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The Collected Poems
by A K Ramanujan      (Author ALERT)



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ProductID: 6694 - Paperback - 290 Pages (Year: 2000)
Oxford University Press ~ ISBN: 0195640683


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This volume of collected poems which represents the best work of a life time, is a milestone in the eminent poet A K Ramanujan's path.

A K Ramanujan (1929-1993) was one of the finest Indian poets writing in English, and probably the most scholarly. At the time f his death he was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago, and was universally acknowledged as the authority on South Indian language and culture.

During his lifetime he published three volumes of verse in English: The Striders (1966), Relations (1971), and Second Sight (1986). He had completed work on a fourth volume, The Black Hen, which is published here for the first time.

Ramanujan is best known for his pioneering translations of ancient Tamil poetry into modern English. These permanently altered perceptions of the Indian literary map in the West. Before him ancient Indian literature was thought to be mainly Sanskritic. After he published The Interior Landscape, Poems of Love and War, and other volumes between the sixties and the eighties, it became apparent to modern poets and scholars that there was a wealth of poetry, not all discovered, in the several Indic traditions.

Ramanujan's interests included folklore, anthropology, structuralism, and biculturalism. These interests, as much as his work as translator, feed into his poetry.

This volume of Ramanujan's Collected Poems represents the complex distillation of a lifetime of unusually rich sensitivity, intellectual rigor, and feeling. It will be welcomed by all lovers of contemporary poetry.


 


 About the Author

A K RAMANUJAN (1920-1991) was born into a Tamil family in Kannada-speaking Mysore City. He was educated in English at the University of Mysore, and at Indiana University. As William E Colvin Professor at the University of Chicago, his academic interest became increasingly interdisciplinary. He translated from classical Tamil and medieval Kannada. He wrote experimental poetry in Kannada (Hokkulalli Huvilla, Kuntobille, Mattu Ittara Padyagalu); he gathered folktales from all over India (Folktales from India, The Flowering Tree); he translated fiction from English into Kannada (Haladi Meenu), from Kannada into English (Samskara); and wrote an original novella in Kannada (Mattobbana Atmakate). His achievements as a bilingual poet and as a trilingual translator won him a Padma Shri in 1976 and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1983. He was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1990 and won a posthumous prize from the Sahitya Akademi for poetry in English.

He is best known for his pioneering translations of ancient Tamil poetry into modern English was one of the finest Indian poets writing in English and probably the most scholarly. At the time of his death he was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago and was universally acknowledged as the authority on South Indian language and culture.


 

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