Authored By: VVB Rama Rao
Year of Publication: 2019
|Pages: 138||Binding: Hardback(HB)|
Category: English Literature
|Price in Rs. 420.00||Price in (USA) $. 33.6|
Dr VVB Rama Rao offers work of six poets on a platter in a tempting way to the reader who can hardly resist the feast that awaits him. Rama Rao, a prolific writer with a whole gamut of writing to his credit spanning over half a century seems to have, in his own words, ”imaginative quill and everlasting ink.”
Poets Notable and New: 2017 gives a kaleidoscopic picture of poets of different hues that charms and motivates the reader to go for the original. This is indeed a mission accomplished.
This work adding one more feather to the cap of Dr Rama Rao is an ample reward to the readers.
– Dr J Bhagyalakshmi
Dr VVB Rama Rao is our literary detective who snoops around and smells poetry in obscure places. The present book – Poets Notable and New: 2017 – is the best evidence of the same. Who could think of a biologist composing poetry in English which in our land has so far been the preserve of departments of English? The lab-bound Anand Kumar drags us to the dreary world of opium eaters. U Atreya Sarma (Chief Editor, Muse India) air-lifts the reader to spiritual heights with his art of dabbling with words. K Venugopala Rao bemoans the plight of woman in general and waits for a redeemer like Gandhi. These three New Poets are placed side by side of the three Notables – PCK Prem, DC Chambial, and T Vasudeva Reddy.
The liberal critic in Rao has a word of praise for each one. In his critical appreciation he demonstrates that Prem has no prem for a pervert. In the portrait of Monto (short for Monster) he avers what damage higher education allied with higher administrative position can do to the general pattern of life and culture. Chambial adores every face of Nature; he abhors only the public figures that have fallen from higher humanistic ideals. T Vasudeva Reddy offers us the authentic grief-ridden picture of Indian villages.
– Dr IK Sharma
Dr VVB Rama Rao (b 1938) has published over sixty books across all genres – fiction, poetry, literary criticism, hagiography, historiography, biography and devotional works, besides being engaged in translation between English and Telugu. A retired ELT professional, he was educated in Maharajah’s College (Vizianagaram) and Banaras Hindu University; and obtained his PhD from Andhra University. He worked in ELT Summer Institutes. VVB’s Symposium by Mail on Literary Translation, carried in eleven numbers of www.languageinindia.com during 2002-2005, is available in their archives. Rama Rao’s latest publications include Looking Within and Beyond (2017), Femininity: Poetic Endeavours (2016), and Prolegomena and Transformative Articles on Literary Translation (2015) – all published by Authors Press.