What is a classic? Is there any standard definition of classic? Different people will have their different versions to offer as definitions; however, the classic method to classify the ‘classics’ is simply trust your seniors. Isn’t so true? I have been thinking about this for months now. Several discussions featuring many academicians and students took place but I could not find something which could console my craving to find a certain parameter on which we could weigh the ‘classics’. What I got was simply the citations from scholars of literature and some classic quotations from Aristotle, Eliot, Arnold and sometimes the lesser famous critics. And now I pose this question in front of the readers and contributors of Ashvamegh. How do we identify the classic? I have written an article about the confusion in the classic method – what is great literature? I would welcome the suggestions and the opinions from scholars on this topic.
I would like to thank my friend and fellow member of the Ashvamegh magazine – Alan Britt. Alan has introduced many poets from Ecuador to the readers in this issue. You will enjoy reading the works of Ecuadorian poets which are published in both the languages – English translation along with the native text.
Anuja Rai, a fifteen-year-old girl from Delhi has impressed me with her writing! Her poetry, at this age, is remarkable! Seeing her writings, I think, we are on the right track. When Ashvamegh came to existence, I had thought that it will serve as the platform to showcase newer talents to the readers and I can see the talents finding this platform useful now. You can read the poems of Anuja along with other poets who have been selected for the issue.
Like always, I will request you all to post your comments on the writings you like. This will encourage the authors and the poets and keep creating…
With wishes & love,
April 15, 2017