Bijay Kant Dubey


The Pre-1947 Period of Indian English Poetry


Where are they, where their books to be found,
On which dusty shelf or rack of the library,
Where those collections of yellow and pale pages,
Where those poets,
Can you tell me about them,
The pre-independence time practitioners of nondecript poesy
When it was not Indian English poetry?

Dhan Gopal Mukherjee (Rajani,1961, and Sandhya,1917):
A.F.Khabardar (The Silken Tassel,1918):
Sir Nizmat Jung (Sonnets,1918):
N.V.Thadani (Triumph of Delhi,1916, and Krishna’s Flute 1919):
S.S.L.Chordia (Seeking,1925; Chitor,1928):
T Basker (Passing Clouds,1932):
R.Appalaswami (Songs and Lyrics,1935) ,
Who were they, what were their works about,
Who to tell us?

R.A.Mishra (Life’s Fantasia,1938):
S.R.Dongerkery (The Ivory Tower,1943):
Nilima Devi (When The Moon Died,1944):
Subho Tagore (Rubble,1936, and Flames of Passion,1944) ,
Sabita Devi (Phantasies,1953):
The authors with their books in brackets,
I want to know them.

Fredoon Kabraji (A Minor Georgian’s Swan Song,1945):
Cyril Modak (Jawaharlal Nehru and Other Poems,1946):
Lotika Basu (White Dawns Awakening,1950):
Nanalal Dalpatram (The Perennial Fruit,1953):
K.S.Ramaswami Sastri (A Vision of India,1954):
Elsa Kazi (Terrestrial and Celestial Echoes,1960) ,
I just hear about them,
Without any inforamtion.

Burjor B.Paymaster (The Last Farewell,1960):
Karan Singh (Welcome, The Moonrise,1965):
G.B.Ramamchandra Rao (Wings and Warbles,1965):
R.M.Challa (Beauty and the Poet,1969):
Gopal Singh (The Unstruck Melody,1969) ,
Jut the names are there and the critics silent about them.

Submitted: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Edited: Saturday, October 26, 2013

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