Nissim Ezekiel

(1318 words)

Nissim Ezekiel (1924-2004) is one of the best-known poets of Indian English, an idiom which he used cleverly, subtly and richly as a means to explore the mind and sensibility of his compatriots. When he began his writing career in the late 1940s, his intial use of formal and ‘correct' English was perceived in critical terms. After 1965, however, he turned his interest to the shades and subtleties of Indianised English. Most of his poetry was that of the urban India, tackling issues of alienation, love, marriage and sexuality.

Ezekiel was born on 14 December 1924 in Bombay (present day Mumbai). His father, Moses Ezekiel, was a professor of botany at Wilson College, and his mother was the principal of her own school. The …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Pulugurtha, Nishi. "Nissim Ezekiel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 February 2009
[, accessed 01 July 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. Indian Poetry in English