Thangjam Ibopishak's Poetry Analysis

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Dystopian Satire as Protest in Thangjam Ibopishak’s Poetry

Ph. Sanamacha Sharma
Assistant Prof. of English
DM College of Commerce Imphal, Manipur

Thispaper is based on the proposition that Thanjam Ibopishak’s poetryuses dystopian satire to offer a critique of the contemporary Manipuri society. The concept of dystopia is a crucial term for understanding contemporary spirit. Theoretically, it uses ZsoltCziganyik’s discussion on the connection between ‘satire and dystopia’.Ibopishak’s bleak satiric images are reflective of a ‘bad place’. His poetic outburst is one way of responding to the immediate dehumanizing influence of a society full of injustice, corruption and oppression.The poet is a witness to and his poetry evidence of different kinds of protest seen on the streets of Manipur for reasons both natural as well as man-made. Though dystopia offers no escape from its debasing influence, his social criticism reveals a cry for justice. His poetry directly defies and stares at the ugly reality of Manipuri society. His poetry is never about expressing the sublime moment of life or the beauty of emotion. It is about making us aware of the ‘bad place’, the worsened, corrupted, unwanted world of the present time. For this reason, his dystopian satire surfaces as a protest, a poetic effort to jolt one out of dull complacency. Key words: Dystopia, protest,satire, inhumanity.

Thanjam Ibopishak’s poetry offers a critique of the political corruption,
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