Soft Storm Summary & Exercise of the Poem By Abhi Subedi

Summary of the Poem Soft Storm

The summary of the poem Soft Storm highlighted the hidden meaning and satire of the ill practices in society from readers' perspectives. The poem ‘Soft Storm’ is written by a popular poet Abhi Subedi who is the most prominent personality in the academic field of Nepal. He has taught for more than 44 years in different universities and equally contributed to the field of literature by writing several poems, essays, stories and dramas in both Nepali and English languages. 

The poem Soft Storm presents the speaker as a rebel in society. He doesn’t like the useless and cruel activities which are undergoing in Nepali society. These activities are ignored by the common people and to address such things the writer presents the speaker as a rebel for society.  This poem indirectly attacks the malpractices of Nepali society very minutely. The poem is long, written in free verse and has a beautiful combination of the description between nature and society. 

The poet describes the environmental disorder in Nepali society using the words tumult, eerie, stillness, sky-like crocuses, stones, skidded moon, tearing roof etc. in the first stanza. In the same way, he makes a correlation between those natural disorders with the practices of human society by using the words like politics, postures, rituals and reasons. In the last line of the first stanza, the poet uses the term seamless city which refers to the problem less or unified city of the past. 

It's no more than a reminder of the time when there were very few social problems in society. In the second stanza, he gives the reference to homeless children who are crying in Thamel. They are also crying because of hunger under the bat-bearing trees of Kesharmahal. He shows the bitter reality of a developing country through the lines. It is a serious social problem of the nation which should be solved at any cost. In the same stanza, he uses the term 'unwedded gardens of history' from which he wants to refer to the past flourished incidences of the society which literally means lawless, disturbed and chaotic situations created by social and political domination in the Nepalese society. 

Similarly, in the third stanza, he talks about a forlorn child carrying a transistor radio around his neck who is wailing to find his mother. This phrase indicates the painful condition of street children. There is also a reference to a man who was beaten mercilessly for no reason. 

Likewise, in the poem soft storm, he presents a reference to an injured man with a blood-stained shirt crying for humanity. When these words of agony are not heard, it reflects the situation of lawlessness, which ultimately makes the speaker become rebellious against the system. In the remaining stanzas, the speaker has also presented the disturbing courses of our society and the courses of our nature. 

The dominant person can’t speak because his voice is locked. It is like the game of hiding and seeking. The references to crocuses that have grown over the stone, rain tears, sun laughter, deforested land, rhododendron blooming in winter, songs of the sad birds etc. have shown the degradation of social values and environmental conditions. Indifferent, selfish and lawless activities of present people have disturbed and spoiled the earth and the creatures of the earth. In the final stanza, the speaker concludes it by stating the desire for freedom for him as well as other creatures of the earth. He favours the beautiful, lovely and calm sky with the sweet music of a soft storm. 

Who is the writer of Soft Storm? 

A prolific poet, playwright, and critic, Abhi Subedi (1945) have remained one of the eminent personalities in the field of literature in Nepal. Born in Sabla village of Terhathum district, Subedi has written several plays including Dreams of Peach Blossoms (2001) and Fire in the Monastery (2003). 

Subedi, who taught at the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, for around 40 years, has poetry collections like Manas (1974) and Chasing Dreams: Kathmandu Odyssey (1996) and Shabdara Chot (1997) to his credit. In the present poem entitled “Soft Storm,” Subedi, with a touch of compassion, contemplates the absurdities of tumultuous times. In the present poem entitled “Soft Storm” Subedi, with a touch of compassion, contemplates the absurdities of tumultuous times. 

Soft Storm Summary & Exercise of the Poem By Abhi Subedi
Soft Storm Summary & Exercise of the Poem By Abhi Subedi

Summary of the Poem Soft Strom  On the surface, the poem Soft Storm depicts the speaker's journey through the narrow streets and lights of Kathmandu at night, but in a deeper sense, it projects people's feelings of indifference towards the miserable conditions and sufferings of the people, male practices, tumultuous atmosphere, and chaos in Nepalese society. 

Summary of Soft Storm

Soft Storm is a popular poem written by Abhi Subedi which expresses the situational kindness of the human being.  In this poem, the speaker is presented as a rebel in society against societal misleading. The speaker represented himself as supportive of the bad situation  This poem presents the speaker of the poem as a rebel in society.

The poem indirectly attacks male practices of Nepali society very minutely. The poem is a bit longer than other poems in this book. It is written in free verse. It has a beautiful blend of natural and social descriptions.

Subedi contemplates the absurdities of tempestuous times in the poem, "Soft Storm, " with a touch of compassion. Soft Strom by Abhi Subedi is written in free verse with a lovely blend of natural and societal depiction. 

The poet describes an environmental disorder in Nepalese culture in the first stanza, using terms like a tumult, eerie, and so on, before moving on to a more positive condition with the phrase "sky grew like crocuses, " implying the blooming of Irish floral family plants over stones. These plants reach a height of five inches. When the moon is close to set, he speaks on posters and politics, as well as about a variety of social events. It refers to a group of people discussing social activities while they are in front of each other.

As the writer views the gentleness of the rose like a gale' from his roof, he becomes soft again by integrating both nature and the social atmosphere. The writer uses this simile to mix two opposing themes, such as the softness of a rose and the strength of a strong wind, and to criticize various social malpractices committed by people in society. Then he shows the moon singing and lightning with a seamless city, which for some people indicates a city with an easy and comfortable atmosphere. 

In the second stanza, he depicts homeless and parentless children in Thamel, begging for food and shelter. Through this, he criticizes corrupted political leaders who are only concerned with themselves and their families, rather than their poor citizens and orphans. These future pillars are in jeopardy and living in deplorable conditions. One of the major causes of all of this is the prevalence of social evils in the country. On the other hand, as he returns from such a melee (confusing place) where people were dancing with mad steps, parties and ceremonies in skyscrapers, and big hotels, he recalls his past days when people were free to enjoy true freedom. 

In the third stanza, he softens again as he imagines a forlorn (depressed and lonely) child sobbing and searching for his mother here and there while wearing a transistor around his neck. The child is terrified. For no apparent reason, a man is cruelly beaten in front of his family members. It states that in the present period, individuals are indifferent to one another and that dominance reigns supreme. These illegal behaviours cause the speaker to revolt against the system. In the fourth stanza, the poet describes a man with a blood-stained shirt and bruised human lips who is unable to speak because the powerful residents of the night have silenced his voice. The landowners and the labourers are linked by the game of hide-and-seek. 

In the fifth stanza, the speaker expresses his dissatisfaction with the words not listened to and not waiting for the storm for its Leela (play). The poet expresses positive feelings for the inhabitants in the sixth stanza by using grown-up Irish flowering plants over the stone, storms going to public places, and the sun shining with varied colours like a rainbow. Other metaphors, such as soft storm, silent pages, forlorn shirts, celebrations for the gods, and so on, are in a chaotic state since they are under the power of the nation's disturbing rulers.  

In the seventh stanza, he describes numerous causes of his soft heart, including invaluable items, modern men's indifference and selfishness, criminal actions, a disturbed and spoiled mother earth as a result of human wrongdoing, and the terrible lives of other helpless creatures. 

The speaker closes the poem in the final line by emphasizing that he needs freedom not just for himself but also for all the creatures of this motherland. He prefers the lovely and peaceful sky and wishes to dance freely, free of social constraints, to the natural soothing melody of quiet storms and melodious birds singing, in a circle that goes round and round.

Who is the writer of Soft Storm?

Abhi Suvedi is a towering personality in the academy of Nepal. He has taught for more than 44 years in different universities. He contributed to the field of literature by writing several essays, stories, dramas and poems in both Nepali and English languages. 

Glossary of the Poem

tumult (n.): violent and noisy commotion or disturbance of a crowd or mob; uproar

eerie (adj.): so mysterious, strange, or unexpected as to send a chill up the spine

crocuses (n.): a type of flowering plants in the iris family

seamless (adj.): moving from one thing to another easily and without any interruptions or problems

melee (n.): confusion, turmoil, jumble

protruded (adj.): stuck out from or through something

Leela (n.): a divine play

loitered (v.): moved slowly around or stand in a public place without an obvious reason

pensively (adv.): done in a thoughtful manner, often with sadness

spools (n.): a cylindrical device which has a rim or ridge at each end and an axial hole for a pin or spindle and on which material (such as thread, wire, or tape) is wound

minuscule (adj.): very small 

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