He has wielded a great influence as a leading poet, editor and an occasional playwright. Ratan bhattacharjee is at present the chairperson of the post graduate dept. Poet, lover, birdwatcher by nissim ezekiel famous poems. Nissim ezekiels poetry shows the effective use of english language, which is. The lover manipulates the situation in such a manner that the woman cannot resist but. Right weapons are to be chosen like appropriate words used by the poet. If night of the scorpion is a popular anthology piece, this poem is more keenly read by the more academic readers of his poetry. Exact name nissim ezekiel s precise image of poetry for his.
Identity issues in the poetry of nissim ezekiel by dr. Nissim ezekiel occupies an important place in postindependence indian english literature. Nissim ezekiel was born in bombay to moses and diana ezekiel, on the 16th of. Sometimes he also emerges as a politician in the guise of a fighter for cultural freedom in india. But there are a number of good poets also like don moraes, nissim ezekiel, p. Nissim ezekiel was an indian jewish poet, actor, playwright, editor and art critic. The volumes of poems published by him include a time of change 1952 and sixty poems 1953 followed by the third 1960, the unfinished man 1960, the exact name 1965. Oct 21, 2009 nissim ezekiels poem background, casually is one of his most known poems. Ezekiel has been applauded for his subtle, restrained and well crafted diction, dealing with common and mundane themes in a manner that manifest. Postmodern aspects in nissim ezekiels poems deal with the theme of irony, playfulness, satire and so on. It is something that way to make things better poems in one or other way. Considered to be the father of post independence indian verse in english, nissim ezekiel was a prolific poet, playwright, critic, broadcaster and social commentator. Satyanarain singh observes that ezekiel has been called a pilgrim with a sense of commitment whose poetry is a metaphoric journey to the heart of existence. This journey can also be compared to the human condition on earth which is.
A prolific dramatist, critic, broadcaster and social commentator, he was professor of english and. A prolific dramatist, critic, broadcaster and social commentator, he. At the centre if his poetry, from his earliest work a time to change 1952 to his last volume of poems latter day psalms 1982, there is the. Nissim ezekiel gives so many things to take into account. The first stanza refers to physical love and suggests how to win women. Nissim ezekiel16 december 1924 9 january 2004 nissim ezekiel was an indian jewish poet, playwright, editor and artcritic. The collected poems also include poems from stretches of time in which ezekiel did not publish his poetry in specific collections. Ezekiel also penned poems in indian english like the one based on instruction boards in his favourite irani cafe. The question and answer section for the poems of nissim ezekiel is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Nissim ezekiels poem background, casually is one of his most known poems. At the centre if his poetry, from his earliest work a time to change 1952 to his last volume of poems latter day psalms 1982, there is the same dominant, skeptical self perceiving and ordering the. Mandy, the then editor of the illustrated weekly of india who gave a chance to many a versepractitioner. Poems 19651974, poems written in 1974, and poems 19831988. Enterprise poem by nissim ezekiel summary and analysis the poem enterprise written by nissim ezekiel describes a metaphorical journey of some enthusiastic people of which the poet is also a part. Nissim ezekiels collected poems 19521988 published by oxford india, with an introduction by gieve patel records nissim ezekiels literary journey from close quarters. The professor by nissim ezekiel is a satirical poem written in the form of a conversation between a professor and his student. These spaces are influenced and often distorted by the social and cultural discourses when the. He was awarded the sahitya akademi award in 1983 for his poetry collection. Enterprise poem by nissim ezekiel summary and analysis. About this phenomenon of combining the self and society in the post independence.
Gebraucht gut this new edition of nissim ezekiel s collected poems comes with a critical introduction reevaluating ezeikiels place in the modernist canon by john thieme, and a preface by leela gandhi. Nissim ezekiel as an indian poet writing in english. Summary of the professor by nissim ezekiel beaming notes. He was a foundational figure in postcolonial indias literary history, specifically for indian writing in english.
Nissim ezekiel was born in bombay in an indian jewish family. A satire is way of criticizing a person, an idea or something where the poet uses humour to point out their faults and weaknesses. Jewish wedding in bombay nissim ezekiel poems night of the scorpion nissim ezekiel poems the patriot nissim ezekiel poems the professor nissim ezekiel poems the hill nissim. Nissim ezekiels collected poems were first anthologized in 1992 by oxford india paperbacks. Ezekiel received the sahitya akademi cultural award in 1983 and the padmashri, indias highest civilian honour, in 1988. His father was a professor of botany and zoology and served as a principal in several colleges. The poems of nissim ezekiel study guide gradesaver. Selected themes in nissim ezekiels poems ezekiels poetic impulse is to pattern the experiences in terms of his self. Ezekiels poetry delineates the themes of identity, alienation, reconciliation and belonging.
A beneisraeli jew by birth, he does not identify himself with all the cultural. Ezekiel s poetry depicts the existence of the individual in several spaces. His first two volumes appeared within five years of independence. To ezekiel goes the credit of having ushered in a new trend in the postindependence period, which changed the course of indian poetry in english in theme and technique. This superb collection of nissim ezekiel s seven individual volumes of verse, from a time to change 1952 to latterday psalms 1982, together with many uncollected or unpublished poems demonstrates why nissim ezekiel is widely considered to be indias greatest englishlanguage poet. The author discusses the ezekiels general frame of reference and provides examples of metaphor. Article shared by poet, lover, birdwatcher, included in the volume the exact name 1965 is one of the best and most beautiful of ezekiels poems.
Lal tries to give a dimension to it, but to credit to him merely only will not serve our point and for it, this must go to c. He was a foundational figure in postcolonial indias literary history, specifically for indian poetry in english. Nissim ezekiel brought out a number of collections of poems. Hence the presence of love poems and religious poems in poets like ezekiel is. Exact name nissim ezekiels precise image of poetry for his emotional complex venkataramana balaga according to a widely disseminated version of the history of indian verse in the second half of the 20th century, nissim ezekiel is at the centre of the group of poets who inaugurated the modernist revolution in indian poetry in english. Nissim ezekiel is often described as a founder of modern english verse in india, or as the leading writer to come out of the bene israel a longisolated jewish community in western india. The poem s significance to ezekiels oeuvre lies partly in it being an autobiographical poem which is seen to indicate.
Nissim ezekiel nissim ezekiel 16 december 1924 9 january 2004 was an indian jewish poet, actor, playwright, editor and art critic. Nissim ezekiel 16 december 1924 9 january 2004 was an indian jewish poet, actor, playwright, editor and art critic. His poetry bears the stamps of royist influence, its new humanism, blend of. The article traces the modernity in the indian poetry of nissim ezekiel, with special reference to his 1982 collection, latterday psalms. Nissim ezekiel s poems are also the embodiments of some views about metaphysics, ethics and principles of life and so a study of these poems can enable one to arrive at what ezekiel thinks on metaphysical, ethical and such other questions.
Nissim ezekiel has contributed prominently in the development of the major trends of modern indian poetry in english. Philosophy nissim ezekiel poems famous inspirational. Indian writing in english paperviii optioni dde, mdu. The poem which shows how ezekiel has travelled a long way since the romantic idealism of a time to change 1952, tells us the secrets of poetic creation. Communicating indianness in the poetry of nissim ezekiel. In the genre of indian english poetry, nissim ezekiel stands as a flagship, founder and father of post independence. As new trends in hr pdf a poet, dramatist, editor and artcritic, nissim. Gokak defines indianness as, a composite awareness in the matter of race, milieu, language and religion. This journey can also be compared to the human condition on earth which is full of difficulties and failures. Themes of postmodernism in nissim ezekiels poems english. When read from cover to cover, the collected poems show ezekiels evolution as a poet from the ages of 28 to 62. The second edition, published in 2007, contains a preface by leela gandhi and an introduction by john thieme. Gebraucht gut this new edition of nissim ezekiels collected poems comes with a critical introduction reevaluating ezeikiels place in the modernist canon by john thieme, and a preface by leela gandhi.
Nissim ezekiel poems pdf collected poems 19521988 by nissim ezekiel. Nissim ezekiel, who has died aged 79, was the father of postindependence indian verse in english. For half a century, ezekiel stanchly served his poetic muse, and nurtured the muses of many others, from his home in. An essay on nissim ezekiels background, casually sotosay.
He did the same thing what walt whitman did for american poetry. Since then, oxford university press has published three impressions and two editions of the anthology. Nissim ezekiel explores the possibility of combining the secular outlook, with. Nissim ezekiel was born in december 24, 1924 in mumbai, india and died in. Summarize the main points of philosophy by nissim ezekiel. Ezekiel may be described as an endless explorer of the labyrinths of the mind. He enriched and established indian english language poetry. Whereas his early poems dealt with loss and insecurity, his later poems seek to affiliate and identify with his society and culture. This paper deals with the multifaceted aspects of nissim ezekiels poetry and is an extension of my conference paper published earlier. In fact he was a role model for other poets to be followed, who set new standards.
Robert frost, nissim ezekiel and their treatment of human relationships. Ezekiel enriched indian english poetry through his modernist innovations and techniques, bringing forth themes associated with a wider range of concerns and interest. This article presents some of the themes in nissim ezekiel s poems. He was awarded the sahitya akademi award in 1983 for his poetry collection, latterday psalms, by the sahitya akademi, indias national academy of letters. Nissim ezekiel poems by the famous poet all poetry. Get an answer for summarize the main points of philosophy by nissim ezekiel. Nissim ezekiels poems are also the embodiments of some views about. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately. While in frosts poems marriages fail because of the absence of physical love, in ezekiels. Nissim s greatest contribution lies in modernising poetry, in giving it themes and technique in consonance with the spirit of the age. This new edition of nissim ezekiels collected poems comes with a critical introduction reevaluating ezeikiels place in the modernist canon by john thieme, and a preface by leela gandhi. This is not really fair to a highly readable modern poet with affinities to yeats, w. He enriched and established indian english language poetry through his personal innovations.
Nissim ezekiel passed away in jannuary 2004 at the age of 79. This paper is an attempt to find out how nissim ezekiel has beautifully used indian experiences what we some of us may call indianness from his poetry. We come across such themes in ezekiels poems such as the professor and the patriot. Nissim ezekiel, egoist prayers, collected poems delhi. When exploring love between man and woman, both poets believe a blend of physical and platonic or. Among these writers of verse, nissim ezekiel is outstanding. His poem the night of the scorpion is used as study material in indian and columbian schools. Alienation, reconciliation, indian poetry in english, environment, identification. But indianness has been interpreted differently by different critics. Nissem ezekiels poem the patriot can be and has been read in at least two conflicting ways. Nissim ezekiel 19242004 the father of post independence indian verse in english is the pioneer of modernity in indoanglian.
Mar 09, 2004 nissim ezekiel, who has died aged 79, was the father of postindependence indian verse in english. The urban themes in the writings of nissim ezekiel and eunice. As being lived for long time in india, his poetry contains some of the aspects of indianness. Bijay kant dubey poet, lover, birdwatcher, as the title suggests, have been clubbed together, inclusive of creative poetry writing, lovemaking and birdwatching and to see it otherwise the poet is but a lover of all, birds, beasts and men, as the poet seems to be coleridgean, keatsian and wordsworthian.
The poet like nissim ezekiel has fortunately depended on this principle, as the. Contemporary urban images and language enrich his poetry. Re reading nissim ezekiel through the mirror of postcolonialism. Jan 09, 2004 nissim ezekiel is the poster boy of modernism in the history of indian english poetry who together with p. The theme of the poem revolves around a metaphorical journey to a pilgrimage started by some enthusiastic people. For the last years of his life he suffered from alzheimers. Perpetual quest for identity and commitment in nissim ezekiel poetry dr. The question and answer section for the poems of nissim ezekiel is a great resource to. Williams, and others, although ezekiel also wrote poems in an indo.
Nissim ezekiels poetry is reflective of his background and the peculiar. Nissim ezekiel 16 december 1924 9 january 2004 nissim ezekiel was an indian jewish poet, playwright, editor and artcritic. His poetry is the main link between preindependence and postindependence indian poetry in english. When read from cover to cover, the collected poems show ezekiel s evolution as a poet from the ages of 28 to 62. Ezekiel was born and brought up in mumbai, and got educated in. Nissim ezekiels poetry suspended in midspace rinkoo wadhera the opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists. Guest faculty university of delhi india nissim ezekiel s poetry is reflective of his background and the peculiar circumstances he finds himself in. Nissim ezekiels poetry shows the effective use of english language, which is spoken and written in india.
He is venerated as a mentor and fatherfigure by many younger poets, critics and novelists. About the poem enterprise by nissim ezekiel is one of those few indian poems that have been subjected to a great deal of critical scrutiny. Nissim ezekiels poetry is poetry of quest, quest for a balance in life, quest for. This paper aims to bring forth the manifestation and treatment of varied themes in the poems of nissim ezekiel. Nissim ezekiel is the poster boy of modernism in the history of indian english poetry who together with p. This superb collection of nissim ezekiels seven individual volumes of verse, from a time to change 1952 to latterday psalms 1982, together with many uncollected or unpublished poems demonstrates why nissim ezekiel is widely considered to be indias greatest englishlanguage poet. Nissim described his themes and the indian backdrop. Summary of poet, lover, birdwatcher by nissim ezekiel. Nissim ezekiel poems poems of nissim ezekiel poem hunter. This paper also discusses how religion plays its role in women. Ezekiels poetry depicts the existence of the individual in several spaces. Indian sense and sensibility in nissim ezekiels poems k pramila abstract prof. More information about this seller contact this seller 25. He was a foundational figure in postcolonial indias.797 1493 1383 1387 1192 1037 370 970 413 265 1296 228 168 1286 577 154 1271 432 1330 1381 306 117 467 373 19 772 80 533 147 964 1364 60