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“Mā, Come and Stay Awhile”: Kālī and Umā In Eighteenth‐ To Twentieth‐Century Bengali Poetry

Rachel Fell McDermott

in Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134353
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834457 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134354.003.0009
“Mā, Come and Stay Awhile”: Kālī and Umā In Eighteenth‐ To Twentieth‐Century Bengali Poetry

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The discussion of Rāmprasād Sen's and Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya's poetic contributions to the Bengali Hindu Śākta literature in the last two chapters is brought up to the present by referring comparatively to the literary output of other important Śākta poets, so as to gauge trends and themes in the poetic genre as a whole. The first part of the chapter discusses the intersection of nineteenth‐century and twentieth‐century literature with interest in the goddesses Kālī and Umā, and the rest (the main part) examines in chronological order the poetry to the two goddesses of several major eighteenth‐century to twentieth‐century poets. The underlying interpretative questions are the ways in which and degrees to which these depart from the examples and trends set by Rāmprasād and Kamalākānta. Many quotations are included.

Keywords: Bengal; Bengali; Hinduism; history; India; Kālī; poetry; poets; Śāktism; Umā

Chapter.  21922 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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