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A comprehensive analysis of the work of one of India s foremost poets Gulzar is arguably the most well-known contemporary poet writing in Hindustani. As a poet he occupies a unique place being a Progressive poet in a popular culture. His poetry appeals to all strata of society, without compromising either on literary merit or on its ability to convey the most exalted thoug A comprehensive analysis of the work of one of India s foremost poets Gulzar is arguably the most well-known contemporary poet writing in Hindustani. As a poet he occupies a unique place being a Progressive poet in a popular culture. His poetry appeals to all strata of society, without compromising either on literary merit or on its ability to convey the most exalted thought in an accessible idiom. In He Swallowed the Moon , Saba Bashir attempts to analyse what makes Gulzar the poet he is. What is his signature style? What are the issues that concern his poetry and what are the recurrent images in it? She also draws a parallel between the poet s film and non-film poetry and points out how they are used interchangeably. Including the most comprehensive list of all Gulzar s poems, film and non-film songs, this is a valuable addition to the corpus of work on a great poet.


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A comprehensive analysis of the work of one of India s foremost poets Gulzar is arguably the most well-known contemporary poet writing in Hindustani. As a poet he occupies a unique place being a Progressive poet in a popular culture. His poetry appeals to all strata of society, without compromising either on literary merit or on its ability to convey the most exalted thoug A comprehensive analysis of the work of one of India s foremost poets Gulzar is arguably the most well-known contemporary poet writing in Hindustani. As a poet he occupies a unique place being a Progressive poet in a popular culture. His poetry appeals to all strata of society, without compromising either on literary merit or on its ability to convey the most exalted thought in an accessible idiom. In He Swallowed the Moon , Saba Bashir attempts to analyse what makes Gulzar the poet he is. What is his signature style? What are the issues that concern his poetry and what are the recurrent images in it? She also draws a parallel between the poet s film and non-film poetry and points out how they are used interchangeably. Including the most comprehensive list of all Gulzar s poems, film and non-film songs, this is a valuable addition to the corpus of work on a great poet.

48 review for I Swallowed the Moon: The Poetry of Gulzar

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilay

    A very good book if you are a Gulzar fan. Best part about the book is that it concentrates on the writing of Gulzar rather than the man himself. I say this is a good thing because it is something you won't find online. Besides, there is so much to learn about poetry, history of literature in India(pre and post independence) and writing in general. The not-so-good part about the book is that it seems to be more like a thesis(which it actually is). It'd have helped if the book was edited to make it A very good book if you are a Gulzar fan. Best part about the book is that it concentrates on the writing of Gulzar rather than the man himself. I say this is a good thing because it is something you won't find online. Besides, there is so much to learn about poetry, history of literature in India(pre and post independence) and writing in general. The not-so-good part about the book is that it seems to be more like a thesis(which it actually is). It'd have helped if the book was edited to make it read more like a book. A lot of pages are taken up by the list of Gulzar's works and their details which i didn't really found necessary except if you are doing a research on him. Overall a satisfying and knowledgeable experience.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sudhanshu Satyam

    There Kuche Har Bahaane, Mukherjee Dinn Se Raat Karna Kabhi Iss Se Baat Karna, Kabhi Uss Se Baat Karna Aur Kabhi Maachis Gira Kar Uthana Aur Kabhi Cigarette Jala Kar Uthana Aur Jhaank Lena Upar Ki Balcony Mein...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samir

    In 'I swallowed the moon' Saba Mahmood Bashir analyzes the themes and imagery of Gulzar sahaab's poetry. She peeps in the brief history of modern poetry and the way Gulzar's brand of poetry has shaped the bridge between the artistic and the masses. The book succeeds in bringing out Gulzar's view on evolution of language and on why poetry should reflect the present in terms of use of language. This is an extensively researched book on both film and non-film poetry of Gulzar sahaab. 'I swallowed th In 'I swallowed the moon' Saba Mahmood Bashir analyzes the themes and imagery of Gulzar sahaab's poetry. She peeps in the brief history of modern poetry and the way Gulzar's brand of poetry has shaped the bridge between the artistic and the masses. The book succeeds in bringing out Gulzar's view on evolution of language and on why poetry should reflect the present in terms of use of language. This is an extensively researched book on both film and non-film poetry of Gulzar sahaab. 'I swallowed the Moon' is a motivational book for young poets.

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