Selected Poems of Nirala

Selected Poems of Nirala

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Author: Suryakant Tripathi Nirala
Translator(s)/ Edito: Murari Madhusudan Thakur
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 177
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8126017988


The achievement of suryakant Tripathi Nirala (1899-1961), the foremost practitioner and exponent of Chhayavada, the romantic movement in Hindi, is little-known in the English speaking world. By his mastery of the Khari Boli, by his unique individual genius coupled with his powerful historic sense, Nirala ushered in a new kind of idiom in Hindi poetry, enriching the language as no other poet of his time did. Truly an epoch-making poet, leading the struggle to launch free verse to a memorable victory through a storm of opposition, he made many experiments.

Three of his long poems, Tulsidasa, Rama Ki Shakti-Puja and Saroj-Smriti exemplify what can be achieved through a sense of tradition; in the last-named, he transmuted into great poetry his personal experience of his daughter’s life being cut short in its prime, giving a perfect example of the complete separation between the man who suffers and the mind which creates.

Seventy-six of his selected poems are rendered here for the first time in English.



The Land of My Birth
The Jasmine Bud
Wake Up Once Again
The Fruit of Spirituality
An Exchange
The Widow
A Hymn to the Mother
Ode to the Cloud –I
Ode to the Cloud-II
On the Wane
The Beggar
The Wretched
The Unrequited Passion
The Poet
In Despair
The Evening Maid
A Clear Sky
To Love
To the Muse of Poetry
To Edward the Eighth-the Emperor
The Young Peasant Bride’s Eyes
Death Scene
To the Spring Faery
Spring is Here
The Sun Has Set
Breaking Stones
Shall I Never Have Love
Saroj-Smriti: In Memoriam Saroj
Rama’s Worship of Shakti
The Jasmine in the Wilderness
A Letter to the flowers of Hindi
To Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa
A Saying
Be Thou Compassionate to the Downtrodden
By Myself
Love’s Fountain Gone Dry
The Stump
The One Who Has Chosen Death
Dense is This Blind Prison
Thou New Ferry of the World-sea
Take away this sickness, Lord
Dense and Dark are These Woods
Spring Song
A Small Boat
Let Us Be as We Are
Not Here, Not Here, O’Friend
The Lord of Truth
Let ME Walk the Straight Road
Broken is This Body
Drink Up the Fire
A Thousand Deaths I Have Died
Tie Up the Knots of Tapas
Your Brush Has Moved in the Forest
A Song to the Sun
Sinks the Good Day
Crossing Over
I Lost
The Sea-change
The Coming of the Muse
How to Live
Light Adorable
A Song in Pain
The Muse Arrives
For Love of the Muse
To the Mother
The Lord
The End Approaching
The Muse Playing
The Poet’s Farewell to Life



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