Nescio “Young Titans” reflection

Nescio’s imagery is very descriptive and decisive. The way he speaks of poetry is poetic itself. Though his characters’ enthusiasm for life has been stiffened, marred from their boyhood sensations, and their current occupations unfulfilling, it’s poetic. It’s poetic because it’s life. And even if it’s not what was expected, the way they look at their present and past is like poetry. I suppose it’s the nostalgia of it all.
Walking in my town and through my neighborhood, it’s not hard to see poetry the same way Nescio relays it through his characters. The architecture is quaint and diverse, the town homes’ multi-colored, and within the larger city, my region stands out. Though the buildings are beautiful, however, I payed extra attention to the surrounding nature, and especially the sky above. Nescio repeatedly returns to the sun. I suppose since he mentions God quite often, that entails the relation to creation––nature. Although the view of what I sketched didn’t actually have the sun behind it, I drew it in anyways.
I just realized that Nescio’s constant referral to God also makes the writing more poetic. The boys speak of God as someone who let them down. It’s interesting how they talk of making it on their own, “we had to take care of it ourselves” (42), yet they still have so much reliance on, or yearning for, God.

3 thoughts on “Nescio “Young Titans” reflection

  1. The drawing is beautiful–I especially love all the little disaggregated parts working together to make the whole: leaves not linked, limbs not attached, yet implicitly so, and whole.


  2. Hi Joy,

    First of all, your drawing is wonderful! You have a lot of talent.

    Nature, or at least detachment from human civilization, plays an important role in Nescio’s story. Many of the moments in which he felt closer to capturing God were outside, looking at the sun or the cows, or up in the attic, sheltered from the criticisms of the world. As he and his friends grow older, their detachment fades, and with it fades their dreaming audacity, their hope of understanding God and fixing the world. Perhaps they stopped dreaming because they felt God was indifferent toward them, or perhaps we feel abandoned because we cease to dream. Either way, the people Nescio and his friends become are, indeed, true poetic shadows of the friends Nescio spent his youth with.


  3. Your drawing is very intricate and full of detail which I believe enhances the beauty of your town that you described. It allows us to experience the beauty that you found in your own city.

    Walking around my town, where I’ve grown up, I too felt a sense of nostalgia reminiscing about my past and from your reflection, I feel that you also experienced that same sort of nostalgia that Nescio wrote about. I’m glad you were able to able to notice the poetry in your own town and how Nescio’s writing led you to pay more attention to nature. This piece of writing really opened up my eyes personally to the beauty of nature and our surroundings, with its vivid details, and as you walked around your town gazing at the architecture and nature, I can tell it did the same for you.

    Additionally, I too thought that Nescio’s constant referral to God really added to the story especially the light that they portrayed God in.


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