THE POETRY OF NISSIM EZEKIEL
Author(s): Chetan Karnani
Source: Journal of South Asian Literature, Vol. 11, No. 3/4, NISSIM EZEKIEL ISSUE (Spring,
Summer 1976), pp. 223-228
Published by: Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University
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A brief overview
poets, poetrytendsto go to twoextremes. Either
it is bourgeoisedreamor bohemian
practice.! Ezekiel has avoidedbothextremes
by refusingeither to wallowin sloppysentiment
poet in the art for art's sake tradition. Instead, he has followeda healthy
As an urbanpoet, he has successfullytranslatedBombay's
bogushurlyburlyinto his poetry. He does this withdevastatingironyin TheUnfinished
Man. Thecity-dwellerfindsa fine imagefor his mechanical
habitualactions: "Heknowsthe brokenroadsandmoves/ In circles tracked
he exploresthe widechasm
withinhis head."2 In termsof Gestalt psychology,
his geographicaland perceptualenvironment.
Thecitizen artist feels