ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Home Alone

Dom Moraes channelled his anxiety about being rootless into his poetry.

Of Indian Roman Catholic and Goan origin, Dom Moraes was one of the foundational figures of modern Anglophone poetry in India. Born in Bombay in 1938, it has been 13 years since he passed away, on 2 June 2004.

In 1954, the talented young poet sailed to England and he was soon honoured with the prestigious Hawthornden Prize. England was a dream destination for Moraes—a land that would give him international exposure and the opportunity to establish himself as a British poet. However, soon after his initial success, British literary circles began to categorise Moraes, by default, as an “Indian” poet because of his skin colour. As a result, Moraes’s sense of belonging in Britain began to be characterised by a sense of anxiety.

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