Nayi kavita

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Anthem Press, 2004 - Literary Collections - 178 pages
In 1943 a slim volume of poetry, "Tar Saptak," burst onto the Hindi literary scene. It gave voice to seven young poets who were determined to experiment both with the content and form of poetry. "Tar Saptak" heralded the beginning of "Prayogvad" (Experimentalism), which in turn became "Nayi Kavita" (New Poetry). Taken from "Nayi Kavita," this parallel text anthology interprets it not as a narrow literary movement but as a modernist tendency still flourishing in Hindi poetry. The collection includes seven poets who first published in one of the "Saptaks": Agyeya, Muktibodh, Shamsher, Raghuvir Sahay, Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena, Kunwar Narain and Kedarnath Singh. This volume also significantly revises the literary map of modern Hindi poetry, demonstrating that, contrary to established opinion, the 1960s and 1970s produced gifted women poets such as Shakunt Mathur, Kanta, Amrita Bharati and Jyotsna Mila, all of whose work is represented here. The anthology will interest the lover of poetry and the student of Hindi,alike. Lucy Rosenstein's introductions to each poet, and the English translations, make both the poet and his or her best poems accessible to readers with no knowledge of Hindi; the Hindi originals and accompanying glosses will be of value to those who wish to enjoy and appreciate modern Hindi verse.

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Lucy Rosenstein grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she first studied Hindi. She obtained her MA and PhD in Hindi from SOAS, London, where she currently teaches.

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