GUWAHATI, April 12 - �Prose is the main pillar of French literature. Still, the enviable eminence that the French poetry has attained in the past two centuries is in no way inferior to the exceptionality of the prose literature. The French poets created so multi-hued poetry using that very crystal character of French literature that was considered a bottleneck towards creation of poetry and that established the French poetry as the uncontested king in the realm of modern poetry.�
This was the comment of eminent critic, Professor Prabhat Bora during his rendition of the fourth Ajit Barua Memorial Lecture at North Lakhimpur College recently. In the function, arranged under the joint collaboration of North Lakhimpur College and Ajit Barua Anuragi Samaj coinciding with the fourth death anniversary of poet, critic, novelist, translator of modern Assamese literature, Ajit Barua, Professor Bora in his lecture titled, �19th and 20th century French poetry and its resonance in Assamese poetry�, said, �Once we had a notion that the French are very emotional and stylish nation. This has also been said by Ajit Barua. It is true that the French are a stylish nation, but that style is just for thought and astuteness. French is a country of intellectual and theorists.�
Professor Bora also added, �There is dearth of lyrics too in French literature as we notice in Sanskrit literature. In the recitation of Chandipath, one can find the solemnity, but no perceptible variation of tune. Panini binded up the Sanskrit language in such a manner formulating some rules that there is no scope of expression for emotion in an open manner. The main cause of the French language being converted into a closed one like Sanskrit is mainly due to the 16th century French poet Francois de Malherbe.�
The lecture was presided over by Principal of the host college Professor Biman Chandra Chetia.
The programme was anchored by Dr Bornali Bora, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, North Lakhimpur College. The inaugural speech was delivered by vice president of Ajit Barua Anuragi Samaj, poet Rajib Baruah. It was followed by submission of secretarial report by Kushal Dutta, poet and secretary, Ajit Barua Anuragi Samaj. At the end of lecture session, Principal Dr Biman Chandra Chetia, highly praised this joint effort and expected that such ventures would continue in the coming days.
The lecture session was followed by Ajit Barua memorial poets� meet. Jnan Pujari, Sahitya Akademi winning poet, inaugurated the session. A number of poets recited their poems in this meet.
The vote of thanks was offered by Dr Arabinda Rajkhowa, Assistant Professor, Department of Assamese, North Lakhimpur College. This was stated in a press release.