[racchabanda] English hexameter in Indian style

 

There is a hexameter in Kannada called ShaTpadi. If one takes a motif of syllables, say x, then the three lines will have a structure like 
x,x
x,x
x,x - x + 2 syllabic instants.
The latter three lines will have a similar structure. 

Transforming this to English and replacing x by a syllable and the last two syllabic instants by an extra syllable, we will have a structure like 
4 syllables / 4 syllables / 7 syllables in the first three lines. The latter half will have a similar arrangement. Instead of the second letter rhyming of the Kannada ShaTpadi, here we will have end rhymes, suited to the English language. Here are a few examples  - 

You are lovely 
I am lowly 
We are together jolly 
You are singing 
I'm listening 
We're together enjoying!

Bright innocence 
Veil-like silence 
Morning in a translucence 
Light like a flood
In orange 'nd blood
On houses of gold and mud!

Brooks are running
Birds are singing
For you my heart is longing
Peacocks 're dancing
The deer 're glancing 
For you my eyes are looking!

Eye to eye, we
Do never see
Still we are in love, funny
A game of dice
You win, I lose
Still we win in love, surprise!

J K Mohana Rao

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