Sunday, August 10, 2008

Nissim Ezekiel & poetry with an Indian accent

Nissim Ezekiel (1924-2004) took his early influences from literary modernists Eliot, Yeats, and Pound, and studied in London.  His first collection of poetry, Time to Change was published in 1952. Visiting professor at Leeds (1964) and Chicago (1967), he spent most of his teaching career in Mumbai (Bombay).  Later he became known as a poet of Indian independence.  He began to write poems with an Indian accent after 1965.

Read his obituary in The Guardian (March 9, 2004)