Elements of Postmodernity in Nissim Ezikeil’s Poetry



Nissim Ezekiel, Indian English literature, poetry, postmodernism, fragmentation, identity, social critique, legacy


Aim: A well-known author of Indian English literature, Nissim Ezekiel has had a profound impact with his avant-garde poetry that deftly negotiates the intricacies of modernity, post-colonialism, and human existence. This abstract examines Ezekiel's poetry and examines his use of language, identity, and societal critique in addition to his connection with postmodern concepts including irony, fragmentation, and metafiction.

Methodology:  The paper explores Ezekiel's legacy and reception, highlighting his impact on later writers' generations and his function as a cultural representative for Indian literature. Using his poetry to critique the injustices, inequalities, and absurdities of the world around him while also honouring the tenacity, inventiveness, and dignity of common people, Ezekiel skill fully navigated the turbulent currents of modernity and post-colonialism throughout his career.

Outcome: Ultimately, the poetry of Nissim Ezekiel addresses the universal human need for transcendence, purpose, and connection amidst life's follies and uncertainties. Ezekiel reminds us of the eternal power of literature and the arts to enlighten the deepest recesses of the human soul and to light the path towards a brighter future by inviting us to pause, ponder, and consider the mysteries of existence through his poetry. Even though his voice has been hushed, his words live on in the passages of time, providing comfort, insight, and motivation to everyone who hears them.

Conclusion: Nissim Ezekiel's collection of works are proof of the poetry's timeless ability to convey the complexity of the human experience and to elicit participation, contemplation, and reflection. Moreover, Ezekiel's legacy goes beyond his personal creative accomplishments and includes his mentoring and teaching roles, his impact on later writing generations, and his enduring influence on the larger canon of literature.


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Author Biography

Manaal Ahsan, Amity University, Lucknow

Manaal Ahsan is pursuing English studies from Amity University, Lucknow Campus.




How to Cite

Manaal Ahsan. Elements of Postmodernity in Nissim Ezikeil’s Poetry. SPL J. Literary Hermeneutics: Biannu. Int. J. Indep. Crit. Think [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 28 [cited 2024 Jul. 18];4(1):170-8. Available from: https://literaryherm.org/index.php/ojs/article/view/143