A. K. Ramanujan

A.K. Ramanujan was an Indian poet born in 1929 and who died at sixty-four years old in Chicago, Illinois. Ramanujan wrote in numerous genres and in both English and Kannada. His work is well-loved for his engagement with various cultures and a wide variety of applicable themes.  He is remembered as a playwright, folklorist, and translator, who spent time studying linguistics and culture, as well as a loved professor at the University of Chicago. Ramanujan received the Sahitya Akademi Award after his death in 1993. He was also honored with the title of Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award in India.

A River by A. K. Ramanujan

‘A River’ by A.K. Ramanujan focuses on the Madurai River, how it has been depicted by poets throughout time, and brings the suffering that exists along its banks to the reader’s attention.

Love Poem for a Wife by A. K. Ramanujan

‘Love Poem for a Wife’ by A. K. Ramanujan depicts the poet’s sleeping wife with unusual, thoughtful, and very memorable imagery and then alludes to their unity as one being.

Obituary by A. K. Ramanujan

‘Obituary’ by A.K. Ramanujan explores the universal toll a parent’s passing can have on a child and all the ways that their memory remains even after their death.

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