Unrestrained Nature in Cummings’ “O Sweet Spontaneous” and Lohani’s “Gaia”: A Disregard to Anthropocentric Ecocide

Authors

  • Bharat Raj Dhakal Pokhara University, Lekhnath, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/ojes.v12i1.39098

Keywords:

Anthropocentrism, deep ecology, earth, ecocide, ecocentrism, nature

Abstract

The self-centered human activities have tremendous adverse impacts on ecology at the present time, thereby turning the earth into an unwelcoming and inhospitable place for the species. However, nature responds to such ecocidal anthropocentric actions with the continuation of life as a sweet gift. In this context, this study aims at analyzing how literature undermines such anthropocentric activities and presents the earth or the nature as the mother who is very compassionate, protective, and affectionate to her children and is always accountable to them. This study also exhibits how anthropocentric activities invite ecocide and what the response of nature is. In the conflict between human-centered actions and responses of nature, the study also investigates whether nature or the earth forgets her duty. For this, the study makes a critical study of the masterpieces, “O Sweet Spontaneous” by E.E. Cummings and “Gaia” by Shreedhar Prasad Lohani. This qualitative study applies ecocritical and one of its approaches, deep ecological notions to scrutinize how these poems negate ecocide drawn by anthropocentrism. An in-depth analysis of these poems reveals that the anthropocentric philosophy is actually the main cause of ecocide. However, nature, on her part, is very spontaneous and unrestrained who always forgives the serious and notorious human actions and is dedicated to bestow ‘spring’, that is, life to all the organisms which is her major responsibility. In this respect, this study opens an avenue for people about the self-realization of their exploitation of nature and calls for creating this world a common place for all the species.

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Author Biography

Bharat Raj Dhakal, Pokhara University, Lekhnath, Nepal

Asst. Prof. Bharat Raj Dhakal teaches at School of Development and Social Engineering, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Pokhara University, Pokhara. He is the coordinator of Bachelor of English and Communication Studies at Pokhara University. His areas of interest are cultural studies, Eco-philosophy, and subaltern studies. He has published various articles in his areas of research.

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Published

2021-08-16

How to Cite

Dhakal, B. R. (2021). Unrestrained Nature in Cummings’ “O Sweet Spontaneous” and Lohani’s “Gaia”: A Disregard to Anthropocentric Ecocide. The Outlook: Journal of English Studies, 12(1), 93–103. https://doi.org/10.3126/ojes.v12i1.39098

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Theoretical/Critical Essay Articles