Author: Bruce King
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195656164
This comprehensive work on Indian poetry is written for the general reader as much as for the specialist.
Modern Indian Poetry in English has, over the last fourteen years, become the standard work on the subject. This edition is a major revision of the classic, and examines changes in the direction of Indian poetry. Five new chapters covering the 1990s have been added along with an updated chronology. These discuss a number of new poets including Menka Shivdasani, Tara Patel, Imtiaz Dharker, Charmayne D'Souza, Mukta Sambnrani, Meena Alexander, Sujata Bhatt, Chitra Banerjee Divakurni, Ranjit Hoskote, Jeet Thayil, C P Surendran, Vijay Nambisan, R Raj Rao, Bibhu Padhi, Tabish Khair, and G J V Prasad.
Besides covering new women poets and male poets, the chapters include a survey of developments in publishing( including significant anthologies), a survey of new writing by established poets and a study of Agha Shahid Ali as a major international poet whose work makes use of various cultural traditions.
Since its first publication, Modern Indian Poetry in English, with its social and publishing history of poetry as well as its chronology of major events and writings, has established the canon of significant Indian poets.