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Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My DreamsKali and Uma in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal$
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Rachel Fell McDermott

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134353

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134354.001.0001

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

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

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(p.232) 8 “Mā, Come and Stay Awhile”: Kālī and Umā In Eighteenth‐ To Twentieth‐Century Bengali Poetry
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Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams
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Rachel Fell McDermott (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195134354.003.0009

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

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