The pivotal role of a public poet in nation building
Perhaps, it is the fate of the first generation
of writers after independence to be so deeply committed to the issue
of nation and nation building. The writers who came later have not
been exposed to the pressures, challenges, excitements and pain of a
nation coming into being,
Buddhist confessional poetry: Narratives of self-conversion
Last week I discussed the general importance of
the Theragatha and Therigatha as examples of Buddhist confessional
poetry. I pointed out some of the dominant features associated with
these two sets confessional poetry.
Cilappatikaram as a major Tamil literary work
In this week’s column, I would like to discuss,
briefly, the importance of Cilappatikaram in the Tamil literary
culture. Cilappatikaram is considered as one of the earliest, if not
the earliest, long narrative poems in Tamil.