This anthology, the first significant work of its kind, contains some of the finest Indian poetry written in the twentieth century. Bringing together 125 poets in English and English translation from 14 Indian languages, the collection provides an overview of the major figures, forms, and movements in Indian poetry in the last hundred years. The poets represented here include Rabindranath Tagore, Subramania Bharti, Nirala, G. Shankara Kurup, Kaifi Azmi, Anuradha Mahapatra, Salim Peeradina, and Vikram Seth. The volume also represents the best work of nearly 70 translators from various countries and contains an informative critical essay on the literary, historical, and social context of modern Indian poetry as well as notes on the poems and the contributors.
As a work of craftsmanship and learning, this book is a source of pleasure, discovery and stimulation for general readers and scholars alike.
About the Author:
Vinay Dharwadker, poet, translator and critic, teaches at the University of Oklahoma.
A. K. Ramanujan (1929-1993) was a poet, translator, folklorist and an eminent scholar of South Asian language and culture.
Experts from Reviews:
a refreshing volume
[it contains] a number of gems that are robed in the images of experience and thought.'
The Hindustan Times
This collection offers 'kaleidoscopic glimpses of life-experience.'
'All in all, [This] is an admirable attempt to present the growth, the dimensions and variegated depth of Indian poetry in different language.'
Indian Literary Panorama
Afterword: Modern Indian Poetry and its Context
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