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The ultimate anthology of Indian poetry from the Vedas to the present in all the major Indian languages These My Words is an anthology of magnificent breadth, ranging from Valmiki to Agha Shahid Ali, Aurobindo to Vikram Seth, Andal to Tagore, spanning Indian poetry in its myriad forms, styles and languages. The poems speak for themselves and to each other, as folk songs an The ultimate anthology of Indian poetry from the Vedas to the present in all the major Indian languages These My Words is an anthology of magnificent breadth, ranging from Valmiki to Agha Shahid Ali, Aurobindo to Vikram Seth, Andal to Tagore, spanning Indian poetry in its myriad forms, styles and languages. The poems speak for themselves and to each other, as folk songs and tribal epics sit alongside classical Sanskrit and formal Tamil verse is a companion to contemporary Bengali or Dogri. There is Ghalib in praise of love, Tukaram on religious bigotry, Ksetrayya on divine love through the erotic, Gieve Patel on identity. In Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo’s carefully curated selection, each poem illumines exquisitely the tradition of Indian poetry.


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The ultimate anthology of Indian poetry from the Vedas to the present in all the major Indian languages These My Words is an anthology of magnificent breadth, ranging from Valmiki to Agha Shahid Ali, Aurobindo to Vikram Seth, Andal to Tagore, spanning Indian poetry in its myriad forms, styles and languages. The poems speak for themselves and to each other, as folk songs an The ultimate anthology of Indian poetry from the Vedas to the present in all the major Indian languages These My Words is an anthology of magnificent breadth, ranging from Valmiki to Agha Shahid Ali, Aurobindo to Vikram Seth, Andal to Tagore, spanning Indian poetry in its myriad forms, styles and languages. The poems speak for themselves and to each other, as folk songs and tribal epics sit alongside classical Sanskrit and formal Tamil verse is a companion to contemporary Bengali or Dogri. There is Ghalib in praise of love, Tukaram on religious bigotry, Ksetrayya on divine love through the erotic, Gieve Patel on identity. In Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo’s carefully curated selection, each poem illumines exquisitely the tradition of Indian poetry.

43 review for These My Words: The Penguin Book Of Indian Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Divenita Er

    This is a collection of poetry from the Vedic times till now. An exhaustive collection and a must read for anyone who is looking for pure poetry that has been born in the wombs of the poets of India. I wish the original poems were placed too. However, the breadth of languages that the translators have covered is commendable. This book should be picked by everyone to understand that the fabric of poetry is sewn with emotions, language, and visual narrative.

  2. 4 out of 5

    EagleOverTheSea

    A nice collection to familiarise oneself with the thought processes involved behind poetry in the Indian languages that one does not speak. The book is divided into sections on: poetry itself, nature / homeland, God and devotion and sometimes the lack thereof, life and society, love, women's issues, interpersonal relationships, war and conflict, popular wisdom and life-lessons, and death. A nice collection to familiarise oneself with the thought processes involved behind poetry in the Indian languages that one does not speak. The book is divided into sections on: poetry itself, nature / homeland, God and devotion and sometimes the lack thereof, life and society, love, women's issues, interpersonal relationships, war and conflict, popular wisdom and life-lessons, and death.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chandrakant Mhatre

    Must read to get an idea of the vast spectrum of Indian Poetry! Fascinatingly impressive!!!

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