The Oxford Anthology of Modern Indian Poetry
Vinay Dharwadker, A. K. Ramanujan
OUP (India?), 1994 - Dravidian poetry - 265 pages
This anthology, the first significant work of its kind, contains some of the finest Indian poetry written in the twentieth century. It brings together 125 poets in English and English translation from fourteen Indian languages. The collection covers several generations of writers and many different schools and styles. It provides an overview of the major figures, forms, and movements in Indian poetry in the last one hundred years. The editors emphasize the immense variety in modern Indian verse. The poets represented include Rabindranath Tagore and Subramania Bharati from the early decades of the century, and Nirala, G. Shankara Kurup and Kaifi Azmi from the mid-century period. Closer home, the editors present Sunanda Tripathy and Anuradha Mahapatra as well as Saleem Peeradina and Vikram Seth. Three generations of women poets from Balamani Amma, Indira Sant, and Amrita Pritam to Revathi Devi and Gagan Gill are highlighted. The anthology also represents the best work of nearly seventy translators in India, North America, Europe and elsewhere, offering a large number of new and revised translations that are published here for the first time. As a work of craftsmanship and learning, this book will be a source of pleasure and discovery for many kinds of readers. For the general reader, it will open up exciting new areas of literary experience. For students, teachers, and scholars it will serve as an unprecedented guide to the poetry of fifteen Indian languages. Among writers and translators, it will stimulate renewed discussion of the origins and destinations of Indian poetry.
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