Indian Poetry in English

By Prof. Binod Mishra   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 2406
Poetry has, in all times, been a recuperative medium to relieve humankind of the complexities of life. India has such a rich legacy of poetic forms, and its poetic voices have always generated a magnetic effect on those who have had the patience to hear. The course entitled Indian Poetry in English seeks to take a plunge into the ocean-like ethos of Indian poetry and send ripples across to poetry lovers. The course is designed keeping in mind the learners’ need to realise the journey of Indian English poetry the way it started and continues to make its presence felt, struggling at times and coping with the challenges yet emerging victorious. Though not organised chronologically, majority of the poets selected for this course usually are prescribed in Indian universities. In addition, the course also introduces passionate learners to many contemporary Indian English poets whose voices have received scant attention because of some unsaid reasons. This course would familiarise the attendees with the quintessential ethos of Indianness comprising the musical, philosophical, aesthetic, and cultural legacy of Indian poets, offering a valuable discussion on some of their poems garnished with poetic insights. The course includes interactive lectures, assignments and, of course, evaluation towards the end..

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Graduate, post-graduate and Ph.D students, teachers and anyone interested in poetry.

PRE-REQUISITE : 12th pass and above

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Students of literature and everyone interested to know about the Indian culture through poetry and seeking aesthetic pleasure.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Indian Poetry in English 
Week 2:  Experimental Poets 
Week 3: Existential Poets 
Week 4: Indian Diasporic Poetry 
Week 5: Post-modern Poets 
Week 6: Impressionistic Poets 
Week 7: Haiku in Indian English Poetry; Ethnographic Voices  
Week 8: Voices from the Margin

Books and references

1.A Concise History of Indian Literature in English. Edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Orient Blackswan,2008
2.King, Bruce. Modern Indian Poetry in English. OUP, Revised edition, 2012.
3.Hoskote, Ranjit, translator. I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded. Penguin Random House India Pvt. Ltd, Haryana India, 2013.
4.Indian Poetry in English. Edited by Hari Mohan Prasad, Trinity Press, 2015.
5.Iyengar, K. R. Srinivasa. Indian Writing in English. Sterling Publisher, 1984.
6.Naik, M.K. A History of Indian English Literature. Sahitya Akademi. 1982.
7.Mishra,Binod. Ed. Rainbow Redemption: New Bearings in Indian English Poetry, New Delhi: Adhyayan Publishers & Distributors,2007.

Instructor bio

Prof. Binod Mishra

IIT Roorkee
Prof. Binod Mishra, presently a professor in the Department of HSS, IIT Roorkee, has been teaching English for more than two decades at various levels. He has to his credit 25 books and more than a hundred articles published in different reputed journals and books. Learners from all across the country have well received his MOOC courses on Soft Skills and Effective Writing. He has also addressed the participants in around a hundred invited talks at various conferences and symposiums. Besides being an engaging teacher and a competent researcher, Dr Mishra is also a passionate poet. Currently, he is the Vice Chairman of the Association for English Teachers of India, the largest body of English teachers. Before this, he had twice been the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of English Studies, one of the oldest English language and literature journals.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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