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Postcolonial reading of select poems of A.K.Ramanujan

Maaran Sivalingam


The  proposed  paper  will  attempt  at  making  a  close  scrutiny  of  A.K.Ramanujan’s  poems  ‘Snakes’,  ‘A poem on particulars’, and ‘Small-scale reflections on a great house’,  in  the  light  of  postcolonialism .  Though many  attempts   have  already  been  made  at   highlighting   postcolonial  and  postmodern  traits,  in  many  Indian  poems  in  English,  they  have  not  fore grounded  the  points  of  deviation,  while  applying  these  theories  to  Indian   poems  written in  English.  The  present  paper  will  take  up  the  use  of  the  English  language  and  projection  of  macrocosmic  self  (nation)  through  the  microcosmic  self  (family)  for  analysis   and  demonstrate  how  A.K.Ramanujan’s  poems  mentioned  above  can  be  seen  as   exemplifying  them  in  clear-cut  as  well  as  concrete  terms.

Besides  showing  the  scope  for  interpreting  these  three  poems  from  this    perspective,  the  proposed  paper  also  argues  that  it  is  the  interplay  of  binary  opposites  such  as  the  colonizer  and  the  colonized  in  terms  of  handling  the  form  and  individual  self  and  the  collective  self  in  terms  of  the  content  that  makes  possible  the  postcolonial reading  of  these  three poems.



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