‘Still Life‘ is a small poem in minimalistic style written by A K Ramanujan. However simple the poem is, its impactful and deeply melancholic vocabulary make the poem phenomenal.
STILL LIFE SUMMARY
‘Still Life‘ deals with the pains of solitude in poet’s life caused by a woman. When you decipher the poem, the 11 lines of the poem comprise only two sentences. But the emotion it captures can’t be decoded fully.
‘She’, in the first line of the poem, might be the poet’s lady love or spouse, who, in an argument ensued between them, has left him alone. The lunch is not over. She has left midway during their lunch. The leftovers like bread, sandwich, lettuce and salami found on the table constantly remind him of her absence. He wants to engage in his studies, but her memories drive him away. The vacuum created by her absence can never be filled up again.
The imageries ‘half-eaten sandwich’ and ‘the shape of her bite’ are extremely emotional and these capture something deeper, the soul which is lost in her absence.