Michael Madhusudan Dutt Criticism - Essay

Sisir Kumar Das (essay date 1967)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Das, Sisir Kumar. “Michael Madhusudan Datta and the Sonnet in Bengal.” Mahfil: A Quarterly of South Asian Literature 3, no. 4 (1967): 102-05.

[In the following essay, Das considers Dutt's development of the sonnet form and its importance for Bengali lyric poetry.]

In May of 1865 Michael Madhusudan Datta sent a sonnet on Dante to Victor Emmanuel, the king of Italy, as tribute to the memory of the great European poet. In a letter addressed to the king, who received it very gracefully, the Bengali poet described his poem as “la petite fleur orientale.” The king was delighted to know that “the noble harmony of the Italian genius found an echo on...

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Sibnarayan Ray (essay date 1981)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Ray, Sibnarayan. “Ideologies and the Alienated Writer.” In Society and the Writer: Essays on Literature in Modern Asia, edited by Wang Gungwu, M. Guerrero, and D. Marr, pp. 221-37. Canberra: Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University, 1981.

[In the following excerpt, Ray discusses Dutt's status as an alienated Bengali writer and his influence on later writers of the region.]


Generalizations on the literature and society of any country are always hazardous, much more so when the country is India where even the recognized major languages are far too many to be acquired by a single individual, and where...

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Clinton B. Seely (essay date 1988)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Seely, Clinton B. “Homeric Similes, Occidental and Oriental: Tasso, Milton, and Bengal's Michael Madhusudan Dutt.” Comparative Literature Studies 25, no. 1 (1988): 35-56.

[In the following essay, Seely analyzes The Slaying of Meghanada, focusing on the portrayal of Ravana and comparing it with Milton's sympathetic portrayal of Satan in Paradise Lost.]

Based on an episode from the Ramayana, Michael Madhusudan Dutt's epic poem The Slaying of Meghanada (meghanadavadha kavya) recounts in nine cantos the death of the great Raksasa warrior and son of Ravana at the hands of Rama's younger brother Laksmana. An examination of Dutt's...

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Sudipto Chatterjee (essay date 1995)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Chatterjee, Sudipto. “Mise-En-(Colonial-)Scène: The Theatre of the Bengal Renaissance.” In Imperialism and Theatre: Essays on World Theatre, Drama, and Performance, edited by J. Ellen Gainor, pp. 19-37. London: Routledge, 1995.

[In the following essay, Chatterjee discusses Dutt's contributions to Bengali theater.]

You see before you, as it were on a stage, two actors, the Anglo-Saxon and the Hindu—and believe me, it is a sublime, a solemn, a grand, a wondrous Drama they are destined to act.

Michael Madhusūdan Dutta1

On October 6, 1835 (some historians claim...

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William Radice (essay date 1995)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Radice, William. “Milton and Madhusudan.” In Literature East and West: Essays Presented to R. K. DasGupta, edited by G. R. Taneja and Vinod Sena, pp. 177-94. New Delhi: Allied Publishers Limited, 1995.

[In the following essay, Radice compares Dutt's The Slaying of Meghanada with John Milton's Paradise Lost.]

Michael Madhusudan Datta (1824-73) was not as great a poet as John Milton. As an Englishman, I can say this without fear of apparent condescension, for Madhusudan himself would have agreed. In his flamboyant English letters, we find that the only limit to his ambition and self-confidence was set by Milton. After the publication, in 1861, of the...

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