Modern Indian  Poetry in English

Modern Indian Poetry in English

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Author: K Ayyappa Paniker
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 1991
Language: English
Pages: 177
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172011237


This anthology provides a fine profile of Indian English poetry over a quarter of century.

It is distinct not only because of the care with which the selections have been made but also because if mirrors the range of concerns variety of styles and the unquestionable vitality of this particular literary growth.

Twenty prominent Indian poets in English are represented here:

Meera Alexander
Keki N Daruwalla
Kamla Das
Gauri Deshpande
Nissim Ezekiel
K R Srinivas Iyengar
Adil Jussawalla
K D Kartak
Arun Kolatkar
Shiv K Kumar
P Lal
Jayanta Mahapatra
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
Dom Moraes
Pritish Nandy
R Parthasarthy
Gieve Patel
Saleem Peeradina
A K Ramanujan
Vikram Seth

Their voices are individual and distinct. However, they share in common such concerns as reconciliation of the Indian identity with the English language in which they write. Alienation is a theme that recurs in a variety of ways; the overall message that appears to come through, however, is that the language of poetry whether indigenously Indian, or 'imported' English, does not make the writing any less Indian.

This anthology aims to underscore the living quality of the tradition in which these poets evolved and in which they now write.


The poems in this anthology are introduced and selected by distinguished scholar, critic and Malayalam poet Prof. K Ayyappa Paniker who was till recently Professor and Head of the Dept. of English, University of Kerala. He is the author of several works of criticism and creative writing and has received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award and the Sahitya Akademi Award for his poetry in Malayalam.