Exceptional books by poetry legends

Exceptional books by poetry legends
Highlights

“Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley.

"Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar." - Percy Bysshe Shelley.

It's March 21st and World Poetry Day is here yet again! In order to celebrate poetic expression and the linguistic diversity, Landmark recommends 8 books by legends without who World Poetry Day would be incomplete.

Another 100 Lyrics by Gulzar-A delightful new collection from the master lyricist Gulzar.

The volume contains a hundred more of Gulzar' smarvellous compositions complete with anecdotes and photographs making it a true collector's item.

Gulzar has brought a rare poetic sensibility to popular Hindi film music over a five-decade-long career, and this collection showcases some of his best work, from early lyrics like 'Ganga aayekahan se' (Kabuliwala) and 'Koi hotajiskoapna' (Mere Apne) to classics such as 'Terebinajiyajayena' (Ghar), 'Do nainaaurekkahani' (Masoom).

In Other Words by Javed Akhtar- Javed Akhtar's poetry speaks of the urban milieu that envelops him. Helplessness, hunger and homelessness, crowds and solitude, filth and crime, fame and obscurity, rock-strewn footpaths and glass-studded skyscrapers: this cosmopolitan world he inhabits seeps into the tone and tenor of his writing.

Akhtar's sharply observed poems in this book stretch across time and space, articulate the extremities of hot and cold seasons, of walking barefoot on live-hot embers and the tenderness of kissing f lowers drenched in dew.

Kaifiyat by KaifiAzmi- KaifiAzmi's literary legacy remains a bright star in the firmament of Urdu poetry.

His poetic temperament-ranging from timeless lyrics in films like KagazKePhool to soaring revolutionary verses that denounced tyranny-seamlessly combined the radical and the progressive with the lyrical and the romantic.

Kaifiyatis accompanied by an illuminating introduction by RakhshandaJalil on KaifiAzmi's life and legacy, as well as a moving foreword by his daughter ShabanaAzmi.

Meghadutam by Kalidasa- Filled with lush imagery—from the magnificence of the bountiful earth to the glory of the celestial gods, from the hypnotic lilt of birdsong to the passionate lovemaking of courtesans—Meghadutam is as moving and resonant today as it was centuries ago.

In Srinivas Reddy's new and ingenious translation, Kalidasa's celebrated poem comes to life in vivid detail.

Twenty Love Poems by Pablo Neruda- The Chilean Pablo Neruda was probably the greatest and certainly the most prolific of twentieth-century Latin American poets.

He brought out his first collection at the age of seventeen, and quickly developed an assured and distinctive poetic voice.

His third book, VeintePoemas de Amor y una Cancion Desesperada - Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair- was published in 1924 and attracted international acclaim.

It remains one of the most celebrated and admired books of erotic poetry published in the last hundred years, with over a million copies sold worldwide.

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore- Containing an assortment of one hundred and three poems, Gitanjali: Rabindranath Tagore is an English translation of various poems and works of the legendary Indian poet Shri Rabindranath Tagore.

Translated by Tagore himself, the book contains fifty-three translated poems from the original Bengali version of Gitanjali: Rabindranath Tagore, as well as fifty other poems from eight of his other works on poetry and a drama titled Achalayatan.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur- New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival by Rupi Kaur.

About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters and each chapter serves a different purpose.

Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache.

Ninety Seven Poems by Terribly Tiny Tale- Of a park bench and a prescription.

And a toothbrush in a mug.

It's got half-lit cigarettes and broken geysers.

And a cute apartment in Prague.

There's a fortune cookie, some pigeons in cages and stars tumbling from the sky. Ninety Seven Poems by Terribly Tiny Tales hardly betray any artistic ambition to survive for posterity or find a place in the annals of poetry.

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