Tuesday, May 01, 2012

News at Eleven: Of the critics who have taken more than

a passing interest in [Nissim] Ezekiel, Makarand R. Paranjape traces a strong, coherent spiritual dimension in his poems. Curiously, he asserts that Ezekiel's spirituality is "more Hindu than Jewish." Perhaps the critic's own cultural grounding predisposes him to read Ezekiel as a Hindu poet, but to this reader Ezekiel's questioning of his own motives as a poet and his implicit veneration of creation as a holy act, as well as his mordant sense of his own minor role in the human comedy, are Jewish to the core.

Ezekiel's father (like Kafka's) had distanced himself from Jewish practice.

from Tablet: India's Most Famous Jewish Poet


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