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Poems of Subramania Bharati

Poems of Subramania Bharati


Item Code: IDE300

by Prema Nandakumar

Hardcover (Edition: 2004)

Sahitya Akademi
ISBN 81-260-1970-0

Language: English
Size: 8.8" X 5.9"
Pages: 232
443 gms
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Subramania Bharati (1882-1921), supreme among twentieth century Tamil poets, has also been one of the major creatie forces of the modern renaissance in Tamil Nadu, and has been described as Agastya incarnate who re-created Tamil. Although Bharati died young, his collected poems make a volume of 600 pages, marked by opulence as well as variety, and noted alike for their vitality and musical quality as also their emotional and spiritual appeal.

Dr. Prema Nandakumar has here given a sensitive English rendering of 60 representative pieces, and though these form no more than about one-fifth of the Bharati Canon, they will nevertheless prove a stimulating introduction to Bharati's manfold and magnificent poetic achievement.

Dr. Nandakumar's Bharati in English Verse (1958), the nucleus of the present work, was hailed by Rajaji as "the most beautiful and flawless translation, an equistic success in a very difficult task." In the present greatly enlarged volume, while the English renderings are at once reliable and readable, the comprehensive biographical and critical introduction attempts a balanced assessment of the Man and his work, and will help to make them known to an international audience.

About the Author:

Prema Nandakumar (b. 1939) had her education in Andhra University, Waltair, and took a first class Honours degree in English in 1957, and her Ph.D. in 1961. Following the publication of her standard book A Study of 'Savitri' (1962). She was Senior UGC Research Fellow (1967-70) when she completed her comparative study of Dante and Sri Aurobindo. More than 30 publications to her credit, she has also published a brief Biographies of Sri Aurobindo (1972), and her study of the 'Mother' of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

Dr. Nandakumar's reviews, essays and short stories have over a period of 30 years appeared in various Indian and foreign journals. Of her collection, The Glory and the Good (1965), Prof. Henry W. Wells wrote in Literature: East West: "It would be difficult to find a more comprehending book in literary exposition during the last year or two in any land. The work issues spontaneously from the heart and soul of modern India."

Dr. Nandakumar has also published, in collaboration with her father, Prof. K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar, An Introduction to the Study of English Literature (1967). She is besides widely read in Tamil Literature, and has published several papers on the Sangam and later poets, as also two monographs on Subramania Bharati. Tiruviruttam and Manimekalai are her poetic translations.


Poems on Freedom and Patriotism
1. Vande Mataram57
2. Bharat Out Land59
3. Salutation to Bharat60
4. Jaya Bharata62
5. Bharati, Mother Bharat, Rise!63
6. Phoenix (Bharat Dying and Resurgent Bharat)65
7. In Praise of Tamil68
8. Freedom70
9. Thirst for Freedom73
10. Ode to Freedom74
11. To Mahatma Gandhi76
12. Guru Govind78
13. Lokamanya Tilak85
14. Greetings to Belgium (1914)87
Devotional Poems and Knowledge Hymns
15. Muruga, My Lord93
16. The Lord's Bounty95
17. A Stringed Lute96
18. Maha Shakti97
19. Song of Kali98
20. In Time of the Breaking of the Worlds99
21. To a Parrot101
22. Krishna the Omnipresent102
23. Jesus Christ103
24. Victory104
25. Beat the Drum!105
26. The Sparrow106
27. Aspirations107
28. To Death108
29. Deception? Truth?109
30. The Dead Past111
31. The Damozel Mind112
On Man, Nature and God
32. Sound The Tocsin117
33. Glory of Womanhood119
34. Moonlight, Star and Wind121
35. A Spart of Fire123
36. The Word124
37. Chandramati126
38. Light and Darkness127
39. Tayumanava129
40. To Nivedira130
41. To Abhedananda131
42. Autobiographical (1)133
Autobiographical (2)135
The Krishna Songs
43. Kannamma My Child141
44. Krishna My Beloved143
45. Kannamma My Love145
46. Krishna My Guardian146
47. Krishna My Divine Mother148
Panchali's Vow
48. Invocations: (1) To Brahma151
49. (2) To Saraswati152
50. The Stratagem154
51. Losing Draupadi161
52. Draupadi's Vow171
Kuyil's Song
53. The Kuyil187
54. Kuyil's Song189
55. The Kuyil Narrates Her Past Life191
Prose Poems
56. Joy201
57. Sun205
58. Wind214
59. Ocean218
60. Freedom: A Play220
For Further Reading231

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