Caste, Identity, and Socio-Cultural Commentary: Examining A. K. Ramanujan's Poetic Engagement with Indian Society


  • Pankaj Kumar Singh Pankaj Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur


Caste, Identity, A.K. Ramanujan, Indian poetry, Socio-cultural commentary


Aims: The paper aims to disentangle the complex ways in which Ramanujan addresses the various levels of caste dynamics through close examination of his poetry, offering perceptive analysis of India's socio-cultural environment. In the framework of Indian society, Ramanujan wields his power of imagination to investigate the complexities of Indian society and navigate the intricate threads of caste, customs, identity, and socio-cultural dynamics.

Methodology and Approaches: The study adopts a meticulous blend of close textual analysis and a contextual evaluation of A.K. Ramanujan's poetic works. Through meticulous scrutiny of key poems such as "The Striders," "Relations," and "The Black Hen," this research takes a hermeneutic method to analyze the linguistic nuances, symbolism, and imagery employed by Ramanujan.

Outcome: The research aims to contribute to the existing body of knowledge on A.K. Ramanujan's poetry by providing an in-depth exploration of his engagement with caste, identity, and social commentary. By unveiling the subtleties of his language, symbolism, and evolving perspectives, this study seeks to illuminate the enduring relevance of Ramanujan's work in fostering dialogue and critical reflection on societal structures.                                                 

Conclusion and Suggestions:  Finally, the findings of this study not only provide insights into Ramanujan's poetic skill, but also highlight the larger socio-cultural ramifications of his work. The study suggests avenues for further research into the contemporary resonance of Ramanujan's perspectives on caste and identity.  It also invites more investigation into how literature, particularly poetry, serves as a potent device for socio-cultural commentary and contemplation.


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Author Biography

Pankaj Kumar Singh Pankaj, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur

Dr. Pankaj Kumar Singh is a distinguished academician and Assistant Professor in the Dept. of English at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur. His academic journey has been marked by a profound commitment to the realms of Indian English Literature, Linguistics, Phonetics, and American Drama. His research delves into the cultural, social, and linguistics dimensions of Indian Literature in English. His expertise in linguistics extends to the intricate study of language structures, while phonetics reflects his commitment to understand the sounds and pronunciation patterns of languages. Beyond the classroom, he actively engages in scholarly pursuits, participating in conferences and contributing to academic journals.




How to Cite

Pankaj PKS. Caste, Identity, and Socio-Cultural Commentary: Examining A. K. Ramanujan’s Poetic Engagement with Indian Society. SPL J. Literary Hermeneutics: Biannu. Int. J. Indep. Crit. Think [Internet]. 2024 Jan. 2 [cited 2024 Jul. 19];4(1):11-26. Available from: