Google doodle celebrates Kaifi Azmi, poet and songwriter

Azmi won numerous awards for his contributions, including the National Award and Filmfare Award for the screenplay and dialogue of M.S. Sathyu’s 1974 film ‘Garm Hava’. He also received the Padma Shri Award for Literature and Education and the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship.

Rare stolen copy of Persian poet Hafez recovered by Dutch art detective

Iran had already shown an interest in the case, saying it would take “all legal means” to get back the manuscripts that were found in 2011, after Germany gave two back but decided most of the rest were legally owned by the collector, German news reports said.

Seamus Heaney’s family on life with the great poet: ‘He was always just Dad at home’

The section on “Conscience” sets Heaney against the backdrop of the Northern Ireland Troubles, as well as his other engagements with social justice and global politics such as “From the Republic of Conscience”, written for Amnesty, and “The Cure at Troy”, which was written with Nelson Mandela in mind. This section also reflects Heaney’s struggles […]

New Seamus Heaney poem published

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Tony Hoagland, witty, prize-winning poet, dead at 64

A native of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Hoagland published several works of poetry and essays about poetry. The titles helped sum up his take on life: “Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty,” ″Application for Release from the Dream” and “Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God,” which came out in June. Three of his […]

Google celebrates Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi’s 101st birth anniversary with a doodle

NEW DELHI: Search engine giant Google honoured famous Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi on his 101st birth anniversary with a doodle. The doodle shows the songwriter performing in front of the mic. Born as Syed Athar Hussain Rizvi in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh district, Azmi became one of the most renowned poets of the 20th century in […]

Helen Dunmore’s family reveal poem written in the author’s last days

Dunmore addresses death directly, likening it to a mother tenderly caring for her child and to a bearded iris, “lovely and intricate”. The imagery is warm and comforting, as the author imagines herself as a young, shy child, waiting to be lifted by her mother and taken home. “She will pick me up and hold […]

John Ashbery, Celebrated and Influential Poet, Dead at 90

In 1976, with his acclaimed poetry collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, Ashbery became the first, and only to date, writer to win the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle prize all in the same year. The poem “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror” is often considered to be Ashbery’s […]

Scientist Swati Piramal turns poet for the newly-wed Jindals

Swati Piramal has written a long poem for the newly married Parth and Anushree Jindal. The poem, shared with ETPanache by a source, was one of the personalised gifts she gave the pair, along with a picture album and video of the couple’s grand wedding in Vienna. Piramal’s poem begins with an ode to Vienna […]

Birth of a new world: the Tolkien poem that marks the genesis of Middle-earth

His taste for poetry had been formed at school when he translated poetry into Latin and Greek, and by his interest in the epics of Virgil and Homer. Until 1913, he had pursued a classical education at school and Oxford. But then he switched to English, an upstart discipline with a stiff backbone of Germanic […]