Examine potential approaches to annotate the following line from "Jejuri" by Kolatkar: "He popped a stone in his mouth and spat out gods."

1 Answer | Add Yours

akannan's profile pic

Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted on

I think that much in the way of annotation is going to rest in what is being sought out of Kolatkar's writing.  Certainly, if one were annotating the line as a representation of Kolatkar's style, then I think that one could annotate for the ambiguities that he sees in Hindu worship.  Taken from his work Jejuri, a collection of reflective poems about the pilgrimage site in Maharashtra, one can see that the line features much in way of questions and reflective thought about the Hindu faith.  What can be merely seen as "stone" represents the power of the divine.  The idea that it is not a specific individual, like a Messiah or Prophet, that is able to "pop" a stone in his mouth and reveal the power of divinity is also significant, perhaps worthy of annotation.  Certainly, the line brings out the complexity and nuanced nature of Hindu worship and faith.  Kolatkar was known for being willing to experiment with both style and content, not wedded to a direct approach.  Annotating this particular line for its level of complexity and connecting it to the poet's understanding of Hinduism brings this out and also highlights the level of depth to the line itself.

Sources:

We’ve answered 318,926 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question