendous hour A branch of heaven transplant to human soil Nature shall overlap her mortal step Fate shall be changed by an unchanging willP 46 Re-Jnterpreta tion of Myth in Sri Aurobindo's Savitri Part II begins with Savitri's birth. Her humanity and divinity, both are brought into focus. Then in the next canto she is sent on a quest for a husband worthy of her. The quest itself, Savitri's journey through a beautiful landscape is described in enchanting poetry.

Certainly Stevens is no Buddha at the end of the novel. Yet neither is he like Miss Kenton, now Mrs. Benn, who writes, "I have no idea how I shall usefully fill the remainder of my life," which "stretches out as an emptiness before me" (49). It is true that Stevens is still evasive in regard to realizing how profoundly his code betrayed him: how he could have easily worn a Nazi uniform under slightly different conditions, and consequently how it is reliance on absolute moral systems, which defend the ego, that is the problem in a Buddhist view.

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