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Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Indian Poetry in English

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and NPTEL via Swayam

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Poetry has, in all times, been a recuperative medium to relieve humankind of the complexities of life. India has such a rich legacy of poetic forms, and its poetic voices have always generated a magnetic effect on those who have had the patience to hear. The course entitled Indian Poetry in English seeks to take a plunge into the ocean-like ethos of Indian poetry and send ripples across to poetry lovers. The course is designed keeping in mind the learners’ need to realise the journey of Indian English poetry the way it started and continues to make its presence felt, struggling at times and coping with the challenges yet emerging victorious. Though not organised chronologically, majority of the poets selected for this course usually are prescribed in Indian universities. In addition, the course also introduces passionate learners to many contemporary Indian English poets whose voices have received scant attention because of some unsaid reasons. This course would familiarise the attendees with the quintessential ethos of Indianness comprising the musical, philosophical, aesthetic, and cultural legacy of Indian poets, offering a valuable discussion on some of their poems garnished with poetic insights. The course includes interactive lectures, assignments and, of course, evaluation towards the end.. INTENDED AUDIENCE : Graduate, post-graduate and Ph.D students, teachers and anyone interested in poetry. PRE-REQUISITE : 12th pass and above INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Students of literature and everyone interested to know about the Indian culture through poetry and seeking aesthetic pleasure.


Week 1: Introduction to Indian Poetry in EnglishWeek 2: Experimental PoetsWeek 3: Existential PoetsWeek 4: Indian Diasporic PoetryWeek 5: Post-modern PoetsWeek 6: Impressionistic PoetsWeek 7: Haiku in Indian English Poetry; Ethnographic VoicesWeek 8: Voices from the Margin

Taught by

Binod Mishra



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