Jejuri (poem)

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Jejuri is the name of a series of poems by Arun Kolatkar in 1976, an Indian poet who wrote in Marathi and English. Jejuri won the Commonwealth Prize in 1977. The poem is made up of a series of often short fragments which describe the experiences of a secular visitor to the ruins of Jejuri, a pilgrimage site in Maharashtra. It is one of the better known poems[1] in modern Indian literature.

Comments and criticism[edit]

Jejury is a sequence of simple but stunningly beautiful poems and is one of the major work in modern Indian literature.[2] The poems are remarkable for their haunting quality. However, modern critics have analysed the difficulty of readers in interpreting the Jejury poems in their proper context.[3] Kolatkar’s use of cross-cultural and trans-historical imagery posits "Jejuri" within a macrocosmic, global framework which forces the reader to adopt an interpretive position not determined by national or cultural preconceptions.

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  • Chaudhuri, Amit. On Strangeness in Indian Writing. The Hindu, 2005. [1]
  • Kolatkar, Arun. Jejuri. Introduction by Amit Chaudhuri. New York Review Books Classics, 2005. ISBN 1-59017-163-2