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Book review | Arjavam: A collection of everyday poetry that feels like home
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Book review | Arjavam: A collection of everyday poetry that feels like home

Sprinkled with personal elements and memories of Geetha Ravichandran, Arjavam touches one with a sense of belonging that would connect with almost every Indian reader

Devil's Advocate | Faiz or no Faiz, poetry in schools needs an overhaul in its method of instruction and evaluation
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Devil's Advocate | Faiz or no Faiz, poetry in schools needs an overhaul in its method of instruction and evaluation

Poetry in general is so lazily interpreted that it is a disservice to have poetry be taught in the classroom by teachers who struggle their way through history and heritage as if on a museum tour for the 100th time.

Poet Ranjit Hoskote: I'm fascinated by how art produces possibility of a world aslant
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Poet Ranjit Hoskote: I'm fascinated by how art produces possibility of a world aslant

"The activity of writing poetry might be solitary, but it is supported by a community – even a family – of fellow writers and readers, says Ranjit Hoskote, who was honoured with the Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Poetry Award at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

World Poetry Day 2022: Tracing the origins and enduring socio-political relevance of Urdu shayari
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World Poetry Day 2022: Tracing the origins and enduring socio-political relevance of Urdu shayari

On World Poetry Day, it is vital to reaffirm that Urdu and Urdu poetry must never go out of currency because of the curse of time, and definitely not because of its politics.

Rabindranath Tagore 80th death anniversary: Here are few unforgettable quotes by him
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Rabindranath Tagore 80th death anniversary: Here are few unforgettable quotes by him

Tagore's works were known across the world; they were also widely translated into languages including English, Dutch, German, Spanish, and other European dialects.

As poetry charts a pop culture comeback, a look at how rhyme, rhythm and verse help us express emotion
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As poetry charts a pop culture comeback, a look at how rhyme, rhythm and verse help us express emotion

Aside from films or TV series about poets, such as Dickinson or Paterson, poetry makes a cameo in some of our most iconic films, where it is said to represent or intensify a range of emotions.

'Poetry is for me a sort of survival mechanism': Alexandra Huynh, 18, named new National Youth Poet Laureate
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'Poetry is for me a sort of survival mechanism': Alexandra Huynh, 18, named new National Youth Poet Laureate

Huynh says she has been writing song lyrics since age seven and became serious about poetry in high school, especially after performing during a local poetry slam and sensing the added power of words when said out loud.

Kemi Alabi wins Academy of American Poets First Book Award for latest poetry collection, Against Heaven
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Kemi Alabi wins Academy of American Poets First Book Award for latest poetry collection, Against Heaven

Alabi will receive US$ 5,000 and a six-week, all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy.

Zawamil, a traditional poetry form in Yemen, turns into propaganda vehicle at the hands of Huthi rebels
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Zawamil, a traditional poetry form in Yemen, turns into propaganda vehicle at the hands of Huthi rebels

Short-form poems, known as zawamil, are a much-loved part of Yemen's tribal heritage, played or performed at weddings and other social occasions. They are popular across the country — in the government-held south as well as the rebel-held north.

Poet Amanda Gorman revisits inaugural triumph with Oprah, rare luxury of having one's words make history
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Poet Amanda Gorman revisits inaugural triumph with Oprah, rare luxury of having one's words make history

In a wide-ranging interview with Winfrey, Gorman discusses how she approached the poem’s creation; the literary figures who inspire her; personal stories that shaped her past, and her hopes for the future.

From Emily Dickinson to Hesiod, finding hope amid the coronavirus pandemic in the works of poets down the ages
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From Emily Dickinson to Hesiod, finding hope amid the coronavirus pandemic in the works of poets down the ages

When we turn to hope, have recourse to hope or even hope against hope, it isn’t at moments of triumph or complacency. Rather, we need hope at moments when things feel precarious.

'Translation is the deepest kind of reading': Kazim Ali on working with Ananda Devi's poetry, relationship with languages
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'Translation is the deepest kind of reading': Kazim Ali on working with Ananda Devi's poetry, relationship with languages

"Devi's poems seem simple — just like something that would be said between friends — but they turn and twist within, move strangely, maybe even "darkly.""

Paris' Théâtre de la Ville, started as a lockdown initiative, attests to the healing power of a 'poetic consultation'
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Paris' Théâtre de la Ville, started as a lockdown initiative, attests to the healing power of a 'poetic consultation'

Anyone can sign up for a time slot, or make a gift of a call to someone. The exchange generally starts with simple questions about the recipient’s life, then ranges in any direction; after 20 to 25 minutes, the actor introduces the poem.

Love poems for the lockdown: From Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, verses on intimacy, distance, desire
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Love poems for the lockdown: From Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, verses on intimacy, distance, desire

From Ted Hughes' poems on Sylvia Plath to Kim Addonizio's take on past love, an offering of poetry apt for the lockdown.

Bhanu Kapil wins 2020 TS Eliot Poetry Prize for How to Wash a Heart; judges laud 'formidable' work
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Bhanu Kapil wins 2020 TS Eliot Poetry Prize for How to Wash a Heart; judges laud 'formidable' work

How to Wash a Heart explores the relationship between an immigrant guest and a citizen host.

Mehfil-e-Sahir | Celebrating 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: Varun Grover reads 'Aaj Sajan Mohe Ang Lagalo'
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Mehfil-e-Sahir | Celebrating 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: Varun Grover reads 'Aaj Sajan Mohe Ang Lagalo'

For his birth centennial, we're presenting Sahir Ludhianvi's words in the voice of contemporary lyricists. Here, Varun Grover discusses why this song from Guru Dutt's Pyaasa is a testimony to Sahir's songwriting acumen.

Mehfil-e-Sahir | Celebrating 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: Kausar Munir reads 'Yeh Ishq Ishq Hai'
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Mehfil-e-Sahir | Celebrating 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: Kausar Munir reads 'Yeh Ishq Ishq Hai'

For his birth centennial, we're presenting Sahir Ludhianvi's words in the voice of contemporary lyricists. Here, Kausar Munir discusses how every poetry lover must internalise this song in order to learn and appreciate the art and craft behind it.

Mehfil-e-Sahir | Celebrating 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: Irshad Kamil reads 'Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya'
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Mehfil-e-Sahir | Celebrating 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: Irshad Kamil reads 'Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya'

For his birth centennial, we're presenting Sahir Ludhianvi's words in the voice of contemporary lyricists. Here, Irshad Kamil discusses how Ludhianvi translates profound philosophical emotions into simple everyday words, in this song from Hum Dono.

Mehfil-e-Sahir | Celebrating 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: Shellee reads 'Jinhen Naaz Hai Hind Par'
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Mehfil-e-Sahir | Celebrating 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: Shellee reads 'Jinhen Naaz Hai Hind Par'

For his birth centennial, we're presenting Sahir Ludhianvi's words in the voice of contemporary lyricists. Here, Shellee discusses how SD Burman and Ludhianvi's stellar combination made the Pyaasa soundtrack immortal in every respect.

Mehfil-e-Sahir | Celebrating 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: Hussain Haidry reads 'Main To Kuch Bhi Nahin'
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Mehfil-e-Sahir | Celebrating 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: Hussain Haidry reads 'Main To Kuch Bhi Nahin'

For his birth centennial, we're presenting Sahir Ludhianvi's words in the voice of contemporary lyricists. Here, Hussan Haidry discusses why 'Main To Kuch Bhi Nahin' is a rare exception in the poet-lyricist's oeuvre.