Agha Shahid Ali's India: A Memory of Musk, the Rebel Face of Hope
This paper will look at three dimensions of culture, in addition to religion, in the poetry of Agha Shahid Ali and try to arrive at an understanding of the nature of the poet’s attitudes towards his past and present milieu and his inheritance. The first dimension is that of the relationship of the writer to the past and to Indian culture with reference to rituals and traditions and the location of these in the poet’s familial environment. The next dimension is that of myths, legends and folklore. The focus will be on the use of mythology, made by the poet, which he recasts to reflect contemporary concerns and explore personal dilemmas. Finally, this paper will try and understand the role of religion in the life of the poet and the extent to which religious affiliation and belief impacts on his identity. Does the poet display an attitude of acceptance or does he use moribund practices as a tool of protest and in the spirit of reform.
Keywords: Indian English Poetry
Dr. Syamala Kallury
Lecturer, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences,, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Dr. Anjana Neira Dev
Reader, Dept. of English,