The Poems of Nissim Ezekiel


Nissim Ezekiel (Talkar) (16 December 1924 – 9 January 2004) [1] was an Indian Jewish poet, actor, playwright, editor and art critic.[2] He was a foundational figure[3] in postcolonial India's literary history, specifically for Indian Poetry in English.[4]

He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983 for his poetry collection, "Latter-Day Psalms", by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters.[5] Ezekiel has been applauded for his subtle, restrained and well crafted diction, dealing with common and mundane (simple) themes in a manner that manifests both cognitive profundity, as well as an unsentimental, realistic sensibility, that has been influential on the course of succeeding Indian English poetry. Ezekiel enriched and established Indian English language poetry through his modernist innovations and techniques, which enlarged Indian English literature, moving it beyond purely spiritual and orientalist themes, to include a wider range of concerns and interests, including mundane familial events, individual angst and skeptical societal introspection.[6]

Nissim Ezekiel is a well known poet from Indian writing in English. He deals with a variety of themes such as love,sex,death,loneliness ,etc through his poetry.Night of the scorpion conveys the typical superstitious attitude of the Indian peasants to life through an ordinary incident happened.It was a rainy night in the village of India.All of a sudden a scorpion stung's the speaker's mother and their neighbors responded impulsively.

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