Author: K Satchidanandan
Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788123741079
This collection brings together representative samples of work from one hundred modern Indian poets from twenty languages.
Signatures is an anthology of about 400 poems by one hundred modern poets writing in twenty Indian languages including English. Our languages are rich and diverse and this collection aspires to reflect this range and variety through a cross-section of genuinely modern Indian poetry produced over the last six decades.
The first poet anthologized in this work was born in 1899 and the last in 1962. The poets here together suggest, if not reflect, the evolution of modern Indian poetic sensibility especially over the last half-century. The themes taken up by the poets range from nature, love and death to caste, class and gender oppression.
In the case of translations a sincere attempt has been made to choose the best from the available ones. The more than 300 translations in the anthology retain at least a memory of the original now being recreated in the context of another language and culture.
This anthology attempts to provoke desire to have more and to know more.