Patrick Fernando (1219 words)

As a poet, Patrick Fernando was a path-breaker, one of the most accomplished and polished Sri Lankan poets, the first poet of his country to be published, and in London, too (1955). Under the richness of his poetry lies incisiveness that matches his career as a tax official in the Inland Revenue Department (1952-1979):

He scans the share list, chuckling now and then,
And she is knitting socks for charities,
Both dreaming of a girl known long ago.

These are the concluding lines of his poem “Chorus on a Marriage”. They suggest that marriage finally changes into custom and parallel lines of interest and behaviour. This is preceded by the poet contemplating the decline of feelings in …

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Goonetilleke, D. C. Ranjan Alwis. "Patrick Fernando". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 February 2018
[, accessed 14 December 2018.]

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