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When Mirrors Are WindowsA View of A.K. Ramanujan's Poetics$
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Guillermo Rodríguez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463602.001.0001

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Composing an Image

Composing an Image

A.K. Ramanujan’s ‘Inner’ Poetics

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When Mirrors Are Windows

Guillermo Rodríguez

Oxford University Press

This chapter delves into the self-reflexive domain of Ramanujan’s poetics and shifts the analysis to the centre of the concentric circle by offering an overview of the author’s interpretation of the act of writing poetry and of being a poet. The study of the author’s ‘inner’ poetics therefore touches on subjective themes and criteria and first assesses how biographical factors such as Ramanujan’s multilingual upbringing and multicultural experience, and his self-imposed ‘exile’ in the USA as a university professor, shaped his literary creativity. It then takes on his views on the art of composition and focuses on the constituents of the poetic act, that is, the concepts of poetry, poem, and poet. These are closely examined taking into account, among other texts, the interviews and private writings, as well as Ramanujan’s poetry drafts, so as to delineate his poetics from the perspective of the poet rather than the scholar.

Keywords:   multilingualism, poetry, poetics, modernist poetry, modern Indian poetry, Indian poetry in English

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