Women's Voices in Indian English Poetry

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Though the feminist writer claims,’Women are one half of the sky’,but history witnesses anguish and agony of women.They have been kept away from basic needs and fundamental rights and their world have been merely treated as an object of sensual satisfaction.

Indian women poets reveal the mind boggling variety of theme as well as that poetry is capable of offering.Toru Dutt,Sarojini Naidu,Kamala Das,Imtiaz Dharkar –these poets have often raised their voices against social and cultural conventions that blocks their freedom.They believe that women need to explore their collective consciousness and shared experience in order to transcend the fragmentation and isolation of their lives. Toru Dutt was the first Indian women poet to write in English and her work depicts archetypes of Indian womanhood such as ‘Sita’ and ‘Savitri’,showing women in suffering. Sarajini Naidu is most lyrical woman poet of India.Her poetry reflects involvement with Indian life.Love is the prominent theme of her poetry where women are shown as a sacred beloved who are ready to surrender before their lovers, ‘If you call me,I will come

Swifter o my love
Than a trembling forest deer
Or a panting dove’
Kamala Das has opened new dimension in the field of recent Indian English Poetry.Her confessional poetry was the exploration of the man –woman relationship.Her ‘My Story’ contains an open statement about poet’s effort to defined expose the prison in which she finds herself trapped.The predominant theme is the difficulty of being a woman in Indian society and finding love.She also attempts to explore the quest for self identity and the stark reality within and around her.In ‘An Introduction’-she writes, “…why not let me speak in /Any language,I like?The language I speak/Becomes mine,its distortion,its querness/All mine,mine Alone…”.In ‘I shall some day’Das talks about her will for freedom- ‘I...
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