Indian Poets

Modern Indian Poets

Sri Aurobindo Rabindranath Tagore
Sri Chinmoy Swami Vivekananda
Sarojini Naidu Paramahansa Yogananda
  Dwijendra Lal Roy   Michael Madhusuda Dutt
Kamalakanta Dilip Kumar Roy
Swami Sivananda Ramana Maharshi

Pre 18th Century Indian Poets

Mirabai Tukaram
Shankaracharaya Tulsidas
Vidyapati Krishna, Lord
Chandidas Sumangalamata
Sri Chaitanya Fikirchand


Indian Poetry

India has a rich poetic history that stretches far back into the Vedic times. The Vedic Seers wrote some of the first recorded poetry in the world. Indian poetry has been heavily influenced by the different strands and varieties of Hinduism. Amongst the most striking Indian poetry comes from the devotional Bhakti poets such as Mirabai, Ramprasad, and Sri Chaitanya. However as well as the Vaishnava bhakti tradition, the Vedantic tradition is less devotional stressing the unreality of the world, this tradition is illustrated by poets such as Shankaracharya.Modern spiritual Masters such as Sri Aurobindo, Sri Chinmoy, and Swami Vivekananda have added to the rich heritage of Indian poetry and in some respects have encompassed both strands of Hindu poetry.

More contemporary Indian poets include Rabindranath Tagore was the first Indian and first Asian to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Further Reading on Indian Poets

Oxford Anthology of 12 modern Indian Poets

(Oxford India Paperbacks) Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (Editor) The poets included in this anthology are Nissim Ezekiel, Jayanta Mahapatra, A.K. Ramanujan, Arun Kolatkar, Kemi N. Daruwalla, Dom Moraes, Dilip Chitre, Eunice de Souza, Adil Jussawalla, Agha Shahid Ali, Vikram Seth, and Manohar Shetty. Bibliographical and critical introductions are included.

Ten Twentieth-century Indian Poets (Oxford India Paperbacks)

R. Parthasarathy (Editor) Since its first publication in 1976, this book has become one of the most widely accepted and used anthology of modern Indian poetry in English. Compiled by R. Parthasarathy, it contains verse by the country’s best-known poets