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Sunday, 1 May 2011





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A candid soul of poetry

Prof. Siromi Fernando’s poetry is not only the impressions of life but also insight into the milieu. They seem to spring effortlessly from the bottom of her heart. Her philosophy of life is often expressed through her poetry.

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The elegy and its many faces

Last week I discussed the concept of elegy as it manifested itself in two classical Indian texts.- the Mahabharata and the Purananuru. Today I wish to discuss one of my favorite Sanskrit poems, The Meghaduta, (The Cloud Messenger) in terms of its elegiac propensities.

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Dr. Zhivago: The controversy of translations

Boris Pasternak’s seminal novel, Dr. Zhivago, generated a great deal of controversy when it was published in 195. The controversy has, begun again, with a new translation after fifty years from the death of the author.

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