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Book Review: Gilding a Hermit by Rocor

Gilding a Hermit is a collection of poems by Rocor. The book is divided into two parts: the early life and the late world. Probably, the poet has much to tell about his feelings in both the phases of life. Look at the temerity of the poet who has given such a bold and yet subtle title to the collection - Gilding a Hermit. In simple words it means painting a saint-like heart with gold-like hedonism. A deeper thought will provoke that it is the cardinal rule of the world to smear people with the lineage of hedonism.


The poems in the collection are longer and evoke a sense of heat and embarrassment, because the poet’s anger towards the world is evident. The more you say, is less about the poems. The kind of reflections the words and phrases make is of high importance and people with malleable heart will feel swaying with the flow.

Look at this poem! The terrific intensity is bound to grip you:

Let them all regret

They didn’t filch all
Some of mine is left to burgeon best
The time and place for me.
None can denounce my change
But was the fault of their demands and desires
How feeble they flickered
When first we met.
Now they bargain my presence
Me , the man, or call him their leisure.
Me, the man, to key their calls
Or call it their pleasure.
Let them all regret
The man they lost
And more they will lose
Of what they did to whom
Cared for them to a reason
present or not.

The above poem is a brilliant depiction of betrayals and loss of esteem, as how the people of the world play with the heart and good intentions of good people. Well, the loss is theirs.

Likewise, there are many poems that have seemed to have been slapping the system of the world at large. The poet has made all the efforts to explore the darkest themes concurrently. Bold and beautifully, these poems are going to, for sure, force you for a retrospection.

The kind of rhyming and vocabulary and phrases used in the collection are evident of the brilliance that the poet possesses. This is one such collection that will linger with you for a longer time, even when you put it down and away. Terrific and delightful…highly recommended!

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