Early Indian Poetry in English - An Anthology : 1829 - 1947

Early Indian Poetry in English - An Anthology : 1829 - 1947

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Author: Eunice de Souza
Editor(s): Eunice de Souza
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 341
ISBN/UPC (if available): 978-0-19-567724-9


This diverse selection of Indian poetry in English, written in the 19th and early 20th centuries, reveals the poets' experimentation with language, theme, and form. Lyrical epics, legends, ballads, and romantic and spiritual poetry - all find place in this interesting collection.

Uncovering fresh biographical material and little known details on many of the poets of the time, its includes works by : Ram Sharma, who was much sought after despite his criticism or praise of the government in his poems and newspaper articles; Manmohan Ghose, whose writings include poignant lyrics on the death of his wife, and an experimental lyrical epic on the First World War, the follies of human history, and God's role in it all; Kasiprsad Ghose, who created for himself the persona of a shair in the Indo-Persian tradition, indicating that through he wrote in English his stance was that of an Indian poet; Joseph Furtado, a bilingual poet whose poems in English and Portuguese have been praised for their simplicity and carefully cultivated artlessness; Henry Derozio, whose poetry was permeated by a distinctive melancholy that may have had its source in both his personal life and in the status of his community; Toru Dutt, who brings personal memory and commentary to her treatment of mythical figures; and her father Govin Chunder Dutt, whose poems are poignant expressions of the pain he felt at the loss of his children

Also featured in this anthology are the Dutt brother, shoshee and Greece, Annaji, B M Malabari, Sarojini Naidu, Beram Saklatvala, Samuel Solomon, and Raman Vakil.

Eunice de Souza's lucid introduction and brief note on each poet sets this anthology part from other similar collections. She critiques the work of previous anthologists for underplaying the immense role played by English in shaping the 19th century Indian literature as a whole. She also challenges established notions about this body of work as being imitative, tepid, and unpatriotic.

This collection will be invaluable for students of English literature and South Asian studies, as well as the general reader interested in Indian writing in English.



Henry Derozio
Kasiprasad Ghose
Shoshee Chunder Dutt
Govin Chunder Dutt
Greece Chiunder Dutt
Ram Sharma
B M Malabari
Toru Dutt
Mannmohan Ghose
Joseph Furtado
Sarojini Naidu
Dhan Gopal Mukherjee
Harindranath Chattopadhyyaya
Rutam B Paymaster
Jehangir Rustomji Patell
S H Jhabvala
Beram Saklatvala
Fredoon Kabraji
Samuel Solomon
Raman VakilKapil P Thakkar


Macaulay's Minute on Education
Letter of Resignation by Henry Derozio
Bengali Writers of English Verse: A Record and an Appreciation
The Indian Muse in English Garb
The Story of S H Jhabvala: A Humanitarian Trade Unionist
Congress Ditties and other Rhymes