Toru Dutt: Poetry


Toru Dutt (Bengali: তরু দত্ত) (4 March 1856 – 30 August 1877) was a Bengali translator and poet from the Indian subcontinent, who wrote in English and French, in what was then British India.[1] She is seen as one of the founding figures of Anglo-Indian literature, alongside Henry Louis Vivian Derozio (1809–31), Manmohan Ghose (1869–1924), and Sarojini Naidu (1879–1949).[2] Dutt is known for her volumes of poetry in English, A Sheaf Gleaned in French Fields (1877) and Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan (1882), and for her novel in French, Le Journal de Mademoiselle d’Arvers (1879). Her poetry is characterized by sensitive descriptions and lyricism. Her poems revolve around themes of loneliness, longing, patriotism and nostalgia. Dutt died young, at age 21, which has influenced some comparison of her to the poet John Keats.[3]

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