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Top10 Indian English Poets of All Time | Kavishala

KavishalaKavishala July 26, 2020
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Indian poetry has a long and rich history dating back to ancient times. Due to the diverse nature of India, Indian poetry has been written in numerous languages including Sanskrit, Hindi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Urdu; as well as in foreign languages like Persian and English.

The history of Indian literature can be traced to the sixth century B.C., when the great epics were composed in verse. The most significant feature of Indian literature is its diversity, which is due to the country's variety of languages and sub-cultures. Poetry is one of the greatest genres. Indian poets have been writing in English since the early 19th century and their work is widely read all over the world. Here’s a list of those who stood out over time for their unique influences on modern Indian English poetry.


  1. Jayanta Mahapatra: Jayanta Mahapatra is an outstanding Indian poet of post-independence India. His poems explore intricate human relationships. A major source for his poetry's vivid imagery is the landscape of Orissa and surroundings. Mahapatra's acute and ironic observations of life make his poetry appeal to all types of readers.
  2. Sarojini Naidu: Sarojini Naidu (1829 – 1949) was one of India's most famous female poets. Her work is noted for is expression of various shades of romantic sensibilities and fervor. Her poems combine elements of Indian culture and civilization and serve as mirrors to the time in which she lived. The major themes of Sarojini Naidu's poems are search for pure love, seeking comfort in natural beauty, and everyday experiences of life. Sarojini Naidu was known as “the Nightingale of India."
  3. Nissim Ezekiel: Nissim Ezekiel is one of the India's most famous English poets. His poems integrate the complexities and anxieties of urban life and depict ordinary human situations and relationships.The role of religion, the clash of opposites in various forms, and search for identity are his major concerns as a poet.
  4. Sri Aurobindo Ghosh: Aurobindo Gosh is one of the few Indian poets who could blend both western and eastern poetic sensibilities. He was master of all poetry genres. His poems, which touch on metaphysical themes, express his ardent philosophy of life and mystic thoughts. They are not only pleasing and moving, but inspiring and elevating. Aurobindo showed excellent narrative and lyrical poetic skills. His most famous works are “The Life Divine,” "Savitri,” Six Poems, and Collected Poems and Plays.
  5. Kamala Das: Kamala Das (Kamala Surayya) is the most famous fem

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