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‘The Daffodils inspired me to write like Wordsworth’

Jasmilan Kaur, this week’s Promising Poet says the trick to writing is: just letting the thoughts flow from the mind to the paper



Jasmilan Kaur, currently studying at Apeejay Institute of Management and Engineering Technical campus (AIMETC), has an innate passion for writing. She loves to express herself and has inculcated this novel quality from her grandfather during childhood. 

In the Apeejay Promising Pet’s series, Jasmilan speaks about her journey into writing as well as says how cathartic and therapeutic the process of self-expression can be. Read on for more:

At what age did you start writing poetry?

I have always been passionate about writing ever since I used to get assignments to write essays in schools.  Thus, I believe I’ve been writing since my fourth grade.

What inspired you to pick up the pen?

In my childhood, my grandfather used to tell me bedtime stories and poems which he  wrote himself. He has always inspired and motivated me to write down my feelings.

How does AIMETC help you in writing such beautiful poems?

I’m glad that my father took the decision to admit me in AIMETC as I’m awestruck by the support the staff provides to each student. There’s always some or the other literary competition happening in the college, which motivates me to write more. Also, there have been professors who have pushed me to write poems and articles.  The notice board of my college always puts some beautiful poems, readings, and that keeps me motivated to write.

Rhyme or free verse?

I always prefer free verse as this allows a poet to pen down all his/her feelings without the restriction of choosing the apt words.

What’s the thought behind your poem: Life at a turn?

 This poem was written by me in 2017 when my grandmother was on her deathbed. She was no less than a spiritual animal for me who’s blessings have always been there with me and her life has motivated me to never give up. Thus, my sole motivation  for this poem was my grandmother.

What are the next poems?

I’ve always been writing poems. Hopefully, I’ll retouch one of them and get them published soon.

Tell us about your process of writing a poem?

There’s no such “process” of writing a poem for me. But for me the best time to write a poem is when I’m overwhelmed by some event in my life. I just dim the light of my room, pick my favourite pen, open my diary and let the thoughts flow down from my mind to the page.  

Finally, favourite poem and poet?

Back in fourth grade we were taught a poem named ‘The Daffodils‘ by William Wordsworth. The imagery of the poem has always inspired me to write like him.

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]