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2,148 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following essay, Blackwell contrasts the use of the Krishna motif in four poems by the Indian poets Kamala Das and Sarojini Naidu. Traditional imagery in modern poetry in English Let us consid... Read more
12,918 words, approx. 44 pages
In the following essay, Manohar traces Das's depiction of the male-female dynamic in her verse. In the life of a woman or a man there are happy as well as sorrowful events. Neither the sorrowfu... Read more
14,500 words, approx. 49 pages
In the following essay, George reads My Story as a “queer” text. … When I asked for love, not knowing what else to ask For, he drew a youth of sixteen into the Bedroom and closed ... Read more
3,648 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Raphael contends that Das's autobiography, My Story, is flawed but provides insight into the author's personality and work. David McCutchion says that Kamala Das,... Read more
6,122 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following excerpt, Kurup offers a thematic and stylistic examination of the poems in The Descendants. In the second volume of the poet—The Descendants—the same existential despair... Read more
10,089 words, approx. 34 pages
In the following essay, Lim discusses My Story as a provocative and transformative work of women's autobiography. A popular approach to Western women's writings is to categorize the best... Read more
3,162 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following essay, Chavan identifies the unifying aspect of Das's poetry, asserting that “the extraordinarily subjective nature of her vision establishes a vital link between her po... Read more
2,114 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following essay, Raveendran examines the role of history in the Anamalai Poems. The Anamalai Poems are a series of short poems that Kamala Das wrote during and after her sojourn at the hills of... Read more
1,710 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following essay, Uma investigates the genre of My Story. “My Story is my autobiography which I began writing during my first serious bout with heart disease” (Das 1991:v). The aut... Read more
3,354 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following essay, Harish underscores the novelty and appeal of My Story. This book has cost me many things that I held dear, but I do not for a moment regret having written it. I have written se... Read more
3,019 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following essay, Kaur explores Das's attitude toward gender roles and views My Story as a protest against the sexual discrimination of women. Sexual colonialism refers to the relationshi... Read more
4,201 words, approx. 15 pages
In the following essay, Kohli argues that Das's confessional poetry, with its unusual metaphors and original tone, represents a distinctly Indian voice that bows neither to the English modernis... Read more
2,346 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following essay, Mishra situates Das's poetry in the confessional genre and discusses her attempts to mythologize her personal experiences. Kamala Das, a recognized feminist poet, writes... Read more
2,110 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following essay, Nair addresses the significance of the poet's ancestral home, Nalapat House, to several of her important poems. Kamala Das is at her best as a poet of private sensibilit... Read more
3,464 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following essay, Raveendran examines how Das's later, more political poems, embody tension between the timelessness of the landscape and the minutiae of human history. Anamalai Poems are... Read more
7,965 words, approx. 27 pages
In the following excerpt, Nabar provides extensive stylistic and thematic interpretations of Das's later poetry. Kamala Das's third volume of verse, The Old Playhouse and Other Poems, ap... Read more
3,089 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following interview, Das discusses her writings and her life. Kamala Das was born in 1934. Her collections of poetry include Summer in Calcutta (Delhi: Rajinder Paul, 1965), The Descendants (Ca... Read more